Kesar Milk or Saffron Milk Recipe

kesar milk

Traditional Indian Drink, Kesar Milk or Saffron Milk

Badam pista doodh, a classic drink filled with delicious goodness, kesar milk  which is saffron milk in English. You may also hear it referred to as kesar badam milk or kesar badam doodh. Doodh translates to milk!

So, this drink can be served warm or chilled.  It is basically saffron infused milk with crushed almonds and a little cardamom. It is very easy to make and refreshing. The saffron is the real draw in the drink.

Saffron has such a beautiful aroma and flavor. If you love saffron as much as I do, here are a few recipes I have starring that ingredient:

kesar milk poured into cup with a clear glass kettle.

Why make kesar milk / saffron milk?

  • It is easy and easily made vegan
  • Health benefits of a handful of almonds
  • You can skip sugar and use sweetener of choice
  • Saffron is a delicious underutilized flavor
kesar milk in a glass garnished with saffron strands and mixed nuts.

Saffron, a royal ingredient

Saffron, was known to be an ingredient reserved for royalty back in the day.  Today, it is still an expensive spice. This is due to the way it is harvested and the time/labor needed.  Saffron is loaded with antioxidants, it may improve mood and it has other benefits listed here.

In India, it is a drink often given to women during pregnancy. 

badam doodh in a glass cup with hand sprinkling crushed nuts on top with nuts to the side.


  1. Soak almonds 10-15 minutes and blend into a paste OR grind almonds into a fine powder.
  2. Boil milk with saffron, sugar and cardamom
  3. Add almond paste or almond powder to milk. Mix thoroughly.
  4. Milk and serve – optionally top with crushed mixed nuts

If serving chilled Then…

If serving the drink chilled, bloom the saffron in 2 tbsp heated milk then mix into the cold milk.

Making it vegan

To make this vegan, just swap out dairy milk for a plant based milk of your choice! It is a very vegan friendly recipe.

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Kesar Milk

Shilpa Joshi
Kesar milk or saffron milk is a quick treat flavored with saffron, crushed almonds and a hint of cardamom. A traditional Indian drink!
5 from 2 votes
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine Indian
Servings 1 drink
Calories 196 kcal


  • kettle or pot to heat milk


  • 1 cup Milk milk of choice, whole milk for creaminess
  • tbsp almond powder
  • 1 pinch Saffron crushed
  • 1 tbsp Sugar adjust to taste
  • tsp cardamom


  • Add milk, sugar and saffron to kettle or pot and heat on stovetop
    saffron milk on stove
  • Bring to boil then take off heat
    saffron milk boiling on stove
  • Pour and top with crushed almonds
    badam doodh


If serving the drink chilled, bloom the saffron in 2 tbsp heated milk then mix into the cold milk.


Calories: 196kcalCarbohydrates: 24gProtein: 8gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 24mgSodium: 105mgPotassium: 326mgFiber: 1gSugar: 24gVitamin A: 396IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 277mgIron: 1mg
Keyword badam milk, kesar badam, kesar doodh, kesar milk, saffron milk
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