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How to Make Golden Milk Turmeric Tea – Masala Haldi Doodh

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Maybe you have heard about a healthy drink called golden milk, or haldi doodh in Hindi. Perhaps even tried it. And now you want to learn how to make it at home?

Yes, this is the right place, let’s start!

Try this golden milk recipe and feel its health-improving effects. Or just enjoy the delicious and spicy taste. I have included both hot and iced versions of this traditional drink in this guide.

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Turmeric tea made with milk is a traditional ayurvedic remedy that is still very commonly used in India. It is easy to make and has many proven health benefits.

I love herbal teas and often experiment with different types of herbs and ingredients. After making golden milk years ago, it instantly became one of my favorite beverages.

There are many ways to make this a fulfilling and healthy drink. Here is my favorite one!

History of Golden Milk

Turmeric is a healthy herb that has an important role in Indian culture and ayurvedic medicine. For thousands of years, it has been used to cure various illnesses and as part of ceremonies.

One example is the traditional Hindu wedding ceremony where a special herbal mixture that contains turmeric is applied to the bride’s skin.

haldi bridal ceremony
A herbal mask with turmeric will clean and brighten the bride’s skin

Golden milk is a traditional Indian drink that has been used as a remedy for anything from cough and fever to more serious conditions like cancer. Before the time of pharmacies and paracetamol, if a child was sick, golden milk was what mothers would most often give them.

Even today, with pain killers and other commonly available drugs, golden milk is one of the most popular homemade remedies in many Asian countries.

The basic version includes just raw cow’s milk and turmeric, but over time it has evolved into different variations.

More recently, this Ayurvedic herbal tea has become very popular in western countries as well. In 2016 it suddenly became so popular that many cafes in the US and Europe started selling it and big newspapers like the Guardian published articles about it.

Ingredients and Health Benefits of Masala Haldi Doodh

Turmeric (haldi) and milk (doodh) are ingredients often used in Indian cuisine, and these two components form the base of golden milk. Either cow’s milk or plant-based milk can be used for making this drink.

Masala means spice mixture in Hindi, and as this recipe includes various spices in addition to turmeric, let’s call it masala haldi doodh.

The combination of these ingredients produces a rich tasting and fulfilling drink, that is not only delicious but offers many health benefits. The people in India recognized these benefits thousands of years ago and now they have been backed by scientific research.

Next, let’s take a closer look at the ingredients of golden milk:

Turmeric and Ginger

Turmeric root is known for its unique yellowish-orange color and powerful antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. You can use grated fresh turmeric or turmeric powder for making golden milk.

turmeric and ginger

Check out this guide for turmeric teas and products to find my favorite organic turmeric powder.

Health Benefits of Turmeric

The main active compound of turmeric is curcumin. It has many science-backed health benefits and is proven to be effective in boosting our immunity and in the treatment of many diseases including digestive problems (such as IBS), arthritis, cancer, and Alzheimer’s Disease.

Ginger is also an important ingredient in golden milk. Fresh ginger root adds some warm spiciness and is super healthy as well.

Health Benefits of Ginger

Ginger root contains gingerols and shogaols that have anticancer, antioxidant, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and anti-allergic properties. It is a great natural remedy for nausea, colds, and cough. In addition, it helps with digestion and reduces pain and stiffness in joints. It is also one of the best teas for inflammation.

Milk or “Mylk”

You can basically use any kind of milk for this recipe. It completely depends on your taste preference and if you want it to be vegan or prefer to use dairy.

Dairy: Fresh, full-fat cow’s milk is the traditional choice for making golden milk. So if you are going to use dairy, I recommend organic whole milk. You can also use low-fat milk, but the taste will not be as rich and fulfilling.

Plant-based: When you want to make vegan golden milk (or should I say mylk), you have a variety of options. I think cashew, almond, and coconut milk are the best ones. But why not go for soy or oat milk if you wish to do so.

My favorite option is to use homemade nut milk.

Here is a 2-minute video that shows you how to make cashew milk:

HOW TO MAKE CASHEW MILK | dairy-free, vegan nut milk

Cinnamon and Black Pepper

I always like to add some cinnamon to my golden milk. It really gives a nice savory and aromatic touch to the drink.

