Last updated on March 29th, 2019
This delicious and healthy Indian kesar badam milk made with blanched almonds and saffron strands is a true delight to the taste buds. Serve it warm or chilled and you will absolutely love this drink both ways. This flavored milk is one of the best ways to get kids finish up their milk 🙂 Here is a super easy recipe with video for how to make badam milk!
This badam dhoodh is one of my favorite drink that I whip up very often. It is much lighter than badam kheer but equally delicious. I often make a big batch and sip it chilled during summers. During winters we however prefer our badam milk warm especially after dinner 🙂
Badam milk is a very popular drink in India. You will find may stalls or makeshift shops selling badam milk topped with loads of nuts. In Chennai this badam milk, pista milk and masala milk are very popular in restaurants.
Sure there are so many brands of badam milk powder available in the stores. So why take the pain of making badam milk from scratch at home? Because your homemade badam milk is so hygienic, no preservatives and most importat is more rich and delicious 🙂
You can serve badam milk hot or cold depending on the weather. It is one such drink that tastes delicious either ways.
What Is Badam Milk?
For the uninitiated, badam milk or badam dhoodh is one kind of flavored milk popular across India. A flavorful paste of blanched almonds, saffron strands, cardamom and sugar is infused with boiled whole milk.
Almonds are known as badam in India. It is one of the super foods and highly recommended for kids also. Especially almonds that are soaked for good 8 hours are more healthy and easily digestible. This Indian almond milk is one tasty and healthy drink you can make with soaked almonds
This is one of the healthiest drink that you should include in kids diet especially. It has the goodness of milk, saffron and almonds. As I have mentioned above always use soaked almonds. Soaking the almonds breaks down the phtyic acid properly.
Soaked almonds are a immunity booster in kids and also prescribed in Ayurveda. Badam milk is an instant energy provider, rich vitamins and very good brain food.
During winters you can add saffron in badam milk recipe as it warms the body. Also you can use cardamoms for flavor. You can also make this masala milk powder and use. More badam flavored desserts and drinks you might like
How To Make Badam Milk?
To make badam milk begin with blanching the almonds. Peel the blanched almonds and take in a blender jar. Add sugar, saffron and cardamoms. Boil and cool 2.5 cups milk in the mean time. Add 1/4 cup boiled and cooled milk. Blend to a fine paste. Add this to the remaining milk and mix well. Simmer for 3-4 minutes. You need not simmer badam milk for long time. The consistency is thin and just like regular milk ere. it is much lighter than badam kheer.
This Indian badam milk is an excellent drink for toddlers and kids. It helps improve immunity. Almonds are rich in vitamin E and a brain food for them. Also this drink provides instant energy and much suited for fussy eating toddlers and kids. You can give this drink in breakfast or in dinner.
Always consult your doctor before feeding nuts to toddlers. Babies below one year should not be given nuts without doctor’s advice. Also make sure to grind almonds to a smooth paste and strain the milk once before feeding to toddlers.
Variations With Badam Milk Recipe
Instead of sugar you can honey in this badam milk. However according to Ayurveda honey should not be heated. So I add honey only after the badam milk completely cools down. Prepare the recipe as mentioned excluding sugar. once the drink reaches the room temperature, add honey and stir well.
You can also make badam milk with jaggery instead of sugar. Just use 3 tablespoons of powdered jaggery and blend it with almonds
You can add carrots to this badam milk to improve nutrition quotient. Especially while making for toddlers and kids it is a good idea to add a small par boiled carrot while blending almonds. It gives a pleasing color as well.
You can use 2 dried dates per serving. Just soak it in warm water after removing the seed and blend with almonds.\
Vegan Badam Milk
Just replace dairy milk with almond milk.
How Long Can We Store Badam Milk?
You can make this drink ahead and store in refrigerator for 2 days.The flavor infuses well and the drink tastes better. To serve it warm you can gently reheat it for 2 minutes or microwave it too.
Top Tips For Best Badam Milk
Always use whole milk or full fat milk to get the best taste. Especially when making for toddlers and kids use best quality whole milk.
You can flavor this milk with rose syrup or rose essence or edible rose petals also.
While you make almond milk during summer you can leave out saffron as it has warming properties.
To make this drink thicker you can simmer the milk after adding almond paste for 10 minutes.
While making for parties and guests you can 2 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk to make the drink thick and rich.
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How To Make Badam Milk Recipe (Step By Step):
1. Soak whole almonds for 6-8 hours and peel off the skin. Alternately you can quickly blanch the almonds.
2. Boil 2 cups or 500 ml whole milk.
3. Take blanched almonds, sugar, saffron strands and cardamom pods in a mixer jar. Add 1/4 cup warm milk and grind to a smooth paste.
4. Add the ground paste to the remaining boiled milk. You may simmer it for 5-10 minutes if preferred. Garnish with slivered almonds, saffron and serve badam milk warm or chilled.
Badam Milk Recipe
Indian badam milk recipe- healthy and delicious Indian badam milk or badam dhoodh made with blached almonds, whole milk and saffron. Healthy and energetic drink for toddlers and kids
- 25 whole almonds
- 500 ml Whole Milk
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 1/8 teaspoon saffron strands optional
- 2 green cardamons only pods
- 3 tablespoons slivered almonds and pistachios garnish
- Soak whole almonds for 6-8 hours and peel off the skin. Alternately you can quickly blanch the almonds
- Boil 2 cups or 500 ml whole milk.
- Take blanched almonds, sugar, saffron strands and cardamom pods in a mixer jar. Add 1/4 cup warm milk and grind to a smooth paste.
- Add the ground paste to the remaining boiled milk. You may simmer it for 5-10 minutes if preferred. Garnish with slivered almonds, saffron and serve badam milk warm or chilled.
Serve badam milk hot or cold depending on the weather. You can serve this as snack or in breakfast after a light meal.
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