Thursday, July 29, 2010

Drink your Milk!

I have a sneaking suspicion that PreeOccupied will no longer remain just a food blog. At least not for the next few months.

May I warn you not to be totally surprised if one day all you see on this space are details about a pregnant woman’s diet and food habits, not to mention her aversions towards anything that can be eaten. Or drunk.

I have never been fond of milk. Surprise, surprise.

If you ever meet my Mum she would tell you horror stories about a certain four-year-old deliberately toppling her glass of milk almost every day during breakfast. Or get all teary-eyed and gurgle the milk out without any effort.

That same four-year-old brat has grown up to be in her first trimester now, and all she sees are people breathing down her neck to drink milk. She is pretty sure there will be no escaping this time, and has finally become a very consenting mom-to-be, drinking the recommended quota of milk. But in her own way!

The Badam Milk way…

Ingredients for Badam Milk are:

1 liter milk
Handful of almonds
Handful of cashew nuts
Handful of pistachios
4-5 green cardamoms
Pinch of saffron strands

IMG_9841 Boil the milk on low medium heat for about 10 minutes. Soak the saffron strands in a tablespoon of water and add to the boiling milk. Watch the plain white milk turn gourmet at that very instance!

In a mortar and pestle coarsely crush the nuts and the cardamoms all together. Add them to the milk and cook for 5-6 minutes more. Add sugar to taste.IMG_9847 Let the milk cool down completely before chilling it for 4-5 hours. Give it a good stir and serve chilled.

The Badam Milk makes a wholesome, healthy and high on protein and vitamin drink, especially for pregnant women who need that extra ounce of everything! IMG_9860Not to mention the natural benefits of milk. The nuts, cardamom and saffron pack in a whole lot of taste and flavor and makes it more desirable even among stubborn adults like me.
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GB said...

Preeeeeeeeeee I have the same "kullad" teacups, sadly most are broken now. I must replenish my stock from India soon.

Love Badam milk.

You can eat any form of cheese (apart from the unprocessed ones)

Doesn't need to be need your calcium+protein. thats all.

Regina said...

Yummy! Ive missed you by the way but congratulations on your preggyness! God bless xxx

Rimi said...

Ish, ish, ish, ki bhishon tempting. Lovely photography! And what a delicious recipe. I hated milk as a child as well, and my mum never tried to make me swallow any, so I missed out on all the lovely milk-based drinks as well. Eta I'll be trying for sure.

Sayantani said...

you are good Pree. even in those days also I could not bring myself near milk. I ate a lot of chhana. actullay those were the most scary months of my life...the whole 9 month I could not stop throwing up.

anyways the badam milk indeed look good and like Gagan I also have the same kullad cups. love and hugs and do take care dear.

Jaya said...

prothemo to khob anando holo shone eyi khabar ta..take care and milk and iron tablets ek sathe nebe na ..
darun pics specially kulhar and the small cart type carrying dry fruits..
hugs and smiles

? said...

Love those terracotta glasses; my friend has them and have been trying to get some...
Looking forward to more interesting recipes..