Turmeric Tea Recipe

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Turmeric Tea is a healthy and healing drink. I make this turmeric tea recipe for myself everyday. I have this tea in the evening time or at times before going to bed. It not only refreshes me but also makes me feel better.

Turmeric Tea served in off white small cups with a black flower design on the cup. Cups placed on a white marble board with a small bowl or turmeric and a few black pepper thrown on the marble board

I have been making this tea for sometime – out of my need to let go of Turmeric Milk as I have a slight intolerance to dairy products.

Thus I started mixing turmeric with water instead of milk and having it everyday. Later I started adding a few more spices in the tea and loved it.

I was not even aware that a recipe for turmeric tea already existed on the web. So when I searched there were many recipes and different ways to make this potent concoction.

This Turmeric tea recipe is one that I make often and the ingredients I add are what suits me. Feel free to change the other herbs and spices as per your health constitution and preferences.

On Turmeric

In India, we have been using Turmeric for centuries. These bright yellow roots are even added in Ayurvedic medicines. Turmeric is a staple spice which you will find in all Indian Kitchens.

For the tea or for my regular Indian cooking, I always use organic ground turmeric or GI tagged turmeric. Sometimes packaged turmeric has metanil yellow added as a coloring agent. So it is better to source or get unadulterated ground turmeric or organic turmeric.

About This Recipe

  • takes less than 5 minutes
  • is vegan
  • has additional spices like true cinnamon, dried ginger and black pepper
  • is sweetened with raw sugar (optional)

Benefits of Turmeric and Other Spices

  1. Turmeric – Curcumin in turmeric has powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It boosts immunity and good for the skin too. In the recipe you can add either fresh turmeric roots or ground turmeric powder.
  2. Black Pepper – Antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties are also found in black pepper. Moreover, black pepper helps in absorbing curcumin. It also stimulates the appetite and helps in digestion.
  3. Ceylon Cinnamon – Aromatic Ceylon cinnamon has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. It is also good for immunity. Kindly note to use true cinnamon or ceylon cinnamon in any recipe and not cassia cinnamon.
  4. Ginger – The roots of ginger contain gingerol which has immense anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits. Ginger also helps in digestion, reducing nausea and aids in relieving cough and cold. In the recipe you can use both fresh ginger root or ground ginger powder.

Why is my Turmeric tea red?

If you see this turmeric tea is dark red and not yellow. Wonder why?

Ginger and cinnamon added to the water make it alkaline. Turmeric when added to an alkaline medium become red. Hence this turmeric tea will have a red color.

Don’t worry on the color part. It is still healthy and turmeric when heated is better for digestion and absorption. That is why in Indian cooking, we always heat turmeric. I have also made this turmeric tea recipe minus the ginger, cinnamon and raw sugar and the color was yellow.

Note: If you are pregnant or have allergies to certain spices used in this recipe or a special medical condition then kindly consult your doctor before attempting this recipe.

Step-by-Step Guide

How to make Turmeric Tea

1. In a saucepan take 1 cup water.

Water in a pan

2. Add ½ to 1 tablespoon raw unrefined sugar. You can even use jaggery or maple syrup or skip the sweetener completely.

Adding unrefined raw sugar

3. Let the water come to a boil and add ⅛ teaspoon ground ginger (dried ginger powder – saunth). ½ teaspoon of  freshly grated ginger root or crushed ginger can also be added.

adding dry ginger powder when the water comes to a boil

4. Next add ⅛ teaspoon ground ceylon cinnamon (ceylon cinnamon powder and not cassia cinnamon powder)

adding ground ceylon cinnamon powder

5. Add ⅛ teaspoon crushed black pepper or ground black pepper.

adding crushed black pepper

6. Add ½ teaspoon ground turmeric (turmeric powder).

adding ground turmeric powder

7. Boil further for a minute or two.

turmeric tea boiling

8. Remove pan and pour the tea in a cup or mug. You can even strain the tea while pouring. Enjoy turmeric tea hot or warm.


