Golden latte is how I tried to sell this Manjal paal/ Turmeric milk/Haldi Doodh to my kids. I like how the Americans take a very routine everyday ingredient, recipe or drink that we’ve been doing for ages and reinvent it as an American brainchild, market it like only they can and elevate it to the world stage as the newest, most sensational star. How else would you explain the popularity of Avocados, Kale and Chia seeds? Give my mother a bunch of Kale and a “Murunga keerai kattu” (bunch of Moringa leaves) and she’d confidently feed Kale to the cow at the local Goshala and make Ragi murunga keerai adai for tiffen. Give it to me and I’d safely stow both them away in the fridge, look through all my recipe books for a new un-blogged recipe, search on the internet and unable to make up my mind drop it for the time being, then forget about it for a week and find it drooping at the back of the fridge by accident and salvage just a handful of the bunch and fold the kale into a cheese sandwich and throw the murunga keerai into a Ragi Adai. We’re all fans of Ragi Adai at home.
While America flaunts Kale, Uber eats’ new ad has Dulquer Salman exclaim “Podalanga” (Snake gourd) with disdain and ends with the caption “Uber eats for your Podalanga moments”, as if that’s a given. I didn’t know Podalanga suffered such a bad rap. I think it’s another case of a lazy adaptation of the Hindi “Lauki” (bottle gourd) ad for the Tamil audience. It’s a bad advert on many levels. The ad would have passed muster with the Tamil audience if Dulquer had made a face at “Upma” (I love Upma, mind you) instead. Some woman scoured through a number of recipes and found a new twist on Podalanga kootu and painstakingly recreated it for lunch. Now because this punk thinks “podalanga” is un-cool and orders Uber eats instead, she has to find a dabba and pack it into the fridge and eat it all 3 meals the next day to finish it off. That woman could be you, could be your friend, could be Jayanthi Padmanabhan. Thank you Uber eats for making it easier for mommies.
Since I am eating healthy, I am intermittent fasting and have sincere intention to exercise, I should be drinking healthy too. Coffee and tea won’t do, especially because the sugar fiend that I am, I can’t bear to drink sugarless coffee and tea. A warming, feel-good-from-inside golden latte seemed to fit the bill perfectly. I decided to give it a shot. What I have here is the simplest, most basic golden latte. You can of course make it vegan by making it with almond or cashew milk instead of regular milk. You can add a bit of nutmeg, add a bit of soaked and ground cashews or any other add-in you fancy. Enjoy!
However since I am not as great at marketing, I wasn’t able to sell it to my kids. They weren’t as taken by it as I was. The taste of turmeric milk takes a little getting used to. I took an instant liking to it. I loved it. It’s my go-to morning drink these days.