Badam Milk (Almond Milk)

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Badam Milk (Saffron Almond Milk, Badam Doodh) is a popular traditional Indian Ayurvedic drink made using almonds, milk, and sugar. Saffron strands and cardamom powder are added to it for additional flavor. Make this healthy, protein-packed beverage to energize your body, mind, and soul (gluten-free, vegetarian).

Kesar badam milk served in a glass.
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About Badam Milk

Badam Milk (Saffron Almond Milk, Badam Doodh, Badam Pal) is a healthy, protein-packed traditional Ayurvedic drink made using almonds, milk, and sugar. It is generally flavored with saffron and cardamom powder.

This age-old Indian beverage is rich, creamy, and super nourishing! It is very nutritious and gives instant energy to the body.

Also known as Badam Paal in southern India, this traditional Indian beverage is a great drink to serve every day instead of regular milk for its health benefits. You can serve it to people of all ages along with breakfast or in the evening as a replacement for tea or coffee.

Badam Kesar Milk is also popularly served during weddings, special occasions, and thali meals. The leftovers can be used to make kheer or payasam.

A hot glass of this delicious drink is great to sip just before sleeping for a peaceful sleep.

I like to serve it chilled in summer and piping hot in winter; it tastes great both ways.

These days, badam milk powder is available in the market. You can mix it with milk, and your drink will be ready quickly. However, I prefer to make it at home.

Homemade badam doodh is free of any preservatives and artificial colors and is made using high-quality ingredients. It is customizable and super easy to make, too.

This badam milk recipe is vegetarian and gluten-free. You can easily make it vegan, too.

Double or triple the recipe if making it for a larger crowd.

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Ingredients

Badam milk ingredients.

Almonds – Use the best quality almonds to make badam doodh recipe.

Milk – For the rich and creamy texture, I prefer to use whole milk (full fat milk ). You can use cow’s milk, goat milk, or water buffalo milk to make this popular Indian drink.

You can also make it with low-fat or skim milk or use dairy-free milk options for a vegan version.

Saffron – It is optional but adds a subtle flavor with a gorgeous yellowish hue. When buying saffron, make sure to buy it from trusted sources, as this expensive spice is often adulterated.

Trader Joe’s saffron is good if you stay in the US. In India, I buy baby brand saffron.

Sugar – Adjust according to your taste. You can replace it with powdered jaggery or palm sugar.

Ground Cardamom – Flavor the milk with some green cardamom powder.

Garnish it with slivered almonds and pistachios while serving.

Variations – You can add a little rose water at the end to enhance the flavor.

Add some turmeric (powder or fresh) while boiling to make the saffron almond milk even more nutritious.

Add crushed black peppers, nutmeg powder, fennel powder, turmeric powder, and ginger powder, and make it into masala milk.

How To Make Badam Milk

Soak 20-25 whole almonds in hot water for 4-5 hours. Soaking not only makes the almonds soft and easier to blend but also makes them easier for the body to digest.

Almonds soaked in water.

Remove the skin of the soaked almonds and add the peeled almonds to a blender jar along with

  • ¼ cup of whole milk (from the 1-liter milk to be used in the recipe)
  • 15-20 strands of saffron
  • ¼ cup granulated white sugar
Skin of the almonds removed.
Peeled almonds, some milk, sugar and saffron added to a blender.

Blend to make a fine paste. Scrape the sides of the blender a few times while blending.

Smooth paste made.

Heat the remaining milk in a heavy bottom pan over medium heat and bring it to a boil.

Stir frequently while heating to avoid scorching the milk at the bottom of the pan.

Milk heating in a pan.

When the milk comes to a boil, add the ground almond mixture and stir to combine.

Almond paste added to the pan.

Reduce the heat to low and cook for 20-25 minutes, stirring frequently.

Scrape the sides of the pan at regular intervals and add the solidified milk back to the pan.

Add ½ teaspoon cardamom powder and mix well.

Check for sugar and add more if needed.

Cardamom powder added to the pan.

Remove the pan from heat.

If serving hot, then pour the milk into serving glasses. Garnish with almond and pistachio slivers and dried rose petals, and serve.

If serving chilled, then cover the pan with a tight-fitting lid to avoid the formation of a cream layer (malai) on top and let it cool to room temperature. Then refrigerate the milk for 5-6 hours, garnish, and serve chilled.

Ready badam milk.

Frequently Asked Questions

How to make vegan badam milk?

