turmeric tea recipe

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you’ve come to the right place for all the details on turmeric tea! whether your search is motivated by your fondness for herbal teas or you’re simply looking for new ways to include superfoods into your diet, exploring the information and benefits of this golden tonic will surely excite you.

our guide covers everything from what is turmeric tea, to making it and presentation tips. we'll also share some delicious recipes for making your very own turmeric tea and its variations.

not a fan of complicated recipes? no worries! our turmeric tea recipe is straightforward and easy to make!

what is turmeric tea?

turmeric tea is an interesting drink prepared by steeping fresh or powdered turmeric in water. other than turmeric, it can include spices like ginger and black pepper.

you probably already noticed that there’s no tea in it! so, what is turmeric tea all about and how is it “tea” if there’s no tea in it? turmeric tea is all about…well, turmeric and, of course, water! and it’s not tea in the traditional sense (unless one of the classic teas is added); it just earned the term because it's brewed in water like regular tea.

when all these ingredients are steeped in water, they create a drink that has an earthy taste and a subtle level of bitterness, warmth and spice. turmeric adds a somewhat pungent taste, while ginger and black pepper add a pleasant zing and distinct spiciness, respectively. overall, the taste and aroma of turmeric tea make for a pleasant experience at any time of the day.

turmeric tea recipe

turmeric tea is one of those drinks that’s not only enjoyable and healthy but also easy to make. by the end of our recipe, you’ll have all the know-how to make turmeric tea easily.

we’ve used 3 ingredients in our turmeric tea recipe, but you can make it with just two. those three are turmeric, water and black pepper – you can reduce the spiciness by skipping black pepper or increase it by adding ginger, cloves and cinnamon.

about turmeric – both fresh turmeric root and turmeric powder are fine. if you’re using fresh ones, cut some slices and gently crush them using a pestle or something similar.

but what if you want the tea without the hassle of chopping and crushing? that's when a turmeric tea mix comes in handy! it’s nothing fancy, just a mixture of turmeric powder, ginger powder and black pepper powder in proportions similar to what we’ve used in our turmeric tea recipe. and don’t worry if the ratios aren’t accurate, you won’t mess it up! so, just make it and store it for whenever you want to make this tea.

let’s check out our turmeric tea recipe now!


Total Servings:-



Preparation Time:-

2 Minutes


Cooking Times:-

10 minutes


Nutritional Value:-

12 calories, 0g fat, 3g carbs, 0g protein


Recipe Category:-






  • saucepan
  • pestle (or something similar)
  • strainer


  • 2½ cups water
  • 1-inch fresh turmeric root (roughly chopped)
  • ¼ tsp black pepper powder (or 5-6 crushed peppercorns)
  • 1 tbsp honey (optional)


  • heat the water: use a small saucepan to boil water.
  • add turmeric: turn the heat down to low and use a pestle (or something similar) to gently crush the roughly chopped fresh turmeric. the crushing helps bring out its flavour. now toss it into water.
  • add black pepper: add ¼ teaspoon black pepper (or crush 5-6 whole peppercorns). this is optional, but it sure does help in the absorption of turmeric. with both the ingredients in water, let it simmer for 8-10 minutes. as you might have figured, the longer you simmer, the stronger the tea.
  • Remove the pan: now, remove the pan from heat and strain the tea into mugs using a strainer. let it rest for 2-3 minutes.
  • Tasting: taste the tea and add honey if you like it sweet. you can also add lemon or lime juice for extra flavour.
  • Serve: you can top it off with a lemon wedge for a nice touch.

variations of turmeric tea

we all enjoy a bit of variety, don’t we? so, even though our original recipe is spot on, it shouldn’t stop us from learning how to make turmeric tea variations. here are three you can try out!

turmeric ginger tea

let’s explore a slightly spiced-up version of our original turmeric tea recipe. it’s equally easy to make! in fact, once you know how to make turmeric tea, the variations won’t be challenging at all.


