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.
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
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
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)
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.