The unmistakable smell of sweet, fragrant milk coming from my daddyma’s (grandma’s) kitchen in the morning was the surest sign that it was Eid day. Sweetened milk steeped in browned vermicelli, heaps of toasted nuts and coconut, rosewater, condensed milk, sometimes raisins or dates and of course, a load of warming spices.
This drink is traditionally drunk on the morning of Eid day to quick off festivities and tastes like a treat breakfast drink/ dessert and special nightcap all at the same time. It’s a popular Eid drink in parts of India, Pakistan, South Africa, Afghanistan and other Muslim countries.
This is the kind of hot drink that you need a spoon for, as well as a sweet tooth and will never taste as good as the sort that daddyma ladles you into hot, glass mugs from her beaten heirloom of a pan. This drink might never taste the same for you as it does for me as it’s so loaded with nostalgia but it might be the hug in a mug that you need right now.