Masala Milk (Masala Doodh)

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Masala Milk (Masala Doodh) is a traditional Indian drink where milk is flavored with dried nuts, saffron, cardamom, rose petals, and nutmeg. Make it using my easy recipe.

If you like this recipe, you may also like Saffron Milk, Carrot Milk, and Badam Milk.

Masala milk served in a cup.
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Masala Doodh is one of the very few milk-based drinks that I enjoy. It has all my favorite Indian flavors – Nuts, saffron, cardamom, and sugar.

In winter, I like to have a cup of this drink after breakfast. Mohit and I sit on our porch, which overlooks the garden. That’s our 15 minutes of calm time before his office meetings start, and I am off to work.

Since I drink it mostly every day in winter, I make a big batch of the powder and refrigerate it. It comes in very handy when making the drink. The ready drink can also be refrigerated for 4-5 days.

About Masala Milk

Masala Milk (Masala Doodh) is a warm and comforting Indian drink made by infusing milk with nuts, saffron, cardamom, rose petals, and nutmeg.

It is easy to make and needs minimal ingredients.

This drink is made in winter as it gives warmth to the body. It is also popularly made for the festival of Kojagiri Poornima in Maharashtra.

You can also serve it as a side dish with your festive meals or drink it on a cold winter or monsoon day to save yourself from the cold.

In summer, you can chill it for a few hours and serve over a few ice cubes.

Ingredients

Milk – I like to use whole milk (full-fat milk) because it makes the drink rich and creamy, but you can also use low-fat or skim milk.

To make it vegan, substitute dairy milk with plant-based milk such as almond, soy, or oat milk.

Nuts – This milk is loaded with the goodness of dried nuts such as almonds, pistachios, and cashew nuts.

Sugar – Adjust it according to your taste. You can substitute it with maple syrup, honey, or sugar-free options such as stevia or monk fruit.

You can also use date puree as a natural sweetener.

Saffron – Use good-quality saffron strands. They give the dish a beautiful yellow-orange color and enhance its rich taste.

Milk Powder is optional but highly recommended as it makes the drink slightly thick and creamy.

Others – You will also need chirongi, fennel seeds (saunf), dried rose petals, green cardamom powder, turmeric powder, black pepper powder, kewda essence, and nutmeg powder (jaiphal powder).

Pepper and nutmeg add a slight hint of spiciness that complements the beautiful flavor of cardamom and creamy milk.

You can replace kewra essence with rose water (gulabjal) to change your taste.

If you want to make the milk in Maharashtrian style, skip adding kewra essence.

How To Make Masala Milk

Make The Masala Doodh Powder

Add the following ingredients to a grinder. Grind to make a fine powder.

  • ¼ cup cashew nuts
  • ¼ cup almonds
  • ¼ cup pistachios
  • 1 tablespoon chironji
  • ½ teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1 tablespoon dried rose petals

Note – This powder can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a month.

Almonds, cashew nuts, pistachios, chironji, fennel seeds and rose petals added to a blender.
Ready powder.

Make The Milk

Add 8 cups of whole milk and 1 pinch of saffron strands to a pan. Bring it to a boil over medium-high heat. Stir continuously to prevent the milk from scorching at the bottom of the pan.

Milk and saffron added to a pan.

Once the milk boils, add the following ingredients to the pan and mix well.

  • nut powder
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon green cardamom powder
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 2 tablespoon milk powder
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper powder
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg powder
Nut powder and remaining ingredients added to the pan.
Mixed well.

Reduce the heat to low and cook the milk for 5-6 minutes, stirring frequently.

Check for sugar and add more if required.

Add 2-3 drops of kewda essence and mix well. Serve hot.

Ready masala milk.

Pro Tips By Neha

I sometimes dry roast the nuts for a more robust flavor.

The recipe I’ve shared will make masala powder for 8 cups of this drink. If you want to make just 1-2 cups, use approximately one tablespoon of milk masala for every cup. Adjust the remaining ingredients as well.

You can adjust the sugar as per your taste.

Serving Suggestions

You can serve masala milk hot or chilled. I garnish it with dried rose petals, slivered almonds, pistachios, and some saffron strands.

Give a spoon along with the cups as some masala settles down at the bottom, which can be scooped with the spoon once the milk is finished.

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Masala Milk Recipe (Masala Doodh)

Masala Milk (Masala Doodh) is a traditional Indian drink where milk is flavored with dried nuts, saffron, cardamom, rose petals, and nutmeg. Make it using my easy recipe.
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
Servings: 8 people

Ingredients 

  • ¼ cup cashew nuts
  • ¼ cup almonds
  • ¼ cup pistachios
  • 1 tablespoon chironji
  • ½ teaspoon fennel seeds (saunf)
  • 1 tablespoon dried rose petals
  • 8 cups milk
  • 1 pinch saffron
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon green cardamom powder
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 2 tablespoons milk powder
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper powder
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg powder
  • 2-3 drops kewda essence
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Instructions 

Make The Masala Doodh Powder

  • Add cashew nuts, almonds, pistachios, chironji, fennel seeds, and dried rose petals to a grinder. Grind to make a fine powder.
  • Note – This powder can be stored in the refrigerator for upto a month.

Make The Milk

  • Add milk and saffron strands to a pan. Bring it to a boil over medium-high heat. Stir continuously to prevent the milk from scorching at the bottom of the pan.
  • Once the milk comes to a boil, add nut powder, sugar, cardamom powder, turmeric powder, milk powder, black pepper powder, and nutmeg powder to the pan and mix well.
  • Reduce the heat to low and cook the milk for 5-6 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Check for sugar and add more if required.
  • Add 2-3 drops of kewda essence and mix well. Serve hot.

Nutrition

Calories: 276kcal, Carbohydrates: 28g, Protein: 11g, Fat: 14g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 5g, Trans Fat: 0.001g, Cholesterol: 31mg, Sodium: 101mg, Potassium: 499mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 26g, Vitamin A: 431IU, Vitamin C: 0.5mg, Calcium: 338mg, Iron: 1mg
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