ody Masala paal

Masala paal

                          Climate in US is so cold. So recently i was planning to prepare some hot drink which soothe the throat and give a warm feeling. First i thought to prepare some soups , but when i was talking to my friend recently,she said she is going to her friend's marriage in india. When we were discussing about marriage costume,accessories, food ...etc .... i remembered during my childhood in few marriages they use to serve hot badam milk... which used to be my favorite. Nowadays they are serving paruthi paal(I don't have any idea what it is and what they mix )but it gives a complete feel ,drinking this drink after a big feast.  After the conversation, i thought of preparing some different milk drink other than badam milk ,rose milk ,paruthi paal.... i came across this masala milk recently when i was viewing some cooking video's in youtube randomly. I like to give a try. When i start preparing this drink,i don't have any idea how the taste will be ,because it is been long since i had it . But once i prepared and tasted it, i can bring back my memory and felt happy that i could recreate a drink which i like to have for this cold climate.

Ingredients :

Milk - 2 cup
Saffron - 1/2 tsp
Badam - 10 no
Pista - 7 no
Black pepper corn - 1 tsp
Cinnamon - 1 1/2" piece
Cardamom - 1/2 tsp
Cloves - 3 no
Ginger - small piece.
Sugar - 3 tbsp
Yellow color - a pinch(optional)




Recipe:

*Soak badam and pista in a bowl for 10 minutes.After 10 minutes,  remove the skin and grind it by adding little water or milk.
* Chop some soaked badam and pista for garnishing.
* Grind the saffron and little sugar and soak it in 2 tbsp warm milk.
* Crush pepper corn coarsely.
* Crush ginger .

1.Take a heavy bottom pan and pour the milk.Switch off the stove and heat the milk in medium flame .
2.Add pepper corn,cloves,ginger and cardamom . Stir the milk continuously.
3.Add sugar and soaked saffron . Reduce the heat and stir till the milk little bit thickens up.
4.Now add grinded badam and pista paste and mix well. Stir for some more minutes.
5.Finally add cinnamon and yellow color(If the saffron doesn't give required color).Close the pan and leave it for 5 minutes.

While serving strain the milk and serve hot or cold by garnishing with chopped badam,pista and  saffron .


Note:

* Usually in original recipe,they used to add an ingredient called sara paruppu. I couldn't able to find the ingredient,so added pista.
* Adding food color is just optional.
* I don't like over powering taste of cinnamon ,so i added it at last minute and left it in milk only for few minutes. But those who like cinnamon flavor ,can add it at initial stage.





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