‘Pepper Milk’ excellent home remedy for throat infections, cold, and cough. It soothes the throat after tiring cough and helps for a good sleep. It tastes sweet, with the hint of pepper.
*This post has been updated on Jan 2, 2019 with updated recipe.
Pepper Milk for a cough? Yes. You have read it correctly; it is Pepper Milk cold and cough. Its excellent home remedy for common throat infections. My hubby too asks for this pepper milk, whenever he hit with cold or a cough. It is believed that it soothes the throat and gives immediate relief for a cough and severe symptoms.
The turmeric added to pepper milk acts as an antibacterial for any initial infections. While watching Dr.Oz show, he too briefly explained about the goodness of turmeric. And he showed that how we can add to our daily recipes.
Turmeric is one of the critical ingredients in South Asian cuisines. We, the South Indians use turmeric as a coloring agent in our recipes. While writing this post, I referred Wikipedia for pepper, made me stunned it has got a longlisted of medicinal values. Amazing, knowingly or unknowingly we have it on the everyday menu.
Preferred time to have this milk is before bedtime. It is always better to seek medicines for any illness, but trying some home remedies is not a bad idea. You can also try this along with your regular medication. You will feel the flavors of the turmeric and the peppercorns in every sip.
How to make pepper milk
Let’s start preparing pepper milk with the quality ingredients. Since this is used for medicinal purposes making them fresh, it’s always been advised.
The healthy ingredients equal to healthy food. And making and them fresh in the kitchen is easy and straightforward. And you need not be a gourmet chef to make this as the steps, and the ingredients involved are simple and available everywhere in the United States.
The turmeric and black peppercorns are the two main ingredients for this recipe. Milk is an ingredient that gels and blends with these two main ingredients.
You may opt-in for the milk that you use regularly, you may use any version of milk. I would suggest to you to stay you use in your daily menu. The whole milk and the full-fat milk give a creamy texture for this pepper milk and give a subtle taste to this healthy heartwarming drink. You may use almond milk or soy milk also if you are vegan or if you are allergic to dairy.
Whole Black Peppercorns
Stay with the whole black peppercorns. And gently crush with the pestle motor just before making the recipe. Crushing them fresh gives a fresh and soothing taste to the drink. Where you feel the sensation of your throat gets relieved after every sip. Trust me that the store-bought crushed pepper could not even come close to the freshly crushed peppercorns.
Gently crushing them opens all the flavors of the pepper and which gets infused in the milk extensively. And also the solid particles of pepper settle down at the bottom of the glass and will not get stuck in your throat.
Additionally, you feel the heat of the peppercorns on your throat and not in your tongue.
There are no strict rules for the sugar quantity and the type of sugar we use. You may choose the sugar which is comfortable for you to use. Like, if you prefer to make this pepper milk healthier, you may add natural sweeteners like honey and agave. Raw sugar or palm sugar or coconut sugar some of the healthy alternatives.
Alternatively, you may also skip adding sugar if we have any dietary concerns. When I make this pepper milk for my father-in-law, I will not be adding sugar, furthermore, he says that it still tastes good.
This is the main ingredient which adds color and taste to this healthy drink. Half a teaspoon is good enough for a glass of milk.
I used to get turmeric powder from India. My mom makes the turmeric powder at home, and she packs for me which I store for a couple of years until my next visit to India. I know this is not possible for everyone, so suggest to stay with the quality and branded turmeric powder.
Mix hot milk, crushed peppercorns, turmeric powder, and sugar. Whisk it until the drink becomes frothy. Transfer them to the glass. Sip slowly so that the entire throat covers with the warm milk.
- 1 tsp black Pepper slightly crushed
- 1 cup milk
- 1 tsp turmeric powder
- 2 tsp sugar
- Gently crush whole black peppercorns in pestle and mortar. And set aside.
- Boil milk until it starts foaming.
- Add crushed black peppercorns, turmeric powder, and sugar to hot milk.
- Whisk until the milk becomes frothy.
- Transfer to serving glass and serve warm.
Do check out other milkshake recipe for Banana Milk Shake.
Tips and Variations:
1. Adding cardamom powder can elevate the flavor of this turmeric pepper milk.
2. Serving hot provides a great relief to the tired throat.
1. Serving at night before bed is the better option.