Turmeric Milk Recipe | Manjal Milagu Paal

  • January 1, 2021
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Turmeric Milk or Manjal Milagu Paal is a Soothing, comforting, traditional Indian Hot Beverage that is known world wide for its umpteen health benefits.

Turmeric Milk Recipe | Manjal Milagu Paal

Turmeric Milk Recipe or South Indian Manjal Milagu Paal is a traditional Indian hot beverage made with milk, turmeric and few other spices. Also popularly known as “Golden Milk” or “Haldi doodh“, this is one of the best nightcap or pick-me-up drink when feeling under the weather.

Manjal (Turmeric) Milagu (Pepper) Paal (Milk) is an age old remedy to cure chest congestion and cold. This is also given when you have internal or external wounds as turmeric has antiseptic properties which enables quick healing.

To be very honest, as a kid, I never enjoyed drinking this! But every single time I was down with cold, cough or throat pain, I was given a tumbler (steel glass in Tamil) full of Manjal Milagu Paal. I had to drink the entire glass of milk under my mother’s watchful eyes.

Till today this is my go-to solution when me or husband are feeling under the weather and need a quick pick me up. We usually consume this before going to bed (post an early dinner, after a gap of 2 hours).

Turmeric, as an ingredient is used heavily in Indian Cooking. Our curries, gravies and soups or stews all have a hint of turmeric powder. This wonder spice, also touted as an Indian Superfood, is also included in the preparation of ayurvedic medicines as well.

Turmeric Milk Recipe | Manjal Milagu Paal

Turmeric has gained a lot of popularity over the last few years. All over the world, people are recognizing its health benefits. There are many products sold in the market, using this humble spice.

My husband’s maternal aunt grows this in her backyard, dries it on her terrace and grinds it to a fresh powder to stock and use. When we visited her in February last year, she gave me a handful of the rhizomes to plant at home.

In Maharashtra and Goa, they make a traditional dessert called “Patolya” which is made with rice, coconut and jaggery. These are steamed in turmeric leaves and drizzled with ghee just before serving.

I use the home grown leaves to steam idlis at home. They smell absolutely divine with some sesame oil drizzled on top.

SPICES ADDED FOR TURMERIC MILK

While Turmeric and Black pepper powder are key spices used in the recipe, I also add a bunch of other spices that enhance both taste and are good for health.

Use a good brand of turmeric powder, preferably an organic variety that is not just colour but also has a good aroma and is free from additives.

Dry Ginger Powder – Also known as Chukku in South India and Saunth or Sooth in Hindi, this ingredient is also found in the Indian masala tea spice mix too. You can substitute with fresh ginger but we prefer the powder.

Cardamom – This is what I personally love to add because it enhances the flavour and aroma of the milk. This is especially for people like me who don’t like the flavour of plain milk.

You can substitute with vanilla essence (few drops) especially for kids.

Please go through the recipe card below for the entire list of spices used for the recipe.

MILK

I have used A2 Organic Cow Milk for this recipe.

For a Vegan substitute, you can try using Almond Milk (it tastes really good).

I have not tried other Vegan Milk substitutes like Coconut or Oat Milk so would not be able to comment on the taste factor.

TURMERIC MILK RECIPE SANS THE REFINED SUGAR

We have completely replaced white sugar at home with suitable alternatives. Even hot beverages like tea and coffee are consumed without white sugar.

Palm Jaggery or Karuppati Vellam is used for this recipe. I have powdered and stocked it for easy use. Palm Jaggery is darker in colour than regular jaggery.

Note – For milk based recipes, always add jaggery once the heat is switched off and the sauce pan is off the stove. Milk tends to curdle if you add the jaggery while the milk is simmering on the stove top.

You can also use honey or regular jaggery. Quality of jaggery differs so taste and add.

Sugar can also be used for this recipe and can be added to the simmering milk along with spices.

Adding sweetener is a personal choice. Some prefer less while the others want more. Always add according to your taste and preferences.

If you stock Palm Jaggery at home, you can try GUR MAKHANA, a winter recipe using Fox Nuts (Makhana) and Palm Jaggery.

NUTS OR DRIED FRUITS

Personally, we prefer not adding any nuts to this recipe. Traditionally, this is made without any dried fruits. The spices are the key.

However, you can always add some chopped nuts to the milk. Add it after straining the milk else the nuts will be a waste.

For kids, you can powder the nuts and add it to the milk too. A great way to include some dried fruits without them realizing.

BEST TIME TO DRINK TURMERIC MILK

We consume this at bedtime. Especially when you suffer from cough and cold, it helps you sleep better. We always keep a gap of 2 hours post dinner before consuming turmeric milk.

One thing my mother always insisted is not to consume water after drinking this milk. No rinsing the mouth either.

The Turmeric milk with the spices acts as a layer which prevents you from coughing in the night and getting that much needed rest when sick.

Turmeric Milk Recipe | Manjal Milagu Paal

HOW TO MAKE TURMERIC MILK – STEP-WISE RECIPE

(1) Heat milk in a sauce pan.

Cow Milk

Once the milk is warm, add turmeric powder, dry ginger powder, black pepper powder, cardamom powder and nutmeg powder.

Spices for turmeric milk

Mix well and let the milk simmer for a couple of minutes.

Note – Ensure the heat is medium to low while stirring the milk with spices.

Turmeric milk or manjal milagu paal

Switch off the flame, remove the sauce pan off the stove and add jaggery. Mix until it dissolves completely.

Palm Jaggery added to turmeric milk

Strain the milk, pour into cups and serve hot.

