Simple Indian Recipes...
Delicious and healthy dishes that can be made even by first timers.

Masala Milk

 Published 2019-Jan-03   Updated 2019-Jan-03

- Submitted by Dahlia

(Masala Paal)

Jump to recipe ↓

Masala Milk is a hot, healthy South Indian beverage especially popular in Chennai. It is found in popular restaurant chains across the city. I first tasted during my college days when I visited Chennai. Myself and my roommate had our dinner at Saravana Bhavan. Outside the hotel was this man simmering masala milk in a hge iron kadai. It had a beautiful yellow colour and looked very inviting. We ordered a cup each and indeed it was such a warm finish to our meal.

Masala Milk, known as Masala Paal is milk boiled and simmered with saffron, cardamom, cloves and powdered nuts. The combination makes a warm, refreshing drink. The choice of spices and nuts can differ based on personal preference. Almonds, cardamom and saffron are a must. The other ingredients can be added or not based on availability.

Recipe For Masala Milk

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 10 minutes
Serves: 2


  • Milk - 2.5 cups
  • Almonds - 1/4 cup
  • Saffron - few strands
  • Cardamom - 2 (crushed)
  • Cloves - 3 (crushed)
  • Sugar - 2-3 tbsp (as needed)

For Nuts Powder 

  • Pistachio - 4 
  • Almonds - 2
  • Cashew nuts - 2
  • Saara Paruppu - 1 tsp


  1. Lightly roast the nuts given under "For Masala Milk Powder" and coarsely powder it.

    Masala Milk Preparation Step Masala Milk Preparation Step

  2. Soak the saffron strands in about 2 tbsp of milk. 
  3. Soak the rest of the almonds in warm water for about 15 minutes. Peel the skin and grind it with little milk.
  4. Take the milk in a sauce pan and bring it to boil on medium heat. Add the crushed cardamom and cloves in the milk.

    Masala Milk Preparation Step

  5. Keep stirring often until it reduces to 3/4th its volume.

    Masala Milk Preparation Step

  6. Add the saffron soaked in milk and ground almond-milk paste. Also add sugar as needed.

    Masala Milk Preparation Step Masala Milk Preparation Step

  7. Boil for a few more minutes stirring continuously. A pinch of turmeric can be added for a deeper yellow colour.
  8. Finally add the powdered nuts and switch off.
  9. Garnish with few saffron strands, sliced almonds and some more powdered nuts. Serve hot after a meal.

More Beverage Recipes

Apple Cider Apple Cider Ginger Tea Ginger Tea Filter Coffee South Indian Filter Coffee Filter Coffee Hot Chocolate
See more ⟩⟩

Post a new comment

2000 Characters left
Your name will be displayed next to your comment.
Email will NOT be displayed publicly.
Cancel       Save Comment

Comments (2)

Person   ()
thanks but whats Saara Paruppu?
Person   ()
Its called Chironji or Charoli in Hindi.

Post Comment

 Published by on and last updated on 2019-01-03.