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(Instant) Turmeric Milk Recipe with Pepper to Boost Your Immunity

by Jayashri
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Today I will show you how to prepare simple turmeric milk quickly (within 5 minutes).

Turmeric milk or Haldi ka doodh can boost your immunity against cold, cough and sore throat.

Let’s get started!

What is Turmeric Milk or Manjal Paal?

Turmeric milk is an Indian Drink or Beverage, is mainly prepared using Turmeric powder and milk.

Pepper powder is added for a slight spicy punch. Sugar or honey is added as a sweetener.

This bright yellow turmeric milk or haldi ka doodh is prepared by boiling milk, to which turmeric powder, pepper powder and sugar or honey are added and mixed well.

healthy turmeric milk for cold cough sore throat

In “Manjal paal”, ‘manjal’ means turmeric (in Tamil) and ‘Paal’ means milk (in Tamil).

Haldi Ka Doodh (in Hindi) is believed to improve or boost up your immunity.

The simpler version of Golden Milk is Turmeric milk. The actual Golden Milk recipe includes turmeric powder, pepper powder, ginger, cinnamon, coconut milk, almond and honey.

This drink is believed to have many health benefits and hence it is often used as a Natural Home remedy to boost immunity and keep you off falling ill.

Turmeric milk is a traditional drink packed with loads of health benefits. Limit the use of sugar, honey or any other sweetener to reap the most out of the drink.

What are the benefits of drinking milk with turmeric?

Drinking milk with turmeric is packed with health benefits, like boosting immunity, improving digestion, etc.

Adding a pinch of black pepper powder along with turmeric milk helps your body absorb the curcumin in turmeric.

Read further to know the other benefits of turmeric and pepper.

Is it good to drink turmeric milk everyday?

Yes, turmeric milk is beneficial to drink daily.

The only thing you need to keep in mind is the quantity of turmeric you add to the milk.

(Make sure NOT to go beyond a pinch or two of turmeric powder).

Turmeric milk or Haldi doodh can strengthen your immune system and improve overall body health.

Should you boil turmeric in milk?

If you are using freshly crushed or grated turmeric, then you will need to boil turmeric along with milk.

If you are using turmeric powder, then you can directly mix it along with hot milk and drink. (Boiling turmeric powder along with milk is optional.)

Turmeric milk for cough and cold

Turmeric milk is a traditional herbal drink that is usually used to prevent from worsening a cold, cough and sore throat.

(Drinking hot haldi doodh is NOT the only remedy to cure a cold, cough (also dry cough) or sore throat. You might add this to your diet when you have a cold, cough or sore throat to soothe the throat.)

Video Recipe: How to Make Turmeric Milk in 5 mins

What is Turmeric?

Turmeric is a plant, whose roots are dried, ground to powder and widely used in Indian Culinary.

Turmeric belongs to the ginger family. The outer part of the turmeric root is like a ginger (slightly brown and muddy) and the inner part is hard and vivid yellow.

It is used in recipes, food colouring and cosmetics too.


Turmeric (or Manjal in Tamil language) contains a yellow compound called Curcumin.

Turmeric powder with hot milk can keep several diseases at bay.

Haldi (means turmeric in Hindi) is believed to have many scientifically proven health benefits. A few of them are listed below:

16 Amazing Benefits & Uses of Turmeric in Daily Life

  • Contains powerful anti-inflammatory properties
  • Strong anti-oxidant properties
  • Helps reduce joint pain
  • Believed to help boost brain function
  • Helps boost overall body immunity
  • Protects against heart diseases
  • Internal healing
  • Antiseptic properties help cure wounds
  • Prevent skin allergies and infections
  • Contains anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal properties
  • Improves digestion
  • Helps in maintaining good sleep
  • Culinary uses – to colour and give flavour to the curry
  • Used in cosmetics – face creams, skin packs, hair-removal creams, soaps etc
  • Used for glowing skin
  • Combats acne
  • Helps remove hormonal scars
  • Reduce dark circles
  • Protects against sun damage and aging
  • Used for girl babies to remove baby hairs on body and face and stop regrowth of unwanted hair
  • Extensively used in preparing ayurvedic medicines

Turmeric in Other Indian Languages

  • Turmeric in English – Curcumin/Turmeric
  • Turmeric in Tamil – Manjal
  • Turmeric in Hindi – Haldi
  • Turmeric in Kannada – Arisina
  • Turmeric in Telugu – Pasupu
  • Turmeric in Malayalam – Mannal

What is Pepper?

Pepper (commonly known as Black Pepper) is a flowering vine.

The fruit of pepper plant is called Peppercorn. These peppercorns are dried and used as a spice and also for seasoning.

Also, pepper is an universal table condiment (usually sprinkled on soups, chinese dishes, salads etc.)

Pepper has a sharp and hot flavour and has always been my favourite spice.


This black pepper is believed to have a lot of health benefits (listed below).

Note: Always use Pepper in moderate quantity. Overuse of pepper can cause intestinal irritation, ulcer, burning sensation in stomach and throat.

9 Benefits & Uses of Pepper

  • May have cancer fighting properties
  • Good for digestion
  • Prevents constipation
  • Reduces respiratory diseases
  • High in Anti-oxidants
  • Helps cure skin infections and acne
  • Helps in glowing skin
  • Stimulates blood circulation when added to face scrubs during exfoliation
  • Extensively used in preparing ayurvedic medicines

Pepper in Other Indian Languages

  • Pepper in English – Black Pepper
  • Pepper in Tamil – Milagu
  • Pepper in Hindi – Goli Kaali Mirch
  • Pepper in Kannada – Menasu
  • Pepper in Telugu – Miriyalu
  • Pepper in Malayalam – Kurumilaku

Learn more about INDIAN SPICES and their benefits and uses here.

Indian Spices Herbs
Image Courtesy – Three Whistles Kitchen

Step-by-Step Procedure to Make Simple Turmeric Milk

Step 1: Boiling the Milk

  • Add raw milk to a tea pot or sauce pot.
  • Pour required amount of water to dilute the milk (if required). You can also skip adding water if you do not want to dilute the milk.
  • Allow the milk to boil on medium flame.
  • Once milk boils, turn off the flame.
boil the milk for manjal paal

Step 2: Adding Spices & Sweetener

  • Add turmeric powder, black pepper powder and sugar.
  • Combine well until sugar dissolves.
  • You may also substitute sugar with honey/maple syrup/brown sugar – for a healthier option.
  • Serve hot.
add turmeric pepper powder in milk
add sugar or honey for haldi ka doodh
mix well manjal paal
golden milk
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Recipe Card: Turmeric Milk/Manjal Paal Recipe

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