A very refreshing drink made out of milk and almonds, Badam or Almond Milk. Flavoured with cardamoms, saffron and rose water, this exotic, but simple and easy-to-make drink is the perfect drink when you have a sweet craving. Almond milk is rich in vitamin E, which is an important antioxidant which can help lower the risk of serious health conditions like stroke, heart disease, and even cancer. You can also make this for neividhyam or as an offering to God, which is what I made it for. Tasting great hot and cold, my family prefers this cold as that is when the flavours have had time to meld together, giving you a yummy almondy drink.
Badam Doodh or Almond Milk
- litre full cream milk
- 30-40 almonds
- 4- 6 tbsp sugar
- ½ tsp cardamom powder
- 2 generous pinches saffron
- ½ tsp rose water
- Soak the almonds in hot water for 20-30 minutes, then drain and remove the skin
- Blend the almonds with some of the milk until the almonds become a fine paste. Keep aside.
- Heat the milk in a deep-bottomed pan on medium-high and let the milk come to a boil.
- Once the milk starts to warm up, take a couple of teaspoons of the milk and add it to the small cup in which the saffron strands are lightly crushed. Mix this a bit and keep aside for later.
- Once the milk in the pan has come to a boil, add the sugar and stir well until the sugar completely dissolves.
- Once the sugar is dissolved, add in the blended almond paste and stir and mix well.
- Reduce the flame to a low and stir constantly for about 10 minutes so that the milk and almond paste do not stick to the bottom of the pan.
- Once the raw smell of the almonds disappears, add in the crushed saffron and the cardamom powder and mix well.
- Once the saffron and cardamom have mixed well, switch off the gas and add in the rose water. Mix well one last time and keep aside until it is completely cool.
- Transfer to a serving bowl and refrigerate until it is cold. Enjoy your almond or badam milk