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September 19, 2014


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Masala paal recipe
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 paal

Masala milk/Masala paal recipe

Masala milk/Masala paal recipe Madras masala paal - Milk spiced with masalas and enriched with nuts !
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Drink
Serves: Serves 2
Prep time: 5 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 25 Minutes


  • Milk - 1/2 litre (full fat milk)
  • 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 you need)
  • Chopped Nuts or Chironji seeds/Piyal(saara paruppu) – 2 tbsp ( I used melon seeds)

  • Boil water and add badam. Let it roll boil 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.
How to peel badam easily
  • 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.
masala paal picture 1
  • 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 !
masala paal picture 2
Enjoy !


  • 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 you 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. 

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great-secret-of-life said...

one of my fav way to hv milk.. looks so tempting

jaya's recipes said...

My all time favourite!

Kurinji said...

tempting and delicious milk..

Anonymous said...

beautifully presented loving the drink

Sooriya said...

Wonderful drink

Magees kitchenworld said...

Yummy and healthy drink!

Unknown said...

So hot and yummy drink,of course my moms fav.will try for sure

Nargis Aara said...

Love this masala paal :)

Unknown said...

aah.. not only raksha.. i to would want it to have it everyday :P

Priya Suresh said...

Can drink anytime, love this drink to the core.

Rashida Shaikh said...

Hi Chitra
We too make Masala milk during Ramadan and savour it in Suhoor. i.e. meal before the dawn
But this is different from our version, will try it.
Have a nice weekend ahead!

nandoos kitchen said...

my fav, looks tooo good..

Shobha Kamath said...

Looks delicious! One of my fav. I like the idea of using melon seeds. Will try it next time. Thanks.

Sundari Nathan said...

very tempting drink!! lovely clicks :)

Priya said...

I love revathy sankaran and her songs .Yours look very very tempting

Ramaa N said...

Hi mam shall v add cucumber seeds instead of melon seeds?

Chitra said...

Yes u can add if u like the taste of that seed.Or u can skip the seeds part completely.