Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Masala Milk


This week, Rubina, Mehwish, and I are sharing traditional, festive recipes to celebrate the Muslim holiday Eid. To start off the Eid menu, I'm sharing a recipe for masala milk powder. Masala doodh or milk is a sweetened milk drink flavored with nuts and spices. A masala is a spice blend and today, we'll be adding nuts to it to make a powder that can be mixed with milk.


Masala milk is a popular drink in Pakistan and India where most people drink it cold in the summer to cool off. It's also very popular for its health benefits. Drinking a warm cup of masala milk at night will help you sleep because of the calming flavors. A warm cup in the winter will protect you from the cold. It's also a delicious and healthy way to have kids drink milk.


Waking up on Eid morning and having a delicious cup of warm masala milk as the days start to get chillier seems like the perfect way to start this holiday.

A secret trick, stirring a tablespoon of this powder with a teaspoon or two of milk and a teaspoon of honey, makes a great face mask for you and a buddy! Turmeric, almonds, and rose petals are all widely known for their skin care benefits. Don't forget to do this on Eid morning too! ;)

Notes:-
  • The powder can be stored in the fridge up to 2 months.
  • Use any type of sweetener or milk you like, but the recipe below is tested and tried and delicious.
On to the recipe!


Masala Milk Powder
(makes enough for 6-8 cups of milk)


1/4 cup pistachios
1/4 cup almonds
1/4 cup cashews
8-10 green cardamom
1 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
1/4 tsp saffron strands
1/4 tsp turmeric


Heat a pan and dry roast all the nuts for 3-4 minutes. Set aside to cool.


Dry roast the saffron for a minute or until it darkens in color.


Once the nuts are cool, grind everything in a coffee grinder until it becomes a fine powder. 


Sift together in order to separate the big pieces of nuts and grind them again.

Store in an airtight container in the fridge.

To make Masala Doodh for two-

2 mugs full of milk
3-5 tbls of masala milk powder (to taste)
1-2 tbls of sugar (to taste)


Bring milk to a low boil or simmer in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring so it doesn't burn.


Stir in masala powder and sugar to taste. 


Serve warm or chill in fridge to serve cold.

Enjoy!


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