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.
Soak almonds in hot water for 4-5 hours. It not only makes the almonds soft and easier to blend but also makes them easier to digest by the body.
Remove the skin of almonds and add them in a blender along with ¼ cup of milk, saffron, and granulated sugar.
Blend to make a smooth paste.
Heat whole (full-fat) milk in a heavy bottom pan over medium heat and bring it to a boil. Keep stirring while heating to avoid scorching 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. Keep stirring frequently.
Add cardamom powder and mix well.
Remove the pan from heat. If serving hot, then transfer the milk in serving glasses and 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.
You can add in a little rose water at the end to enhance the flavor.Add in a little turmeric (powder or fresh) while boiling to make it even more nutritious.Add some crushed black peppers, fennel powder, and ginger powder and make it into masala milk.