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Indian Recipes for Hot Beverages
Hospitality in India is expressed with offering tea or coffee with sweets and savory snacks.  Families in India are also partial to many hot milk drinks flavored with ginger, cardamom, nutmeg, fennel, saffron and fortified with nuts and seeds to create a powerful protein drink.

Indian Chai Recipe, Masala Chai Recipe

Indian Chai Recipe, Masala Chai

Ingredients: 4 Serving
2 cups water
3 whole cloves
1 stick cinnamon
3 to 4 cardamom pods (cracked open)
1/4 cup loose black tea (or 4 tea bags)
2 cups milk
4 tablespoons of sugar (or a little less)

Bring water, cloves, cinnamon and cardamom to a boil; Add tea and milk and bring to a boil. When hot, strain and add sugar. Serve hot.

Mysore Coffee Recipe

Indian MysoreCoffee has a reputation of being one of the best by many coffee connoisseurs.  It is moderately strong and very aromatic. For a South Indian it is a must after a paper thin or regular dosa and idli breakfast (cry rice and lentil pancake crepe) with their steaming cups of milky, sweet Mysore coffee.  Indian Mysore is an Arabica bean that's been grown, picked, and selected by hand in the Indian peninsula of Karataka. The result is a medium-bodied coffee with strong marks of mint and fresh aromatic herbs. The Mysore district is the location of the gold fields in India, hence the name "Nuggets".

Brew as per the directions on the package of coffee

Cardamom Milk Recipe- Elaichi Doodh Recipe
This drink is popular in the plains of North India and in Bengal.   Can also double up as a light meal before bed.  Makes a healthy warming hot milk or a sweet after dinner drink or a filling milk drink before bed (especially when one has had an early supper).  A warm nut milkshake

Cardamom Milk Recipe- Elaichi Doodh Recipe

3 tbsp. white poppy seeds dry roasted in a pan
15 blanched almonds
1 cup water
3 cups whole milk
1 tablespoon Poppy Seeds
1/2 tsp. cardamom seeds
sugar to taste

1. Dry roast poppy seeds in a heavy frying pan over low heat. stiring the pan often so as not to burn it, for about 5 minutes. Combine the poppy seeds, almonds and water in a blender or food processor fitted with the metal blade and process for 2-3 minutes or until the nuts are reduced to a fine puree. Add 2 cups milk and further blend on low speed for about 15 seconds.  
2. Pour the mixture through a strainer over a pan.  Press out as much liquid as possible, then add the remaining milk and the cardomom seeds. Stirring constantly, bring to a boil over moderately high heat. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 2 minutes. Add the sweetner.
3.  Indians will pour the milk back and forth from one pan to another to make the milk frothy much like a low tech cappuccino machine. The frothy milk is then served.

Almond Honey Milk Recipe - Madhur Badam Doodh Recipe- In the cold winter months of North India many families wake up to an almond au lait.   The milk is warming, protein rich and all natural and enjoyed by the whole family - grandparents, parents and children

Almond Honey Milk Recipe -
            Madhur Badam Doodh

1/2 cup blanched almonds
2 cups milk
1/4 teaspoon of cardamom powder or 1/2 tsp. vanilla.
honey or sugar to taste

1. Add almonds and water in a blender or food processor fitted with the metal blade and process for 2-3 minutes or until the nuts are reduced to a fine puree. Add 2 cups of milk and further blend on low speed for about 15 seconds.    Heat the milk blend to a boil.
2. Pour the mixture through a strainer over a pan.  Press out as much liquid as possible, then add the cardamom seeds. Stirring constantly, bring to a near boil over moderately high heat. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 2 minutes. Add the sweetener.
3.  Indians will pour the milk back and forth from one pan to another to make the milk frothy much like a low tech cappuccino machine. The frothy milk is then served.

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