Thursday 8 February 2018

Turmeric Pepper Milk/Turmeric Milk /Golden Milk/Manjal Paal/Milagu Manjal Paal/Haldi Dhoodh/ மிளகு மஞ்சள் பால் – Home Remedy for Cold and Cough/Immunity Booster

Today I am going to share, one of the best home remedies for cold and cough it is none other than – மிளகு மஞ்சள் பால் /Milagu Manjal Paal. When we were kids, my mom used to make this wonderful milk during the onset of winter seasons and also especially when we suffer from cold, cough and sore throat. It is very easy and simple to make but has numerous amount medicinal benefits. This milagu manjal paal, can be had after dinner it helps in clearing the phlegm, soothes the throat irritation and helps you to doze off.  This is one healthy drink which you should never miss, because it helps to build the immune system and fights the infection. Make you magic golden milk and fight off your cold and sore throat, drink healthy and stay healthy.

Here’s how to make Turmeric & Pepper Milk with step by step photos…

Before going to the recipe, I would like to share a few benefits of turmeric, black pepper, cardamom, dry ginger with you all. They all have numerous health benefits but I listed out a few here.

Benefits of Turmeric

Turmeric contains bioactive compounds with powerful medicinal properties – the most important of which is curcumin.

Curcumin serves as an anti-inflammatory agent and also possess anti-bacterial and anti-viral action. This property of turmeric helps in treatment of bacterial and viral infections such as cold and cough.

The anti-inflammatory property of curcumin aids in relieving the chest congestion and helps to fight off chronic cough.

Turmeric has other benefits when taken on regular basis, like preventing cancer, lowers the risk of heart disease, preventing and treating Alzheimer’s disease, for treating arthritis related problems etc.

Benefits of Pepper

In Ayurvedic practices, Black pepper is added to tonics for treating cold and cough. Black pepper provides great relief for respiratory problems. The antibacterial property of black pepper helps to fight against infections, insect bites etc.

Black pepper helps in improving the digestive health and helps in getting rid of the phlegm and congestion.

Benefits of Cardamom/Elachi

Cardamom is packed with antioxidants and is known for improving the health of our respiratory system which includes reduced wheezing, coughing, and shortness of breath and other symptoms of asthma. It prevents reflex coughing and stimulates normal mucous secretion.

Cardamom improves the digestion, lowers high blood pressure, prevents bad breath, boost blood circulation, regulates blood sugar levels etc.

Benefits of Panam Kalkandu

Panam Kalkandu is made from palmyra palm. It is great alternative to the white sugar. Panam kalkandu helps to liquefy phlegm from the lungs. It is used to treat sore throat amd cold. It has number of minerals, vitamins, calcium, irons, zinc and potassium. It is a great source of vitamin B1, B2, B3, B6 and B12. It is rich in iron to treat anemia. Palm Sugar is “thermogenic” that it takes more energy for the body to burn it, there by increases metabolism. Panam Kalkandu when taken in milk reduces the body heat to a great extent.

Benefits of Dry Ginger

Sukku/Dry ginger is a great cure for throat infection, upper respiratory problems. Dry ginger acts as analgesic and an anti inflammatory agent as well. Other benefits of dry ginger are helps in indigestion, stomach pain, head ache etc.

For now let’s move on to the recipe

1 ½ cup
Turmeric Powder/Manjal Thool/Haldi
½ tsp
Black Pepper Corns
Green Cardamom/Elachi
Panang Kalkandu/Palm Sugar
2 tsp
Dry Ginger Powder/Sukku Powder [optional]
¼ tsp
Nutmeg/Jaathikkai Powder
A dash
Preparation Time: Less than 5 minutes            Recipe Cuisine: Tamil Nadu, India
Cooking Time: 5 minutes  
Makes: 2 small cups  

Author: Priya Anandakumar
Crush the pepper corns and cardamom/elachi in a mortar and pestle and keep it aside.

Heat the milk in a sauce pan, add turmeric powder and let it boil for about a minute.

Add crushed black pepper powder, cardamom powder/elachi, dry ginger powder and boil it for 30 seconds.

Finally add panang kalkandu/palm sugar, boil for 30 seconds, stir well and switch off the stove.

Sprinkle nutmeg powder/jaathikkai on the milk and serve it hot.

Yes Manjal Paal/Turmeric Paal is ready to be enjoyed, enjoy it when it is hot for cold and cough.


If you are allergic to cow’s milk, you can very well replace it with almond milk.

I have used panang kalkandu, you can very well replace it with honey.

I have used dry ginger for additional medicinal benefits, you can skip that as well.

I do not strain the milk, but if you want you can very well strain it and serve it hot.

I have sprinkled a dash of Jaathikkai/Nutmeg powder which as well is optional.

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