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Masala Paal

Masaala Paal ( Masaala milk) is very famous amongst the road-side vendors specially during the night times. Milk is heated till some of the water content is evaporated then various spices like clove, cardamom are added and the milk is sweetened.

Warm milk is said to induce sleep. Thats why we drink a cup of warm milk just before bed time. YES !! Our ancestors are more intelligent than we all presume!!!! There is certainly SOME reason behind their practices and we are just naive not to understand the true meaning and to QUESTION those practices..

Ok. Back from my side-track about the masala paal. On days that my father has enough patience at home and peace in mind he used to prepare masala paal at home to drink just before sleeping. He would meticulously heat the pasumpaal ( Cow’s milk which is bought from our neighbours who have cattle ) until it is thick. Then he will add strands of kashmir saffron, kalkandu ( sugar candy ), powdered cardamom and powdered badaam powder.

He will heat it until the sugar candies have dissolved and then he will cool it down by transferring the milk to and from a bigger vessel ( called aatharadhu in tamil ) and give me, my sister and my amma glassfuls of milk. The taste of the thick, rich, frothy, fragrant and sweet warm milk still lingers at the tip of my tongue.

We would be sooooo full of sleep that we will gulp down the milk with closed eyes. And my father will not stop there. He will get the emptied milk glasses from me (and sometimes from my elder sister) and then give us some water to gargle so that we dont have sweet sticking to our teeth ( lest we have tooth decay )..

No thanks nothing.. My sleep would be by that time further deepened by the milk. This months’ JFI by Vineela is a tribute to all the pains taken by my father at the end of his busy day to nourish us with – Masaala Paal, Masala milk.


August 30, 2006 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. Beautiful writeup Revathi! Makes me very homesick…

    Comment by Chandrika | August 31, 2006 | Reply

  2. Hi Revathi,
    I love the masala paal in Hotel Saravana Bhawan. Whenever I go there I never miss this.Makes me homesick too.

    Comment by Prema Sundar | August 31, 2006 | Reply

  3. The weather has started becoming cold here…there cannot be anything more welcome than a glass of masalapal now for me!!

    Comment by indianadoc | August 31, 2006 | Reply

  4. Great post Revathi. It’s these everyday activities that I miss the most about home. It was bournvita milk for us!

    Comment by mandira | August 31, 2006 | Reply

  5. Slurrrp…….. Burrrrp…….
    OH!… EXCUSE ME and thank you, Revathi! 😀

    Comment by Foodie's Hope | August 31, 2006 | Reply

  6. Masala milk looks delish Revathi!

    I have never tasted this before, only masala I have ever added to milk is ground pepper when I had cold..

    Comment by KrishnaArjuna | August 31, 2006 | Reply

  7. Revathi write up roomba nalla irruku..actually this reminds me of Ukala, that i used to have in was our favourite at ibm..thats about 4yrs back..thanks for bringing back the memories..

    Comment by sudhav | August 31, 2006 | Reply

  8. Thatz a nice write-up specially reiterating the goodness of milk for ‘Milk & Milk products’ theme.

    Comment by jayshree | August 31, 2006 | Reply

  9. Hi Revathi,
    Delicious masala pal with wonderful memories.
    fathers are always everlasting heroes to their daughters.What you say?
    Thanks for participating in jfi.
    with yummy entry for a goodnight sleep.

    Comment by Vineela | August 31, 2006 | Reply

  10. Wonderful write up Reavthi, just taking my to our old night time routine …(am a boost girl;)
    We add a pinch of turmeric powder to that!

    Comment by Kitchenmate | August 31, 2006 | Reply

  11. but then girl, you are bring out the best 🙂

    Comment by Kitchenmate | August 31, 2006 | Reply

  12. Chandrika : Thanks for the nice comments. I bless thee with a exciting trip to India soon !!!

    Prema : Come to Calif. Super Saravana bhavan is ther 🙂

    Indianadoc : Cold weather already ???

