Masala Milk Recipe {Fall Drinks}

October 24, 2014 - by Shriya

This week's fall drink, masala milk, is perfect for chilly weather or cold nights. Some Desi readers might remember it fondly, as it's often a sweet drink served to children on auspicious times or family get togethers.

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The name of this drink is quite misleading as there's no spicy ingredients in the milk. Masala milk is a sweet, nutty hot drink that's steeped with the gorgeous flavors of cardamom and saffron. The soothing taste and temperature are perfectly suited to lull you away into a dreamy sleep.

Ingredients:

(Makes 4 servings)

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1 quart of half and half milk (this thicker style works best, but you can substitute it with any form of milk if you wish)

2 tbsp sugar

1 tsp cardamom pods (peeled)

1 tsp pistachios (shelled)

2 tsp chironji nuts (also called almondettes)

5-10 strands of saffron

A pinch of nutmeg

Prep Time: 1 min

Total Time: 20 mins

How-To:

1. Chop the cardamom and pistachios in a processor until a powdery mixture remains.

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2. Add the milk to a thick-bottomed vessel. Keep the heat on medium until the milk starts to bubble.

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3. Add the saffron, cardamom-pistachio mixture, sugar, chironji nuts, and a pinch of nutmeg to the warming milk.

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4. Allow the milk to simmer on medium-low heat for 15-20 minutes. Stir frequently to prevent the milk from boiling.

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5. When the milk is slightly frothy and steaming hot, remove it from the heat.

6. Pour the milk into mugs and allow it to cool to a warm temperature before drinking.

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7. Enjoy your sweet treat!

Also check out a twist on the classic, Pumpkin-Spiced Chai Latte.

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