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!
What Is Badam Milk?
Indian badam milk is a variety of flavored milk wit almonds and whole milk. It is basically made by boiling dairy milk with ground almond paste, which is further flavored with saffron and sweetened with sugar.
According to ayurveda this badam milk is one of the best beverage for growing kids. Almonds are ric in anti oxidants and this badam doodh greatlyimproves the immunity and provides instant energy to toddlers and kids.
This badam milk 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 this milk topped with loads of nuts. In Chennai this almond milk, cardamom milk, saffron milk, manjal paal, pista milk and masala milk are very popular in restaurants.
Sure there are so many brands of badam milk powder available in the stores like MTR badam milk powder. So why take the pain of making badam milk from scratch at home? Because your homemade milk is so hygienic, no preservatives and most important is more rich and delicious 🙂
If you make badam milk very often, you make this instant badam milk powder and store for a quick fix.
You can serve badam milk hot or cold depending on the weather. It is one such drink that tastes delicious either ways. For my kid I usually serve it with evening snacks like nankhatai, dry fruits laddu, atta ladoo, ragi ladoo, veg cutlet cheese balls, veg puff, veg rolls, cheese toast, bread balls etc.
This Badam Milk Recipe
Delicious, refreshing and yummy summer drink
Warming and healthy winter drink
Best immunity booster of toddlers and kids
Easy to prepare drink
Rich and flavorful with clean ingredients
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. This 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 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.
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 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.
How Long Can We Store Almond 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.
Can I Make This Drink vegan?
To make this drink vegan you can use just water instead of dairy milk. To make thick badam milk use twice the amount of almonds mentioned in the recipe.
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 or unsweetened khoya to make the drink thick and rich.
Benefits of Drinking Badam Milk
- Badam milk or almond milk is very good for maintaining heart health.
- This beverage helps in maintaining bone health and developing strong bones in growing toddlers and kids
- Badam dhoodh is very good for improving eye sight.
- A very nutritious drink rich in minerals, protein and calcium
- A warm glass of badam milk before bed ensures good sleep and helps in treating in insomnia
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Badam Milk Recipe
Indian Badam Milk Recipe (Badam Dhoodh)
- 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.