As Valentine’s Day is around the corner, my mind was full of roses as I was thinking of ideas for the day. I don’t know if it was the power of roses or the nostalgia of childhood, I got reminded of Rose Milk. I found myself drooling thinking of a taste that I relished as a kid.
When it comes to Rose Milk, my taste buds refuse to accept anything but what my neighbour Aunty used to make for us. Aunty was generous to share her recipe and I enjoyed sipping it after years. Again, may be the magic of the season, I did spend some effort on garnishing it for the two boys in my life.
So here goes the recipe:
- Milk: 1 ltr
- Sugar: 1/2 cup + 1 tbsp
- Rose essence: 1 or 2 drops
- China grass: 10 gms
- Water: 1 cup
- Food colours (I chose red and green): 2-3 drops
- Cashew paste : of 20-25 cashew nuts (optional)
1) Bring the milk to boil. Let it cook well.
2) Add sugar and rose essence. Switch off flame. Now add the cashew paste, stir well to incorporate. Keep aside for cooling. Once cool, refrigerate.
3) Meanwhile take two flat plates and add food colours to it separately.
4) Take another pan, add one tablespoon sugar to water and let it dissolve completely. Now add the washed china grass to this water and bring it to boil on medium flame stirring continuously. Let It melt completely.
5) Pour the china grass to the food colour through a strainer (around ¼ inch thickness). Mix well and let it sit for some time to cool. Once cool transfer to the refrigerator to set further. (15mins to 30 mins)
6) Once it is set, cut into small cubes and keep aside.
7) Now pour the chilled rose milk to the serving glasses, garnish with the colour cubes and serve.
- Don’t add more than 2 drops of rose essence as it may spoil the taste.
- Add a drop or two of red colour to the milk along with the essence if you feel the colour given by rose essence is not sufficient.
- Quantity of sugar can be varied to suit your taste buds.
- Soak the cashew in warm water for 10-15 mins and the grind to paste. If necessary add 1tbsp of milk while grinding. This adds thickness to the rose milk. So adding this is optional.
So what are you waiting for? Make this lip smacking drink for your loved ones this Valentine’s Day. Enjoy the day. Have a great Valentine’s Day !
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