Every winter my grandmother used to place jars filled with dry fruits in different places around the house. She made sure our ears were covered and feet were warm. Oiling our hair regularly was a must for her, too. Now that I am a mother, I am following some of these same rituals. I swear by her homemade remedies like ginger tea, cinnamon water, and turmeric milk. But the one healthy winter drink that has always passed the mommy test is Magic Milk.
The minute I feel that nip in the air, I make sure my kitchen is well stocked with gram flour or besan, turmeric or haldi, almonds and milk. This healthy winter drink is rich with antioxidants, vitamins, and anti-inflammatory properties. My 5 year-old boy and girl twins have benefited from it time and again. This drink is a perfect remedy for congested chests. Warm and gooey, it ensures a sound sleep, too.
- 1 tsp ghee or unsalted butter
- 1 tsp gram flour
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1 glass of milk
- A pinch of turmeric
- 2-3 powdered almonds
Step 1 – In 1 tsp ghee or butter, roast the gram flour until it turns golden brown.
Step 2 – Add the glass of milk, and stir well (make sure there are no lumps) on a low flame.
Step 3 – Bring to a boil, and add sugar and turmeric.
Step 4 – Stir until it thickens to a white-sauce consistency. Add powdered almonds, and serve hot.
Health benefits of Magic Milk:
Gram Flour – Also known as Besan, gram flour is made of chickpeas and helps keep hearts healthy, cholesterol low, and allergies at a distance.
Turmeric – It is anti-inflammatory, anti-septic, and a natural superfood.
More importantly, this winter drink tastes like Indian Halwa or Indian dessert with a custard like consistency. So tonight, when your kids are enjoying grandma’s tale, treat them to a cup of this healthy yet tasty winter drink. Good Night, or as we say in India – Shubh Ratri!
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