Golden Mylk and the Golden Latte are having a moment on the world food stage. So it may not be long before we shell out upwards of Rs 200 for one of these healthy concoctions. After all, the ochre-coloured drink is being championed by wellness gurus in America and the UK as a sort of miracle health drink. There’s just one small detail you should know – we’ve already been using the main ingredient for hundreds of years.
It’s turmeric. That’s what gives the drink its distinctive colour and bold taste. So yes, haldi is all the rage abroad.
In a report published earlier this year, Google revealed that searches for turmeric grew 300% over the last five years. It looks like the world is deeply interested in this amazing spice, which many claim can solve a whole host of medical problems from depression to cancer. The functional food movement, which seeks to add one or more disease-preventing ingredients to everyday food, has fully embraced haldi this year. Much of this has to do with the use of the spice in lattes, which are growing more popular with every passing day.
To get the low down on this food phenomenon, #QueMag spoke to New York State Dietetic Association spokesperson, Anita Mirchandani.
Golden Mylk or Haldi Doodh: What’s the Difference?
At the most basic level, the milk in Golden Mylk isn’t a dairy product. It’s usually prepared using cashew milk, almond milk or coconut milk, which are considered health alternatives (this is what the ‘y’ is Mylk is supposed to signify – a healthy alternative to milk). While this ingredient gives the drink hipster cred, it’s one way even those who are lactose-intolerant can enjoy it.
“We can consume turmeric in a variety of ways. [Having it with] milk is one way. Not only is it easier to ingest, but haldi doodh is simply a more potent and makes it easier for the body to obtains benefits from turmeric,” says Anita.
What’s the Fuss About Haldi?
“Turmeric contains curcumin, a polyphenol that gives it its golden colour, and it also contains anti-inflammatory properties. By ingesting turmeric, you are aiding your body by adding more antioxidants, which help build immunity,” she adds.
Cue all those memories of your mother forcing pepper-and-honey-laced haldi paste down your throat to get rid of that nasty cold. Now that we think about it, mixing that paste with milk would have made it so much more pleasant.
Haldi Goes Global
So why are Indian ingredients enjoy a massive surge in popularity across the world? “[People in] the West are constantly looking for foods that helps keep them healthy or has healing powers. They’re looking for a more holistic approach. As it is, diet and exercise are the two most effective ways to help prevent or delay the onset of chronic disease,” says Anita before adding, “Also, because America is welcoming of the multicultural landscape, Indian spices are heavily embraced there.”
Make Your Own Golden Latte
What you need:
1 tsp turmeric powder
½ tsp cinnamon
½ tsp ground black pepper
1 cup of almond drink
1. Combine the spices in a spoonful of hot water, till it becomes a paste.
2. In a pan, mix the paste with almond milk and heat until it’s bright gold and nearly boiling.
3. Add a shot of your favourite coffee, if you want your caffeine fix.
The recipe has been sourced from Modern Bakers, UK.
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