'Pepper Milk is an excellent home remedy for throat infections, colds, and coughs. It soothes the throat after a tiring cough and helps for a good sleep. It tastes sweet, with a hint of pepper.
Pepper Milk for a cough? Yes. You have read it correctly; it is Pepper Milk cold and cough. It's an excellent home remedy for common throat infections. My hubby, too, asks for this pepper milk whenever he is hit with a cold or a cough.
It is believed to soothe the throat and give immediate relief for cough and severe symptoms.
About this recipe
The turmeric added to pepper milk is an antibacterial for any initial infections. While watching Dr. Oz's show, he briefly explained the goodness of turmeric. And he showed how we can add to our daily recipes.
Turmeric is one of the critical ingredients in South Asian cuisines. The South Indians use turmeric as a coloring agent in our recipes.
While writing this post, I referred to Wikipedia for pepper, which stunned me that it has a long list of medicinal values. Amazing, knowingly, or unknowingly, we have it on the everyday menu.
If you want more soothing pepper recipes, these Pepper Chicken gravy could help you.
The 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 quality ingredients. Since this is used for medicinal purposes, making them fresh is always advised.
Healthy ingredients are equal to healthy food. And making them fresh in the kitchen is easy. 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 for the milk that you use regularly, or you may use any version of milk. I would suggest you stay what you use in your daily menu.
The whole milk and the full-fat milk give a creamy texture to this pepper milk and provide a subtle taste to this healthy, heartwarming drink. You may use almond or soy milk if you are vegan or allergic to dairy.
Whole Black Peppercorns
Stay with the whole black peppercorns. Gently crush with the pestle motor just before making the recipe. Crushing them fresh gives a fresh and soothing taste to the drink.
You feel the sensation of your throat relieved after every sip. Trust me, the store-bought crushed pepper could not even come close to the freshly ground peppercorns.
Gently crushing them opens all the flavors of the pepper, which is extensively infused in the milk. Also, the solid particles of pepper settle 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 on 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.
For example, if you prefer to make this pepper milk healthier, you may add natural sweeteners like honey and agave. Raw sugar, palm sugar, or coconut sugar are some of the healthy alternatives.
Alternatively, you may skip adding sugar if you have any dietary concerns. I WILL NOT ADD SUGAR when I make this pepper milk for my father-in-law. Furthermore, he says that it still tastes good.
This main ingredient 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 turmeric powder at home and packs it for me, which I store for a couple of years until my next visit to India.
I know this is impossible for everyone, so I suggest staying 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 is covered with the warm milk.
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- 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 another 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 excellent relief to the tired throat.
Serving Suggestions: 1. Serving at night before bed is the better option. Like our recipe?