15 South Asian Milkshake Recipes to Make

Let’s delve into 15 South Asian milkshake recipes to make at home. From mango, avocado, carrot, pomegranate and more!

15 Different South Asian Milkshake recipes

Milkshakes come in their different flavours and ingredients!

South Asian cuisine is renowned for its vibrant flavours. This is also showcased in different milkshakes!

There are a variety of milkshakes with different textures, fruits and other ingredients.

These milkshakes often incorporate regional fruits, spices and ingredients, offering a unique taste experience.

Recipes offer a delightful way to enjoy the flavours of South Asia in a refreshing form.

Most of these milkshakes are abundant in nutrition and health benefits.

Here are 15 different milkshake recipes to make from the comfort of your own home.

Mango Lassi

The mango milkshake is a lovely refreshing drink and it originated in Punjab.

In terms of its properties, it has anti-inflammatory ingredients for good health.

Moreover, mangoes are rich in vitamin A and are great for fighting constipation.

Other minerals include calcium, iron, magnesium and potassium.

This creamy and refreshing lassi perfectly accompanies spicy dishes.

Ingredients

  • 2 ripe mangoes, peeled and chopped
  • 1 cup plain yoghurt
  • ½ cup milk
  • 4 tbsp sugar, adjust to taste
  • A pinch of ground cardamom
  • Ice cubes
  • Chopped pistachios for garnish

Method

  1. Combine mangoes, yoghurt, milk, sugar, cardamom and ice cubes in a blender.
  2. Blend until smooth and creamy.
  3. Pour into glasses and garnish with chopped pistachios.

Rose Falooda

This beverage is both a drink and a dessert.

It has a delicious combination of rose syrup, milk and ice cream.

In Delhi, one can find numerous cafes and ice cream parlours selling falooda, especially in the summer.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups milk
  • 4 tbsp rose syrup
  • 2 tbsp soaked basil seeds
  • ¼ cup cooked vermicelli
  • 2 scoops vanilla ice cream
  • Chopped nuts and rose petals for garnish

Method

  1. In a tall glass, layer the soaked basil seeds and vermicelli.
  2. Mix the milk with rose syrup then pour into the glass.
  3. Top with vanilla ice cream.
  4. Garnish with chopped nuts and rose petals.

Spiced Chai Milkshake

This is a delightful and creamy milkshake.

The chai aroma is an enticing one, perfect to have during the cooler months but is great to have at any time of the year.

Cinnamon offers a lovely sweetness. It is abundant in antioxidants and is another anti-inflammatory ingredient.

Furthermore, it is known to reduce blood sugar levels as it has an anti-diabetic effect by decreasing insulin resistance.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup brewed spiced chai (cooled)
  • ½ cup milk
  • 2 scoops vanilla ice cream
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • Whipped cream for topping
  • A pinch of ground nutmeg

Method

  1. In a blender, combine the cooled chai, milk, vanilla ice cream, and cinnamon. Blend until smooth.
  2. Pour into glasses and top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of nutmeg.

Coconut Cardamom Milkshake

A drink that is tropically refreshing and rich!

Its thick smoothness is down to the coconut.

A tip to getting that velvety texture is to make sure the coconut is well blended. This can be done at a high speed in the blender.

If you prefer a thinner consistency, add more milk.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • ½ cup vanilla ice cream
  • ¼ cup shredded coconut
  • 4 tbsp sugar, adjust to taste
  • ½ tsp ground cardamom
  • Ice cubes

Method

  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender.
  2. Blend until smooth and creamy.
  3. Pour into glasses and serve immediately.

Saffron Pistachio Milkshake

This is a luxurious and indulgent drink.

Saffron adds to the luxury element as it can be expensive in places.

The milkshake has a prominent nutty taste, but it also has a subtle sweetness.

This vibrant milkshake can be enjoyed alongside a meal.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups milk
  • ¼ cup pistachios, plus more for garnish
  • A pinch of saffron strands, soaked in 2 tbsp of warm milk
  • 4 tbsp sugar, adjust to taste
  • 2 scoops vanilla ice cream
  • Saffron strands and chopped pistachios for garnish

Method

  1. In a blender, combine milk, pistachios, saffron milk, sugar and vanilla ice cream.
  2. Blend until smooth and creamy.
  3. Pour into glasses and garnish with saffron strands and chopped pistachios.

Almond Saffron Milkshake

A rich and creamy drink with a pungent taste of almonds.

Almonds are great for combating high cholesterol and regulating blood pressure levels.

It is inviting to drink due to its vivid colour and nutty aroma.

If preferred, other nuts can be added such as pistachios and cashews.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup milk
  • ¼ cup almonds, blanched and peeled
  • A pinch of saffron strands, soaked in 2 tbsp of warm milk
  • 4 tbsp sugar, adjust to taste
  • ½ tsp cardamom powder
  • Ice cubes

Method

  1. Soak the almonds in hot water for 10 minutes, then peel.
  2. In a blender, blend almonds, milk, saffron milk, sugar and cardamom until smooth.
  3. Add ice cubes and blend again.
  4. Serve chilled, garnished with a few saffron strands.

Kulfi Milkshake

In this drink the main ingredient is kulfi.

Kulfi is an ice cream-like dessert and flavours vary from cardamom, saffron, pistachio and rose petals.

One can use the kulfi and blend so that it can be enjoyed as a milkshake.

In the hotter seasons, kulfi can be found in street stalls in India and Pakistan.

