How to Make Haldi Doodh (a.ka. Golden Milk Latte)

Learn how to make golden milk latte or haldhi dhood in a few easy steps!

Growing up, it probably wasn’t uncommon to see your parents or grandparents drinking warm, yellow turmeric milk before sleeping. Haldi dhoodh, now popularly renamed and appropriated as “golden milk latte” or “turmeric latte” is an ancient Ayurvedic drink known to help boost immunity and reduce inflammation.

Turmeric consists of a chemical compound known as curcumin, which has many benefits including reducing inflammation to sore joints and muscles. In an Indian household, turmeric is the first line of defense for almost everything—colds, indigestion, poor sleep, bad day.

For South Asians, turmeric is already in so much of what we consume. It’s in so many of our culinary recipes and Haldi Doodh (aka Golden Milk Latte) has been used for centuries to ward off a brewing (or existing) illness. Curcumin on its own doesn’t absorb easily into the body, which is why it’s essential to pair turmeric with milk (and black pepper, if possible) for better absorption.

If you want the OG version, all you need is 1 TSP turmeric plus 1 CUP milk, and 1/4 CUP water and heat it up until it’s about 1 cup. If you want the sweeter, frothy, fancy, coffee-shop version, see below.

Serving Size: 1


  • 1 cups milk (almond milk, hemp milk, oat milk, or cow’s milk)
  • 1 teaspoon haldi (turmeric)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardomom
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 cloves
  • 2 pinches of black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • Honey to taste


1.) Put milk in a saucepan on low to medium heat.
2.) Add in turmeric, cinnamon, cloves, ground cardamom, black pepper and grated ginger.
3.) Bring to a low boil and stir.
4.) Strain into a mug.
5.) Add honey, mix and enjoy!

Need a little extra encouragement? You got it, dhood!

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