Thandai Recipe: Method and Ingredients

Best Summer drink and a milk-based and with rich ingredients – Thandai means Holi and start of Indian Summer; bringing so many memories to life.

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How to make Thandai ?


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  • 1/2 litre milk.
  • Almonds.
  • Cashews.
  • Pistachio.
  • Melon Seeds (kharbuje ke beej).
  • Poppy Seeds (Khas Khas).
  • Peppercorns (kali mirch).
  • 1 tbs sauf (Fannel seeds).
  • Cardamom powder (Elaichi).
  • Dry Rose Petals – Alternative Rose syrup or Rose Water.
  • Saffron (Kesar) soaked in 3-4 spoons milk.


How to Prepare:

  • Heat up a deep pan
  • Take 0.5-litre milk to warm up on the sides, make Thandai Masala.
  • Take some almonds and let it get soaked in warm water.
  • In a bowl take cashew, pistachio and melon seeds.
  • Add 1 tbs Khas Khas (Poppy Seeds).
  • Add 6-7 peppercorns.
  • Add 1 tbs sauf (Fannel seeds) – this is a key ingredient in Thandai.
  • Add some elaichi powder (cardamom powder).
  • Add a few dry rose petals. Alternatively, you could add rose water or rose syrup too.
  • Mix all the ingredients.
  • Add the soaked almonds into the mix with a little water and churn it in a mixer.
  • And you will get a paste consistency thandai mix – this is not meant to be a smooth paste.
  • Now in the milk that is warmed up; add 2 tbs sugar
    And add the Thandai masala in the milk.
  • Keep stirring the milk else Thandai Masala will get stuck on the bottom of the pan.
  • Add saffron (kesar) soaked in 3-4 spoons of warm milk into the pan.
  • This will give a wonderful color to Thandai.
  • As you get boiling temperature. Cool Thandai down and keep in fridge for 2 hours.
  • Thandai is ready; it’s a summer drink so serve it cold.
  • Garnish with almond and pistachio and enjoy Holi festival with cool Thandai. 

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