    Mandira : You bet Mandira !! Everyday simple things bring back so many memories !!

    Foodie Hope : And I spent so much time for the write up and you summed it up in 2 words… Slurrp and Burrp.. Thanks you

    Krishna : Try this milk. U will love it.

    Sudha :Glad I could rekindle some of those nostalgic memories

    Thank you Jeyashree

    Vineela : Yes my father was my hero for quite some time. Good luck with hosting !

    Karthi : your prasing me too much…he he heee I love it

    Comment by Revathi | August 31, 2006 | Reply

  13. Hi Revathi!

    I have recommended your blog for Blog Day 2006 at my blog.

    Comment by Chandrika | September 1, 2006 | Reply

  14. Hi Revathi,
    Very nice writeup and masala milk is delicious. I never had it or heard it before. But surely will give it a try soon. Thanks

    Comment by Madhu | September 2, 2006 | Reply

  15. Revathi, great entry, time and again we come back to the food that gives us the most pleasant memories right?

    Comment by indosungod | September 3, 2006 | Reply

  16. But Revathi, you said it will induce sleep!! So I had to drink up as fast as I can , you know!!
    Hey, it’s your fault…zzzzzzzzz!

    Comment by Foodie's Hope | September 3, 2006 | Reply

  17. Madhu : Thanks madhu for the comments

    Indosungod : U said it just right !! Food and music are the same in this aspect

    Foodie’s Hope : Ur comment made me smile.. I was so depressed just before reading it. Thank u very much

    Comment by Revathi | September 3, 2006 | Reply

  18. Hi Revathi,
    Your Masala Milk looks soo yummy. Thanks for sharing. I like Saravana Bhavan Masala Milk very much.

    Comment by Menu Today | September 4, 2006 | Reply

  19. That is such a beautiful write up and wonderful entry, Revathi.

    I want to make myself a glass of masala paalu right

    Comment by sailaja | September 4, 2006 | Reply

  20. I am glad I made you smile, Revs!!I was hoping it would!! Life is too short to be depressed or sad, cheer up girl!! Be proud to serve your Masala Paal and smile when you do!!!
    I am here if you need me, e mail and talk to me, okay? Fondly, Asha.

    Comment by Foodie's Hope | September 4, 2006 | Reply

  21. Beautiful milk recipe Revathi, I love masala milk but i do not like the small bits and pieces of almonds and other masala in my mouth,so I strain the milk and then have it. Do you find that wierd? Many people do.

    Comment by Anupama | September 4, 2006 | Reply

  22. Hai Revathy,

    You have a great blog herre.. did your dad get to read this write up?

    I sure he will be very proud of his little girl:-)

    Comment by Raji | September 5, 2006 | Reply

  23. Nice write-up. Looks yum !

    Comment by Krithika | September 5, 2006 | Reply

  24. Lovely write up for a tasty paal.

    Comment by tastycooks | September 6, 2006 | Reply

  25. COOL varieties! Will try some later.neenga Fmt?nanga unga pakkathu oor uc.–skm

    Comment by Sandai-Kozhi | September 8, 2006 | Reply

  26. aagaa superb recipes ponga…paarka paarka jollu varatha thaduka mudiyala…thodaratum ungal sevai 🙂

    Comment by Syam | September 8, 2006 | Reply

  27. A lovely writeup. I had a cup of masala milk from Chennai, when we went for vaccation last year. I love it, but never really had a recipe to follow. Thank you Revathi, will be making it soon.

    Comment by Archana | September 9, 2006 | Reply

  28. Hi Revathi,

    Your receipe took me to my childhood period.
    When we went to Madurai for tour,we had Masala paal,which is very famous during night times in that area….

    Comment by Anonymous | October 4, 2006 | Reply

  29. hi Revathi
    Finally i get it. Masala paal is one of my favorites in all the ‘Bhavan’ hotels in tamilnadu.

    Comment by Vidhya | November 9, 2006 | Reply


    Comment by kaaviyan | December 20, 2006 | Reply

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