In India, dairy in the form of milk is widely consumed and is taken for protein and sustenance. I first tried a warm milk beverage scented with saffron and cardamom, containing ground almonds on a trip to Jaipur in Rajasthan. Served in a small clay vessel on cooler evening, the warm drink was delightful, filling and almost like a whole meal-in-one. It’s a perfect sustenance beverage, that’s dessert-like at the same time.
This is known as Kesar Badam Doodh ~ Saffron Scented Almond Chai Spiced Milk. It's quite rich and when I had it, was quite sweet as well. Options for this recipe is to omit the sugar, add a pinch of turmeric or use almond or cashew milk.
SAFFRON SCENTED ALMOND CHAI SPICED MILK
Method of Preparation:
1) In a medium saucepan, bring milk to a boil with almond, ARVINDA'S CHAI MASALA, saffron strands. Sweeten with raw cane sugar, honey or jaggery. Serves 2.
2 CUPS milk
¼ CUP ground almonds
1 TSP. ARVINDA'S CHAI MASALA
4-6 strands saffron
1 TBSP. jaggery or raw cane sugar or honey