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Kesar Wala Doodh (Saffron Milk) Recipe

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Saffron Milk

Saffron Milk

Kesar wala doodh, or saffron milk, is a very healthy beverage that is traditional in India. Those who do not enjoy the flavour of plain milk often find saffron milk to be more palatable. Kids, adults and the elderly all enjoy this drink.

Kesar wala doodh is very easy to prepare; all you need is a few strands of saffron and a couple of additional ingredients.

Consuming saffron milk is not new in India; it has been practised for centuries, since the times of Kings and Emperors. They used to consume this milk to make their body strong. Pleasing to both the eye and palate, it is traditionally considered to be a sleep aid if consumed at bedtime.

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Cook Time

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10 min

10 min

20 min

2 servings


  • 2 cups milk
  • 7 to 8 kesar dhage (saffron strands)
  • 2 tsp mishri or jaggery (sugar), or to taste
  • 8 badm (almonds), soaked in water for 4 hours, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1/4 tsp elaichi (cardamom powder)
  • 4 kesar dhage (saffron strands), for garnish
  • 2 badam (almonds), soaked in water for 4 hours, peeled and thinly sliced, for garnish


  1. Put the milk in a pot and keep on medium heat. Add in the sugar, cardamom powder and sliced almonds. Let the milk come to a boil and keep stirring gently.
  2. As soon as the milk comes to a boil, reduce the heat to low, add the saffron strands and stir well.
  3. Simmer the milk for 3 to 4 minutes on low heat. Keep stirring.
  4. Pour the saffron milk in 2 glasses. Garnish with sliced almonds and saffron strands before serving.

Kesar Wala Doodh (Saffron Milk) Recipe

© 2021 Rajan Singh Jolly

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