Turmeric Saffron Milk – Golden Milk Recipe

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Turmeric saffron milk or haldi kesar doodh is a perfect drink soothing the body with anti-inflammatory properties. We also call this as golden milk. The beautiful color and flavor of this milk makes you feel better on any given day.

This is a gluten-free recipe. This drink can be prepared by boiling fresh turmeric, ginger, black pepper, saffron with milk and serve hot to enjoy.

Turmeric rhizome or roots an ayurvedic ingredient which has many culinary uses. This is rich in antioxidants, anti-inflammatory components. Cures throat infection, cold and cough. The deskinned rhizomes can be used directly in gravies, soups, drinks.

Saffron or kesar is also rich in some vital vitamins which are essential for optimum health. It is reported to have a beneficial effect on memory loss, stomach ailments, stimulant tonic and relieves cold and infections and a very good replacement for synthetic food additives.

Saffron adds a beautiful rich color and taste to the milk. The addition of ginger and black pepper adds even more healthy quotient.

This is a healthy recipe of using both turmeric and saffron the wonder ingredients to keep the body warm and resistant to infections. Turmeric saffron milk can be served in the mornings, just before going to bed or anytime of the day.

Do check the other recipe using turmeric rhizome

Carrot turmeric soup

Fresh turmeric flavored buttermilk or tambuli

Fresh turmeric thokku or chutney



Few tips and variations in preparing turmeric saffron milk

Do not add more turmeric root, this will give bitter taste. If you don’t like the strong pungent smell of turmeric, then add little less.

Use good quality saffron from a reliable source to get proper benefits of saffron.

Since I grow my own turmeric, prefer to use the fresh turmeric roots when they are in season. During other days of the year I use freshly ground turmeric powder especially for this golden milk. If you do not have access to this use good quality turmeric powder to replace the roots.

This drink can be made vegan by replacing the milk with coconut milk or almond milk. It is not mandatory to strain the milk, instead the milk can be kept aside for few minutes for the solids to settle down, then this can be served.

If saffron is not available, this can be skipped and plain turmeric milk with ginger and black pepper can be prepared.

Other variations of this milk are adding simple Indian spices like cinnamon, saunf cardamom. As per research black pepper helps in absorption of turmeric by our body.

Do not boil the milk for too long, this removes all the good benefits of turmeric. If turmeric is boiled for long duration at high temperature, curcumin (active ingredient) gets broken down.

As suggested by our ayurvedic doctor this turmeric saffron milk can be taken every alternative day as these turmeric roots are much stronger and intense in flavor than turmeric powder. If giving to very small kids, ensure they are not allergic to fresh turmeric with symptoms like burning sensation or nausea.

Sweetener for turmeric saffron milk

You can choose a sweetener you like to add to this milk. Sugar, honey, maple syrup, jaggery powder or any other. While adding jaggery make sure you add in the end with boiling on low flame.

Detailed recipe of turmeric saffron milk

Here is the recipe, if you happen to make this recipe, do give your feedback and rate it.

Heat water in a saucepan. As water starts boiling, add de-skinned and finely grated turmeric roots.

Next add deskinned and grated ginger to the same boiling water. Add black pepper powder as per taste. Cook this for next 2 minutes so that all flavors are infused into the water.

Add saffron strands and milk to this boiling mixture. Boil this milk for 3-4 minutes. Now the color of the milk changes to golden yellow color.


Turmeric saffron milk could be diluted with some more water at this point. Add sugar to this and boil until sugar just melts.

In other method, switch off the heat and add jaggery or honey when the milk is just warm.

Now strain the milk and the other option is to allow the solids to settle down. Serve hot / warm healthy turmeric saffron milk.

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Saffron Milk

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Turmeric Saffron Milk

Pavithra M AdigaPavithra M Adiga
Turmeric saffron milk or haldi kesar doodh is a perfect drink soothing the body with anti-inflammatory properties. 
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine Indian
Servings 2 people


  • Fresh turmeric root grated (deskinned) - 1 tsp
  • Ginger (deskinned and and grated) - ½ tsp
  • Black pepper powder as per taste
  • Saffron or kesar strands -12-15 nos.
  • Milk- 1½ cups
  • Water - ½ cup
  • Sugar as per taste


  • Heat saucepan and add water to this. Add grated turmeric rhizome.
  • Heat water in a saucepan. As water starts boiling, add finely grated turmeric rhizome. Add grated ginger and black pepper powder as per taste. Boil for 2 minutes.
  • Add saffron and milk to this mixture. Boil for 3-4 minutes or until the color of milk changes to golden yellow.
  • Add sugar and water if required. Strain the milk and serve hot the healthy turmeric saffron milk.


Do not add more turmeric than required, this might turn bitter. Do not boil for very long time, this makes the turmeric degrade the active ingredient of turmeric rhizome.
To make the recipe sugar-free add honey, maple syrup or jaggery powder.
This drink can be made richer by adding almond powder.
Black pepper powder and sugar can be adjusted as per taste.
Keyword Drinks, Healthy, Homemade, Indian, turmeric, Winter recipes

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