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Haldi Milk

There's a spice called 'haldi' in Hindi, turmeric in English.  It is a beautiful golden colour.  It is used for flavouring and colouring dishes.  I'm not terribly fond of haldi and far prefer cook dishes which don't require it.  I am not very good at cooking it properly.  My husband is very particular about cooking the haldi properly and many times, if I cook it, he swears it's still raw, even if the children and I think it's all right.

There is one thing for which I love haldi.  It is very good for healing injuries.  If  you get a cut and have not antiseptic cream handy, you can mix haldi, found in any kitchen here in India,  with some cream and put it on the wound just like an antiseptic cream.  Haldi can stain clothes though, so you have to make sure it doesn't come into contact with any.  Haldi milk is very good for anyone who has been injured in an accident.  You'd have to add some sugar, though, otherwise it would be very bitter.  I drank that milk sometimes after my deliveries when we had none of those Horlicks type drinks in the house and found it quite palatable.  I'm sure it helped me to heal up too.  Well, it didn't harm me anyway.

Some people claim that haldi can whiten teeth as well, when mixed with salt and mustard oil and applied on the teeth. Others claim that it can whiten the complexion.  I know people who mix it with chickpea flour and cream and apply it on their skin for some time.  Well, I don't know about that.  My complexion is fair enough.  Besides, who says everyone has to have a fair complexion?  I think dark complexions are lovely.


  1. Gaelikaa, are you talking about using the turmeric root? Perhaps your husband is worried about heart burn or the chance of internal bleeding since it is known to thin the blood.

  2. Well, Gaelikaa, you know what's the best part about your blog? Everything you write about I already know because I belong to the same kinda culture, but I thoroughly enjoy reading your perspective about it! I know the use of Haldi very well, and have sometime used it for my face to make it clear and glowy not exactly white! :) I love my tan Asian complexion. It sets me apart from the white people! Something I realized after coming to Canada! :)

  3. I agree with you that lovely complexions come in all shades and colour.
    I didn't know that turmeric had healing properties.... but I know that honey can be put straight onto wounds as that also has anti septic and can heal a wound and keep it clean.
    Have a lovely weekend.
    Maggie X

    Nuts in May

  4. For me darker the better. I am a Tamilian remember?

  5. I've always thought that turmeric might actually stain lighter skin orange (does anyone know if it does?). For browner skin I'm sure it adds a lovely glow. :-)

    And I'm with most people here.. the darker the skin the more BEAUTIFUL! :-) In Australia people are always trying to get darker skin, and some even buy 'fake tan' lotion!!



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