Compared to the first 2 drinks (Saffron infused Bone Broth and Saffron water), this drink is a well-known beverage called Kesar Doodh i.e. Saffron Milk. You might think the recipe is pretty much self-explanatory, adding Saffron to Milk, right?
But I’m sure you won’t be surprised to find many different alterations across the internet. Even in our mini Kingdom, we struggled to come to a consensus on the best combination until recently settling on this magic formula.
We love having Saffron Milk just before bedtime. The main reasons being:
1. Aids in getting a good night sleep
Saffron has a calming effect on our Automatic Nervous System (ANS). This is due to the high levels of Magnesium and Manganese which relaxes the muscles and the mind preparing you for a night of restful sleeping.
2. Waking up feeling happy
No matter how stressful the day before was or how late we got to bed, having this drink the night before always puts us in a happy mood when we wake up. This is because of the neurological effects it has on our brains. When we are sleeping it’s the only time (other than when meditating) our brains can switch off enough to relax and repair itself. We believe having Saffron before bed then helps with the repairing process given the effects it has on purifying the blood and blood cell regeneration. Hence why consuming this over a week 6 period before bed has eliminated my mild case of depression. It's strange to say but I can even feel there is something remarkable happening when I drink Saffron Milk, it’s like it almost instantly puts me in a better mood.
As you know, I like to keep my ‘cooking’ as simple as possible whilst still packing a nutritional punch. We strategical paired the powers of Saffron with other supporting ingredients.
Previously mentioned, nutraceutical foods such as Saffron are best absorbed when consumed with healthy fats, as they increase the bioavailability (the proportion of Saffron which enters the circulation when introduced into the body).
The King himself prefers using a Whole Milk base (to help with the absorption process), whereas I prefer a vegan alternative such as Almond Milk because I like the nutty taste that compliments the Saffron.
We have experimented by adding several different nutraceuticals to our Saffron Milk including Cacao, Maca powder and Turmeric but found these to extract from the comforting taste of Saffron. We’ve also tried swapping the Honey with Maple Syrup but again found that Honey is the best combination for the Saffron. After much experimenting we found the perfect spice formula pairing Saffron with Cinnamon and Cardamom.
It is important not to add too much Cinnamon and Cardamom to the mix. Only a small sprinkling is required to get the perfect sweet and nutty blend of heaven.
Serving: 2 cups
· 2 cups of Milk. I recommend Almond Milk, but you can choose your favourite.
· 6 threads of Saffron (3 threads a day keeps the moods at bay)
· A small dash of Cinnamon
· A small dash of Cardamom
· 2 teaspoons of Honey
Place the milk in a saucepan over medium heat. As the milk slightly warms up, add the other ingredients in the order above. Give it a good stir to allow the honey to mix in well. Let the mixture sit on a low heat for 6-10 minutes. Be sure to keep an eye on it so it doesn’t over boil, from experience I know this can happen quicker than expected. You won’t want to boil the Saffron as it contains precious volatile oils that will be lost. When ready, pour the mixture into your favourite mug and enjoy.
We would love to hear what you think of this recipe and what your favourite Saffron Milk combo is below in the comments.
Here’s to a good night sleep.
The Advocate (of the King)