You know how quite often in Bollywood movies, when someone is ill or under the weather, or just needs looking after, someone will make them Turmeric Milk?
I think the first time I ever saw this was in Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, when Shah Rukh's character is staying in an attic room that looks all cobwebby and cold, and the monsoons have started, and his new wife has just begun to warm up to him. She brings him a glass of turmeric milk for his health, and it's actually quite a touching little moment.
Anyway, since then it's been one of those little details I always gleefully notice in films. TURMERIC MILK! Turmeric, as well as being a beautiful, beautiful colour, is one of those natural wonder foods, it turns out, with antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. It's apparently long been used in Ayurvedic treatments for quite a range of things (seriously, Google it, it's quite interesting) and, as seen in Bollywood, is a widely used home remedy to ward off coughs, colds, chills, sore throats, and actually, is just quite a lovely drink.
So anyway: here in New Zealand we're at the tail end of winter, and everyone is a bit run-down, and I'm having one of those weeks where all I want to do is curl up with a good book (or, err, my Arrested Development DVDs) and a nice comforting hot drink and hibernate until spring finally gets here. And I'm not a fan of sweet things really, so hot chocolate doesn't really cut it. So I decided to experiment a little bit with what I had in the cupboard and am excited to present:
Vanessa's Turmeric Milk Experiment (it's DELICIOUS!)
1 mug of skim milk
half a teaspoon of garam masala
half a teaspoon of turmeric
a pinch of salt
2 teaspoons of sugar
a generous grinding of cracked black pepper
Combine all the ingredients in a small saucepan, stirring over a high heat until the milk is just about boiling.
Then pour it into a mug and drink it. DELICIOUS.