10 Most Popular Indian Beverages You Should Try (with images)

12 September 2021

10 Most Popular Indian Beverages You Should Try – Worry no more about what to drink at your next Indian meal if you’re uncertain about what Indian beverages there are. Find out the most popular and commonly found beverages in an Indian restaurant that you should try.

Welcome to our Indian Cuisine Focus: First Bite Series article, in which we examine the 10 most popular Indian dishes you should try.

Introduction – 10 Most Popular Indian Beverages You Should Try

The variety of drinks in India is enormous, with many different cultures offering their traditional beverages.

The beverages listed below are non-alcoholic. Apart from the food, another great way to introduce yourself to a culture is to try the drinks with an open mind.

You may not like how milk gets used in some drinks, but you won’t know unless you try. You may also be impressed or surprised by how fruit gets used.

Here are ten popular drinks locals and visitors will want to try! 


01: Indian Beverage – Masala Chai

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Masala tea with spices on the table

Made by brewing black tea leaves in milk and adding spices like cinnamon or cardamom, masala tea is usually mixed with sugar or honey to make it sweeter.

Masala tea is a popular drink in Northern India, especially in Punjab and Kashmir regions.


02: Indian Beverage – Chai Tea

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masala tea with different spices

Translated from Hindi as “tea”, this is the most common drink Indians have at home or when they meet with friends for social gatherings.

Although an Indian will commonly call hot black tea “chai”, authentic chai consists of a unique blend of black tea, milk, and spices like ginger, cardamom or cinnamon.

Some common brands that offer chai include Indian Chai Point and Rajdhani. 


03: Indian Beverage – Lassi

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Homemade Sweet Indian Mango Lassi

Considered a healthier alternative to milk-based drinks in the West, Lassi gets made by mixing yoghurt (buttermilk or crème fraîche), water, spices like Cumin and mint, and sugar.

A popular drink in the Punjab region, it’s also found throughout India wherever there are cows. 


04: Indian Beverage – Coconut Water

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Jamu turmeric beverage with ginger, lemon, and coconut water on white background.

It is often considered a natural isotonic beverage due to its high content of minerals necessary for human body function – like potassium, sodium and magnesium – coconut water is a great drink option for those who don’t like drinking plain water.

It’s also low-calorie and has less sugar too when compared with other sweetened beverages found in India.


05: Indian Beverage – Aam Panna

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Indian-beverage-aam-panna

This refreshing drink gets made by mixing mango juice and spices like ginger, lemon, green chilli pepper and salt.

The name “aam” means mango in Hindi, so there’s no surprise this drink is so popular during summer when mangos are fresh.


06: Indian Beverage – Salted Lassi

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Indian cold drink salty Lassi

Salted Lassi is Lassi with salt instead of sugar or spices added to it, making it salty and sour simultaneously. A typical beverage in Rajasthan and Gujarat, some people like to drink this beverage with Parathas (fried Indian baked bread).


07: Indian Beverage – Jallikattu

Jallikattu is a type of milk or yoghurt that’s highly nutritious and beneficial for those who practice intense physical activities.

Jallikattu contains more than twice the amount of fats as regular yoghurt, which allows your body to retain water and stay hydrated.


08: Indian Beverage – Aam Pudine

Translated from Hindi as “mango with coriander”, this beverage is made by blending mango, ginger, salt and pepper (or even some other spices like cumin seeds).

It has a tangy flavour that will make you crave more!


09: Indian Beverage – Aam Ras

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india-beverage-aam-ras

Traditionally made by blending raw mangoes with water and sugar, this drink is now commercially produced as a carbonated beverage. In recent years, Aam Ras has become popular in Western countries as an alternative for those who don’t like drinking milk or yoghurt.


10: Indian Beverage – Badam Milk

Although you can now find this beverage in cafes and restaurants all over the country, it originated as an alternative for those who don’t consume dairy products.

The almonds used to make badam milk are soaked overnight until they soften, blended with water and spices like cardamom or saffron. 

It has a thick consistency that might surprise you the first time you try it!


Conclusion – 10 popular Indian Beverages you should try

India has culinary influences from many cultures, which extends to beverages as well.

If you’re looking for something refreshing or nutritious from the neighbourhood or intend to visit India, don’t miss out and try at least one (or more) of these delightful beverages!

Please let us know what you think in the comments below.

The previous article in this series: – Use These 8 Tips To Find A Great Indian Restaurant Nearby.

The next article in this series: Popular Indian Food Dishes To Order At A Restaurant.

Don McDonald

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