Doodh Masala | Masala Milk Powder

April 28, 2022mayurisjikoni




Doodh Masala | Masala Milk Powder is an Indian Spice Mixture made using nuts,seeds and warming spices. This spice mixture, Doodh Masala or Milk Spice Mixture is usually added to hot or warm milk. It is a comforting and nutritious drink to have during the cold season. It also is a beneficial drink for pregnant and lactating mums.

Enjoy Masala Doodh or Masala Milk as a healthy dessert, or to fill up your tummy during fasting. Have it in place of coffee or tea in the mornings. Add sugar or enjoy it without it. Sometimes ready made doodh masala are loaded with cheaper nut powders like peanuts or sugar. I don’t like to add sugar to my doodh masala recipe. That way, I can serve it without sugar or add another sweetener option like dates, stevia, honey or maple syrup.



  • Make a hot comforting drink during the cold season. Heat up milk and add 1 -2 tsp of the masala per cup.
  • Make it into a cooling drink during the summer. Heat the milk, add masala. Allow it to cool down. Chill it in the fridge for 1-2 hours before serving.
  • Add to your kulfi recipes. Sometimes, instead of adding the nuts and spices separately in my badam kesar pista kulfi, I add doodh masala.
  • I like to add it also to my doodh pak or basundi.
  • Add a teaspoonful to your morning oats or cereal.
  • Add to your smoothies.
  • Enjoy this hot or cold drink during fasting. It fills the tummy up and is healthy. To make it a bit more filling add some cream or use full fat milk. I like to add chia seeds as it is a tummy filler.


  • If you make a small batch like I do then it stays at room temperature in an airtight container for at least a month. However, I can assure you it disappears before the month gets over.
  • If you make a big batch then store it in the fridge in an airtight container. It stays fresh for at least 3 months.
  • I have not tried freezing the powder.
  • If you stay in a warm and humid place, then it is best to store in the fridge as soon as you make the powder. I have noticed that in a hot and humid kitchen the powder goes stale very quickly.


Yes, certainly you can. To make it into a vegan doodh masala don’t add milk powder. Use any plant based hot milk to enjoy this nutritious and healthy drink.


In fact, roasting the nuts lightly, brings out their natural flavour, adds a deeper flavour.

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In brief, every month a new theme is chosen by members. Then, the participants are paired up. In turn, they give each other 2 secret ingredients to use in their recipe which is prepared fitting the theme.

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This Month’s Theme

This month Jayashree who blogs at Ever Green Dishes suggested SPICE MIXTURES as the theme. My initial plan was to make garam masala at home but I changed my mind as it seems this year there is no Spring. The weather is still cold, rainy and occasionally still snows. This kind of weather makes me crave for comforting hot drinks and MASALA DOODH is one of them.

From Jayashree’s blog I have booked marked her recent Aam Ki Launji recipe. Can’t wait to get some raw mangoes to make this easy tasty pickle.

My Partner This Month

My partner for this theme is Anu Kollon who blogs at Ente Thattukada. During our conversation I indicated that I will be making doodh masala as I’ve run out of it. That is when I realized that I don’t have that recipe on my blog as yet even though I make the masala so often. So immediately she suggested that I use pista and saffron in my spice powder mixture.

In turn I gave her curry leaves and sesame seeds as Anu said that she would go for a South Indian Spice Mixture. Using those ingredients she has made Bisi Bele Bath Powder. Now I can make my favourite rice dish using her homemade masala recipe.

Some Home Made Spice Recipes On My Blog

To give any biryani dish that spicy, aromatic, exquisite, distinct taste adding Biryani Masala is a must. Use this Biryani Masala or Biryani Spice Mixture for any biryani you prepare.
Check out this recipe
Tandoori Masala/Spice Mixture is blend of various spices that is generally used as a marinade for food prepared in a tandoor (clay oven) or for grilling. Aromatic and so flavourful, homemade spices are the best.
Check out this recipe
Not too fiery hot,an aromatic and flavourful mixed vegetable curry from the Kolhapuri Cuisine. Best served with roti, bhakri or parathas.
Check out this recipe
Homemade Tea Masala or Chai Masala is an aromatic mixture of spices to add to your daily cuppa tea. Use the spice mixture for cakes, cookies, tea breads, latte.
Check out this recipe

One spice mixture that I use often and make at home is Dhana Jiru as it is used almost in all the Gujarati Savoury dishes.

Moroccan Spice Mix which I love to use for Moroccan Couscous Salad, soups or salads.

