List of Indian beverages

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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 beverages 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.


A Shikanjvi (Nimbu pani) seller outside Red Fort, Delhi

Milk-based beverages[edit]

Lassi is a popular, traditional, yogurt-based drink from India.
  • Ambil or Ambli – prepared by using ragi flour and buttermilk, Maharashtra and Karnataka
  • Buttermilkchhachh in North India, mor in Tamil, majjiga in Telugu, majjige in Kannada, and taak in Marathi
  • Falooda – a cold and sweet beverage 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. Salted mint lassi is highly favoured in Bangladesh.
  • Mastaani, Pune
  • Thandai

Flavoured milk[edit]

Tea and coffee[edit]



A cup of Darjeeling tea

Flavoured tea[edit]

Alcoholic beverages[edit]


Cashew apples being squashed in Chorao, Goa, to be used in the preparation of feni
Desi daru is India's one of cheapest factory made alcoholic beverages


See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "Some interesting indigenous beverages among the tribals of Central India" (PDF). Indian Journal of Traditional Knowledge. 6 (1): 141–43. January 2007. Retrieved 8 February 2012.