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)

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  1. Hello Arun,

    You may want to try “Natrum Phosphoricum 30 X” for your acidity issues. It is a homeopathic biochemic salt. I used to have a lot of heartburn, and was prescribed Aciphex, which helped me as long as I took the medicine everyday.

    I switched to to the above remedy, for about 4 weeks, and then stopped the remedy. I have been free of the heartburn for a couple years now.

    Hope this helps.

    1. Thank you Shiva for that useful tip;

      I will most definitely pick it up on my next visit to Mumbai (next month);
      BTW, with changes to my eating habit I am not bothered by acidity now, but it does tend to aggravate when I start long-distance running. So will try the homeopathic medication.

      Many thanks.

  2. Hi Anuvidya:
    Sweeth Tooth? Join the Club! Its sweet! 🙂

    It is a great time saver and I LOVE this drink! What a divinely beautiful way to start the day. Give this a try! and lemme know.

    We got the Saffron from the Indian Grocery Store in NJ and it is from Spain! Yes, delicious! And we also got a batch from an Iranian friend. :-)) I love saffron.

    For my after dinner sweet fix, I mix yogurt with granola and honey, and add a few strands of saffron! YES!

  3. Ha! So you have figured I have a sweet tooth huh? Is that what this temptation is all about??? LOL.
    Looks and sounds amazing. I usually make mine by soaking the almonds and grinding them, but this seems like a great idea, saves time and energy peeling the skin off, and to top it all off it is SWEET!

  4. Paramjit:
    You could certainly drink this at night;
    generally I don’t recommend sweetened drinks at night, coz the sugar (or jaggery in this case) may keep you energized and difficult to fall asleep.

    Warm milk is actually good and is an aid to better sleep.


  5. Jennifer – yes, you can drink it at bedtime too, but not recommended as it has the jaggery.
    Yes, I now have a tin of jaggery on the counter for all my drinks! I like it. Also, it feels so much more earthy and organic than the superprocessed white sugar crystals.

    my marathon training aggravates the acidity, but after watching my diet closely has helped it immensely. Now, I am eating more healthy foods.

    Heh, see this post on the making of jaggery!

  6. Oh I am so glad that you led me to this post. I am going to make this on the weekend. It sounds as though it would also be a wonderful night time drink.

    I love the taste of jaggery. I dont use sugar a lot at all, but use jaggery almost exclusively when I do need some. White sugar in my place is only for visitors.

    Good luck with your acidity problems. Sounds like there was a lot in your diet that needed correcting, and wonderful that you were given a chance to.

    Glad that you liked my posts on teas too. I do love my saffron tea.

  7. Hi Priya:
    The readymade mixes do contain a lot of sugar. The ones I make are very healthy. See some of the scientific papers I referenced; they recommend a daily intake of ~ 15 grams (a handful) of nuts each day. When mixed with 1% fat milk, there is only goodness in it. And it is so refreshing in the morning! Give it a try! 🙂
    I cut other things out of my diet, such as muffins, pizza, bagels etc, which are far more harmful for you!
    Have a wonderful Ganesh Chaturthi!

  8. The kesar-badam mix sounds really yumm…I used to love it, but someone mentioned its too fatty 😦 1% milk and 1/2 tsp of the mix definitely does not sound like too much harm to me 🙂 Thank you soo much for the recipe 🙂

  9. Hi Latha:
    you are right, I generally don’t, but I have been inspired by all the food blogs of you and your friends and wanted to share this which I am passionate about.
    yes, that Kailash yatra was a once in a lifetime experience. the vistas are stunning. Thanks for visiting!

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