Delicious and easy to make, this potent bedtime tonic (known as ojas rasayana) is revered in Ayurveda for nurturing deep and restorative sleep. The recipe makes about two servings and can be diluted with water if it’s too thick for your liking.
10 almonds, soaked for 8 hours
1 cup whole milk (dairy, almond, or rice)
2 teaspoons ghee
4–5 dates, preferably Medjool
8 black peppercorns
½ teaspoon cardamom
½ teaspoon cinnamon
1 pinch of cumin
1 pinch of turmeric
1 pinch of nutmeg
Liquefy all the ingredients in a blender until the mixture reaches a smooth consistency; then pour into a pot on the stovetop. Set the burner to medium heat, and bring the mixture to a very gentle boil. Stir and serve.
If you haven’t pre-soaked the almonds, you can simply blanch them in boiling water for 1 minute. Drain and run the almonds under cold water, then remove and discard their skins.
For a delicious dessert, stir in 1 cup of natural yogurt after removing mixture from heat, spoon into small bowls, and drizzle maple syrup over each serving.
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