Monday, March 5, 2012

Almond Saffron Drink/Badam Kesar ka Sharbat

With Holi, the indian festival of colours just round the corner, I thought about making Thandai - but after pondering over it for a while, I thought I should do something different this year for Holi. So the next idea was to make this rich almond-saffron drink or badam-kesar ka sharbat.


As the name suggests, the star ingredients of this drink are almonds and saffron. I like to use saffron very generously (I am a bit of a Saffron afficionado), but of course you can reduce the quantity of saffron if you are not fond of an intense saffron aroma.


The shelf life of this syrup at room temperature is around a month, if you live in a warm country then I would suggest to put the syrup in the refrigerator.

Ingredients

100 grams - almonds, soaked overnight
1170 grams - sugar
1 1/2 cup - water + to make almond milk
3/4 tsp - cardamom powder
1/2 gram - saffron 
1 tsp + 1/2 tsp - rose water

Method
  1. Blanch the almonds. Grind the blanched almonds using some water. Sieve/press through a muslin cloth and extract the liquid and keep aside. Do not throw the leftover/residue.
  2. Put the residue back into the mixer and grind using little water and sieve/press again. Repeat this process one more time.
  3. Soak the saffron in 1/2 tsp of rose water and keep for half an hour.
  4. Add the suagr and 1 1/2 cup of water in a deep vessel and cook on high flame, until the sugar dissolves. Remove the dirt if any with the help of a spoon. 
  5. Add the almond milk and let it come to a boil(be careful as it will splutter a lot) Reduce the heat to medium and cook for approx 3-4 minutes. Remove the vessel from the heat.
  6. After 5-7 minutes, add the soaked saffron, cardamom powder and 1 tsp of rose water and mix. Cover the vessel and let it cool.
  7. Store in glass jars when completely cool.
  8. To serve: Add 2 tsp of sharbat or according to your taste (if you want it sweeter or less sweet), to 250 ml of chilled milk. Give it a whiz in the blender and serve. Alternately, whiz 2 tsp of sharbat, a little vanilla icecream and some soda in a blender and serve immediately. Tastes simply awesome.
Note

If you notice sugar crystals in the sugar syrup, first transfer the non crystallised part into another glass jar and than add a little hot water to the remaining syrup. Let it cool completely before storing in a glass jar.


Enjoy!

53 comments:

  1. ummm this looks perfect for holi,wish i could taste this,,even i published holi special post today,,happy festival

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    1. yummy recipe..Perfectly made

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  2. Lovely drink with a lovely picture.

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  3. Gorgeous clicks and fabulous drink!

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  4. Delicious drink with wonderful clicks.

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  5. So very tasty... i love badam drinks.

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  6. Lovely and tasty drink.Happy Holi to you Rachna.

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  7. This looks awesome, thanks for sharing this Rachana..

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  8. my fav drink recipe. looks awesome.

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  9. This sounds super delicious!!!

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  10. like you Rachna I am Saffron afficionado too :-) perfect for me

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  11. Delicious drink....Nice click..

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  12. love the outdoor click. love the fact that u have added an intense saffron flavor. just love the spice and rich color - awesome post

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  13. Tasty and healthy drink..gorgeous pics

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  14. yummy n tasty drink recipe dear..vl try this......loved it....
    Maha

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  15. Refreshing and healthy,filling drink. Looks tempting.

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  16. Healthy and a classic drink to quench the thirst and look forward for the summer. Such a welcoming drink.

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  17. Wow! What a refreshing drink...nice pictures too!

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  18. lovely drink... perfect for anytime, but really awesome for holi...

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  19. Loved this version.. can easily replace thandai :)

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  20. Yumm. Love the drink and your click.

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  21. very tempting drink and gorgeous clicks

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  22. Well Holi is near and this is what would love to have..delicious..hugs and smiles

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  23. Holi is one of my FAVORITE indian holidays! I'm going to have to make these delicious beverages to celebrate! My roommate will be so proud :P

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  24. lovely pictures dear..loved the outdoor setting..nice recipe and looks yumm!

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  25. Awesome inviting Clicks..Love ur Badam-kesar Ka sharbat. Wishing you a happy Holi.

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  26. Looks delicious... very tempting pics!!

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  27. Very healthy n delicious,yummy shake !!!
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  28. a lovely and yummy drink, nice clicks..

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  29. wow looking awesome
    and no wonders what a click

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  30. Delicious drink...happy holi to u :)

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  31. delicious and healthy drink ...happy holi to you .

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  32. Kool pic with badam and kesar sorbet..Glad to follow ur space.

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  33. This looks so delicious love the presentation and the pic:)

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  34. This saffron drink sounds (and looks heavenly!); I love saffron and almonds but never tried them together. I need to since I recently acquired some really good Iranian saffron!

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  35. tu as utilisé des saveurs qui me font totalement craquer, j'adore
    bonne soirée

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  36. Love the presentation and name itself sounds heavenly! too good.

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  37. I love it a lot! Clicks are awesome!

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  38. Bookmarked , perfect for summer.

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  39. woww.. looks really refreshing..loved the second snap :)

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  40. amazinggggggggggg...
    i like the almonds on the rim of the glass...
    perfect....
    yummy...

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  41. looks so refreshing..first time here and loved your space totally..glad to follow u dear..do visit my space too in your free time!! :)
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  42. I read your whole recipe just coz your pictures were fabulous! Awesome...gonna tell mamma to make this! :)

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  43. Heaven in a few simple bites
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  44. Wow! perfect drink for this summer. Nice pics.

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  45. Yummy....
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  46. Saffron is used as medicine Cough, Asthma, Fever, Epilepsy Patients, Pimples/Acne and Skin diseases, Alcoholism, Tuberculosis, Cataract and skin diseases.
    Great article….!!! Nice to know about new things with helping concept.
    Thanks for all of your time & work. Hope you always write this blog.

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