Helpful Tips and Variations

  1. Tangy tea: If you like sour or tangy tea, then add some lemon juice.
  2. Sweeteners: I usually prefer sweet tea, hence I sweeten them with a bit of raw sugar or jaggery. You may opt for maple syrup or honey or any other sweetener. If using honey then add it once the tea becomes warm as honey becomes toxic when heated.
  3. Herbal tea: You can even add some fresh or dried mint leaves, nettle leaves or lemon grass in your turmeric tea recipe.
  4. Floral Flavors: Add dried flowers like chamomile, rose petals, hibiscus, lavender and steep for a few minutes.
  5. Fresh Herbs: Instead of dried ginger powder, add ½ inch ginger, grated to the water and boil for 5 minutes. You can even use ½ inch of freshly grated turmeric root in the water and boil for 5 minutes.
  6. Additional spices: Depending on your health needs, you can add spices like carom seeds, fennel seeds, cumin seeds or coriander seeds in the tea. Cloves, cardamoms or a bit of ground nutmeg can also be added. You can add these spices whole or in powdered form to this turmeric tea recipe.

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Turmeric Tea served in off white small cups with a black flower design on the cup. Cups placed on a white marble board with a small bowl or turmeric and a few black pepper thrown on the marble board

Turmeric Tea

Immune Boosting Turmeric Tea made with ground turmeric, ground cinnamon, black pepper and ginger powder.
5 from 10 votes
Prep Time 0 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Cuisine World
Course Beverages
Diet Gluten Free, Vegan
Servings 2


  • 1 cup water – 250 ml
  • ½ to 1 tablespoon raw unrefined sugar or jaggery or maple syrup – optional
  • ½ teaspoon ground turmeric turmeric powder
  • teaspoon ground ceylon cinnamon (ceylon cinnamon powder and not cassia cinnamon powder) – optional
  • teaspoon ground ginger dried ginger powder – saunth
  • teaspoon crushed black pepper or ground black pepper


  • In a saucepan take water and raw sugar or jaggery. You can even use maple syrup or skip the sweetener completely.
  • Heat the water and let it come to a boil.
  • Add turmeric powder, ground ceylon cinnamon, ground ginger and crushed black pepper.
  • Boil further for a minute or two.
  • Pour and serve. You can even strain the tea.
  • Enjoy turmeric tea hot or warm.


  • For kids add ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder or less.
  • Other spices can be skipped. You can add some more additional spices or herbs.
  • Lemon juice can be added. 
  • Fresh Ginger can also be added instead of dry ginger powder. Add ½ inch ginger crushed or grated or ½ teaspoon of grated or crushed ginger.
  • Grated turmeric roots can be also added. Add ½ inch of freshly grated turmeric root in the water and boil for 5 minutes.
  • Sweeteners can be skipped or you can add your choice of sweetener like agave syrup, maple syrup, jaggery or honey. If adding honey then add once the tea is warm as jaggery becomes toxic when heated. 

Nutrition Info (Approximate Values)

Nutrition Facts
Turmeric Tea
Amount Per Serving
Calories 15 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 6mg0%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 1g2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. i ws not getting link in dosa post so i commented here…itried many times bt my dosa are thick &soft instead of crispy &thin similar to chillas, i hv prestige non stick pan . initially I was thinking that dosa requires cast iron tawa bt then i came across ur site…
    I’m confused 🤔
    nd also in many post it flash “comments are closed” i ws trying to write u from last month😔

    1. Dosa can be made thin and crisp both in a non-stick pan as well as in a cast iron pan. For a non-stick pan do not spread oil when you add the batter. If you spread the oil, you won’t be able to spread the batter in a thin round shape – it will become uneven leading to folds in the dosa which will give you thick and soft dosa. Drizzle oil on the dosa when the top is cooked. I hope this helps.

  2. Hi Dasanna,
    Can you please share few healthy recipies which can be made easily during periods? Its really hard to find a list of proper Indian foods which can be consumed during periods. It would be very beneficial for people like me who suffer from severe cramps.

    1. Hi Aashreya, during period ginger tea is very beneficial. Ginger helps in relieving nausea and cramps. Even this turmeric tea recipe is good. You can also have chamomile tea. I have taken a note of your request and will try to add such recipes. Drink plenty of water and have whole foods like cereals, pulses, fresh vegetables and fruits. Having bananas are also good during periods.

      1. Thank you, Dasanna. I also tried your Satvik Khichdi recipe. It was very comforting and took just 10 mins to cook. Please share more such recipes.

        1. Thanks Aashreya and welcome. I will keep this in mind to share such recipe. Glad to know you liked the satvik khichdi recipe.