Meera says "Fresh turmeric is knobbly and ugly, like Gollum’s feet, but scratch the surface with your fingernail and its beautiful blinding carrot-orange root is revealed beneath…For me it is the taste of childhood, of a few days off school, tucked up in bed and being looked after. While it may stain your fingers, it rewards with its many health benefits: it is anti-inflammatory and contains anti-oxidants, it soothes sore throats and helps kick colds.
This warm drink tastes sweet, earthy, pungent and zingy. Enjoy it first thing in the morning for a jolt of health or last thing at night for a soothing evening drink. If you can’t find the root, use ground turmeric"
NB. Only peel the turmeric if you don’t mind getting yellow fingers, or else leave unpeeled
- 2cm turmeric root, peeled and grated or 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
- 1½ cm ginger root, peeled and grated or ½ tsp ground ginger
- 500ml milk
- a pinch of ground cardamom (optional)
- 1½ tablespoons honey
Place the milk, turmeric, ginger, cardamom (if using) and honey into a small sauce pan and bring up to a simmer then turn the heat off. Leave to infuse for a couple of minutes, stir, then pour the milk through a fine sieve or mesh strainer into two mugs. Squeezing out the last of the gingery turmeric juice with the back of a spoon. Stir and check for sweetness, adding more honey if need be.
- 1½ mugs water
- ½ mug milk
- 2 tea bags**
- ½tsp chai masala mix
- Up to 4tsp sugar to taste
Put everything except sugar into a pan. Bring to the boil. Simmer for one minute. Strain into mugs, add sugar to taste. Serve immediately
Meera's Mother's Chai Masala Mix
- 50g ground ginger
- 25g ground cinnamon
- 25g ground cloves
- 15g ground black pepper
- 15g ground cardamom
Put spices in a jar, screw on lid tightly. Shake well to mix. Store in cool dark place, use within 6 months
This is my Bonne Maman jar which lives in the back of the tea&coffee cupboard. I have a tiny spoon [¼teaspoon] tucked inside- just enough for when I am making one mug.
btw the picture above is from Meera's twitter feed - I would encourage people not to use any book as a drinks coaster!
**I use Sainsbury’s red label or redbush - Meera likes 'Yorkshire Tea' teabags.
update - please read the important comment below about turmeric! Next week I promise a very interesting cookie recipe