Cinnamon also provides some additional health benefits as it is loaded with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds.

Black pepper is an important part of golden milk. It adds some kick but also has another function.

The piperine in black pepper enhances the bioavailability of curcumin up to 2000%. It means that this drink just became even healthier!

Be careful when you add black pepper, though. Especially if you are sensitive to its taste. Adding too much pepper can ruin the experience.

List of ingredients for 4 servings of Golden Milk Turmeric Tea:

  • 4 cups (9.5 dl) of milk (full-fat cows milk, nut milk or other)
  • 2 teaspoons of ground turmeric or a 2-inch piece of grated fresh turmeric root
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1-inch piece of ginger, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns

If you feel like acquiring all these ingredients is too much hassle, there is also an easier option. Buddha Teas has developed a ready-made organic golden milk powder. All you have to do is mix it with hot milk. Click here to check the current price for Buddha Teas Organic Golden Milk.

Below are also some additional ingredients to consider. For example, you can start with the basic ones above, and then make things more interesting by adding some of these next time.

Optional ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons of extra virgin coconut oil (or ghee)
  • 6 green cardamom pods (slightly crushed)
  • vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon (or more) raw honey
  • ground cinnamon for serving

How to Make Golden Milk

Now we have the ingredients and know how healthy this drink is, so you are probably excited to prepare it.

Let’s get to it!

Golden Milk Turmeric Tea

Here is how to prepare your Golden Milk Tea:

  1. Add the milk, turmeric, cinnamon, ginger, and black pepper to a small saucepan. You can also add the green cardamom if you want to use it.
  2. Bring to a simmer and cover. Let it simmer for about 5 minutes on low heat. 
  3. Now you can add some extra virgin coconut oil or ghee if you prefer. Then mix it, remove it from heat, and let it steep for another 5 minutes while covered.
  4. Add raw honey (or other sweetener) if you want it a bit sweet. Then strain into cups and serve! You can also sprinkle some ground cinnamon on top.

Want to take your delicious golden milk along with you?

Just use a travel tea mug and bring it to the office or park and share it with your friends or colleagues!

Iced Version of Golden Milk – Refreshing & Healthy!

Iced Golden Milk Turmeric Tea

I love the hot version of Golden Milk but on hot summer afternoons, I prefer to drink something cold. So why not make an iced version of this drink?

It’s simple! Just follow the instructions above to brew the tea and then let it cool down to room temperature. Then pour the Golden Milk into a tall glass with ice and enjoy immediately!

You can store the rest of the turmeric tea in the refrigerator so you can easily make another iced drink whenever you feel like having one!

Are You Ready to Make Golden Milk?

If you have never tried golden milk, I warmly recommend that you give this recipe a try. Go ahead and prepare 4 servings (or more) so you can enjoy it together with your family and friends!

One great thing about golden milk is that it is quite easy to make a nice basic version of it. But you can also add all kinds of ingredients and experiment with different methods.

You can try making it with coconut milk, or use homemade cashew or almond milk. You can also try making fresh turmeric juice with a juicer and use that instead of turmeric powder.

Or how about adding some extra ginger to make it spicier? Or even some chili!

Below is the summary of my Golden Milk Recipe:

Golden Milk Turmeric Tea Recipe

Golden Milk Turmeric Tea Recipe – Masala Haldi Doodh

Try this golden milk turmeric tea recipe and feel its health-improving effects. Or just enjoy the delicious and spicy taste.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4


  • 4 cups Ful-Fat Cow's Milk or Plant-Based Milk
  • 2 tsp Ground Turmeric (or a 2-inch piece of grated fresh turmeric root)
  • 2 pcs Cinnamon Sticks
  • 1 inch Sliced Fresh Ginger Root
  • 2 tsp Whole Black Peppercorns

Optional Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp Extra Virgin Coconut Oil (or ghee)
  • 6 pcs green cardamom pods (slightly crushed)
  • vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp Raw Honey
  • Ground Cinnamon for Serving


  • Add the milk, turmeric, cinnamon, ginger, and black pepper to a saucepan. Add also the green cardamom if you want to use it.
  • Simmer for about 5 minutes on low heat. 
  • Add extra virgin coconut oil or ghee if you want. Mix, remove from heat, cover and let sit for another 5 minutes.
  • Add honey if you want to make your tea sweet. Strain into cups. You can also sprinkle some ground cinnamon on top for a nice visual effect. Enjoy!
Keyword Golden Milk, Masala Haldi Doodh

I hope that you will enjoy your golden milk. You can make drinking it a daily habit to help you with staying healthy!

