Madras masala paal / masala milk

Written by: 7aumsuvai

It is winter time here in Canada and temperature is below freezing point. So i thought of preparing something warm and healthy to post here. First thing came in to my mind is masala paal. I have tasted this masala paal during my college days, it tasted amazing and it is very rich. Coming to the recipe, Masala paal/ Masala milk is a very popular drink all over India especially in Tamilnadu. Masala paal is a rich and healthy milk drink which can be had by all ages. This milk can be served hot during winter time and can be served cold during summer.

Madras masala paal

Ingredients: Yields 2 cups

      • 2 cups - Milk (i used 2% milk)
      • 1/4 cup - Sugar ( or add as needed)
      • 8 or 9 nos - Almonds ( or take 1/4 cup)
      • 2 tsp - Saara paruppu / piyal seeds / chirongi nuts (i used 4 tsp of pista in place of saara paruppu)
      • 3 nos - Cardamom (crushed)
      • 1 small - Cinnamon pieces
      • 1 no - Clove
      • 1/8 tsp - Saffron

Madras masala paal process

Preparation method:

  1. Wash and soak almonds in hot water for 30 mins or so, remove skin and grind it to puree, set aside.
  2. Take a hard bottomed vessel, add milk, cinnamon stick, clove, crushed cardamom and bring it to boil. Reduce the flame to low, boil till milk reduce its quantity a bit and becomes little thick.
  3. Once it thickens add the ground almond paste to the boiling milk and mix well. Continuously stir the milk to avoid burn at the bottom of the milk pan.
  4. Now add saffron strands and required sugar, mix well and bring it to boil or until almond paste is well mixed with milk. Switch off the stove and add saara paruppu or chopped pistachio, mix well. Cool and serve cold or warm in the winter.

Madras masala paal


  • Saffron gives creamy or slightly yellowish color to the milk. If you think you need dark yellow color to the milk, then you can add a pinch of turmeric powder in this recipe.
  • Since i did not have saara paruppu / piyal seeds i replaced it with pistachio.
  • I used 2 % milk in this recipe, but you can use any milk like 1 % or even whole milk.
  • You can increase or decrease sugar level as per your taste.

Madras masala paal


  1. yummy and mouth watering masala paal :)

  2. wonderful masala paal :) looks so delicious !!

  3. very healthy drink shanthi.. i prepare it whenever we are down with fever or cold..

  4. Very nice i never tasted it though ever, but assuming its more like badam milk :)

  5. Really worth it dear...Love the way u presented

  6. one of easy way to milk for me.. nicely done

  7. This looks YUM! Wish you a happy New Year. Hope we stay in touch through the wonderful world of blogging!

  8. Wishing You and You Family a Very Happy and Prosperous New Year 2014.

    Flavorful milk...Perfect drink for this season.

    1. Wish you and your family a happy new year Vidya....

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