Milk with Saffron

by Maryam on October 26, 2009


I’m not a hot milk lover. I used to add some tea to my milk, but that became later to addiction. I noticed after a while that I can’t let a day passes without taking my tea portion (with or without milk). So I started to search for something I can replace it with the tea I’m using. Something gives my milk nice flavor in addition to its health benefits. The first time I was introduced to this drink was in Ramadan, in a family gathering event. Since that time, this drink became my favorite for breakfast time and /or dinner time.


The Saffron gives the milk bright yellow to orange color. It also adds a mild spicy smooth flavor to it. So if you don’t like to drink plane hot milk (like me) this will be good option. You can use it even for kids who don’t like the taste of milk, this will be a good idea. Saffron is an Arabic name, for pronunciation “Za’afaran = za-fair-awn”.

In “Kuwait” we use this reddish-orange crocus with different types of food. It can be added to rice, traditional sweets, some traditional hot drinks, and much more. It is well known that high quality Saffron is so expensive. To make sure that you are getting the high quality Saffron, you need to know that good quality saffron, is the saffron that is completely red and has a nice aroma.


This doesn’t mean that pure saffron with some yellow in it is not high quality one. The thing is it is not potent as the reddish one. In fact, some people may prefer the yellowish saffron more than the reddish one.

You can consider saffron to be fresh if it less than one year old. If you want to make sure that you are buying high quality saffron, you need to find trusted source for it. The reason of that is retailers can cheat you buy selling bad quality saffron for high price.

The ingredients you need for preparing one cup of this drink are

1 full cup of Milk (I usually use skimmed milk, so it is an option if you want to make it low in fat)

1 tsp of Saffron

1 tsp of sugar (In all my drinks I don’t add sugar, so if you want you can exclude it, or add sweetener at the end)

It is very small ingredients list, and you will notice that the preparing steps are equivalently simpler.

Put one cup of milk in the saucepan, then add the Saffron on the top. Keep it on fire and remove before boiling point. Stir the milk with the saffron till the whole milk take the yellow to orange color. Pour the milk into the cup using a sieve to separate the saffron strands from the milk. Then add the preferred amount of sugar for you, and allow it to cool to warm drinking temperature.

Finally all you have to do is enjoy with love,


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{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

chocolate shavings November 16, 2009 at 8:28 pm

I’m intrigued! This looks delicious!

anushruti November 16, 2009 at 9:28 pm

I love saffron! Give me saffron milk anytime.

Maryam November 21, 2009 at 12:43 pm

Thanks for your kindness ..

Fattto November 24, 2009 at 8:00 pm

Thanks for this unique blog.
I like your way in posting these beautiful photos and these catchy words.
I will try this milk today. Keep going :)

Maryam November 25, 2009 at 9:49 pm

Thanks for the encouragement ..

Michelle November 27, 2009 at 1:06 am

This sounds lovely! I’ve never heard of such a thing and it sounds delicious! Your blog is beautiful by the way

Maryam November 27, 2009 at 8:04 pm

Thanks I appreciate it

margarita February 28, 2010 at 9:45 pm

im curious about this milk with saffron, ive so often seen it in indie films, it must taste really not sure saffron is readily available where i live though that’s why i havent tried it.

been a long time lurker here at food buzz and i agree with everyone your posts are simply nice and easy to follow, no they are so nice and easy to follow i wish i could try out a recipe or too soon! hands up to you!

Maryam February 28, 2010 at 10:49 pm

thanks that’s very kind of you ..

Suki September 3, 2011 at 8:44 pm

I recently purchased some saffron from Dubai and wasn’t sure how to use it, i will be trying saffron milk, it looks really fab.

Maryam September 3, 2011 at 9:49 pm

Hi Suki,
Actually it is but keep in mind that the taste of this beverage depends on the quality of the saffron you’ve purchased! The higher the quality the better the taste!! Hope you enjoy your drink

nazim September 13, 2013 at 8:02 pm

I bough half gram safron (cost $6) from an Indian store (safron Market, Scottsdale, AZ). I soaked some of it in water for several hours. I saw its color is like yellowish/orange. Then I used some of this in hot tea. But I didn’t get any flavor. I dont aroma either in the safron/or water. Is there anything I am doing wrong or missing something that I am not getting the safron flavor. Any help will be appreciated. Thanks. Please, email:

Maryam November 6, 2013 at 10:43 pm

Dear Nazim,

I think the quality of the saffron you’ve bought wasn’t good thats why you are not getting the taste or the aroma.
Hope this helps.


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