In a bowl, soak the almonds in the boiling water for 30 minutes. Drain. In a blender, puree the almonds and 1 cup of the milk to a fine paste. In a saucepan, combine the paste, the remaining milk, saffron threads, sugar, and cardamom, and simmer over medium heat for 20 minutes, bringing the mixture to a boil. On a cold winter night, serve this drink hot, or in summer, serve cold over ice.
Saffron threads impart a beautiful orange-yellow color and distinctive flavor and aroma to this refreshing drink.
PREPARATION TIME: 25 minutes COOKING TIME: 25 minutes SERVES: 4
Per Serving: 210 calories; 8g protein; 24g carbohydrates; 9g fat, 90mg sodium; 7.5mg cholesterol; 1g fiber
1/2 cup slivered almonds, blanched
1/2 tsp. saffron threads
1 cup boiling water
4 Tbsp. sugar or honey
3 cups 1% milk
1/8 tsp. ground cardamom