Ingredients

  • 2 scoops kulfi
  • 1 cup milk
  • ¼ tsp cardamom powder
  • Chopped pistachios for garnish
  • A few strands of saffron for garnish

Method

  1. Blend kulfi, milk, and cardamom powder until smooth.
  2. Pour into glasses and garnish with chopped pistachios and saffron strands.
  3. Serve immediately for a creamy, frozen treat.

Banana Cardamom Milkshake

It’s a lovely milkshake with a delightful kick of banana.

Bananas are a good source of minerals and vitamins. It is particularly abundant in potassium, vitamin B6 and vitamin C.

The stickiness of the honey meets the bananas pleasantly on the tastebuds.

If you feel like making this drink more exotic, add a lime wedge for presentation.

Ingredients

  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1 cup milk
  • ½ tsp cardamom powder
  • 4 tbsp honey, adjust to taste
  • Ice cubes

Method

  1. In a blender, blend bananas, milk, cardamom, and honey until smooth.
  2. Add ice cubes and blend again until frothy.
  3. Serve chilled for a refreshing and aromatic drink.

Pomegranate Rose Milkshake

A filling and thick milkshake!

The ingredients that stand out in taste are the rose syrup and pomegranates.

It has an inviting taste of the freshness of the pomegranates and the stickiness of the syrup.

After preparing the milkshake, be sure to consume it quickly as the milk will begin to curdle.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup pomegranate seeds
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tbsp rose syrup
  • 2 scoops vanilla ice cream
  • Pomegranate seeds and rose petals for garnish

Method

  1. In a blender, blend pomegranate seeds, milk, and rose syrup until smooth.
  2. Add vanilla ice cream and blend until creamy.
  3. Serve garnished with pomegranate seeds and rose petals.

Avocado Coconut Milkshake

The main ingredient is avocado.

It is a nutritious milkshake as avocados are a source of vitamins C, E, K and B6.

When blended, the softness of the avocado provides an inviting texture.

Although avocado is not as sweet, the filling texture compensates for this.

With the blend of coconut and avocado, there is indeed an earthy taste to it.

Ingredients

  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • ½ cup condensed milk
  • Ice cubes
  • Toasted coconut flakes for garnish

Method

  1. Scoop out the avocado flesh and blend with coconut milk and condensed milk until smooth.
  2. Add ice cubes and blend again until frothy.
  3. Serve chilled, garnished with toasted coconut flakes.

Lychee Rose Milkshake

This is a light and watery milkshake.

It is somewhat sweet, but mostly tastes quite floral and has light acidic notes.

Lychee is very healthy as it has antioxidants and helps boost the immune system.

To add to the taste, you can garnish with rose petals to add to the theme of florals.

It is perfect to have on a hot day.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup lychees, peeled and pitted
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tbsp rose syrup
  • Ice cubes
  • Lychee and rose petals for garnish

Method

  1. In a blender, blend lychees, milk, and rose syrup until smooth.
  2. Add ice cubes and blend again.
  3. Serve chilled, garnished with lychee and rose petals.

Turmeric Ginger Milkshake

This drink has definitely got a powerful kick!

The combination of turmeric and ginger is overpowering yet pleasant.

Turmeric, being the main ingredient, has a lot of health benefits. It can help combat arthritis, cholesterol and muscle soreness.

The turmeric has a pungent bitter flavour, accompanying the spiciness of the ginger. It is an acquired taste, but still flavoursome.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • ½ tsp ginger powder
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • Ice cubes

Method

  1. In a blender, blend milk, turmeric, ginger, and honey until smooth.
  2. Add ice cubes and blend again.
  3. Serve chilled for a spicy taste.

Pistachio Rose Milkshake

This pistachio rose milkshake has a sweet and gentle fragrant flavour.

It can be enjoyed with or without ice cream but the striking flavour is rose syrup.

Rose syrup contains vitamins A, B, C, and E as well as antioxidants and flavonoids.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup milk
  • ¼ cup pistachios, plus more for garnish
  • 2 tbsp rose syrup
  • 2 scoops vanilla ice cream
  • Rose petals and chopped pistachios for garnish

Method

  1. In a blender, blend milk, pistachios, rose syrup, and vanilla ice cream until smooth.
  2. Serve garnished with rose petals and chopped pistachios.

Tamarind Milkshake

Containing tamarind, this milkshake has a tangy flavour.

Tamarind contains vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C, potassium and fibre.

Moreover, tamarind is great for healthy skin and hair.

Vitamin C helps produce collagen, which is a protein that gives skin its strength and elasticity.

Ingredients

  • ½ cup tamarind pulp
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar, adjust to taste
  • Ice cubes

Method

  1. Soak tamarind in warm water for 30 minutes, then blend with milk and brown sugar until smooth.
  2. Strain, add ice cubes and return to the blender.
  3. Blend again and serve chilled.

Carrot Halwa Milkshake

This milkshake incorporates carrot halwa, a popular Indian sweet.

The taste is earthy and slightly bitter, however, if you would like to add more ice cream for sweetness you can.

The drink has a medium consistency and can be drunk alongside your meal.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup carrot halwa
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 scoops vanilla ice cream
  • Chopped nuts for garnish

Method

  1. In a blender, blend carrot halwa, milk, and vanilla ice cream until smooth.
  2. Serve garnished with chopped nuts for a dessert-inspired treat.

Milkshakes come in their different flavours and ingredients!

They can be both flavourful and nutritious.

Anyone can use these simple recipes and with a little experimentation, you can adjust any milkshake to taste.



Kamilah is an experienced actress, radio presenter and qualified in Drama & Musical Theatre. She loves debating and her passions include arts, music, food poetry and singing.

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