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"Mane Adige" means "Home Food" in kannada and this blog is all about recipes that I cook. Most of the recipes I post here will be from "Mangalooru" and "Bengalooru " regions of Karnataka,India. Rest of them are the one's which I try out by improvising the recipes got from different sources.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Masala Coke / Masala Pepsi

If you've ever been to the juice centers in the metros of India, I'm sure you've noticed this drink on the menu!!! Coke or Pepsi is mixed with a few Indian masalas and is converted into a heavenly, refreshing drink which is a beautiful blend of videsi and desi flavours!!!

Suketu Mehta describes the Masala Coke in his book "Maximum city: Bombay lost and found" as follows:
"When the Coke is poured into the glass, which has a couple of teaspoons of the masala waiting to attack the liquid from the bottom up, the American drink froths up in astonished anger. The waiter stands at your booth, waiting until the froth dies down, then puts in a little more of the Coke, then waits a moment more, then pours in the rest. And, lo! it has become a Hindu Coke. The alien invader has come into the country. It has been accepted into the pantheon of local drinks but has a little spice added to it, a little more zing. The cocaine is back in the Coke."

I remember the times when my friends and I had just graduated from school and were out on the busy roads of Bangalore all day, attending job interviews and written tests....... We would stop by the juice centers atleast twice a day for this videsi drink with a desi touch :) !! Masala coke was just right for those hot summer days.

Now that the days are getting hotter, I got reminded of this drink and I tried it out over the weekend. It tasted as good as ever!!!! Hope you all like it too....


500 ml Coca Cola / Pepsi

3/4 tsp Jeera / Cumin powder

1/4 tsp Ajwain/Oma powder (optional)

1/2 tsp Black pepper powder

1 tsp Lemon juice

Salt as per taste

  1. Mix all ingredients together ( except the soda) in a tall glass.

  2. To this, add the soda (Coke or Pepsi) little by little; The soda froths up.

  3. Stir continuously with a spoon and add more soda after it stops frothing.

  4. Repeat until the glass is full. Serve immediately and relish!


FH said...

Ramya,they have Masla coke in India!!!!Whoa!!!:)
They didn't have Coke when I was there last time.Looks interesting R!I will try,thanks for posting this.
Halasinahannu dose bekadre elli hogabeku gotta?;D (hint hint!)

Mishmash ! said...

Cool..! Super cool ! I did like the desi touch to the videsi drink:)


Sreelu said...


This is so cool, I never tried this, will be going in summer to B'lore will surely try this

Thanks girl

Arts said...

lol.. U kidding me??
this is the first time I have heard of "Masal Coke".. thx for posting.. must try!! :)

Richa said...

that sure is one yummy drink, love it. i also add some chaat masala at times, tastes good in thumps up too ;)

Anonymous said...

gosh...how very interesting...us foodies are certainly very creative...~grin~...thanks for sharing

Roopa said...

wow Ramya nange idrabagge gotte irlila. thks for the recipe next time pizza jotte masala pepsi .

archana said...

This is so interesting. Never seen anything like this. I must try this for sure :)

Sharmi said...

thats a very new one!! must be tasting great. you have made a modern jaljeera!

Ramya's Mane Adige said...

You didnt find coke in India??!!!?!!? Was it like.. 10 yrs back or something??? ;))
Am yet to see your halasina hannu recipes..... Glanced through them, but havent got to really read them. Will do that now!

@Mishmash,Sreelu, Arts,
Thanx, girls!! Yeah.. its indeed a different drink. you must try it out!!

Chaat masala??!! Wel, havent tried that out... Will do that next time :) thanx!

Ramya's Mane Adige said...

@Archana, Dilip,
Thanx a lot!! :) Do try it out.. I'm sure you'll love it!

hehe :) thanx a lot Roopa... I dont know how well it would go with pizzas, but you can definitely try it ou! :)

hey, thanx! and like you said.... you can call it Modern Jaljeera, as the masala is a little similar :)

Anonymous said...

ramya, i have never had this. wow!! who thought about such a thing? must try now:)

Seema Bhat said...

Hengidiya? I have never heard of masala coke either....at least not in M'lore...Looks yummy and frothy. Will surely try it once and let you know.

Sumitha said...

I have heard of it Ramya,happy we now have the recipe from you,I try to control my temptation of buying a coke,but I have to try this one;)

Sig said...

Wow leave it to us Indians to take anything and make it our own! I've stopped drinking coke/pepsi completely, but this sure sounds tempting!

Ramya's Mane Adige said...

Thanx to whoever came up with this!! :) Do try it out.. I'm sure you'll love it!

Hey!! naan chennagidini.yeah.. I guessed that this wud b new to many ppl... try it out and let me know :)

Cynthia said...

(LOL) oh my goodness, Ramya! This is a new one. I want to try it but I am fearful :)

Lakshmi said...

Hi Ramya, lovely pic. I am drooling. Going off to make masala coke.

Ramya's Mane Adige said...

Hey!! If you are the adventurous kinds, you can try it out with Diet coke.... I haven't tried it, though :)

hehe.. very true. Yeah, do try this one out. I'm sure you'll love it!

hehe :) .. Yeah, lot of people seem to be finding it new!! try it out, you'll love it I'm sure :)

Ramya's Mane Adige said...

@Taste of Mysore,
:)) tx!!

TNL said...

I loved this post of yours.....what an awesome drink. I'm making this one for my hubby this weekend.


Anonymous said...

been to Mumbai a few times this year, but back in Scotland now. Didn't find this when I was over, but tasting it now - I think it's a bit of an acquired taste maybe!

Inji Pennu said...

Really? So it counters the sweetness of coke? Can I add plain soda?

Ramya's Mane Adige said...

@Inji Pennu,
Well, you could make it w/ plain soda but I don't think it would taste good.... The taste and sweetness of the cola blended w/ the flavor of spices is what is playing the trick here....

Anonymous said...


Thanks for the recipe. I am yet to try and then I will write again. I am great fan of masala coke. Masala soda is one of the favorite drinks in Mysore, especially people of Mysore Medical COllege. Just close to Rajkamal theatre, you can find a small shop which sells masala soda and there are atleast 10 varieties available. One of my favorite is cocktail soda where he mixes different colas. I asked him the ingredients which he refused to give. I will try yours and let you know if it tastes as great as Mysore Masala Soda!!

Keshav (www.kannada-nudi.blogspot.com)

Lorita said...

Thanks for the recipe - I had this drink at Masala Zone in London and loved it. I've tried to recreate it, but haven't found the exact same taste, but your's comes sort of close. I think they might have had some mint, too? Well, since I stopped drinking alcohol I love strong flavors and spending time making a drink that is unusual and this definatly qualifies! I've tried this with a pre made masala with more spices (cinnamon, ginger...plus!) and it's a bit less savory, still good though! Thanks again.

vaibhav said...

I have tasted this in vv puram

Term papers said...

Good Information About "Masala Coke / Masala Pepsi"

Triveni Srinath said...

Our favorite summer drink where Coke Zero replaces regular Coke. We use a tsp of jaljeera.

Anonymous said...

Add a large rum then it's completed!