High protein, fulfilling, and tasty energy drink for Navratri fasting season. This dry fruit milk is loaded with different kinds of nuts and flavored with rose water and cardamom. It is boiled until it thickens and then chilled for the ultimate pleasure.
P.S. Make a big batch of this milk because no one can drink just one glass of it. Literally!
Check out another fasting recipe: Quinoa Pulao.
This recipe is my childhood favorite. My mom used to make it, especially during the summer vacations and we all used to drink it together after our post-lunch nap. We literally used to look forward to waking up after our nap because we knew that mom will give us this chilled flavored milk. It always felt refreshing and delightful. Even though my sister hated milk but she used to love this one milk recipe. We always asked for more. We always craved more. It is one of my most delicious childhood memories.
After my marriage, one day I randomly decided to make this recipe. When I served it to Jatin, he was amazed by it. He also loved it so much that he asked for another glass. I did not know that he never had this kind of milk. I used to think that it is a regular milk recipe with some dry fruits in it. But it is different. That is why I decided to share my mom’s recipe with everyone. Why should we have all the fun 😀
Do try it this Navratri season or whenever you feel like it. I am sure you and your family will also love it and create some beautiful stories together.
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What is dry fruit milk?
As the name suggests, it is milk with a lot of dry fruits in it. It tastes so good and filling which makes it just perfect for fasting or any other day for that matter. In this recipe, milk is boiled on the lowest flame till it thickens a little. This process makes it rich and creamy. Once the milk is done, different kinds of nuts are added to it with some sweetener. It tastes very good and flavorful. You can serve it hot but our preferred way is to drink it chilled. After chilling, it becomes more creamy, thick (yet drinkable), and much more delicious.
What food items are allowed (or not) in Navratri?
There are two main food items that are not consumed during the Navratri season – onion and garlic. They are considered Tamsik in nature and hence to be avoided. If you are fasting, then you are not allowed to consume lentils, grains, any grain flour like whole wheat flour or all-purpose flour, salt, canned food, and the food prepared using onion and garlic. Non-vegetarian food items including eggs are also not allowed. Devotees also prefer not to smoke or drink alcohol during these nine days.
Apart from that, you can consume dairy products like curd, milk, paneer, vegetables like potato, tomato, arbi, cucumber, carrot, bottle gourd, eggplant, etc. You can even consume coconut, nuts, and seeds. Spices like turmeric powder, red chili powder, cardamom, ajwain, etc. are also allowed.
Moreover, everybody has their own beliefs and follows their own rules. In my opinion, there is nothing right or wrong, allowed or not allowed. You can simply follow what you want. When I was in the hostel, we used to have food prepared with onion and garlic. That is what has been served to us. So, alter the recipe below as per what you eat during the Navratri season.
- Jaggery Powder: You can even use sugar or dates.
- Dry Fruits: Use any nuts or seeds available at home. You can even add some seeds of your choice like flax seeds, chia seeds, etc.
Is this recipe vegan?
I am afraid not.
This recipe is made with cow milk which is not vegan or plant-based. You can substitute cow milk with any other plant-based milk like coconut milk, almond milk, cashew milk, or a mix of these. Although, I never tried it with any of the vegan milk.
How to serve dry fruit milk?
You can serve it hot or chilled.
Can we store dry fruit milk?
You can refrigerate it for 1 to 2 days.
Now grab all the ingredients because you are ready to make this delicious flavorful milk at home. It is simple, easy, and very tasty. It is filling which is just perfect for fasting days.
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Love from us
Richa & Jatin