This is a nourishing Indian drink made from almonds and milk. Flavoured with saffron and cardamom, this beverage is as delicious as it is energizing. It is typically served cold during summer, whereas it’s served hot during winter.
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½ cup/85g blanched almonds
4 cups/1L full-cream milk
½ teaspoon saffron strands
Sugar to taste
½ teaspoon green cardamom powder
1. Place the almonds and ½ cup/125ml milk in an electric blender. Blend to make a smooth paste.
2. Place the remaining milk in a saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally to prevent burning. Reserve a few saffron strands for garnish and add the remaining to the milk. Reduce the heat and simmer for 15 minutes, stirring frequently.
3. Add the almond paste and mix.
4. Add sugar to taste and mix. Cook the mixture for a further 10 minutes, stirring frequently.
4. Stir in the cardamom powder and remove from the heat.
5. Serve hot or cold garnished with the reserved saffron strands. This beverage will thicken slightly as it cools.