Golden Porridge

July 25, 2015 at 6:12 pm (Breakfast/Brunch, Recipes) (, , , , )

If you’re up-to-date on the wellness/clean eating trend that’s sweeping through Melbourne at the moment, you would have heard of “golden milk”.  Made by cooking milk with turmeric, ginger and black pepper (with variations including other spices like cardamom and cinnamon), haldi ka doodh is a medicinal, Ayurvedic drink, commonly served as a home remedy for coughs and sore throats.  With its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, turmeric has a long history of use in herbal medicine to treat a wide range of ailments.  Skeptics would argue that the amount of turmeric you would need to consume to reap the benefits of curcumin (the “active ingredient” in turmeric) is impractical, but regardless of which side of the fence you are on, “golden milk” is a delicious, tummy-warming alternative to your hot chocolate when the mercury drops.

In this recipe, turmeric and ginger give the oats a gorgeous creaminess.  I find that the banana is sufficient for sweetening the porridge but you can stir through a teaspoon or two of honey to serve for added sweetness.  I also like to mix in a tablespoon of natural peanut butter for some extra protein and richness.  This “golden porridge” is possibly the ultimate winter comfort food, and any health benefits from the spices are just an added bonus.

Golden Porridge v2

Ingredients (serves 1)

  • half a cup rolled oats
  • 1 tbsp desiccated coconut
  • 1/2 cup skim milk (or soy/nut/coconut milk – if using coconut milk, omit the desiccated coconut)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • Optional spices : 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon, 1/2 tsp ground cardamom, pinch of nutmeg
  • 1 small banana, sliced
  • Optional : 1 tsp honey, 1 t bsp natural peanut butter (or other nut butter)

Place the oats, coconut, milk, water and spices in a small saucepan and cook gently over low heat for 5-6 mins or until the mixture reaches the desired consistency.  Stir frequently to stop it from catching.  If using, stir through the nut butter to combine thoroughly before removing the pan from the heat.  Serve with honey for a sweeter porridge.

Golden Porridge

 

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