Straining the turmeric milk before serving

Recipe Notes –

  • Always make a fresh batch of this milk and consume immediately. It is best consumed piping hot or warm for a good night’s sleep.
  • I would not recommend re-heating the turmeric milk especially after jaggery is added.
  • Strain the milk before serving.
  • For adults, you can sprinkle some finely powdered black pepper powder on top while serving.
  • Add spices according to your taste buds. If you find the black pepper too spicy, please reduce the quantity.

RECIPES USING TURMERIC

Lemon Rice

Cauliflower Rice with Lemon and Turmeric

Apart from the above recipes, it is used extensively in Indian Recipes like Dal and Gravy or Curry Recipes, South Indian Kootu, Rasam and Pachadi as well.

Turmeric Milk Recipe | Manjal Milagu Paal

Turmeric Milk Recipe | Manjal Milagu Paal

Vidya Narayan
Turmeric Milk Recipe or South Indian Manjal Milagu Paal is a traditional Indian hot beverage made with milk, turmeric and few other spices. Also popularly known as "Golden Milk" or "Haldi doodh", this is one of the best night caps or pick me up drink when feeling under the weather.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine Indian, South Indian
Servings 2 people

Ingredients
  

1 cup is 250 ml, 1 tbsp is 15 ml, 1 tsp is 5 ml

  • 1 ½ cups Milk A2 Organic Cow Milk Used
  • ¾ tsp Turmeric Powder or Haldi Powder (Manjal Podi)
  • ¼ tsp Cardamom Powder or Eliachi Powder
  • ¼ tsp Dry Ginger Powder (Chukku Podi)
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg powder or Jaiphal
  • ¾ tsp Black Pepper Powder Read Notes Below
  • 1 tbsp Palm Jaggery Powder (Karupatti Vellam) Read Notes Below

Instructions
 

  • Heat Milk in a sauce pan.
    Cow Milk heating in the saucepan
  • Once the milk is warm, add turmeric powder, dry ginger powder, black pepper powder, cardamom powder and nutmeg powder.
    Turmeric and other spices added to milk
  • Mix well and let the milk simmer for a couple of minutes (on low heat)
    Turmeric milk
  • Switch off the flame. Add jaggery and stir well until it dissolves.
    Palm Jaggery added to the turmeric milk
  • Strain the mixture and pour into serving cups. Serve hot.

Notes

  • Always make a fresh batch of this milk and consume immediately. It is best consumed piping hot or warm for a good night’s sleep.
  • I would not recommend re-heating the turmeric milk especially after jaggery is added.
  • If using sugar, add the sugar along with the spices and let it simmer. 
  • Always strain the milk before serving.
  • For adults, you can sprinkle some finely powdered black pepper powder on top while serving.
  • Add spices according to your personal preferences. If you find the black pepper too spicy, please reduce the quantity.
Keyword golden milk, haldi doodh, manjal milagu paal, turmeric milk recipe
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Taking this recipe to the A to Z challenge this month wherein we choose to cook with key ingredients Alphabetically. This month it was time for Alphabet ‘T’. I chose my key ingredient ‘Turmeric’ to make this traditional hot beverage Turmeric Milk.

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Hi Everyone, I am Vidya Narayan & Welcome to my blog MasalaChilli. Born in a Traditional Palakkad Iyer (South Indian) Family with strong value systems to an exceptionally strong and independent Single Mom, spent most of my childhood studying well (as most Iyer girls do).

This Post Has 12 Comments

  1. Shobha Keshwani

    This milk really has healing properties. Our elders always gave it to us when we had cold, fever or when we get hurt. I like your recipe with spices in it. I only add turmeric, cardamoms, saffron and pinch of black pepper. Must try with nutmeg and ginger.

    1. Vidya Narayan

      I am sure the recipe has many versions. Hope you like ours. Thank you.

  2. The Girl Next Door

    The milk looks so comforting and lovely! The perfect antidote for doing away with mild sniffles in the winter.

    We often make turmeric milk, but I have never made it with palm jaggery, pepper and other spices the way you have, here. Would definitely love to try out your version. 🙂

    1. Vidya Narayan

      I hope you love trying our version. Thanks.

  3. Aruna

    The Indian kitchen can be a veritable pharmacy as demonstrated by this recipe. This sweet and spicy milk will not only cure the cold and cough; it is also delicious and aromatic.

    1. Vidya Narayan

      Thank you Aruna and yes, I agree that such age old recipes are the best.

  4. kalyani

    5 stars
    Pana kalkandu with manjal paal was my paati’s go to remedy for cough n cold much before “Turmeric latte” priced at X $ became faashionable. Its so nice you have planted these at home,,, homemade recipes are truly unbeatable…

    1. Vidya Narayan

      Thank you Kalyani

  5. Swati

    5 stars
    One of the best ways to boast immunity in winters .. love this turmeric milk with such flavorful immunity boasters which is regular feature in our home to beat the cold and harsh winters..as usual beautiful shot Vidya and wonderful share.

    1. Vidya Narayan

      Thank you Swati

  6. Mayuri Patel

    5 stars
    Growing up I too was not a fan of Turmeric Milk as my mum would add salt too. Salt is suppose to loosen up the cough. However, nowadays I make it regularly for hubby and me. I’, so glad I read your post as that is going to make my next turmeric milk even more tastier as I am going to add cardamom and jaggery. Thank you so much for the useful suggestions Vidya.

    1. Vidya Narayan

      We all learn so much from each other. I did not know about the benefits of adding salt to the milk. True benefits of age old remedies I say. Thank you for sharing.

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