Kesar in English means saffron. Thereby kesar doodh is saffron milk. Basically hot milk induced with the flavor of kesar is kesar milk. It is so comforting during winters. There are several benefits of saffron milk. Apart from the benefits of kesar milk, its taste is another reason; you should indulge in a glass of hot saffron milk. There are readymade powders available in the market to make kesar milk but believe me, it is super simple to make kesar milk at home, it can be customised and it tastes great. Do indulge in this hot beverage this winter season.
Saffron: There are varieties of saffron available. You know how strong your saffron is. And if you don’t know, start off with a little quantity and gradually increase the quantity. I have used 5 saffron strands for 1 cup of milk and it worked great.
Milk: Full-fat milk works best for this recipe. However, you can make it with whatever variety of milk that is available.
Sugar: Sugar needs to be added as per taste. You can totally skip the sugar If you don’t like sugar in milk.
Flavoring: You can add cardamom to flavor saffron milk. You can also add nutmeg. For garnishing, I have used slivered almonds and pistachios, along with a couple of saffron strands.
Saffron or kesar is derived from the flower known as “saffron crocus”. One of the most expensive spices, saffron, originated in Greece and traveled across the world and also came to India! It has various health benefits:
1. Helps in relieving cold
Saffron is warm in nature. “Taseer” is the word my Mom always used to describe the nature of food. So saffron has “garam taseer”. And therefore saffron milk is very helpful when you are suffering from cold, flu etc.
2. Helps to fight insomnia
Saffron is packed with antioxidants. Crocin is one of the antioxidants which help to cure insomnia. A glass of warm saffron milk before going to bed ensures sound sleep.
3. Helps to cure depression
Saffron is also helpful in curing depression. It is known as the sun-shine spice. Not only because of its color but also because it is a mood booster.
4. Saffron is good for the brain
The other set of antioxidants present in saffron improves brain health. It is also a memory-booster.
5. Saffron is helpful during periods
It not only helps to deals with the pre-menstrual symptoms but also provides relief in the menstrual pain. Generally, females are advised to drink warm milk during menstruation. Kesar milk is a good option.
6. Good for heart
Saffron helps to keep the heart-healthy. It strengthens the circulatory system. It maintains the health of heart arteries and blood vessels.
7. Benefits for skin
Drinking saffron milk is great for the skin. It helps the skin to glow. It improves the complexion (I am not a big fan of such statements and beliefs, just stating what I had read).
Saffron milk doesn’t call for many ingredients. With just a handful of ingredients, you can make this healthy beverage. The most important ingredient for saffron milk is of course saffron. In the recipe, I have shared a tip that can help you get the maximum flavor. Try it. And you will see the difference.
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Serve it hot.
1.This recipe makes 1 cup of saffron milk.
2.Heat a pan in which you plan to make kesar milk.
3.Add 5 saffron strands (kesar ke dhage).
4.Roast on low flame for a few seconds, till saffron gets aromatic.
5.Take out in a mortar pestle and let it cool down.
6.Crush to make a powder. Keep aside for now.
7.In the pan add 1 cup of milk.
8.Add 2 tsp of sugar.
9.Add 1 tsp of hot milk in the saffron powder.
10.Add this to the milk.
11.Let it simmer for a couple of minutes.
12.Check and adjust the seasoning and consistency.
14.Garnish with slivered almonds (badaam) and pistachios (pista).
15.Also add 2 strands of saffron (kesar dhage).
PREP TIME 2 minutes
COOK TIME 3 minutes
TOTAL TIME 5 minutes
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