I love how things I have been eating all my life become zeitgeist. Not only do I get to tell everyone that I have been eating that for years (!) but I love the resulting originality and innovation in recipes with that ingredient. Yes, I have been having turmeric since birth and love it, but it never occurred to me to have a turmeric latte until I saw it in a café.
Indian food always has turmeric in it. As do some Indian pickles. I have grown up seeing my mum’s fingers turn yellow because of her grating fresh turmeric. I know when turmeric crosses the line from flavoursome to bitter, and how in curries it should be balanced with tomatoes otherwise everything takes on an unpleasant yellow tinge. Turmeric is an antiseptic and I remember when my dad cut his hand horribly on some glass the first thing he and my mum did was heap turmeric powder on it to stop it from getting infected.
For me this spice is interwoven and bonded with food and taste, but a turmeric latte? I remember the first time I had one and how much I loved it. Since then I have been buying them fairly regularly but they don’t come cheap so I decided to make my own at home and after a few attempts I have found a winning combination of flavours and amounts. And I hope you think so too!
1 cup milk (of any type: I use unsweetened soya milk)
¾ teaspoon of turmeric powder
1 teaspoon of cinnamon powder
1 teaspoon of ginger powder
Sweetener of choice
I have come to these amounts by trial and error and I highly recommend you do the same. I love ginger so put a fair amount in however you might not so feel free to decrease or increase as you like.
Heat the milk gently in a small pan and when warm add the turmeric, ginger, and cinnamon powders. Continue to mix and stir until all the spices have thoroughly blended with the milk and the drink is warm the whole way through. I continue to heat and stir until it starts to boil but you may like it slightly cooler.
Take off the heat and use a whisk to create foam. Pour back into your cup and enjoy!
If you do want to add a sweetener be it honey or sugar, do so before you take it off the heat and after you add the spices.