To make it vegan, use any plant-based milk like almond milk, coconut milk, cashew milk, or oats milk instead of dairy milk.

Can I give badam ka doodh to babies?

Yes, you can give it to kids above 2 years old. Just see that they are not allergic to any ingredients mentioned in this recipe.

Is it important to soak almonds?

Yes, soaking is important as it makes the almonds soft, which helps them blend easily into milk. It also makes peeling the skin an easy process and makes them easier to digest.

Can I keep the skin of the almonds?

I like to peel the skin, as it gives the milk a smooth and creamy texture. Blending it with the skin will add a grainy texture to the milk, but if you are fine with it, then keep the skin on.

How to make badam milk powder?

To make badam milk powder, mix

¼ cup fine almond powder (badam powder)
15-20 crushed saffron strands
¼ cup sugar
½ teaspoon ground cardamom

In a bowl.

Add 2 tablespoon of this powder to 1 cup of milk and cook on medium heat for 2-3 minutes. Serve hot or chill the milk for a few hours before serving.

Storage Suggestions

Store the leftover almond saffron milk in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 2 days.

Do not freeze, as the texture of milk might change after thawing.

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Badam Milk is a popular traditional Indian Ayurvedic drink made using almonds, milk, and sugar. Saffron and cardamom powder are added to it for additional flavor. Make this healthy, protein-packed beverage to energize your body, mind, and soul.
4.12 from 18 votes

Healthy Badam Milk Recipe (Indian Saffron Almond Milk)

Badam Milk (Saffron Almond Milk, Badam Doodh) is a popular traditional Indian Ayurvedic drink made using almonds, milk, and sugar. Saffron and cardamom powder are added to it for additional flavor. Make this healthy, protein-packed beverage to energize your body, mind, and soul.
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 40 minutes
Soaking Time: 5 hours
Total: 5 hours 45 minutes
Servings: 4 people

Ingredients 

  • 20-25 whole almonds
  • 15-20 strands saffron (kesar)
  • ¼ cup granulated white sugar
  • 1 litre whole milk (full-fat milk) (divided)
  • ½ teaspoon cardamom powder
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Instructions 

  • Soak almonds in hot water for 4-5 hours. Soaking not only makes the almonds soft and easier to blend but also makes them easier to digest by the body.
  • Remove the skin of the soaked almonds and add the peeled almonds to a blender jar along with ¼ cup of whole milk, saffron, and sugar.
  • Blend to make a smooth paste. Scrape the sides of the blender a few times while blending.
  • Heat the remaining milk in a heavy bottom pan over medium heat and bring it to a boil. Stir frequently while heating to avoid scorching of milk at the bottom of the pan.
  • When the milk comes to a boil, add the almond paste and stir to combine.
  • Reduce the heat to low and cook for 20-25 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Scrape the sides of the pan frequently and add the solidified milk back to the pan.
  • Add cardamom powder and mix well.
  • Check for sugar and add more if needed.
  • Remove the pan from heat.
  • If serving hot, then pour the milk into serving glasses. Garnish with almond and pistachio slivers and dried rose petals, and serve.
  • If serving chilled, then cover the pan with a tight-fitting lid to avoid the formation of a cream layer (malai) on top and let it cool to room temperature. Then refrigerate the milk for 5-6 hours, garnish and serve chilled.

Video

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Notes

You can add a little rose water at the end to enhance the flavor.
Add a little turmeric (powder or fresh) while boiling to make it even more nutritious.
Add some crushed black peppers, fennel powder, turmeric powder, and ginger powder, and make it into masala milk.

Nutrition

Calories: 90kcal, Carbohydrates: 16g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 3g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 1mg, Sodium: 6mg, Potassium: 103mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 13g, Vitamin A: 20IU, Vitamin C: 3mg, Calcium: 19mg, Iron: 1mg
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17 Comments

  1. Why do you need to boil the milk if you’re serving it chilled? Can’t you just add all the ingredients to a blender, add some ice and serve it right away?

  2. 4 stars
    Hey I made this recipie today for 1 serving and it turned out very good, but I din’t get that yellow color which all badam milk recipie has, so I added a pinch of turmeric powder for the color. Can u suggest why my milk din’t turn yellow at first place . ur suggestions will be well appreciated.

  3. 5 stars
    I just made this to satisfy a late night sweet tooth. I followed the recipe exactly but halved it. My husband did add a bit more sugar to his glass but your measurements were perfect for my taste. I’m planning to make this repeatedly.