Badam milk, hot or cold is my all time favorite , thus making it both a summer & winter drink. Almonds are packed with vital vitamins & minerals. It is said to contain high levels of vitamin E, better known as an anti oxidant. It is not only a delicious & nutritious drink but a energy drink too. It is suitable for both the young and the old alike as it is easily digestible.
We even make our Halu obbatu / pal poli, using this milk.
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Milk - 1 lt
Badam / Almonds- 50 gms
Cashew - 50 gms
Saffron - a pinch
Almond Flakes - a tbsp
Sugar - 1/2 cup
Wash & soak the cashews for 1/2 hr in some water.
Boil the Almonds in some water . After a few minutes the skin swells up. Put off the fire. When cool, drain out the water & slip out the skins.
Wet grind the the cashews & almonds into a almost fine paste with water. It is nice to feel the grains of the almonds in the milk.
Bring the milk to a boil & continue boiling for another 10 minutes , stirring frequently & taking care not to scorch the milk at the bottom of the container. It is better to use a thick bottom pan for this preparation.
Stir the badam paste into the milk & continue boiling the milk, stirring all the while for 10 minutes or till you get a nice cooked aroma.
Add the sugar & Saffron strands & continue stirring for another 10 minutes.
Put off the fire.
The Milk is ready to be relished Hot or Chilled.
Garnish with toasted Almond flakes & serve.
Nutmeg powder can be used in the milk if preferred. It imparts a distinct aroma & flavor.
Or it can be cardamom flavored.
Pistachio flakes make a good garnish.