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Turmeric Tea is a healthy and healing drink. I make this tea for myself everyday.

I have this turmeric tea in the evening time or at times before going to bed. It not only refreshes me but also make me feel better.

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Turmeric Tea served in off white small cups with a black flower design on the cup. Cups placed on a white marble board with a small bowl or turmeric and a few black pepper thrown on the marble boardTurmeric Tea served in off white small cups with a black flower design on the cup. Cups placed on a white marble board with a small bowl or turmeric and a few black pepper thrown on the marble board

I have been making this tea for sometime – out of my need to let go of Turmeric Milk as I have a slight intolerance to dairy products.

Thus I started mixing turmeric with water instead of milk and having it everyday. Later I started adding a few more spices in the tea and loved it.

I was not even aware that a recipe for turmeric tea already existed on the web. So when I searched there were many recipes and different ways to make this potent concoction.

This Turmeric tea recipe is one which I make often and the ingredients I add are what suits me. Feel free to change the other herbs and spices as per your health constitution and preferences.

On Turmeric

In India, we have been using Turmeric for centuries. These bright yellow roots are even added in Ayurvedic medicines. Turmeric is a staple spice which you will find in all Indian Kitchens.

For the tea or for my regular Indian cooking, I always use organic ground turmeric or GI tagged turmeric. Sometimes packaged turmeric has metanil yellow added as a coloring agent. So it is better to source or get unadulterated ground turmeric or organic turmeric.

About this Turmeric Tea

  • takes less than 5 minutes
  • is vegan
  • has additional spices like true cinnamon, dried ginger and black pepper
  • is sweetened with raw sugar (optional)

Benefits of turmeric and other spices

1. Turmeric – Curcumin in turmeric has powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It boosts immunity and good for the skin too. In the recipe you can add either fresh turmeric roots or ground turmeric powder.
2. Black Pepper – Antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties are also found in black pepper. Moreover black pepper helps in absorbing curcumin. It also stimulates the appetite and helps in digestion.
3. Ceylon Cinnamon – Aromatic Ceylon cinnamon has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. It is also good for immunity. Kindly note to use true cinnamon or ceylon cinnamon in any recipe and not cassia cinnamon.
4. Ginger – The roots of ginger contain gingerol which has immense anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits. Ginger also helps in digestion, reducing nausea and aids in relieving cough and cold. In the recipe you can use both fresh ginger root or ground ginger powder.

Why is my Turmeric tea red?

If you see this turmeric tea is dark red and not yellow. Wonder why?

Ginger and cinnamon added to the water makes it alkaline. Turmeric when added to an alkaline medium become red. Hence this turmeric tea will have a red color.

Don’t worry on the color part. It is still healthy and turmeric when heated is better for digestion and absorption. That is why in Indian cooking, we always heat turmeric. I have also made this turmeric tea minus the ginger, cinnamon and raw sugar and the color was yellow.

Variations

    1. Tangy tea: If you like sour or tangy tea, then add some lemon juice.
    2. Sweeteners: I usually prefer sweet tea, hence I sweeten them with a bit of raw sugar or jaggery. You may opt for maple syrup or honey or any other sweetener. If using honey then add it once the tea becomes warm as honey becomes toxic when heated.
    3. Herbal tea: You can even add some fresh or dried mint leaves, nettle leaves or lemon grass in the tea.
    4. Floral Flavors: Add dried flowers like chamomile, rose petals, hibiscus, lavender and steep for a few minutes.
    5. Fresh Herbs: Instead of dried ginger powder, add ½ inch ginger, grated to the water and boil for 5 minutes. You can even use ½ inch of freshly grated turmeric root in the water and boil for 5 minutes.
    6. Additional spices: Depending on your health needs, you can add spices like carom seeds, fennel seeds, cumin seeds or coriander seeds in the tea. Cloves, cardamoms or a bit of ground nutmeg can also be added. You can add these spices whole or in powdered form.

How to make Turmeric tea

1. In a saucepan take 1 cup water.

Water in a pan

Water in a pan

2. Add ½ to 1 tablespoon raw unrefined sugar. You can even use jaggery or maple syrup or skip the sweetener completely.

Adding unrefined raw sugar

Adding unrefined raw sugar

3. Let the water come to a boil and add ⅛ teaspoon ground ginger (dried ginger powder – saunth). ½ teaspoon of  freshly grated ginger root or crushed ginger can also be added.

adding dry ginger powder when the water comes to a boil

adding dry ginger powder when the water comes to a boil

4. Next add ⅛ teaspoon ground ceylon cinnamon (ceylon cinnamon powder and not cassia cinnamon powder)

adding ground ceylon cinnamon powder

adding ground ceylon cinnamon powder

5. Add ⅛ teaspoon crushed black pepper or ground black pepper.

adding crushed black pepper

adding crushed black pepper

6. Add ½ teaspoon ground turmeric (turmeric powder).

adding ground turmeric powder

adding ground turmeric powder

7. Boil further for a minute or two.

turmeric tea boiling

turmeric tea boiling

8. Remove pan and pour the tea in a cup or mug. You can even strain the tea while pouring. Enjoy turmeric tea hot or warm.

Turmeric Tea

Turmeric Tea


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Turmeric Tea

Immune Boosting Turmeric Tea made with ground turmeric, ground cinnamon, black pepper and ginger powder.

Turmeric Tea served in off white small cups with a black flower design on the cup. Cups placed on a white marble board with a small bowl or turmeric and a few black pepper thrown on the marble boardTurmeric Tea served in off white small cups with a black flower design on the cup. Cups placed on a white marble board with a small bowl or turmeric and a few black pepper thrown on the marble board

Course:beverages & drinks

Diet:gluten-free,vegan


Servings (change the number to scale):2

(1 CUP = 250 ML)

  • 1 cup water – 250 ml
  • ½ to 1 tablespoon raw unrefined sugar or jaggery or maple syrup – optional
  • ½ teaspoon ground turmeric turmeric powder
  • teaspoon ground ceylon cinnamon (ceylon cinnamon powder and not cassia cinnamon powder) – optional
  • teaspoon ground ginger dried ginger powder – saunth
  • teaspoon crushed black pepper or ground black pepper
  • In a saucepan take water and raw sugar or jaggery. You can even use maple syrup or skip the sweetener completely.

  • Heat the water and let it come to a boil.

  • Add turmeric powder, ground ceylon cinnamon, ground ginger and crushed black pepper.

  • Boil further for a minute or two.

  • Pour and serve. You can even strain the tea.

  • Enjoy turmeric tea hot or warm.

  • For kids add ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder or less.
  • Other spices can be skipped. You can add some more additional spices or herbs.
  • Lemon juice can be added. 
  • Fresh Ginger can also be added instead of dry ginger powder. Add ½ inch ginger crushed or grated or ½ teaspoon of grated or crushed ginger.
  • Grated turmeric roots can be also added. Add ½ inch of freshly grated turmeric root in the water and boil for 5 minutes.
  • Sweeteners can be skipped or you can add your choice of sweetener like agave syrup, maple syrup, jaggery or honey. If adding honey then add once the tea is warm as jaggery becomes toxic when heated. 

Nutrition Facts

Turmeric Tea

Amount Per Serving

Calories 15 Calories from Fat 9

% Daily Value*

Fat 1g2%

Saturated Fat 1g6%

Sodium 6mg0%

Carbohydrates 4g1%

Sugar 3g3%

Protein 1g2%

Iron 1mg6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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