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List of Indian drinks

With a climate as varied and extreme as India, the people require a myriad of options to keep their thirst appropriately quenched according to the weather conditions, varying from steaming hot drinks during winters to frosty cold drinks in summers. Different regions in the country serve drinks made with an eclectic assortment of ingredients including local spices, flavors and herbs. Available on the streets, as well as on the menus of posh hotels, these drinks add to the flavorful cuisine of India.


Milk-based drinks

  • Ambil or Ambli – prepared by using ragi flour and buttermilk, Maharashtra and Karnataka
  • Buttermilk – "lassi" in punjab, chhachh in North India, mor in Tamil, majjiga in Telugu, majjige in Kannada, and taak in Marathi
  • Chai with cream – prepared using dry or fresh variants of tea, often has hints of cardamom (elaichi), cinnamon (dalchini) or a mixture of spices, which constitute the special masala chai, taken especially during the cold to keep the winter-related problems at bay.
  • Falooda – a cold and sweet drink containing many ingredients, such as rose syrup, vermicelli, basil seeds, tapioca pearls, and pieces of gelatin mixed with kulfi, milk or water
  • Haldi doodh or hot turmeric milk
  • Lassi – a popular, traditional, yogurt-based drink from India. It is a blend of yogurt, water, spices and sometimes fruit.
    • Traditional lassi (a.k.a., "salted lassi", or simply "lassi") is a savoury drink, sometimes flavoured with ground and roasted cumin.
    • Sweet lassi, however, contains sugar or fruits, instead of spices.
  • Mastaani, Pune
  • Sharjah Shake – A sweet, cold beverage made from Milk, Horlicks/other malt powders and njalipoovan.Sometimes, ice cream, cocoa powder or nuts may be added.
  • Sambaram – Salted buttermilk made from Cow's Milk spiced with Shallot, Green Chili pepper, Ginger and Curry leaves from Kerala
  • Thandai

Flavoured milk

Badam milk

Tea and coffee



Flavoured tea

Alcoholic drinks



See also


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