20th May 2024



Piyush is a refreshing sweet drink, kind of like a thick shake made with hung curd and buttermilk. It is very good for the tummy (the probiotics). Enriched with pistachios and saffron, the piyush is to be served cold, as a pleasant summer drink.

Serves: 4 Persons

Prep. Time:  15 Mins. + Refrigeration


[Standard Measure – 1 cup = 200 ml.]

  • Hung Curds [Chakka] – 1 cup
  • Buttermilk (plain) – 500 ml.
  • Powdered Sugar – ½ cup
  • Cold Milk – ½ cup
  • Warm Milk – 2 tbsp.
  • Pistachios (finely chopped) – 10 to 12
  • Saffron [Kesar] – 10 to 12 strands
  • Cardamom [Elaichi] Powder – ½ tsp.
  • Nutmeg [Jaifal] (grated) – ½ tsp.
  • Salt – a small pinch

Step 1:     Crush the strands of saffron using a mortar and pestle and soak in the 2 tbsp. of warm milk. Leave aside for 15 to 20 minutes.

Step 2:     Take the chakka and sugar in a big bowl and whisk till smooth and the sugar has dissolved.

Preparation of Piyush

Step 3:     Add the buttermilk to the bowl and ½ cup of the cold milk and whisk well till smooth.

Step 4:     Next add the saffron milk, cardamom and nutmeg to the bowl and mix well. Chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 to 3 hours.

Preparation of Piyush
Preparation of Piyush

Serve chilled with a liberal garnish of the chopped pistachios.

Preparation of Piyush


  1. Made this super refreshing drink the other day for an office celebration during these navratri days.It was a super hit.Not a single drop left.Very nice ,simple and easy recipe.Thankyou Ina.You make things very simple and easy.Love your presentation and explanation of all your recipes.

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