The sun and its warmth and light will soon be behind us… Boohoo!

 On the bright side we can fall back on winter foods to give us comfort. So here is a drink that will nourish you and warm your soul. Nuts, spices and sugar stewed in milk mmmm…

Spiced Milk/ Masala milk

For the readymade Milk Masala Powder

10 whole cardamom pods

30 almonds  

20 pistachio nuts

1/4  cup sugar

1/4 tsp crushed saffron strands or saffron powder

1/8 tsp turmeric powder

In a small blender, powder the cardamom in its skin as fine as possible, then add the nuts and continue to powder till it is gritty but not pasty. Remove and add the rest of the ingredients, mix well and store in a jar for later use. It stores well in the fridge for a couple of months.

To make the spiced milk

1 cup milk, whichever type you prefer, but not fat free

1 heaped tablespoon of milk masala powder

Heat I cup of milk in a sauce pan, add the spice powder as it comes to a boil and whisk for a few seconds and take off the heat. Let the flavors steep into the milk for half an hour. The texture of this drink is going to be gritty. You can strain the milk if you prefer. This drink is generally had warm during winter and cold during summer. Add extra sugar if you have a sweet tooth.

Quick microwave method. Heat 1 cup of milk till it begins to froth and whisk the spice powder and let it rest for  ½ an hour.

This is a wonderful drink that both children and adults can enjoy. It is served on many special occasions because of it’s richness.

FOOD NOTES

  • Make sure the nuts are dry roasted and unsalted. If the nuts are raw just dry roast them in skillet on a low flame for a couple of minutes. This is to make sure there is no moisture in the nuts.
  • This an excellent night cap.

Best, S.

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