Badam Milk is an Indian drink made with almonds, milk, and sugar. It is a delicious, nourishing drink that you can enjoy warm or cold. Be sure to watch the video!
About Badam Milk
‘Badam’ is the Hindi term for ‘almonds. The soaked almonds are blended to a smooth paste and later simmered in full-fat milk flavored with saffron, green cardamom, and sugar.
Badam Milk is an Ayurvedic Indian drink widely popular for its nourishing qualities and high protein content. It is a gluten-free drink.
Do not confuse it with vegan almond milk. Indian badam milk is more like a sweet drink made with regular dairy milk.
Health benefits and reasons to love badam milk.
easy to make
high protein drink
only 5 ingredients recipe
nourishing drink for kids
helps in building immunity
gluten and preservative-free
Almond: Either use skinned almonds or soak the almonds in hot water to remove the brown skin.
Milk: The full fat or full cream i.e whole milk is best for making badam milk. The whole milk defines the taste and texture of the drink. However, you can use low-fat or skimmed milk instead of full-fat milk.
Saffron: It gives the drink a golden color and sweet aroma.
Green Cardamom: It helps flavor the milk and gives it a subtle, sweet taste. I prefer using green cardamom powder rather than whole pods.
Sugar: To sweeten the milk, you can use granulated white sugar, brown sugar, palm sugar, or jaggery powder. Or you can use date paste as well. Adjust the amount of sweetener as per personal taste preference.
My Tried & True Tips
Avoid using rancid or too old almonds. The quality of almonds defines the taste of badam milk. Hence, always pick the best quality almonds for making this drink.
Simmer the milk over low heat till it thickens a bit and has a creamy texture. This task becomes easy if you are using full-fat whole milk.
Soak saffron strands in warm milk to release their color and flavor. Do not add them directly to the simmering milk.
Watch Badam Milk Video
When it comes to serving badam milk, there are no set rules.
You can serve it chilled as a sweet drink along with an Indian meal. Or you can enjoy it as a warm nightcap before bedtime.
During the winter season, in the Northern parts of India, badam milk is sold by street food vendors during the late evening hours. Many food lovers like to sip warm milk post-dinner on a cold winter night.
I like it chilled straight out of the refrigerator during the hot summer afternoons.
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Kesar Badam Milk Recipe
- ¼ Cup almonds
- 3 Cup whole milk
- ¼ teaspoon saffron (kesar)
- 1 teaspoon green cardamom powder
- ¼ Cup granulated white sugar
- Soak almonds in hot water for 1 hour or in room temperature water overnight. Once almonds softened, peel and discard the brown skin.
- Grind almonds to a smooth paste in a blender along with ⅓ cup of milk.
- Soak saffron in 4 tablespoons of hot milk. Keep it aside until required.
- Heat reamining milk in a heavy bottom saucepan over medium heat and bring it to a boil. Add green cardamom powder. Keep stirring while heating to avoid scorching at the bottom of the pan.
- Once the milk reduces to half of the original quantity, add the almond paste, sugar, saffron milk, and stir to combine. Reduce the heat to low and cook for 10 minutes over low heat. Keep stirring frequently.
- Garnish with sliced pistachio and almonds. Badam Milk is ready to serve. You can serve it warm or chilled. If serving chilled, allow badam milk to cool down completely at room temperaturek.Keep in the refrigerator for chilling until ready to serve.
- Soaking almonds makes it easier to blend and digest.
- Add in a little turmeric powder while boiling to make badam milk even more nutritious.
- You can flavor badam milk with rose water or edible rose petals as well.