Apple Pista Milkshake



Some drinks remind of the “kalyaana pora” back home, or the “salkaara pora”. OK, that just means “a marriage house” and “a function house”. I had posted the cardamom milk sometime back remembering some momePinnts. This drink is also likewise! I would always wonder what the watery green color drink that is served at functions was really made off. It would have a slight pistachio essence flavor, but there was definitely something more than just essence. Last year, during my stay in Kochi, I dragged HD out to Lulu Mall a day before we left from there, and while walking around the hypermarket, I picked up this little bottle you see at the left side. I picked up the almond flavored one too. Thank God it has eighteen month shelf life! I came back here and kept it in my fridge only to forget about it! Hehe…


During a casual browse through my old cutouts of the recipes in Vanitha magazine, I noticed the recipe of a green apple milkshake. I had a couple of green apples remaining after making the raita. Usually, Azza eats it when umma is coring one for herself, but when I buy it specifically for her, she wouldn’t even look at it. Are all kids that way? πŸ˜• Since the day was hot enough, I got to making it. The recipe used the pista essence so it was the best time for me to finally bring it out of oblivion. Once I was done and was drinking it, it tasted exactly like the green drink served at occasions back home. The only thing missing was the floating basil seeds, which I didn’t add since I didn’t have it readily available, and my sleepy brain didn’t figure out that chia seeds could have been a good alternative! You can use any type of apple you like and after blitzing, make sure to pass it through the sieve so that you have no residues remaining. Off to the recipe…





Green Apple Milkshake

Course Drinks
Cuisine Indian
Author Rafeeda


  • 1 large green apple peeled and cored
  • 2 cups chilled milk
  • 5-6 drops pistachio essence
  • 1/2 tsp cardamom powder
  • 2 tbsp sugar


  • Combine all the ingredients in a blender and blitz till smooth.
  • Run the mixture through a sieve and press down the apple residue to extract as much as juice possible. Discard the residue.
  • Serve cold.


You can add some plumped up basil seeds (tukmalinga) to spruce up this drink.

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  1. Ahaa.. appo ithano athu ???? Ennale onnu try cheyyanallo ☺️ Bookmarked ????

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Athanne… πŸ™‚ Thanks a lot Chitra…

  2. Sounds wonderful with pistachio essence!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Angie…

  3. this milkshake looks so creamy

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks Veena…

  4. Hahaha one thing i learn about grandmothers is try very hard to be the child’s favorite very annoying at times you say no to something and she will somehow find a way to do it for the child. I always stay away from using apple in drinks cant stand the way it changes colour this one i have to say looks pretty good.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Nammi… the green does camouflage the color change very well…

  5. hmmm looks so refreshing … perfect for hot days

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Anupa…

  6. filling n delicious shake..lovely !

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Julie…

  7. Ah! I too always wonder how they make those welcome drinks! πŸ˜› Such a simple but when we have it cold in hot day, nothing is better!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Fami… πŸ™‚

  8. I love the pista flavor, I’m sure this milkshake tastes delightful!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Beulah…

  9. Never tried apple in milkshake and yours looks so creamy and delish.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Taruna…

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks Suja…

  10. This is one of the most delicious and creamy milkshakes I have ever tried. It is unique and surprisingly delicious. A must-try for everyone.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much for your lovely comments and for trying too!

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