Brendon’s Golden Turmeric Chai Latte

Prep Time 5 mins | Steaming Time 2 mins | Serves 1

My Golden Turmeric Chai Latte is like sipping a cup of sunshine!
The gum tree which crash-landed in our backyard on Thursday.

Hi Foodies, we’ve had a bit of a shaky start to the New Year. Over the weekend parts of Sydney, including Western Sydney, where I live, were hit by a minor cyclone that wrecked its fair share of havoc on the local community. A week’s worth of rain  had saturated the soil so much that many native Eucalypts, which have stood tall since before the mid ‘90s, were uprooted instantly in the strong winds.

A gum tree from a neighbour’s yard crash-landed in our backyard on Thursday afternoon, hitting the corner of the tool shed before slipping through the gap by the fence. It flattened the back verandah before landing on our statue of Our Lady. Its tallest branches missed our house by millimetres.

After attending to urgent cases, the Rural Fire Service (RFS) visited on Friday to begin two days worth of cleanup. Armed with chain saws they got to work breaking up the trunk in sections and clearing away the fallen branches, galvanised roofing from the verandah and our crumpled kettle barbecue. Surprisingly Our Lady survived the wreckage unscathed – we think she saved us! Truthfully, we were really lucky. I couldn’t imagine how we would feel if one of us were at home that day, or even worse, if someone got hurt. It’s in extreme cases like these that you really learn to look on the bright side of life and be grateful for all the blessings you have. I’d like to say a big thank you to the members of the RFS, who spent two whole days clearing up following the storm damage. They are mostly volunteers and risk their life on a daily basis to help those in need. I’d also like to pay my respects to the families and friends of victims of these tragic storms.

The RFS members clearing up the damage.
The RFS members clearing up the damage.
Our poor crumpled kettle barbecue.
Our poor crumpled kettle barbecue.

After all the excitement I couldn’t help but want to get back into the swing of things. It felt like we really got lucky. I developed a greater appreciation for life and motivation to keep pursuing my passion for writing and media, which meant updating the recipes on my blog. I also I felt like my usual healthy eating plan had been kicked out of the door since Christmas. All I had done these past few weeks was eat. Yes, I do realise I am a food blogger and it comes with the role, but I want to start eating healthier again, increase my plant intake and reduce meat and processed foods.

Recently, health food experts have been raving about the anti-inflammatory and cancer-preventing benefits of turmeric. Many sources note that Curcumin, the main active ingredient in turmeric, is the secret behind turmeric’s success. A quick Google search told me that Turmeric may also lower one’s risk of illnesses such as Heart Disease and may even prevent Arthritis and Alzheimer’s.

For me, it’s all about the taste of Turmeric that makes it so special. I love it! We’ve always used turmeric in our home cooking. Mum uses it to add colour and flavour to daal, potato bhaji (see my tasty recipe here) and even her version of chicken schnitzel. She marinates chicken thigh fillets in a mix of ginger, garlic and turmeric powder before crumbing them and frying until golden. The turmeric gives the chicken a smoky, peppery flavour that is delicious.

Whenever I’m in need of a little pick-me-up I make myself a mug of my Golden Turmeric Chai Latte. My latte contains everything you know and love about a good chai, with a dash of turmeric and a little kick of black pepper (from my research I found out that the combination of pepper, turmeric and the natural fats in milk help with absorption of the nutrients). It’s like sipping a cup of sunshine! Best of all, it’s free from refined sugars and can be made vegan friendly with the use of almond milk. I made my Turmeric Chai Latte using the steam wand on my espresso machine, but by all means feel free to make this drink in the microwave (I’ve provided the directions as well).

I really cannot wait to hear what you think of this recipe. Be sure to leave your thoughts in the comments section below. Feel free to suggest any other ingredients you would add to vary the flavours, I love hearing from you!

Turmeric Chai Latte – It’s like sipping a cup of sunshine first thing in the morning!


  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground cardamom
  • ¼ tsp ground cloves
  • Pinch of black pepper (optional)
  • Pure maple syrup or honey, to taste
  • 200mL milk or almond milk

Espresso Machine. Combine the spices and maple syrup in a stainless steel milk jug to form a smooth paste. Slowly add the milk, stirring constantly, until combined. Steam following the directions for your espresso machine until warm.

Microwave Method. Alternatively prepare the latte in a microwave safe mug and microwave for 1-2 minutes on high or until warm. Microwave times may vary.


Want more great recipes featuring Turmeric? While we’re on the subject of Indian food, my Masala Dosa Crepes featuring a spicy Potato Bhaji filling will surely add a bit of kick and excitement to tonight’s dinner! Or if you’re in the mood for a great vegan snack then check out my Tofu Nuggets with Oven-Baked Chips. They’re a little cheeky, but completely meat-free, which is always a good thing in my books.

What are you cooking today? Share your recipes and food photos by tagging #brendonthesmilingchef and #whatsbrendoncooking on Instagram or Tweeting to @bthesmilingchef or leave me a comment below.

Happy cooking and keep smiling,

Brendon 🙂

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7 Comments Add yours

  1. laurasmess says:

    Sorry to hear about the cyclone damage. Scary stuff. We mostly get bushfires here on the west coast, a totally different kind of damage but something that makes you feel equally vulnerable to the elements! As for the turmeric latte? Looks delicious. I’ve been reading a lot about the health benefits of turmeric and I’m trying to get a little more into my diet, mostly via smoothies/lassis. I must try your latte 🙂

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    1. Thanks so much Laura. Things will be slow but thankfully they are looking a bit better then they were two weeks ago. Yes, I can imagine the bushfires would be quite harsh too.

      Glad to hear you like my latte recipe and great idea about the lassi. I bet a touch of turmeric would work wonders in a mango lassi. Let me know how it works if you get a chance to try it and feel free to tag @brendonthesmilingchef in your photos in Instagram etc.

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      1. laurasmess says:

        Yes, I’ve made both plain yoghurt lassi’s with a touch of honey and mango ones with turmeric. Both are delicious. I will definitely keep you in mind via instagram.

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        1. Sounds awesome! Thanks so much 🙂


  2. chefceaser says:

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