Almond Pista Milk

Last year on my return from the Kailash Manasarovar yatra, I had a severe case of acid reflux which was affecting my throat and vocal chords. Apparently, eating foods cooked in an unknown quality of oils and lying in sleeping bags (without pillow) can cause this. Of course, my intense running also brings up stomach acid and aggravates it. In addition to medications and other dietary changes, my doctor recommended that I stop drinking coffee! I could not imagine starting my day without a double shot of espresso. But I loved running more. So for several months I drank green tea in the mornings (and yawned at my desk). I came upon Masala Milk Mix in the grocery store and loved its refreshing taste. My mother noted that it was easy to make the powder at home and that got me started on grinding my own Badam Pista Milk Mix.

Now, I start my day with a warm cup of Badam Pista Dudh. I still drink about half a cup of coffee after lunch. My acidity problems have been essentially resolved and I feel great.

Easy to make.

Here is the recipe:

  • 1 cup almonds (roasted, unsalted)
  • 1 cup shelled pistachios (roasted, unsalted)
  • seeds of 30 cardamom cloves (about 2 teaspoons of seeds)
  • 1 teaspoon kesar (saffron)
  • To prepare:

  • Grind almonds, pista and cardamom seeds, separately in a dry grinder
  • Add kesar at the very end by simply crumpling it with fingers
  • Mix well and store in a dry cool place.

  • To make Badam Pista Milk:

  • 1/2 teaspoon of powder
  • 1 cup of milk; 1% low fat!
  • microwave for 2 minutes.
  • For sweetening, I use a teaspoon of kolhapuri jaggery, instead of sugar. Jaggery thickens the milk, and has a lower glycemic index. Thus you avoid the sugar high and is particularly good for diabetics.
  • Early mornings as I sip the badam milk, I do my floor stretches and munch on a Nutella sandwich. Rejuvenated, I am ready for the day!

    Health benefits of Almonds and Pistachios:
    Everyone touts the health benefits of almonds, but I was pleasantly surprised to find good scientific data indicating these nuts do indeed improve cardiovascular health. A daily snack of almonds is effective in lowering Low Density Lipoprotein (LDL) the bad cholesterol, by upto 16%. Pistachios increase High Density Cholesterol (HDL) the good cholesterol; and both these nuts lower total cholesterol. I have provided links to a few references below.


  • Effect of Pistachio Nuts on Serum Lipid Levels in Patients with Moderate Hypercholesterolemia (Abstract)
  • Pistachio Nut Consumption and Serum Lipid Levels (Abstract)
  • Nuts and Plasma Lipids: An Almond-Based Diet Lowers LDL-C while Preserving HDL-C (Abstract)
  • Effects of Plant-Based Diets High in Raw or Roasted Almonds, or Roasted Almond Butter on Serum Lipoproteins in Humans (Abstract)
  • Critical Review: A Systematic Review of the Effects of Nuts on Blood Lipid Profiles in Humans (Abstract)

My Other Breakfast Drinks:

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  1. Leilani says:

    Hi Arun Shanbhag,
    I am interested in making the tumeric milk drink I do buy the almond mikl so can I just add the tumeric to the milk or is it better for me make it from scratch? just to let you know I saw the recipe on a forum for women called Whole Woman.
    Thank you

    • Hi,
      You can use the almond milk, but I worry the turmeric may not mix readily in the almond milk.
      So here is what I’d recommend, add some turmeric to a few table spoons of warm water, mix well, and then add the almond milk.

      You do realize, you can simply do this in water and skip the milk completely. Just add a tiny amount of turmeric to hot water, add a bit of honey, mix, let the turmeric settle and sip hot. Yumm.

      To you health

  2. Leilani says:

    Hi Arun Shanbhag,
    I am new to your website I am very interested in getting advise from you for my 14 year old granddaughter who just completed her first year as a runner on her schools tract team, can you recommend something for her? she complains of her hip and ham string hurting after a track meet, I am interested in maybe something she can drink before or after her meets? Thank you!

    • Hi Leilani,
      I am not sure what to recommend. Considering this is her first year on the track team, I recommend she take a break from running for a few days or a week to see if the hip and hamstring pain goes away. Also, I strongly recommend ice-ing to relieve the pain.

      Nothing specific to drink, just make sure she is hydrated and depending on the number of miles she is running, she may need to replenish her electrolytes with some sports drink (I best whatever is on sale).

      Best Wishes

  3. prakash says:

    i’m suffering from acid reflux for more than 30 yrs. i have surprised to see this valuable suggestion. i’m going to try it. after getting curied i will send thanks msg.

    • Hope this works for you.
      BTW, coffee is not the “only” contributor of acid reflux; other suspects include, very spicy foods, tomato paste (on pizzas, pasta etc) , etc.


    • Also good for acid reflux is meadowsweet herb. I got a lb of it online (organic) and make it as a tea and it works every time for me!

  4. hi arun,

    i tried this……. it came out well……. my sons just enoy in the morning…………
    thanks for the recipe

  5. I sometimes cut back on foods that are high in fat.

  6. Nilda Y. Torres says:

    Hi Arun,

    I am from the philippines and also suffering from acid reflux. Sounds this Almond Phista Milk is delicious and good substitute for coffee. I just don’t know if seeds of cardamom cloves is available here in our country. I hope there is..This phista milk might be the solution to my 3 years acid reflux condition.

    Thanks for sharing this recipe and it could help many with the same condition as ours.

    More power! Nice website!

    • Hi Nilda:
      Yes, acid reflux can restrict your activities. Cardamom seeds must be easily available in the Philippines. Try the indian grocery stores there. The seeds, or sometimes they are available as closed cardamom cloves. you need to just peel them to get the seeds. It is also called “Elaichi” in India.

      Good luck and hope you enjoy – And it is actually a delightfully refreshing drink, particularly in the evening when I don’t want any caffine.

      Thank you for visiting.


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