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  • Writer's pictureSharanya Raghunath

Spiced Turmeric Milk

Yes, let's talk about Turmeric Latte. Like most Indian Americans, I cringe when I hear "chai tea" but the term Chai Latte doesn't bother me as much. Mostly, because a latte is coffee with steamed milk, something creamy and frothy. Even though Chai doesn't have coffee it does have caffeine. So, how do I feel about Turmeric Latte? If I am feeling sassy I will correct you, if I am feeling extra nice, I'll let it go. Purists often forget an element of running a business...Marketing. How else do we sell this brand new product to consumer and make money by charging them minimum wage? I am half kidding...

If you are a coffee shop owner, maybe try changing your menu to Spiced Turmeric Milk or Golden Milk. And, before you go there, don't add caffeine to a turmeric latte...that would literally be the opposite effect of drinking this anti-inflammatory goodness.

My relationship with turmeric is a complicated one. I started consuming a turmeric shot few years ago, and saw some great results for my GI inflammation. However, something about consuming turmeric and milk didn't sit well with me until recently. This is an acquired taste, so I would recommend using oat milk if you want to ease into drinking Turmeric Milk.


2 C of Oat Milk*

1/2 Tsp of turmeric

1/2 Tsp of Ginger powder

1/2 Tsp of Cardamom powder

1 Pinch of Saffron

10-12 Black Peppercorns

1/4 Tsp of Grated Nutmeg

1 Stick of Cinnamon

2-3 Tsp of Jaggery*


  1. In a saucepan, add the milk and all the spices.

  2. Bring this to a boil.

  3. Add the Jaggery to the boiling milk.

  4. Let everything boil for 3-5 mins.

  5. Using a mesh strainer, pour the milk into cups. Enjoy warm!


If you are not vegan, definitely use whole milk for this recipe. For my vegan followers, oat milk works the best. Homemade almond milk also works well.

If you don't have Jaggery, you can use sugar. I prefer honey if i don't have Jaggery. But, do not add honey to the boiling milk. Add it to your cup of after the milk cools down.

If you make this recipe, make sure to tag me on Instagram.

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