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Zafrani Sharbat – Cold Saffron-Flavored Drink

Continuing my love for saffron, I’m sharing with you this delightful saffron drink from an Indian recipe. This saffron-flavored drink is top with a scoop of saffron ice-cream which I had shared previously. Please give it a try and let me know if you like it because I love it very much. 🙂

Zafrani Sharbat - Cold Saffron-Flavored Drink
Zafrani Sharbat – Cold Saffron-Flavored Drink.

Refer below for full recipe. No step by step photos as the recipe is simple to follow.

Here’s how to blanch almonds and pistachios:
Blanching Almonds & Pistachios
Blanch the almonds and pistachios in a cup of boiling water for 5 minutes. Sieve the nuts out and rub off the skins.

Silvered Almonds & Pistachios
These are silvered almonds and pistachios.

Zafrani Sharbat - Cold Saffron-Flavored Drink
Lovely drink. A nice thirst quencher for hot day! The addition of cardamom is refreshing.

Zafrani Sharbat – Cold Saffron-Flavored Drink
Adapted from Mastering the Art of Indian Cooking by Sanjeev Kapoor
Serves 4

10 saffron treads
1 litre milk
40g sugar
pinch of ground green cardamom
10 to 12 almonds, blanched and silvered
6 to 8 pistachios, blanched and silvered
4 scoops saffron ice-cream

Note: To blanch almonds and pistachios, put them in 1 cup boiling water for 5 minutes. Drain and rub off the skins.

1. Place a saucepan over high heat, add the milk and bring to a boil. Lower the heat to medium and simmer, stirring frequently for 10 minutes.

2. Meanwhile scoop out 2 tablespoons of hot milk from the saucepan and place in a cup. Add saffron treads into the hot milk and set aside.

3. Add sugar, cardamom and saffron milk into the saucepan and simmer for another 5 to 6 minutes, until thick and creamy.

4. Remove from heat, add almonds and pistachios and stir well. Let cool to room temperature and then place in the refrigerator to chill.

5. Pour milk into 4 glasses, top each with a scoop of ice cream and serve immediately. If you don’t have saffron ice-cream, plain vanilla works too.


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