Badam milk is a traditional Indian beverage made with milk, almonds and spices. It is sweet in taste and can be served warm or chilled depending on personal preference or weather. Badam milk is also a good option as a refreshment in parties.
This traditional style almond milk is easy to make at home with a handful of ingredients and stores well in the fridge.
In addition, almonds have a lot of health benefits as they are highly nutritious and rich in healthy fats, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. (reference healthline.com)
Badam milk ingredients
Homemade badam milk is made with only a handful of ingredients of which almonds and milk are the main ingredients. It is flavored with some cardamom powder and saffron. However, this recipe can be made without saffron too.
You can also add some turmeric powder for its health benefits and nice golden color.
Almonds are soaked for few hours so that its skin can be removed easily. If you are short of time, soaking almonds in warm water speeds up the process and can be peeled in about 10 minutes.
I personally prefer whole milk to make this delicious beverage, but you can use less fat milk as well. If you want to make it vegan, you can substitute it with plant based milk.
Badam milk is sweetened by sugar but you can always use a sweetener of choice. Some chopped pistachios can be added for garnishing and for the crunch, but it is optional.
How to make badam milk?
It is really easy to make badam milk at home and takes only a few minutes of prep time. Once the almonds are soaked, peel them and blend with a cup of milk in a high speed blender like Vitamix into a smooth mixture.
Keep about 4-5 almonds aside and slice them for adding at the end. Almond milk can be made on the stovetop or in the instant pot that requires less monitoring.
How to make badam milk on stovetop?
In a saucepan add the blended almond and milk mixture, milk, sugar, saffron, and cardamom powder. Cook the milk on medium flame until it comes to a boil stirring it occasionally.
Once the milk boils, continue to simmer for 2-3 minutes. The milk should not taste of any raw almonds, and that is a sign that badam milk is done. Optionally, you can add some chopped almonds and pistachios for some crunch.
How to make badam milk in instant pot?
It is equally easy to make this Indian style almond milk in the instant pot using the saute mode. Add the milk, blended almond and milk mixture, sugar, saffron, and cardamom powder in the instant pot liner.
Allow the milk to cook on saute mode on medium setting for about 15 minutes until it comes to a boil. Once it comes to a boil, turn off the saute mode by pressing the cancel button and stir it till it settles.
While stirring, add the chopped almonds and optionally some pistachios in the milk.
How to make vegan badam milk?
If you want to make it vegan, use almond milk directly and add sugar, saffron and, cardamom powder to it. There is no need to soak almonds for blending.
How do you drink badam milk?
This refreshing Indian beverage can be served hot or cold and can be consumed at anytime of the day. Usually in cold weather or if serving during bedtime it is best served warm for its soothing effect.
For hotter days in summer, or when serving as a party refreshment, it is best served chilled.
How many days can we store badam milk?
Badam milk can stay good in the fridge for about a week. You can make this milk ahead of time or as part of weekly meal planning and refrigerate it. Depending on your preference, you can enjoy it hot or cold.
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For garnishing (optional)
- 2 tbsp Pistachios (unsalted, raw, sliced)
Making almond paste
- Soak the almonds for about 10 minutes in 1 cup of warm water.
- Peel the almonds and keep about 4-5 pieces on the side.
- Blend the remaining peeled almonds in 1 cup of milk in Vitamix or another blender.
Making badam milk on the stovetop
- In a saucepan add the almond and milk mixture, and all ingredients except pistachios.
- On medium flame allow the milk to come to a boil, stirring occasionally.
- Lower the flame and allow the milk to boil for 2-3 minutes.
- Remove from flame, optionally add sliced pistachios and the remaining sliced almonds.
Making badam milk in the instant pot
- In the instant pot liner, add the almond and milk mixture, and all ingredients except pistachios.
- Turn the saute mode on the normal setting for 15 minutes.
- Allow the milk to come to a boil.
- Quickly turn off the saute mode, stir the milk so it settles down.
- Add the chopped pistachios and the remaining sliced almonds.
- Serve badam milk warm or chilled.