Holidays are a much awaited affair, just like Diwali. They come after a long period and just as we start enjoying them, we realize that they are going to be over. Actually we have a long list of ‘to-do activities’ for the vacations. These are those activities which we keep on postponing in our daily lives because of our busy schedules. This is the case with most of the working ladies and I’m not an exception. The last week of the holidays is the busiest one as we want to complete most of the tasks before rejoining.
My college has already opened. Sia, my daughter, will be going to her school from tomorrow and my son is going back to hostel. Before that, he wants me to make him a number of goodies. So, today is going to be my busiest day. My dad is also coming to meet us today. Since he is a diabetic, I have planned to make certain desserts that even a diabetic can consume. There is another reason of doing so. This week’s theme in blogging marathon is ‘dessert for diabetics’. So I’ll be killing two birds with one stone… Make my dad and son happy and at the same time, complete my theme too.
My son requested me to make cookies, cake and some nimkis to carry to his hostel. I have already made Lemon sharbet, which he is fond of. Along with that, I’m also going to make ‘batte ka doodh’ that he can carry for the journey to the hostel.
Batte ka doodh or kadhi wala doodh is a famous north Indian dessert or drink. It is simply milk with lot of dry fruits and some spices, cooked till reduced to almost half. So, in a way, it’s flavoured condensed milk. Generally, it’s served hot in earthen pots, but during summer, you can consume it chilled as well and it is always lip smacking, whether hot and chilled.
The beauty of this dessert is that there is no need for a particular recipe. You can use any type or amount of dry fruit and spices like cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, saffron, cloves etc. Since my kids do not like too many spices, so I have used saffron and cardamom only. For sweetness, I used sugar for my kids and a non-calorie sweetener for my father, who is a diabetic.
Here is how I make ‘batte ka doodh’. You improvise it according to your taste and likings.
|Milk ||1 litre|
|Saffron ||few strands|
|Cardamom powder||½ teaspoon|
|Dry fruits (pistachio, almonds, cashew, dates)||½ cup
|Sugar/ non calorie sweetener||1-2 tablespoons/ 2 tablets|
- Blanch almonds and chop them finally. Similarly chop rest of the dry fruits also.
- Put the milk in a heavy bottomed pan and keep it on fire.
- Let it boil and then reduce the flame.
- Let it simmer for 7-8 minutes on low flame.
- A thin layer of malai will appear on the top. Just push this aside. In this way keep on moving the malai layer that is formed, to the side. This malai makes the milk very tasty.
- Put saffron, cardamom powder and all the chopped dry fruit to the milk.
- Continue simmering it, now with constant stirring as the milk, that has got thickened, may burn at the bottom if not stirred.
- Add sugar or non calorie sweetener and remove from flame.
- Serve hot or chilled topped with malai and pistachio.
I am sending this recipe for Blogging Marathon #66 Week 2 Day 1
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