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Masala Doodh

Masala Doodh or Masala Milk is a popular Indian drink with steamed milk, nuts, cardamom, nutmeg, and saffron. Quick and easy to make sweet Masala milk can be made vegan by using almond or oat milk.

Sweet Masala milk in a glass cup

What is Masala Doodh

Masala Dooth (Spiced Milk) is lightly sweetened steamed milk infused with nuts and warming spices. It has a beautiful golden hue from saffron strands that are simmered with milk. Masala Milk makes for a warm comforting drink, especially on rainy days and cooler nights. I love a glass of steaming masala doodh before bedtime in the winter months.

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Masala Milk Powder

Masala milk powder is made by grinding whole unsalted cashews, almonds, and pistachios in a spice grinder along with green cardamom, nutmeg, and saffron. Although Masala milk powder is readily available in Indian grocery stores, it is easy to make at home. You can make it ahead, store it in an air-tight container and use it as needed. Simply add a few spoonfuls to boiling milk, add the sweetener of choice and you have a delicious drink ready to enjoy in under ten minutes. The masala powder is also good to garnish halwa or kheer or to make unique desserts such as truffles and cakes.

Masala Doodh Ritual

Growing up we looked forward to enjoying Masala Doodh made by mom, especially on special days. Starting with Kojagiri Poornima also known as Sharad Purnima which marked the end of the monsoon season. We stayed up until midnight and enjoyed a warm glass of milk under the moonlight. Mom also made a giant pot of Masala Doodh to welcome the guests on the auspicious day of the Dusshera and Sankrant festival. Friends and family looked forward to the glass of soothing warm milk on cold evenings.

masala doodh garnished with pistachios and saffron

Ingredients

  • Nuts – almonds, cashews, and pistachios, are my favorite combination when it comes to nuts but feel free to use your favorite nuts
  • Cardamom – ground cardamom powder
  • Nutmeg – ground nutmeg adds
  • Saffron – to add a beautiful golden hue to the milk and the aroma
  • Milk – traditionally whole milk is used but I also use low-fat milk. You can also use other creamy non-dairy milk such as almond milk or oat milk.
  • Sugar – add to taste, you can also use your favorite sugar substitute, maple syrup or honey.
ingredients for masala doodh

Tips and Substitutions for Masala Doodh

  • Use unsweetened almond milk or oat milk to make dairy-free masala milk
  • Any combination of nuts can be used
  • Use the sweetener of your choice. Traditionally sugar is used but you can also use honey, maple syrup, or other natural sweeteners

How to make Masala Doodh

  • Add almonds, pistachios, cashews, cardamom powder, and saffron to a spice grinder and pulse it a few times to make a coarse powder. Store this masala milk powder in an airtight container.
  • Add a teaspoon of water to a stainless steel saucepan and then add milk to it. The water helps milk from sticking to the bottom of the pan.
  • Cook on medium heat until the milk comes to a rolling boil. Lower the heat and stir in the masala powder. Allow the milk to simmer on low heat for 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Pour the milk into cups
  • Garnish with sliced pistachios and a few strings of saffron.

Serving Masala Milk

Masala milk is comforting and delicious and served hot. To serve cold, simply allow it to chill in the refrigerator and enjoy it anytime!

Storing

Refrigerate leftover masala milk for one to two days. To reheat simply warm up in the microwave. Store the masala milk powder at room temperature for a week, for longer shelf life refrigerate it. I promise you will thank me all winter 🙂

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Masala Doodh

Lightly sweetened milk with nuts, cardamom, nutmeg and saffron

Prep Time10 mins

Cook Time10 mins

Total Time20 mins

Servings: 2

Calories: 289kcal

Ingredients

Masala Milk Powder

Garnish (optional)

Instructions

  • Add almonds, pistachios, cashews, cardamom powder, and saffron to a spice grinder and pulse it a few times to make a coarse powder. Store this masala milk powder in an airtight container. Note: That recipe makes extra masala powder, around 6 to 8 servings.

  • Add a teaspoon of water to a stainless steel saucepan and then add milk to it. Adding a little bit of water will help the milk from sticking to the bottom of the pan.

  • Cook on medium heat until the milk comes to a rolling boil. Lower the heat and stir in 2 tablespoons of masala powder for each cup of milk. Allow the milk to simmer on low heat for 2 to 3 minutes.

  • Pour the milk into cups. Garnish with sliced pistachios and a few strings of saffron. Enjoy hot.

Notes

  • Note that the recipe makes  1 cup of Masala Milk Powder. Store at room temperature for a week, for longer shelf life, refrigerate it. You will only need 2 tablespoons for each cup of milk.
  • Unsweetened almond milk or oat milk can be used instead of regular milk
  • Any combination of nuts can be used
  • Traditionally sugar is used but you can also use honey, maple syrup, or other natural sweeteners
  • To serve cold, chill the milk in the refrigerator

Nutrition

Calories: 289kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 19mg | Sodium: 112mg | Potassium: 448mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 37g | Vitamin A: 260IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 304mg | Iron: 1mg

Author: Archana

Hey there! I am a techie turned recipe developer, cooking instructor, and food blogger. I love food and enjoy developing easy and healthy recipes for busy lifestyles. I live in New Jersey with my husband and two sons.

Source: Ministry of Curry

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