badam milk

Badam Milk | Badam Doodh

By Swasthi on April 24, 2023, Comments, Jump to Recipe

Badam Milk Recipe – Healthy, protein packed, delicious flavorful milk with the goodness of almonds, cardamoms & saffron. If you have ever been struggling with a fussy family refusing to have milk, then this recipe is a must try. This Badam Milk is so delicious, creamy, flavorful & refreshing that anyone will just love it.

Badam milk recipe

Badam Milk is one of the traditional Indian beverages that has been consumed for ages to energize the body, balance the mind, beat weakness and improve overall health.

It is known as Badam Doodh in Hindi & Badam Paal in South Indian languages. Badam refers to almonds & doodh or paal is a term meaning milk.

About Badam Milk

Badam Milk is an Indian milk beverage flavored with ground almonds, cardamom & saffron. Traditionally it is made by soaking, blending and then adding it to boiled cow’s milk. It is flavored either with saffron or cardamoms depending on the season.

This Indian Badam Milk recipe is an age old traditional ayurvedic secret to build up immunity in kids, improve eye sight, build stronger bones, remove constipation and provide adequate nutrition for picky/fussy eaters & the sick.

For years I have been making Badam Milk for my kids as an after school refreshing drink. I always avoid readymade protein powders or any other powders to mix with the milk.

Most of the bottled stuff are heavily processed & then synthetic nutrients are added to make up for the nutritional values.

There are so many brands selling badam milk powder. MTR is one such brand. Most readymade badam milk powders are loaded with starch, sugar and artificial additives.

This homemade drink is real food that’s pure with no additives or starch. Also you have the liberty to choose the organic ingredients. This Badam Milk is protein rich, has no additives, tastes delicious & is super easy to make. Serve it warm during winters & chilled during summers.

Update: In the past I would make this Badam Milk with almonds. In the recent years I have moved away to almond flour as it is faster to make almond milk with it. You don’t need to peel the almonds. Using flour you still need to soak the flour in hot water for at least an hour & grind to get that smooth consistency. You will just save some peeling time.

Health Benefits

Badam milk is a great source of nutrition for people of all ages. Toddlers, kids, grownups, pregnant women, postpartum women & even aged can have this.

  1. Consuming a cup of warm badam milk before bed time helps in beating insomnia and promotes good sleep.
  2. Regular consumption of this milk helps in weight gain especially in kids & pregnant women.
  3. Badam milk also helps in lactation as it is protein and calcium rich.
  4. Regular consumption of this milk may ease constipation to some extent.

How to make this vegan?
Just skip the milk and use water, double the amount of almonds in the recipe. You will end up with a delicious & thick badam doodh.

Can I serve this to my baby?
If your baby is over 12 months you can try this milk. For the dairy in the recipe, you can use any fresh milk like – cow’s milk, buffalo milk or goat milk. With goat milk, the drink turns out slightly heavier to digest for toddlers. So cut down little milk and blend the almonds in water instead of milk.

Just ensure your baby has no allergy to the milk, almonds & cardamoms. Please consult your pediatrician before you introduce this milk.

I have also shared a recipe for making badam powder for making instant badam milk.

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Badam Milk

How to make Badam Milk (Stepwise Photos)


1. Rinse 20 to 24 almonds well. Alternately use half cup almond flour (loosely measured) with half cup hot milk or water.

2. Soak them in fresh water for 4 to 6 hours. I usually do it for over 6 hours. Soaking them well helps to blend them smooth else the paste turns coarse.

soaking almonds in water for badam milk

3. Peel the skin and rinse them again.

4. Add them to a blender jar along with 1/8 teaspoon cardamom powder, 2 teaspoons organic sugar and a pinch of crushed saffron (optional).

5. Pour half cup milk to blend to a smooth paste. I use chilled milk as this avoids the mixer from turning hot.

adding peeled almonds to a blender

6. You should get a smooth paste else the coarse grains irritate the throat.

smooth paste for badam milk

Make badam milk

7. Bring 1½ cups milk to a boil in a thick bottom pan/ vessel on a low to medium flame.

boiling milk in a pot

8. When the milk comes to a boil, pour the ground almond mixture into the boiling milk.

9. Stir well else the milk can smell burnt. Let it boil for 2 to 3 mins. Switch off the stove.

simmering badam milk in a pan

Serve Badam Milk warm or chilled. Keeps good if refrigerated for no more than 2 days.

badam milk recipe

Serving Tips for kids and toddlers

You can also stir in a bit of organic turmeric powder to your badam milk.

If you do not have a high speed blender then the paste may not turn smooth. Then filter the milk to remove coarse granules, before you serve your child. As some kids might throw up as the grits irritate the throat.
* Tastes good when served with cornflakes or beaten rice (poha/ aval) or even with plain cooked rice and additional jaggery.
* Can use this badam milk to cook kheer /payasam /puddings.
* Can use this milk even for cooking chicken, baking moist cakes and muffins.

Pro Tips

  1. Soak the almonds well in enough water at least for 4 to 6 hours. Soaking nuts not only enhances the taste but are also easier to digest & the nutrients are better absorbed by the body.
  2. Discard the almond skin as it can cause indigestion in the long run.
  3. Soaking almonds helps in blending them to a smooth paste else the drink is going to have lots of grits. No one loves to drink it with grits and toddlers can easily be choked with that.
  4. Always make a smooth paste of the almonds to make badam milk. This is what makes the milk creamy & smooth.
  5. You can also leave out saffron (kesar). I usually add cardamoms as they help in digestion. My kids do not like the saffron or kesar in the milk so I avoid it most of the times.

