Thursday, February 19, 2015

Rich And Tasty Tumeric Tea




I discovered turmeric tea quite by accident last week. I had run out of chai tea which is what I usually combine with almond milk and honey to serve as a toasty warm up on a frosty winter's day. 
Back at the house after a day of cross country skiing with my family, I ended up searching though my spice stash and created this great tasting hot drink that is quick and easy to make. 
Actually it isn't anything like tea!

Because dairy milk is hard on the digestive system, I use almond, rice or coconut milk.  The coconut milk gives the richest flavour and texture and because of it's high fat content,  it is a good choice since turmeric is fat-soluble. 
Tumeric is famous for its anti-inflammatory properties due to the curcumin it contains, but studies proving this were done using turmeric as a concentrated nutritional supplement so, you'd have to take a lot of turmeric spice with your food or drink to get any benefit. Nonetheless, adding fresh ginger and honey can soothe sore throats and ward off the flu bug.  

INGREDIENTS:

400 ml Coconut milk (1 can)
1  tsp Ground Tumeric
1/2 tsp Ground Cardamom
1/2 tsp Ground Cinamon
1 heaping tsp Honey
1 crank of freshly ground black pepper

*Optional fresh or ground ginger


Directions: 
Combine all ingredients except honey in a saucepan.  Heat gently and stir occasionally.  When mixture begins to steam add honey, stir and remove from heat. Adding the pepper increases tumeric's bio-availability. Makes 2 servings.

There are lots of substitutions and additions to be made here and I welcome your suggestions and comments.!