Turmeric Milk

In Indian traditional medicine turmeric is used for coughs and colds. Pepper enhances the absorption of  curcumin (the active ingredient) in turmeric. Spices have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti- microbial properties. Honey is recommended as a cough medicine by the World Health Organisation. Enjoy this drink every night or when you have a cough or cold.


Serves 2 


3 black peppercorns

3 cardamom pods

3 cloves

½ cm piece cinnamon

2 ¼ cup fat free milk

½ teaspoon ground turmeric or 2 slices of fresh turmeric root, crushed

1 teaspoon honey

  1. Crush peppercorn, cardamom, cloves and cinnamon in a mortar and pestle.

  2. Place all ingredients except honey into a saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring constantly.

  3. Simmer for about 3-4 minutes. Stir in honey. Turn off heat.

  4. Pour into 2 mugs through a strainer and serve hot.



Fresh turmeric root can be stored in the fridge for 4 weeks and in the freezer for 6 months. Wash and scrub turmeric root, wipe with a paper towel, slice and freeze in an airtight container. 


Per serve: energy 723 kJ (172 cal); protein 13 g; fat 0 g; saturated fat 0 g; carbohydrate 21 g;

fibre 0 g; calcium 350 mg; iron 0.45 mg;

sodium 134 mg