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Treat yourself to a cup of saffron milk, and experience the richness of this velvety beverage that transcends ordinary tastes and transports you to a realm of exquisite flavours and warm comfort. Saffron, known as the 'golden spice,' infuses this creamy elixir with its unparalleled aroma and subtle, honey-like sweetness. Each sip is a journey through the rich history and culture of saffron, where its vibrant crimson threads have been treasured for centuries. Whether enjoyed as a soothing bedtime drink or a daytime indulgence, saffron milk promises not just a tasteful sensation but a true sensory experience.
Welcome to the world of saffron milk, where tradition meets modern-day decadence in a single, heartwarming cup.
- 1 cup milk (whole milk or any milk of your choice)
- A pinch of saffron threads (about 8-10 threads)
- 1-2 tablespoons sugar (adjust to taste)
- A small pinch of ground cardamom (optional, for extra flavour)*
- 1-2 crushed or chopped almonds or pistachios (for garnish, optional)
*If you don't have ground cardamom, you can also also cinnamon or nutmeg.
1. Warm the Milk: Pour the milk into a small saucepan and place it over low to medium heat.
2. Crush Saffron: While the milk is warming, take a mortar and pestle and gently crush the saffron threads. This helps release their flavour and colour.
3. Add Saffron to Milk: Once the milk begins to warm but is not yet boiling, add the crushed saffron threads to the milk. Stir gently to combine.
4. Add Sugar and Cardamom: If you like your saffron milk sweetened, add sugar to taste. You can start with 1-2 tablespoons and adjust as needed. Optionally, add a small pinch of ground cardamom for extra flavour. Cardamom complements the saffron beautifully.
5. Simmer and Infuse: Let the milk simmer for about 5-7 minutes, allowing the saffron to infuse its colour and flavour into the milk. Stir occasionally to prevent scorching.
6. Remove from Heat: Once the saffron milk is fragrant and has absorbed the saffron's colour, remove it from the heat.
7. Strain and Serve: If you prefer, strain the saffron milk to remove any saffron threads or cardamom powder. Pour the saffron milk into a cup or glass.
8. Garnish (Optional): If desired, garnish your saffron milk with crushed or chopped almonds or pistachios. This adds a delightful crunch and nutty flavour.
9. Serve and Enjoy: Your saffron milk is ready to be enjoyed! It can be served warm or chilled, depending on your preference.
Saffron milk is not only delicious but also visually appealing due to its beautiful golden colour. It's a soothing and luxurious drink often enjoyed for its unique flavour and potential health benefits.