By Monalisa Mehrotra
With the monsoon around the corner to bring respite from the ordeal of long sweltering summers, we should start to change our nutrition too. Unfortunately with the change of weather comes the risk of catching infections. Here is the perfect, potent concoction, healthy drinks for kids to keep the common flu at bay during the rains.
A flavourful, fresh, tasty, and instant healthy drink made with nuts and spices! This masala milk is very easy to digest and has a good amount of protein and calcium too. Hence, it's the tastiest way to add milk to kids' diets! As a family, my thumbs up will always be for the homemade masala milk. This healthy drink for kids is again a family recipe, with a few variations of my own.
While the world has acknowledged it only recently, the masala milk has been a mother’s home remedy for any ailments for generations!
Masala means a spice blend or a mixture of spices. I have used jaggery instead of sugar or honey. Honey should not be added to hot drinks, as per Ayurveda. Honey becomes toxic when heated. If not heating up the milk & serving cold or at room temperature, then you can add honey.
Masala milk is also known to cure sore throat and induces good sound sleep at the night! And it tastes best when served hot or warm! The spices in this milk make sure that your little one stays warm, full, and safe from diseases. The spice nutmeg in the powder calms, relaxes and helps in getting sleep. With all the dry fruits and spices in it, this is an excellent drink with milk, for both kids and adults alike. Make it a habit for your children to have the homemade masala milk hot or cold.
Here is a recipe that gives you the double advantage of the immune-boosting and anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric and essential minerals. Making this an absolute monsoon essential.
Watch the video for stepwise instructions:
1. 250 Ml milk (Use soy milk if your child is lactose intolerant)
2. 7-8 Cashew and almonds
3. Slurrp Farm Jaggery Powder to taste
4. 2-3 Saffron strands soaked in milk
5. ½ Teaspoon good quality turmeric
6. 1 Tablespoon Slurrp Farm Nut Powder
7. A pinch of cinnamon (optional)
1. Dry roast cashews and almonds in a pan. Transfer into a blender and grind them
2. Put milk in a pan to boil, add 2 tablespoons of nut powder, jaggery powder, turmeric powder, saffron powder and a pinch of cinnamon if you want
3. Bring to a boil
4. Serve warm
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