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Zaffrani Mewa Doodh is a rich, thick and creamy milk based drink that is best served warm. Made with saffron, vegan ricotta cheese and different dry fruits, this popular drink from the Indian subcontinent is given a dairy free twist to make it a treat to sip on. A refreshing drink that packs a nutritious punch too.
Preparing this Zaffrani Mewa Doodh after so many years bought back so many wonderful memories. For a brief period, we were living in a joint family setup. This means, there were 2 families living under one small roof, i.e my dad’s family and his brother’s family. Back in those days, we never demanded a separate room for ourselves and the concept of personal space was deemed a luxury. We all lived in one house together and were very much comfortable with this setup. My Chachi (aunt) was a Maharastrian and her style and personality would inspire me everyday. I still remember peeking into her dresser which was filled with an array of lipsticks neatly stacked in a row. It was a fascinating sight for a teenager like me. She would occasionally allow me to try one on and even dress me up. I would be the most excited while getting decked up. Her style of cooking too was very different to my mom’s which I began to like as well.
Zaffrani Mewa Doodh was one of her recipes. All of us at home instantly fell in love with this drink and she would prepare it for us whenever we kids were craving for it. She even taught my mom the recipe and over time, my mom too nailed this recipe and ever since then we have enjoyed this tasty drink on many occasions. I wanted to recreate this drink in my kitchen but with a vegan twist. Ever since we made a conscious shift to a “Less Dairy-More Plants” lifestyle, I have been experimenting in my own small ways to transition to plant-based food instead of dairy especially in drink recipes like smoothies and shakes. We made this shift recently to stay fit and healthy. I know it’s believed that its tough to stay healthy but it really shouldn’t be so hard! I want to tackle this point through easy to make recipes that help you achieve your fitness goals without compromising on the taste. Dairy-free drink recipes like this one can be served for breakfast or as a party drink/dessert.
I have used Silk All Natural Vanilla Almondmilk in this recipe. If you are wondering why, then let me explain. Silk as a brand has dairy-free and lactose free products making it easier for people like us to create “lightened up” version of recipes to help with small victories on your path to a better you. Silk’s Progress is Perfection campaign fights the notion that “extreme” is the only path to being healthier, small victories are still victories. Also, they are easily available in Walmart. In fact, using the free Ibotta app, you can save some money on Silk products.
This time, I decided to order my groceries using the Walmart Online Grocery Pickup service. I must say that this makes grocery shopping very convenient and hassle free. You just add your items to the cart and place your order after filling up all the essential details.
You get to select the pick up time and the wonderful staff at Walmart will promptly get your shopping cart to you at the parking lot. It cannot get any simpler than this! We do use the online grocery store at Walmart frequently, especially on days when we are pressed for time. It’s totally the new way to do your groceries and I would highly recommend for you to try it.
Coming back to the recipe of the day, Vegan Zaffrani Mewa Doodh is my dairy free version for all you vegans out there! First, soak saffron in warm milk for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, coarsely grind the nuts like almonds, cashews, pecans and pistachios together. Pour Silk All Natural Vanilla Almondmilk into a thick bottomed pan and cook on a medium flame to bring it to a boil. Then add vegan cottage cheese, poppy seeds and chopped dates. Stir and lower the flame. Continue to cook the milk for 45-50 minutes. Keep stirring regularly. Eventually, the milk willreduce and thicken a bit. Then add the saffron and milk mixture to the pan. Stir and take it off the flame. You can serve this Vegan Zaffrani Mewa Doodh either hot or cold.
This is called a royal drink for a reason! Infused with rich nuts and saffron, this milk is flavorful and nutritionally rich. It’s a warm and comforting drink during the winters and a cool and soothing drink for the summers. It’s also a great drink choice when serving a large group – a guaranteed crowd pleaser! Whatever is your excuse to make this lip smacking drink, you will not regret the effort. It’s a pretty and delicious fragrant drink perfect for any party or baby shower! Fun, bright, and yummy! Non-alcoholic or boozy! On chilly fall and winter evenings it feels so cozy to simply sit on your couch, wrapped in a nice soft blanket and sip from a mug of thick Zaffrani Mewa Doodh. This warm, spiced beverage has a real soothing effect that will instantly uplift your mood.
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- 2 tbsp saffron
- 2 cups Silk All Natural Vanilla Almondmilk
- 1 tbsp poppy seeds
- 8 almonds
- 8 cashews
- 8 pecans
- 1/3 cup pistachios
- 1/4 cup vegan cottage cheese
- 2-3 tbsp chopped dates
- First, soak saffron in warm milk for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, coarsely grind the nuts like almonds, cashews, pecans and pistachios together. Pour Silk All Natural Vanilla Almondmilk to a thick bottomed pan and bring cook on a medium flame to bring it to a boil. Then add vegan cottage cheese, poppy seeds and chopped dates. Stir and lower the flame. Continue to cook the milk for 45-50 minutes. Keep stirring regularly. Eventually, the milk would reduce and thicken a bit. Then add the saffron and milk mixture to the pan. Stir and take it off the flame. You can serve this Vegan Zaffrani Mewa Doodh either hot or cold.
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Some other vegan drinks that you can prepare are The Ultimate Detox Drink with Berries & Lime!, Tomato Jal Jeera, Lime Mix Drink for Summers!, Vegan Milk Masala, Honeydew & Orange Chiller Drink, Spiked Plums & Strawberries Juice, Sparkling Cranberry Pomegranate Drink and Sunrise to Sunset Drink.
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