I highly recommend you try out Home made Cajun Seasoning or Spice Mixture. I used for the first time to make stuffed mushrooms. Since then have used it on roasted baby potatoes, on sweet potato fries and in a pasta dish. Just takes the whole flavour and taste of a dish to another level.


  • Almonds – Dry roast them in a wide pan or for 2-3 minutes over low heat stirring all the time.
  • Pistachios -Dry roast them in a wide pan or for 2-3 minutes over low heat stirring all the time.
  • Cashew Nuts – Dry roast them in a wide pan or for 2-3 minutes over low heat stirring all the time.
  • Melon Seeds/ Pumpkin Seeds/ Sunflower Seeds – use which ever one you get. Must be unsalted.
  • Nutmeg – either powder or half of the nutmeg. If using whole nutmeg, make sure you break it into smaller pieces.
  • Cardamom Seeds – peel the pods and remove the seeds. Add the pods to your tea water or any herbal tea.
  • Fennel Seeds – roast them for 2-3 minutes over low heat till go get the aroma of the fennel seeds. Make sure it does not get burnt.
  • Black Pepper – optional ingredient. I add some as it adds warmth.
  • Saffron – 
  • Rose Petals – optional. I add as it adds flavour and rose has a cooling effect on the tummy. Make sure you use organic ones which are pesticide free.
  • Turmeric Powder – need to add a little as it adds a lovely colour to the masala milk. The amount of turmeric added in this spice mixture is not enough to give health benefits. It is purely added for the colour. If one has a cold or cough then it is best to drink Haldi Ka Doodh or Turmeric Tea Latte.
  • Mace – javantri. Adds warmth and flavour.
  • Ginger Powder – adds warmth and balances the flavours too. It is also beneficial for sore throats.
  • Milk Powder – optional. Some add it to give a creamy consistency to the milk. I don’t add it. For a more creamier drink I prefer to add a bit of fresh cream. If you want to add then add about 2 tbsp to the spice mixture and mix it up well.









Doodh Masala | Masala Milk Powder is an Indian Spice Mixture made using nuts,seeds and warming spices. This spice mixture, Doodh Masala or Milk Spice Mixture is usually added to hot or warm milk.
5 from 12 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course condiment
Cuisine Indian
Servings 1.25 CUPS


  • ¼ cup almonds unsalted
  • ¼ cup cashew nuts unsalted
  • ¼ cup pistachios without shells, unsalted
  • 2 tbsp melon, pumpkin or sunflower seeds unsalted
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds
  • tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp saffron strands
  • ½ tsp cardamom seeds
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg powder
  • 2 tbsp rose petals
  • ¼ tsp turmeric powder
  • ¼ tsp mace powder or one small mace
  • 1 tsp ginger powder


  • Put a wide pan over low heat.
  • Add almonds and roast them lightly for 2 minutes, stirring all the time.
  • Then add the cashew nuts and roast them for 1 -2 minutes, stirring all the time.
  • Add pistachios and roast them for 1 minute.
  • Now add the pumpkin seeds or which seeds you are using. Also add the fennel, pepper and cardamom seeds. Add also mace if you're using whole.
  • Roast for 30 seconds or 1 minute. Remember keep stirring the mixture all the time.
  • Transfer the roasted mixture to a plate. Don't leave it in the pan otherwise the nuts and spices will get burnt.
  • While the mixture is still hot add the saffron strands.
  • When the mixture is cool add rose petals, nutmeg, ginger and turmeric powder.
  • If you are adding milk powder and sugar, then do so now.
  • Process the mixture in a food grinder or processor to a fine powder.
  • Remove the doodh masala powder into a bowl. Allow it to cool down a bit as it becomes warm during grinding.
  • Store doodh masala powder in an airtight container like a jar or a steel tin.
  • To learn how to prepare the drink masala doodh or masala milk, please watch the above video.


  • Don't add sugar to the spice mixture. This way you are able to serve the masala milk or doodh even to ones who don't sugar.
  • When making the spicy milk, add honey, maple syrup or stevia instead of sugar.
  • Adjust the spices according to your taste.
  • Store the doodh masala or milk spice powder in an airtight container. If your kitchen is hot and humid, best to store it in the fridge.
  • Make sure no whole pieces are left of the nuts, spices or seeds. I prefer using coffee grinder for all my home made spices.
Keyword Doodh masala recipe, homemade doodh masala powder, Milk masala powder


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  • The Girl Next Door

    May 5, 2022 at 10:43 am

    5 stars
    I love the nuttiness and the mild spiciness that doodh masala adds to milk. Your version sounds absolutely fabulous – I can almost smell the masala off the screen. 🙂 Especially love the addition of rose petals.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 6, 2022 at 4:18 pm

      Thank you so much Priya, I love adding rose petals whenever I can for that lovely flavour and aroma.

