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Khajoor Dudh | Dates Milk

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Khajoor Dudh or doodh or Dates Milk is an Instant energy drink for lactating mothers or for any age. Naturally sweetened with dates, this nutritious drink uses just 2 ingredients, dates and milk. 

Khajoor Dudh served in 2 brown cups with some dates and flowers in the background
Khajoor Dudh

This healthy and naturally sweetened milk is easy to prepare and provides essential nutrients to new moms or to anyone.

I remember after my first child, my mom used to make this for me twice a day and I used to wait for this. The milk gets its taste from dates and it was the one thing that I loved eating, as most of the food after delivery is sweet and we do not want to eat more.

As said this is naturally sweetened, It had a mild sweet taste as well as some kind of soothing effect. This is my personal experience and I am just sharing this.

Why Khajoor Dudh?

Dates are believed to be rich in iron, and calcium, improve digestion, and help in weight gain and bone health. They have numerous health benefits associated with it. When added to milk it is very nutritious and boosts energy.

New moms need a lot of energy. Dates are rich in iron, which helps lactating mothers. Believed to increase milk production and as a rich source of calcium too, it helps strengthen bones and teeth.

Dates can prevent constipation, and improve digestion and help in regular bowel movements. This is again important for new moms due to reduced activity or due to changes in their body.

I wanted to share this recipe for a long time, but when Aruna asked us to make post-pregnancy food for the Shhhhh Cooking Secretly Challenge, I decided to finally make it. She gave me dates and milk and this khajoor dudh was the perfect recipe to make. I gave her poppy seeds and Jaggery and she made this Antina undi that is gondh ladoo.

Khajoor Dudh served in 2 brown cups with some dates and flowers in the background
Khajoor Doodh

Dates as a natural sweetener

Soft dates are very sticky and naturally sweet, so they are used in many of the recipes to replace sugar as well as act as a natural binder. I use dates in many of the recipes and one of my most popular and healthy recipes I make again and again is this Dates and Dry fruit nut roll.

My kids love this Vegan Dates and Walnut cake and I love this as a post workout, BeetRoot and Dates Energy Bites which uses dates as a natural sweetener.

Type of milk used in Dates Milk

I have made this milk with normal cow milk. One can make it with any vegan milk. I have kept this simple and the way my mom made it for me. Saffron and pistachios are added as garnish and presentation. However one can add different flavorings to this.

Flavorings or additions to Khajoor dudh

  • Saffron
  • Nutmeg
  • Cinnamon
  • Nuts

Recipe process of Khajoor dudh

The recipe is quite simple. All you do is soak the dates in water for 2-3 hours or overnight. Once soaked, split them into four or small pieces. Discard the seed. Boil the dates along with milk, until the milk is reduced to three fourth.

Reducing the milk helps the flavor and the sweetness of dates to be infused. Once done, serve it warm.

Variations

As described earlier, I have simply soaked, cut, and boiled the khajoor along with the milk. However one can make a date paste and then add it to milk, to make it in the form of a milkshake. I prefer the first method.

Can we store this?

Yes, you store this in the refrigerator for 2-3 days. Keep in mind that it is milk and it would spoil. Also for new mothers, it is best to give fresh and hence best consumed soon.

Khajoor Dudh served in 2 brown cups with some dates and flowers in the background
Dates Milk
Khajoor Dudh served in 2 brown cups with some dates and flowers in the background
Khajoor Dudh
Khajoor Dudh served in 2 brown cups with some dates and flowers in the background

Khajoor Dudh | Dates Milk

Khajoor Dudh or Dates Milk is a nutritious drink, naturally sweetened with dates, with just 2 ingredients for lactating mothers or any age.
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Course: Beverage, Drinks
Cuisine: Indian, North Indian
Keyword: Healthy, Post Pregnancy Food, Processed Sugar Free
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Soaking Time: 2 hours
Servings: 2
Calories: 186kcal
Author: Renu Agrawal-Dongre

Ingredients

  • 2 Cups Milk
  • 4 Dates – Dry
  • 1 cup water – To soak dates

Instructions

  • In a bowl add in the dates and water.
    4 Dates, 1 cup water
  • Let it soak for 2-3 hours or overnight.
  • Once soaked, discard the water and cut the dates into 4 pieces or as desired.
  • Discard the seed.
  • In a heavy bottom pot or pan add in the milk and the chopped dates.
    2 Cups Milk
  • Bring the milk to a boil.
  • Once boiled, let it simmer for 8-10 minutes until it has reduced to three fourths.
  • Once done, switch off and serve.

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Notes

  • Standard US-size cups and spoons are used. 1 Cup = 235 ml, 1 tbsp= 15 ml, 1 tsp = 5 ml
  • Recipe measurements are rough guidelines.
 
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Nutrition Facts
Khajoor Dudh | Dates Milk
Amount Per Serving
Calories 186 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.3g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 29mg10%
Sodium 99mg4%
Potassium 458mg13%
Carbohydrates 22g7%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 21g23%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 397IU8%
Vitamin C 0.1mg0%
Calcium 309mg31%
Iron 0.1mg1%
* I am not a nutritionist. The nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. It varies depending upon the product types or brands.
Disclaimer: I am not a nutritionist. The nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. It varies depending upon the product types or brands.

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