This Indian Kesar Badam Milk is loaded with goodness of almonds and saffron and is a treat to sip on. Check out this super easy to make it at home and enjoy it either chilled or hot. Here is how to make it.
This Indian Kesar Badam Milk makes me forget that I hate drinking milk.
The flavors of Kesar and almond, create such a magic that I completely forget that I am literally enjoying a glass full of milk!
Have you ever ventured into the market areas of old Bangalore?
If yes, you will be very familiar with this chilled, refreshing drink served at a lot of road-side eating joints along with the endless array of snacks on the cards.
I was very new to Bangalore and commercial street was the best place to spend a day shopping for knick knacks.
After a day of good retail therapy, we used to hang out at the famous Anand Bhawan, stuffing ourselves with their chaats, sweets and finally washing down everything with a tall glass full of flavoured almond milk.
A few years back, I saw a packet of Kesar Badam Milk powder being sold in a superstore, which was a quick way to enjoy the deliciousness.
Just mix a few teaspoon full into a glass of milk and you are good to go.
But now that the bug of making everything from scratch has bitten me, I made my own recipe and was almost patting my back while I sipped on this refreshing, nourishing and very healthy home made Drink which tasted exactly similar to the one we used to drink.
So, if you also hate drinking milk like me, try this flavoured almond milk and I am sure you will crave for it everyday just like me.
Learn how to make this drink, which can also be served for your everyday breakfast instead of tea or coffee.
What is Badam Milk?
It is a delicious drink where the milk is flavoured with almonds.
Other flavourings like saffron and cardamom powder can be added to it to enhance the flavour.
It is a very healthy substitute for regular milk and must be given to children on a regular basis.
You can give this to your kids above 2 years old. Just make sure they are not allergic to any of the ingredients used.
It is also good to sip on this milk on cold winter days as it keeps the body warm
In summers, you can chill it and drink.
It is really good for kids, as it is high in calcium and rich in protein, which is good for the overall growth of the children.
It also helps with stomach issues and treats constipation.
Drinking it before you go to sleep, also helps you with insomnia and gives you a good night sleep.
It is highly recommended for pregnant women too.
It helps build immunity, stronger bones, improves eyesight and helps in the overall development of the body.
To make this Indian Badam Doodh, soak the almonds in hot water for 15-20 minutes and then peel of the skin.
Add them in a blender and make a smooth paste.
Now boil milk and add the badam paste in the boiling milk.
Add sugar and cardamom powder and saffron strands soaked in milk.
Cook the milk for some time and then serve chilled or hot.
You can also add rose water to this milk instead of saffron and can replace the cow’s milk with almond milk for a vegan version.
You can also add some crushed black pepper, fennel powder and ginger powder and make it into masala milk.
How to make it vegan?
To make it vegan, just skip the milk and use water instead.
Double the amount of almonds and blend it with water.
Step By Step Recipe
Soak almonds in hot water for 10 minutes
Remove the skin of almonds and add them in a blender along with ¼ cup of milk. Grind them to make a smooth paste.
Soak saffron in 2 tbsp milk.
Heat milk in a heavy bottom pan. When the milk comes to a boil, add almond paste and saffron soaked in milk. Simmer the heat and let it cook for 20-25 minutes.
Add sugar and cardamom powder and cook for another minute.
Badam Milk Recipe
- 1 litre Full fat Milk
- 15-20 strands Saffron (Soaked in 2 tbsp milk)
- 20-25 Almonds
- ¼ cup Sugar
- ½ tsp Cardamom Powder
- Soak almonds in hot water for 10 minutes.
- Remove the skin of almonds and add them in a blender along with ¼ cup of milk.
- Grind them to make a smooth paste.
- Heat milk in a heavy bottom pan.
- When the milk comes to a boil, add almond paste and saffron soaked in milk.
- Simmer the heat and let it cook for 20-25 minutes.
- Add sugar and cardamom powder and cook for another minute.
- You can serve the badam milk piping hot or can chill it in refrigerator before serving.
- I personally like chilled version.
- Garnish with pistachio slivers and saffron strands.