Hareera is a recipe passed to me by my grandmother. It’s a drink that reminds me of vacations in India. The number of ingredients that go into it is vast and the preparation process is given utmost importance to ensure that taste remains the same every time. I have vague memories where even oud was used to give it a beautiful fragrance. Wafting smoke from the wood towards the beverage. Yes, it was that serious of a process!
However, I have altered the recipe a little to suit the ingredients that are usually in my kitchen. That way I can make a cup for myself whenever I crave it.
Hareera is usually prepared during Ramadan as nuts provide good nutrition during the fasting month. It is also why women are encouraged to drink it when they are pregnant and post childbirth.
The color comes from saffron and a pinch of turmeric. The saffron also lends a beautiful fragrance to the drink that has a nutty texture.
Scroll below for the recipe
- 2 cups milk
- 1 cup almonds, soaked and peeled
- 1 cup walnuts, soaked and peeled
- 1 cup shredded coconut
- 1/2 cup sugar (alter according to taste)
- A pinch of turmeric powder
- A few strands of saffron
- Sliced almonds to garnish
- First, put a pan with milk and sugar on a low flame
- While cooking, add shredded coconut with 30 ml water in a food processor and blend. Remove the paste and strain till you have reduced coconut milk
- Repeat the process once more if required and until you have a cup of strained coconut milk
- Next, add the almonds and walnuts with water and keep blending till it forms a fine paste
- Add both the coconut milk and nut paste into the milk and stir till all incorporated
- Put a pinch of turmeric powder and some strands of saffron. Keep stirring till the drink turns a light yellow
- Serve and garnish with sliced almonds
When a drink looks so fine you just cannot serve them in anything less than grand serveware. Silsal Design House has some of the best pieces that you can pick out for yourselves. Each collection has a story behind it and is beautifully crafted. It is also a great topic on the table and can result in a lot of envy from your friends!
I bought myself some of their gorgeous teacups and saucers from the Fairuz collection to serve Hareera and it just looked stunning! Don’t you think? 🙂
Other ingredient options: You can alternate coconut milk for the strained coconut with water but that could compromise on taste. Other garnishes include sliced pistachio and walnuts.
So, have you heard of or tried Hareera before? Would love to know how you would make it for yourself.
Until then, happy eating! xx
Disclaimer: This recipe is in collaboration with Silsal Design House.