After trying out this recipe, post a comment below and tell me how you liked it. You can also share your own favorite version of golden milk so I can give it a try.

Want to try another traditional Indian beverage? Check out my recipe for authentic masala chai.

Ps. If you liked this recipe, go ahead and share it so others can also try it. Thanks!

Enjoy your Golden Milk!


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12 thoughts on “How to Make Golden Milk Turmeric Tea – Masala Haldi Doodh”

  1. Hi Joonas,

    You’ve provided me an alternative method for getting turmeric into my system. I’ve been taking it in the pill form to relieve my aching knees. I play racquetball 3 times per week and over the years it started producing pain. I found Turmeric stopped the pain. It took 2 weeks and I think it is a great supplement for pain relief. Thanks for providing another delicious way to get Turmeric into my system. Take care, Bob

    • Hi Bob,

      I also use turmeric for relieving joint pain. I recommend that you still take the turmeric supplement even if you drink golden milk. Maybe just half the dose of pills on the days you are drinking turmeric tea. This is to ensure that you get enough of it, as the pills usually contain more turmeric compared to tea.

      All the best,

  2. Hi Jonas,
    Wow! This is really great, well explained, and very easy to follow even for someone like me who find it hard to follow recipe instructions. I did mix turmeric powder with water alone long time ago and it didn’t taste that good, but now that you provided this golden milk recipe, I’m going to give it a try. Can’t wait to share this to my friends after giving it a try and let you know how it goes.
    Thanks for sharing.

    • Hi Benson,

      I also remember years ago I made turmeric tea by just mixing water and turmeric powder. I didn’t like it so I didn’t make it anymore. The first time I made Golden Milk I was so excited because it tasted great. So I wanted to share the recipe with everyone.

      Go ahead and give it a try! I’m sure you will love it.


  3. Thank you so much for this highly informative article, Joonas! I have never tried golden milk before, but it sounds absolutely delightful! I love drinking milk as it is, but knowing that this particular recipe adds flavor, kick, and a variety of health benefits makes me want to try it out immediately! Haha I regularly use turmeric, so it’s a bit strange that I never thought to combine the milk and turmeric (I’m a goof loop sometimes. Haha). Great read! I have saved your site, and will definitely share it with my friends and family. God bless you!

    • I know what you mean, I also use turmeric for cooking. I also drink milk sometimes and often use coconut milk for cooking. This recipe is great for combining these ingredients for a healthy and tasty beverage!

      I hope you will enjoy your Golden Milk!


  4. Joonas,

    I have bookmarked your website. I LOVE it!

    This article was of particular interest because of my lifestyle.
    I drink tea all the time and enjoy the refreshing taste of turmeric, moringa, ginger and others. I have always heard about Golden Milk but never researched for a good recipe. I think I have found one now and will be trying this as my night time relaxer tonight.

    As an added bonus, I learned how to make almond milk and will try my Golden Milk recipe with that. We grow turmeric here so all my ingredients will be fresh. ?

    I cannot wait!

    • Hi Cassandra,

      Great to hear that you like my site!

      I have also been drinking herbal teas frequently for over 10 years but I just tried making Golden Milk recently. Almond and cashew milk are great options for making it and homegrown fresh turmeric is excellent.

      Enjoy your fresh Golden Milk and have a good sleep!

      Best Regards,

  5. Hi –
    Could this be cooked for hours at a low heat? Would cooking it for longer make the tea bitter? What is a good point to add the milk?

    Thank you!

    • Hi Julia,

      Yes, you can prepare Golden Milk by cooking it at low heat for a long time. It will not become bitter.

      I recommend adding turmeric, cinnamon, ginger, and black pepper (and green cardamom if you want) to a saucepan. Instead of milk, add some water and cook on low heat for as long as you want. Just make sure to add more water if too much will be evaporated.

      After you add the milk, cook for an additional 5 minutes before removing it from heat.



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