Badam kheer (almond milk) is one of the most famous drinks in India. Kheer is anything made of milk. Soak almonds (also known as badam) in water and peel off the skin. These almonds are then grinded into fine paste and added to the milk. The milk with the almond paste is boiled for some time and sweetened. Garnish with chopped nuts.
Makes: 3 Cups of Almond Milk
Milk 4 cups
Almonds 15 - 20
Green Cardamom 1
Almond Essence 2 - 4 drops
Saffron 4 - 8 strands
Sugar ½ cup or more
Method of preparation:
Lightly bruise the green cardamom and remove all the seeds.
Crush all the green cardamom seeds into fine powder.
Chop pistachios finely, and slice almonds for garnish.
Soak almonds in warm water for some time and peel off the skin.
Grind the peeled almonds into smooth paste adding enough water.
Bring milk to boil in a heavy sauce pot till the milk reduces by little more than quarter the original quantity.
Add the saffron, crushed cardamom seeds, ground almond paste and boil for 10 more minutes.
Remove from heat and stir in almond essence and sugar till the sugar dissolves completely.
Chill the almond milk for half an hour to an hour, garnish with chopped nuts and serve.
Note: Make sure to grind the almonds to fine paste.
Suggestion: If almond milk is too thick, stir in half a cup of skimmed milk.