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badam milk

Badam Milk Recipe | Badam Doodh

Badam milk is a traditional Indian ayurvedic drink made with almonds, milk, cardamoms & sugar. Serve badam milk warm during winters & chilled during summers. It not only tastes delicious but also nourishes the body. 
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Prep Time6 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time16 minutes

Ingredients (US cup = 240ml )

  • 20 to 24 almonds (badam or ½ cup almond flour, loosely measured)
  • 500 ml Milk (2 cups)
  • 2 teaspoons Sugar or any sweetener
  • 1 pinch Saffron strands or ⅛ tsp turmeric (optional)
  • teaspoon Green cardamom powder (ealichi powder from 2 pods)



  • Heat 1 cup water and add the almonds to it. Rest for 5 mins and remove the skin.
  • Alternately you can rinse and soak almonds in ample amount of water for at least 4 to 6 hours. Soaking helps to remove the skin easily & blends well to a smooth paste. Peel the skin of the almonds.

How to make Badam Milk

  • Bring 1½ cups of milk to a boil. 
  • Meanwhile blend the almonds, cardamoms, sugar & saffron with ½ cup milk to a smooth paste. 
  • Add this to the boiling milk & stir well. Optionally you can simmer for 2 minutes. Turn off the heat.
  • Serve badam milk warm or chilled.  
  • If you are serving it to a little kid, you may need to filter to remove the coarse grits. This is optional and depends on your blender.
  • Refrigerate and use up the milk within 2 days. 
  • You can also use this badam milk to serve with your cereals, make ice creams, faluda, desserts etc.


You can make the almond paste enough for a week and store it in the freezer in tiny boxes and defrost one per day in the refrigerator and use the following day to make fresh badam milk.

Alternative quantities provided in the recipe card are for 1x only, original recipe.

For best results follow my detailed step-by-step photo instructions and tips above the recipe card.


NUTRITION INFO (estimation only)

Nutrition Facts
Badam Milk Recipe | Badam Doodh
Amount Per Serving
Calories 226 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 25mg8%
Sodium 107mg5%
Potassium 400mg11%
Carbohydrates 18g6%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 17g19%
Protein 10g20%
Vitamin A 405IU8%
Calcium 309mg31%
Iron 0.4mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Dear Swasthi, just like you have a section for toddler recipes do you have one for postpartum?

Hi mam, how many almonds are required for my 2years old daughter? Serving on a daily basis is fine mam?

Hi mam, how many almonds can be served to my 2 years old daughter? Mam if possie pls suggest some protein foods for toddlers.this is the only site I can trust and follow thanx a lot

Thank you so much for your quick response and concern😊

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can u plz guide me how much saffron consumption will b safe during it ok to have it in badam milk everyday??

saffron is heating to body and i heard that it cause early delivery thats y i was asking u for ur guidance..thanks alot now i am clear about that ??


May I know whether the prepared badam milk be stored in refrigerator for using it the next day?

Thank you!

Hi Swasthi, I have tried so many recipes from you blog and all of them turned out very tasty! Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge!

For the badam milk recipe could you suggesr a healthy alternative for sugar , I have not given sugar so far to my 20 months old kid. He does drink milk with a bit of jaggery in it.

Thanks !

Thank you for the suggestions swasthi ! Will give them a try.

hi swasthi, can i add only cocoa powder in plain milk for chocolaty flavour?…is it healthy nd safe 4 kids to hv it daily at morning nd night before sleep as it contains caffeine?
if yes ,then what is the dosage?

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Hi madam yesterday i tried your almond milk recipe. It turns out perfect. Thank you so much madam for the perfect recipe.

hai mam,
we as a bachelor’s working in the factories have accomodation 6 person / room. we dont have mixes, grinder we will be cooking only in kadai that also in induction stoove. please provide us the sweet recipies without the use of mixing grinder

Hello Swasthi,
I bought a pack of almond flour hoping to make badam milk. I found it to be too coarse. I tried soaking the flour and blending. But it did not help. The kids are not liking the grits in the milk. Please suggest how do I use it up for making the milk? TIA

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Wonderful ? ?
Love your blog very much. My kid who stopped drinking milk an year ago began to drink this badam milk. Kudos to your work! Awesome recipes! Thanks a ton!

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Mam I want to give badam milk daily instead of Junior horlickd…
Will u suggest me w ha t tym we can get badam milk…

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Owe some blog for new mommies thank you Swathi

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HI Swathi,
I have started trying your baby foods for my 8 month old kid and he is happy with new foods. But he has mostly running nose and catch cold easily, so I don’t give him other fruits except apple. As I am in Bangalore, weather is mostly cold and raining. So, I am afraid of giving other fruits, ragi and sago. Please suggest if i am doing wrong? Also, suggest some foods and food recipe that will keep him body warm in cold weather.

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Hi Swasthi, I stay in bangalore. Only cow milk is available here. Everyone uses same milk for babies food 6-10 months. But i have seen in many of the receipes that not to use until 1 year. Please suggest

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Hi Swasthi,

I tried this and it tasted good, only thing was, it was granular while drinking.

The same thing happened with carrot milkshake. The taste was very good, but the granules could be felt while drinking.

For both the drinks, i had soaked almonds overnight and followed the same step by step procedure.

Please advise.

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Hello Swasthi,

It’s really good recipe and thank you for sharing this.

Can I get the recipe of fruit salad ice-candy……….?

Reply me as soon as possible…..

Thanking you….

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Swasthi,can i add chocolate horlicks to this badam milk coz my daughter is used to drink milk with that only.

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Tastes sooo good. Thank you

Wowwww……??? The badam recipe was too gud… I luvd it and hubby liked it a lot…. I just added a pinch of turmeric powder for the color instead of saffron…. Really it was too gud….

wow tasty and to healthy eat food to live and not live to eat food