Saffron. It is one of those exotic ingredients that tends to mystify me. I’ve only ever had it in a handful of dishes, and everytime I’ve tried it, it has completely transformed the flavour of the dish. I am looking forward to experimenting with this unique ingredient in recipes to come. For today, I wanted to share this warm, frothed milk with saffron & cardamom. This lovely little elixir is traditionally consumed in India as a breakfast beverage.
Full Moon Feast
The recipe for this beautiful drink was adapted from one of my all-time favourite books on food called “Full Moon Feast” by Jessica Prentice. The book explores our relationship to food throughout history, its medicinal uses as well as the author’s personal journey with food. It is a fascinating read and is filled with a plethora of interesting recipes for each moon cycle throughout the year. I am planning on hopefully trying out a couple more recipes from this book and posting them to the blog.
Not only is this elixir stunning to look at but it also tastes so warming and delightful. It is a simple concoction yet contains so much flavour. The cardamom combined with the saffron really is a beautiful combination of spices. For my version of this drink, I used almond milk since that is what I had on hand, but I imagine this would taste heavenly with cows milk. The recipe calls for raw milk but raw milk can be challenging to come by these days. Any kind of milk should do the trick!
Additionally, the original recipe calls for chopped pistachios on top. The pistachios add a nice nuttiness to the drink, as well as a bit of colour. I thoroughly enjoyed drinking this, and could definitely see myself drinking it in the evenings before bed since it is so calming, and relaxing to sip on.
Warm Frothed Milk with Saffron & Cardamom
- 1/4 cup filtered water
- 1 cup milk or almond milk
- 1-2 pinches of saffron
- 1/2 tsp ground cardamom
- 1 tbsp raw honey
- Place all the ingredients, except for the honey, in a small saucepan over medium heat.
- Simmer the spices for a few minutes.
- To froth the milk, you can use a handheld frother, or put the mixture in a high-speed blender. Traditionally in India, the hot milk would be poured back and forth from one glass to another to create the froth. This definitely requires some practice!
- Add the honey to the mixture and stir.
- Top with crushed pistachios, a little more cardamom and a touch of saffron. Enjoy!