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Almonds, Pistachio And Saffron Milk Shake

Badam Pista Kesar Doodh

Mamta Gupta

This is a cool drink from North India. It is popular during the summer months. It is good as a substitute to breakfast. Use sweetener for diabetics. Serves 4


  • 1 glass, 250 ml milk (use skimmed milk, if you want to reduce fat content)

  • 2 tbsp. honey or sugar (use sweetener for diabetics)

  • 2 tbsp. almonds

  • 1 tbsp. pistachios

  • 1/2 tsp. green cardamom or illaichi powder

  • 1/2 tsp. rose water,a available from Indian store or supermarket. If using rose essence concentrate, use only a few drops.

  • A few strands of saffron

  • A few fresh rose petals, if available. These are wild rose petals, insecticide free.

  • Few ice cubes, if desired


  1. Soak almonds and pistachios in hot water for a couple of hours or heat in a microwave for a couple of minutes.

  2. Allow to cool and peel.

  3. Place all ingredients, except ice, in a blender and blend until smooth. It takes a couple of minutes to blend these nuts to paste.

  4. Place a couple of ice-cubes in each glass and pour the milk shake over.

  5. Garnish with a few strands of saffron, and rose petals, if you have any.

  6. Serve immediately.


  • It can be made in advance and kept in the fridge. Don't add ice and rose petal garnish until just before serving.

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