  • Archana

    May 9, 2022 at 10:49 am

    5 stars
    My favourite beverage is milk. I can drink it in any form and hence I get teased a lot in the family from baby to a cat I am called it all!
    Let them try the one that I plan to make with this awesome doodh masala that you have described here. I think I will have a lower of cates here. Thanks to the rains coming sooner this year we will need it.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 9, 2022 at 11:57 am

      Thanks Archana, masala doodh was much preferred drink over hot chocolate during winter for us. I too love milk.

  • Priya Vj

    May 12, 2022 at 9:21 am

    5 stars
    Masala doodh is something I like even though I hate plain milk. The doodh masala with all the exotic spices and dry fruits make it very aromatic and tasty . Mom used to give me a glass of masala doodh daily as a child and your post took me back to those lovely days

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 13, 2022 at 9:26 pm

      Thanks Priya, I think many of us have grown up enjoying masala doodh. Had a lot also during my pregnancies.

  • Jayashree T.Rao

    May 12, 2022 at 12:54 pm

    5 stars
    Masala doodh makes a good drink during winter, often have this powder to mix quickly. Liked the addition of nutmeg powder in it, will put it next time. Looks awesome.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 13, 2022 at 9:24 pm

      Thanks Jayashree, I add nutmeg as it is a warming spice. Try it.

  • Poonam Bachhav

    May 15, 2022 at 1:10 pm

    5 stars
    I love my milk with doodh masala, especially in winters. It makes your glass of milk so rich, aromatic and flavorful! I do not add mace to my Doodh masala. Next time I will try your version.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 16, 2022 at 6:13 pm

      Thanks Poonam, I love the flavour and aroma of mace, give it a try. I always have this masala in my fridge as I add to Bhagwan’s milk bhog.

  • Preeti Shridhar

    May 16, 2022 at 1:04 am

    5 stars
    Doodh Masala sound very delicious. I am not fond of milk at all but your masala with the goodness of nuts and warmth from the spices is tempting me to try it soon.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 16, 2022 at 6:12 pm

      Go On Preeti try it, am sure you will enjoy it. As I mentioned in the post can even have it with nut based milks like cashew nut, almond, etc.

  • Kalyani

    May 16, 2022 at 2:57 am

    5 stars
    Masala doodh mix is so handy,esp the use of nutmeg here – from kulfis to masala doodh to adding to kheer so many delicious ways to use it, ! great share..

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 16, 2022 at 6:11 pm

      Thank you so much Kalyani and totally agree with you that it is a versatile spice and nut mixture.

  • Radha

    May 16, 2022 at 8:44 pm

    5 stars
    A piping hot cup of masala milk is my favorite! This recipe sounds fabulous and aromatic with rose added to it. YUM!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 17, 2022 at 7:39 pm

      Thank you so much Radha, I too love the aroma of the rose petals.

  • Anu

    May 18, 2022 at 6:44 pm

    5 stars
    Doodh masala milk looks so delicious. I like to cool this down in the refrigerator and drink it. I would like to try your version which has more different types of seeds and more spices in it.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 19, 2022 at 3:08 pm

      Thank you so much Anu, give the different doodh masala a try, am sure you’ll enjoy it.

  • Sasmita Sahoo

    May 18, 2022 at 11:26 pm

    5 stars
    Doodh Masala looks so aromatic and flavorful 🙂The homemade masala powder will add tons of fresh flavors and aroma for sure

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 19, 2022 at 3:08 pm

      Thanks Sasmita, it definitely adds flavour and aroma to a milk drink.

  • Sujata Roy

    May 21, 2022 at 7:38 am

    5 stars
    Dudh masala sounds so aromatic. Fresh homemade masala is always best. Never tried at home. Thanks for the recipe. I would love to try it soon.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 21, 2022 at 4:39 pm

      Thanks Sujata, try making it at home, am sure you’ll love it.

  • Seema Sriram

    May 25, 2022 at 1:09 am

    5 stars
    Wow, Warm doodh with doodh masala is the perfect winter treat. I love a small cup of this before bed too, for a soothing comfort for the night.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 25, 2022 at 8:58 pm

      Thanks Seema, our first winter and we enjoyed hot masala doodh. Agree with you that it is comforting and soothing.

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