When Vineela of Vineela's Cooking announced the topic for JFI#5 - Milk, I was delighted and went off on a trip down memory lane reliving all my "milkilicious" memories...! This is my entry to the event.
I love milk...I really love milk. My mom used to say that even as a child, when kids my age made their moms run after them to make them gulp down a glass a milk, I would finish mine and ask for more !! Even my little sister would drink milk only if a couple of drops of coffee is added to it. Quite funny, isn't? Well, my love for milk continued well through adulthood and I realise that I play a very important part in emptying the gallons of milk in our refrigerator!
Back home, plain milk had quite a good flavor. But I somehow do not like the milk which we get here. So, I have to mix it with something like Complan, Horlicks, Rose Syrup and anything which would add some flavor.
Coming to today's recipe, this is a beverage I make quite often, when I get fed up with the store bought products. It's a refreshing and maybe a little heavy drink, given the fact that lots of nuts go into its making.
Let me get to the recipe:
Milk - 1 Tall glass - Approximately 450 ml
Broken Cashew Nuts - 3 Tablespoons
Blanched Almonds - 6
Raisins - 1 Tablespoon
Pitted Dates - 4
Vanilla Extract or Almond Extract (Optional) - 1/4 Teaspoon
Except the milk and the extracts, grind the rest of the ingredients to a fine paste, adding a little milk. Mix this paste with the rest of the milk. Chill and serve.
The vanilla or almond extract is optional. Instead a little cardamom powder can be used. Added to the cashews and almonds, pistachios can also be used.