I realised that its been a long time since I made any good beverage. The summer is still soaring and will be at its peak for the next 2 more months over here. So I thought why not I make a drink which is chilled, tasty & healthy too at the same time. As am not a big fruit fan, I preferred using almonds for my drink. Badam Milk, was a popular choice at my College Canteen days. The chilled bottle of a Badam Milk made my whole day so good & refreshing. Hence I made this refreshing drink yesterday just to re live my College Canteen days with my friends.
And its a "Fit & Fabulous Friday" too, and Almonds/Badam is super rich in vitamins & dietary fiber. The Vitamin E in it helps to improve the skin complexion, which I think all the ladies will be happy to know. In India, Almond drink is served in almost all the regions at different festive occasions because, Milk is considered to be very auspicious & with Almonds in it, makes the simple milk, "droolworthy". Try it & you will like it. ;)
- 20 almonds / badam
- 3 cups of milk
- 1 cup of milk (separately)
- a pinch of saffron
- 1/4 tsp of crushed cardamom
- 1/2 cup sugar
- Blanch or soak the Almonds in a small bowl in some warm water for atleast 2 hours. Drain & remove the skin of the almonds. The skin will be very easy to peel off.
- In a saucepan, boil the 3 cups of milk at a medium heat.
- While the milk is boiling, blend the blanched almonds with 1 cup of milk in a blender. Make sure the almonds are fully ground and mixed in the milk.
- When the milk in the saucepan starts boiling, reduce the heat & pour the blended almond milk in it. Stir well & frequently for another 15 minutes.
- After 20 minutes, add the sugar & saffron & stir again & cook the milk for another 10 minutes. The saffron will leave its colour & the milk will give out a nice yellowy creamy texture.
- At this point add in the crushed cardamom & cook for a further 5 minutes. The Badam Milk is ready to be served hot.
- You can also cool the milk in room temperature & later on chilled in a refrigerator. Serve chilled by grating one almond over the milk.
PS: If you feel that your milk has become too thick, add in some more cold milk to correct the consistency. The sugar too can be put less or more. The more, the better. ;)
This recipe is linked to the "Fit & Fabulous Friday" Event hosted by http://ameessavorydish.blogspot.com/2011/07/fit-and-fabulous-fridays_29.html