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January 29, 2008

Hot Date Milk

Fruit is best digested alone, as a general rule allow about an hour between eating fruit and other foods. But of course there are exceptions to prove the rule. One of them is dates and milk. These two foods make a good combination since they have the same effect at all stages of digestion.

You can just drink milk and eat dates, or you can mix them together. This is a very strengthening and nourishing drink, excellent for building up Vata and Pita types, especially when the blood is weak (low blood pressure, anemia etc. ) It is however very sweet and is probably a bit too rich for daily use for most people. Best taken in the morning, omit spices if digestive fire is too high.

per person

1/2 cup of water
1/2 cup milk
4 dates
Pinch of ground cardamom and pepper for digestion


Chop dates finely and put all ingredients together in a heavy based saucepan. Bring to the boil and then blend with a stick blender if you want it especially smooth and creamy. Serve immediately.

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