Masala Milk is a flavoured, spiced milk made by simmering milk with finely chopped nuts & infusing saffron. Masala Milk is tasty, refreshing anytime drink that could be prepared in minutes. Masala Milk Recipe is presented in this post with step by step pictures and video.
Masala Milk is one of my favorite drinks as it is so soothing and tasty. I love to have it hot but it can be served chilled to as per your preference.
About Masala Milk
The first time I tasted Masala Milk was at a restaurant in Chennai. After having a mild dinner I wanted to have something hot that is when this Masala Milk in the menu card caught my attention. It was very mild flavored with chopped nuts and saffron. After a few days I tried it at home and it came so good. Since then had been making masala milk often especially during chill nights.
This Masala Milk is an instant version with dry roasting nuts and powdering it. You can double the recipe and make the masala milk powder to store it. I have also posted Masala Milk Mix which you can check out too. I have added both nuts powder and chopped nuts for flavor and extra crunch while drinking.
Masala Milk is usually preferred during winter as the dry fruits and nuts keep the body warm. I prefer to toast the nuts a bit before grinding as it helps in grinding easily and gives a great flavor to the drink.
Masala Milk Ingredients
- Milk – Use fresh full cream milk for best taste and creaminess.
- Nuts – Cashew, Almonds and Pistachios are used for Masala Milk. Cashews are mainly added for creaminess.
- Spices – Cinnamon, Cloves, Cardamom and Pepper are used.
- Turmeric – It is a common spice in India which is commonly used in powder form.
- Sweetner – I have used regular white sugar, you can use cane sugar or brown sugar too.
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Masala Milk is a flavoured, spiced milk made by simmering milk with finely chopped nuts & infusing saffron. Masala Milk is tasty, refreshing anytime drink that could be prepared in minutes. Masala Milk Recipe is presented in this post with step by step pictures.
- 2 cups milk
- 2 tbsp sugar
- 4 nos pepper optional
- 1/2 inch cinnamon stick
- 2 small cloves
- 1 no cardamom
- 6 nos cashews
- 6 nos almonds
- 8 nos pistachios
- a pinch saffron strands
To a pan add 6 nos cashews, 6 nos almonds, 8 nos pistachios along with 4 nos pepper corns, 1/2 inch cinnamon stick, 2 nos cloves, 1 no cardamom.
Roast for 2-3 mins. Take care not to burn the nuts and spices so roast in low flame.
Add a tiny pinch of saffron. Switch off.
Give a quick mix and remove from flame.
Cool down completely then transfer to a dry mixer jar.
Grind it to a powder. Coarse or fine it is your preference.
I usually make it semi fine. Set aside.
To a sauce pan – add 2 cups milk.
Let it come to a rolling boil.
Swirl the pan and let it sim
Now add 2 tbsp sugar. Adjust according to your sweet preference.
Add 1/4 tsp turmeric powder.
Simmer for a minute.
Then add nuts powder.
Add chopped nuts.
Add grated nutmeg.
Give a quick mix so that no lumps are formed.
Simmer for 2-3 mins. Switch off.
Pour into serving cup.
Add chopped nuts, saffron as garnish.
- Don’t miss the spices as its the main ingredients in masala milk.
- Adding palm sugar crystals is purely optional, if you don’t have just skip and add sugar alone.
- You can even grind the nuts to a coarse/fine paste and add.
Amount Per Serving (250 ml)
Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monnounsaturated Fat 4g
Vitamin A 424IU8%
Vitamin C 0.4mg0%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Masala Milk Recipe Step by Step
Preparing Nuts Powder
- To a pan add 6 nos cashews, 6 nos almonds, 8 nos pistachios along with 4 nos pepper corns, 1/2 inch cinnamon stick, 2 nos cloves, 1 no cardamom.
2.Roast for 2-3 mins. Take care not to burn the nuts and spices so roast in low flame.
3.Add a tiny pinch of saffron. Switch off.
4.Give a quick mix and remove from flame.
5.Cool down completely then transfer to a dry mixer jar.
6.Grind it to a powder. Coarse or fine it is your preference.
7.I usually make it semi fine. Set aside.
8.To a sauce pan – add 2 cups milk.
9.Let it come to a rolling boil.
10.Swirl the pan and let it simmer for a min.
Preparing Masala Milk
11.Now add 2 tbsp sugar. Adjust according to your sweet preference.
12.Add 1/4 tsp turmeric powder.
13.Simmer for a minute.
14.Then add nuts powder.
15. Add chopped nuts.
16.Add grated nutmeg.
17.Give a quick mix so that no lumps are formed.
18.Simmer for 2-3 mins. Switch off.
19.Pour into serving cup.
20. Add chopped nuts, saffron as garnish.
- Dont miss the spices as its the main ingredients in masala milk.
- You can add palm crystal sugar replacing sugar for a more healthier version and it is best to have during cold and running nose.
- You can even grind the nuts to a coarse/fine paste and add it.
- Always use fresh milk preferebly full cream milk for best taste.
- I love having it hot, but if you prefer you can chill the drink and serve.
- If you prefer a more spiced version then you can add 10 whole pepper corns.
Serving & Storage
You can serve Masala Milk hot or cold. Serve it with chopped nuts and saffron as garnish.
Masala Milk is preferred to consume fresh. It keeps well in room temperature for around 6-8 hrs depends on the freshness of milk. If refrigated it keeps well for 2 days.
1.What is Masala Milk?
Masala Milk is a soothing flavored drink made by roasting spices, nuts, powdering them and simmering it in milk.
2.When can I have Masala Milk?
There is no specific time to have Masala Milk but it gives a good nights sleep when had after dinner.
3. Can I make the Masala Milk powder and store?
Yes you can make it well ahead and store it for upto 2-3 weeks in fridge. But make sure to grind it to a powder form without nuts releasing oil.
4.Is sweetner mandatory?
No not at all. If you prefer Masala Milk without sweetner you can skip it completely.