Fig-Date Milk with Cardamom and Pistachios

By Somyata Saxena

Summer or Winter, we all have our very own time zones and this calls for a versatile recipe; a recipe that soothes the craving of the taste buds while nourishing the body at the same time. That is where my recipe for Fig-Date Ayurveda Milk with Cardamom and Pistachios comes in - flavorful by the sip, delightful by the aromas and comforting by either a fireplace or a cool evening rooftop summer party! So, what’s the wait then? Let’s get started on how to make cardamom milk with figs and dates!

Fig-Date Milk with Cardamom and Pistachios
1 serving


  • Glass of plant based, sweetened vanilla milk (coconut/almond/soy or blend is also OK)*
  • 1/2 dry fig (chop in small pieces to help blender)
  • 2 pitted dates (chop into small pieces)
  • 1/4 teaspoon cardamom
  • 4-5 salted pistachios**
  • Organic vanilla extract
  • 2 drops


  1. Take just a little bit of milk and put in blender with finely chopped dates and fig. You can adjust later if you want to add more figs or dates per your taste.
  2. Now, once it is all smooth, add in remaining milk and salted pistachios. Blend.
  3. Top and mix with vanilla extract and sprinkle cardamom while serving.

*You can also use unsweetened dairy-free milk and add 1/4 tsp of vanilla extract

**If you don't have salted pistachios simply add a pinch of sea salt along with unsalted pistachios.

This fig and date cardamom milk recipe can be enjoyed warm or cold. No sugar is needed here as the sweetened milk, dates and figs give it enough sweetness. The salted pistachios take it to another dimension and also add wonderful aroma. Cardamom adds in more aroma and aids in digestion.

This fig and date cardamom milk recipe is great for all – kids, adults, and seniors. 

Figs and dates are revered in all cultures for their amazing nutrient profile and energy giving properties. Ayurveda considers figs as tridoshic – meaning they help all the doshas, hence an Ayurvedic spiced milk recipe like this can be of great benefit to everyone.

Both figs and dates with milk are considered as ‘cooling’ foods by Ayurveda whereas cardamom and pistachios are considered as ‘warming’ foods. This fig and date cardamom milk recipe brings perfect balance to satisfy the body’s needs whether one lives in cold or hot weather. 

Somyata worked in cancer research in a top research institute and then after some contemplation, she decided to launch her dream project - The Garden Recipe - to help educate people on nutrition and the benefits of a holistic lifestyle. Her healthy holistic living recipes are whole food and plant-based and use easy to find, affordable, fresh ingredients that along with the power of spices, herbs, healthy oils, nuts and vinegar, help nourish the body. She also launched her YouTube channel to help people learn and make her colorful, aromatic, recipes. You can check out her website at and sign-up for her newsletter as well as her YouTube channel on the homepage.