Needless to say about Masala paal to Tamil people especially to Chennaites .For others,Masala milk is nothing but spiced milk with full of aromatic spices & enriched by adding nuts.It is very famous in Chennai and it is fondly called as “Madras masala paal”.Sendhil had told me so much about this drink.When he was doing his degree in Guindy college,he used to have this masala paal at midnight regularly in a small tea shop along with his friends and he is a big big fan of it.I had tasted this only once in Chennai Saravana bhavan but i completely forgot its taste.Yesterday when i saw this video by Revathi sankaran in youtube on how to make madras masala paal, i got tempted to try.I tried it with few modifications and it came out very well.We loved it to the core.Even Raksha wanted to have it regularly instead of her usual health drink.In the actual recipe,Chironji/Piyal seeds ( saara paruppu) was used.But i added melon seeds.U can add pistachios instead OR make it without nuts too.Do try it tonight,drink it hot and have a peaceful sleep !
Masala milk/Masala paal recipe
Madras masala paal - Milk spiced with masalas and enriched with nuts !
Prep time:5 Minutes
Cook time:20 Minutes
Total time:25 Minutes
Milk - 1/2 litre
Sugar - 2.5 tbsp
Almond/Badam - 8-10 nos
Cloves - 2 no
Cinnamon - 1 inch piece
Cardamom - 2 nos (crushed)
Jathikai powder- a pinch ( optional)
Pepper powder - 1 pinch
Saffron threads - few(adjust as per the color u need)
Chopped Nuts or Chironji seeds/Piyal(saara paruppu) – 2 tbsp ( I used melon seeds)
Boil water and add badam.Let it roll well for a minute.Discard the hot water carefully and immediately put the badam in cold water/tap water.Skin will come out easily.Grind it adding required water to a smooth paste.
Boil milk adding all the spices like cinnamon,cloves,elachi,saffron threads & jathikai powder.When it comes to boil,add sugar and the ground badam paste.Let it boil well in medium flame for 15-20 minutes till the quantity of milk reduces to half.Keep stirring every now and then to avoid charring.
Lastly before switching off the flame,add a pinch of pepper powder & chopped nuts.In the actual recipe saara paruppu/Piyal seeds is used.But i used melon seeds.Mix well.Remove the spices before serving and Serve hot !
Use full fat milk to get rich taste.
U can replace sugar with palm sugar crystals/Panag karkandu to make it healthy.
Adjust the quantity of saffron threads as per the color u need.
I used melon seeds instead of chironji.U can replace it with cashews and pista.
Enjoy this hot masala milk at night before going to bed & have a peaceful sleep