  • just heat 2½ cups of water in a small saucepan. when it’s hot, turn the heat down to low and add the gently crushed slices of ½-inch fresh ginger root and 1-inch turmeric root.
  • as in the classic turmeric tea recipe, proceed to add black pepper and let the mix simmer for 8-10 minutes. follow the other steps of the original recipe to get 2 cups of turmeric ginger tea.

turmeric chai tea

this recipe uses chai tea bags for a quick and warming turmeric chai tea.


  • simmer 2 cups (or 2 ¼ cups for a stronger brew) of water in a saucepan and add slightly crushed turmeric slices. once it starts boiling, add 2 chai tea bags, reduce heat and give some time to turmeric slices and spices in the chai tea bag to release flavours.
  • now, add milk and sugar, and let it boil. then simmer for a minute or so.
  • if you want a stronger tea, simmer for 2-3 minutes more, raise the heat briefly for a rolling boil. strain and enjoy turmeric chai tea!

iced turmeric tea

cool down with the refreshing iced turmeric tea.


  • bring 2 cups of water to a boil and add lightly crushed pieces of turmeric root to it. let it continue to boil for another 4-6 minutes.
  • drop in 2 black tea bags, take it off the heat and let it steep for about 5 minutes. strain the tea into a pot or jug and refrigerate for 4-5 hours. serve over ice in a glass. add some lemon juice and fresh herbs, and then sweeten with honey.
  • you can even prepare it ahead and leave it in the fridge to chill overnight. serve it the next day!

serving suggestions and presentation tips

after learning what is turmeric tea and how to make it, let’s explore ways to make it look appealing and inviting. here are some ideas to help you get started:

  • use clear glass mugs. turmeric tea has an appealing vibrant colour, so why not showcase that colour in clear glasses? it’ll make the tea more enjoyable and enhance the tea experience of your guests.
  • add garnishes. a slice of lemon or orange improves the look, flavour and aroma of the tea. a cinnamon stick and fresh mint also complement the earthy flavour of turmeric and work as good additions.
  • create a self-serve tea bar. set up a self-serve area where guests can customise their own turmeric tea with different spices. it’ll add to the fun and make it an interactive experience for your guests.
  • pair with snacks. offer light snacks that pair nicely with turmeric tea, such as cookies, dried fruits or nuts.


with that, you have all the know-how to make turmeric tea and its variations! isn’t it an easy and straightforward process? it’s pretty amazing how something so simple to make with one main ingredient, can be such a healthy and refreshing option!

that ingredient – turmeric – became part of the indian culture centuries ago for its potential medicinal properties and found its way into our cuisine – to enhance its flavour. that too, without losing its potential health benefits!                    

it’s one of those gems from nature that we can easily add to our routine without any hassle. it even lets you get creative and customise your drink just how you like it. so, grab some turmeric and let your inner mixologist unlock an amazing tea experience!

faqs on turmeric tea

q. is turmeric tea good for arthritis?

a. turmeric tea is usually recommended for arthritis due to its anti-inflammatory properties. those properties are mainly from curcumin which is the active compound in turmeric. it has been shown to help reduce inflammation. but, instead of considering it a replacement for medical treatment, it’s recommended to include it in your routine as a natural supplement for joint pain and stiffness.

q. can i drink turmeric tea every day?

a. turmeric tea is generally safe for daily consumption. research suggests doses of 400–600 mg of pure turmeric powder, three times daily, are safe for adults. a heads up, though – some individuals might have allergic reactions to curcumin. so, start slow and if you notice any side-effects, discuss it with a healthcare professional.

q. how does turmeric tea benefit skin health?

a. turmeric tea has potential skin health benefits. it’s been reported to help by reducing inflammation and fighting oxidative stress. once again that’s due to its active compound, curcumin. this can help reduce acne and promote overall skin health. over time, your skin can look clearer and more radiant.

q. what makes australian turmeric tea unique?

a. turmeric tea is a very customisable drink and that's well utilised by australian tea makers by blending it with native ingredients like pepperberry. the addition of local spices makes australian turmeric tea unique in flavour.


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