Dry Fruit Masala Milk/A healthy drink

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It was almost 5° C in Delhi yesterday. The evening was passing away waiting for me to cook the meal but lazy me in the quilt and not even daring to come out of this comfort zone or you can say the short hibernation…. Decided not to spend much time to cook the proper meal and to live  on the hot milk ….loaded with dry fruits and dates
Hmmm…. was the reaction of hubby after listening to the plan as not much sure that how it would work instead of a proper meal in🍱 such harsh weather. But it worked quite well. That piping hot, dry fruit masala milk was super filling with the goodness of dry fruits and dates.
I call it masala milk as I use to add cinnamon and green cardamom powder to it as both the spices have medicinal values. This is such a healthy drink which should be given to growing kids for their healthier growth. I know this is a difficult task for moms to handle the fussy ones but nothing goes to give a try at least 😂
Adding sugar is optional as dates and raisins give it natural sweetness and the two spices have sweet notes. Honey or jaggery can be added instead.
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Course – breakfast,  mid evening meal

Cuisine – Indian

 Prep Time – 10 Min

 Cook Time – 20 Min

 Total Time – 30 Min

 Yield – 4 Servings

 Author – Bharti Dhawan

 Ingredients

    • Low fat milk – 1 lt
    • Almonds/badam(dehusked and chopped)  – 1/4 cup
    • Cashew nuts/kaaju (chopped)  – 1/4 cup
    • Pistachio/pista – 6-7 nos
    • Dates/ khajoor(deserved and chopped)  – 4-5
    • Fat Raisens/ munakka(chopped) – 3-4 nos
    • Green cardamom powder – 1/2 tsp
    • Cinnamon powder – 1/2 tsp
    • Some saffron strands(optional)
    • Sugar/honey/jaggery (optional)

  Instructions

    • Keep a heavy bottom saucepan with milk at low flame and when the first boil comes,  add all the chopped dry fruits, saffron strands and 2 spices mentioned above
* If you have an iron kadahi or skillet,  boil milk in it to add natural mineral like iron to milk
  • Let the milk simmer  to allow all the flavours to incorporate into the milk
  • Stir the milk at intervals to let it thicken a little
    • Switch off the flame after 15 minutes and serve it piping hot with little sugar or honey
Note
This healthy drink can be served chilled in summers

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