Does this sound new to you? Good, as it never hurts to learn new things! This time, let’s focus on badam milk.
Since you are curious, let’s find out what it is made of and discover its history. After this, we will learn how to make badam milk in a few simple steps.
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It first became famous in Pakistan and is now known worldwide. If, like me, this is the first time you’ve heard of this kind of milk, then maybe we’re so not up to date!
This almond milk is mildly flavored with cardamom and nuts, and is chilled before serving. It is drunk as a beverage or a cool drink. Some call it badam pal, and it was also called amygdalate in the past.
Do you know that this milk is very popular in India, as well as Pakistan? The Indians have made several versions of it, like the bestselling drinks listed below:
- Keshariya Lassi – This is badam milk blended with yogurt.
- Kesariya Thandai – This is an equal blend of almonds and saffron.
- Brahmi Badam – Made of high-quality almonds and herbs.
These refreshing, Indian-inspired drinks are not only flavorsome, but also healthy and nutritious. The nut mix really adds flavor, aroma and nutritional value. Sold in the streets, fast food places or any restaurant, this cold badam drink will keep you cool in the hot summer!
In winter, you can also serve badam milk as a hot drink during those cold windy nights!
Now you know what badam milk is, you will be excited to make it. This milk can be served hot or cold and is a great substitute if you are looking for a healthy diet.
- Nut grinder or food processor.
- 3 cups of cool almond milk (you can make one warm as well).
- 2 tsp. sugar.
- 2-3 tsp. cardamom powder.
- 2 tbsp. kewra essence (this is optional, but you can find it in any Indian store).
- 2 tsp rose water.
- Saffron strands for garnishing (optional)
Removing the skin of the almonds
- Prepare hot water and soak the almonds in it for a few minutes. This makes the skin soft and, therefore, easier to take off.
Some people do not like to take off the skin, as it is full of nutrients, and so they go straight to grinding the almonds with the skin on. For me, I like the almonds without their skin.
- After soaking the almonds for a few minutes, push them down with your fingers and the skin will slide off without any difficulty. Now the almonds are ready for grinding.
- Take note:
A much quicker way to remove the skin is to boil the almonds for 5-10 minutes. When the skin appears wrinkled, take the nuts out, wash them in cold water and take off the skin in the same way as when you soaked them.
- Prepare your food processor and grind the nuts (almonds and pistachios). Some prefer to grind them manually.
- While you are in the process of grinding, pour a little bit of milk, just to make it sticky.
- Stop grinding when you see that the mixed nuts look like a smooth paste.
Add the ground nuts (paste form) and the sugar, milk, rose water, cardamom powder, and the kewra essence into the food processor. Blend them all well.
Take note that you can let the food processor do the grinding as well. It will be a lot fast and easier.
Pour it into a glass and serve!
It is best to chill the milk before serving, especially if you have visitors coming over. If you want to drink right away and prefer it cold, you can drop a few ice cubes in it. Or you can also serve the milk warm if you like
To serve it warm, you just need a little tweak in the procedure. Instead of mixing all of the ingredients in the food processor, you need to:
- Boil the milk in the pot.
- Add all the ingredients while the milk is boiling and mix for a few minutes.
- Turn off the heat.
- Pour it into a glass, garnish with saffron and then serve!
You can also add some ground pistachio on top, along with the saffron. It will look good and also add some color.
Here is a video about making badam milk!
- You can prepare ahead a powder for the pistachio and almond mix and store it in your freezer until you want to make the badam milk.
- You can store it in portions using boxes or freezer bags.
- Make sure you don’t make too much or it will spoil.
- You can take out the coarse granules of the nuts when serving it to children, to make it a smooth, cool drink.
- You can skip the additional sweeteners and garnishes. Children do not need more sugar in their diet and they may not like the saffron strands.
- This badam milk is a good substitute for cow’s milk.
- For a much healthier recipe, you can use honey as a substitute for the sugar.
- You can always pair your almond nuts with your favorite nuts, like cashews.
Now you know how to make badam milk! It is a good addition to the list of healthy drinks you can give to your family and friends. Badam milk is rich in dietary fiber, vitamins, minerals, and protein. If you like, you could even try to sell it and make a living out of the drink.
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