Saffron Milkshake

As a teenager, a chilled glass of Saffron Milkshake was one of my favourite ways of drinking milk. Touted as the world’s most expensive spice a little pinch of saffron goes a long way in imparting an exotic flavor and a lovely yellow colour to any dish.
Saffron milkshake
Saffron Milkshake

I find saffron to be an incredible spice and use it in a lot of dishes including kormas, desserts, pulaos, biryanis and even breads.  As much as I love saffron,  I must warn you to be cautious while using it because if one goes even slightly overboard the flavor can be quite overpowering 
Saffron threads soaked in kewra
Saffron threads soaked in kewra

Over the years I have come across several versions of Saffron Milk which include nuts,cardamom or other ingredients and are a bit time consuming to make too.. I  prefer this simple version for a quick refreshing beverage.

Saffron soaked in kewra
Saffron soaked in kewra

Saffron Milkshake

Ingredients: (To make one glass)
1 glass cold milk
A  pinch of saffron
2 tsps kewra water (Eau d’iris/Screwpine water)
1-2 tsp sugar (according to taste)
Ice cubes


Method:
1) In a small bowl, soak the saffron in kewra for 15-20 minutes. Keep the bowl covered to retain the lovely aroma.
2) In a blender add the milk, saffron + kewda mixture and sugar. Keep covered for 5-7 minutes.
3) Blend till frothy.
4) Add ice cubes and serve immediately.

Saffron Milkshake with kewra
Saffron Milkshake

20 comments on “Saffron Milkshake

  1. Same here, I love saffron, their smell, their colour…and a pinch goes such a long way, that makes it affordable even if it is expensive…the kesar milk looks awesome…am not a big milk fan, but my husband would love it:-)

  2. Assalamua’laykum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuhu 🙂

    That’s a wonderful recipe, Sadaf! But I was just wondering: In the GTA, where can you get “kewra water (Eau d’iris)”? 😮

  3. Waleykumassalam, Kewra/kewda water is also known as screwpine water. It’s a clear and extremely fragrant liquid , widely used in kormas, biryanis and desserts like kheer/phirni etc. Kewra is what gives kormas and biryanis that distinct wedding feast aroma.

  4. Waleykumassalam Naheer, you can easily get kewra water at any desi grocery store. We normally buy desi grocery from Dundas Fruits & Vegetables or Mr. India Grocers here in Mississauga.

  5. safforon milk sounds like something a king/queen would drink lol. i also love Saffron, but i kinda treat it like a treasure and hide in my cupboards corner. Love the looks of it, i will definitely try it. do you have any recipe for badam doodh by the wayhe deso way? sweet and frothy and nuttyy!!! ohh i miss it!

  6. safforon milk sounds like something a king/queen would drink lol. i also love Saffron, but i kinda treat it like a treasure and hide in my cupboards corner. Love the looks of it, i will definitely try it. do you have any recipe for badam doodh by the wayhe deso way? sweet and frothy and nuttyy!!! ohh i miss it!

  7. Thanks Tamanna. No doubt saffron is very expensive but as I said, a little pinch goes a long way.I have come across several recipes for Badam doodh but haven’t tried any yet….sorry about that.

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