Turmeric tonic

Turmeric tonic

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Green Kitchen Smoothies
Makes
1 litre

Turmeric and ginger have been used within Ayurvedic medicine and cooking for thousands of years and warm turmeric milk, ‘haldi ka doodh’, is still a popular home remedy in India. Apart from its health benefits, it makes a very soothing drink with a touch of sweetness from honey and a kick from turmeric and ginger. We have been making varieties of this for years and it’s good served both warm and cold. Be advised, though, turmeric is an acquired taste so start with a little less if you are not used to its flavour. Be sure to add the black pepper – it increases the bioavailability of curcumin, the active component of turmeric.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
150g mixed raw almonds and cashews
4 teaspoons fresh turmeric, grated
2-4 teaspoons fresh ginger, grated
1-2 tablespoons quality raw honey
2 teaspoons rosehip powder
1/4 teaspoon vanilla powder
or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 litre filtered water
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
pinch black pepper

Method

  1. Place the nuts in a bowl, cover with filtered water and soak for 8–12 hours in the morning or overnight.
  2. Drain and rinse the nuts, discarding the soaking water. Add them to a blender along with the rest of the ingredients.
  3. Blend on a high speed until completely smooth. Taste and adjust the spiciness and sweetness to your liking by adding more ginger and/or honey, if necessary.
  4. Strain the turmeric milk through a nut milk bag, a piece of cheesecloth or a fine-mesh sieve and store in the fridge in a large glass carafe with a lid/stopper (as featured in the photo*). The tonic can keep for a few days in the fridge, if sealed.
  5. When ready to serve, pour into medium-sized glasses. Alternatively, pour the milk into a saucepan, bring to a gentle simmer, remove from the heat and store in a thermos to take on a picnic. * Photo features half recipe.
Tags:
vegetarian
healthy
smoothies
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