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Thandai Recipe for Holi

Thandai Recipe | Perfect Beverage for Holi

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Thandai is one of the most sought after beverage for holi. A coolant perfect for summer. Thandai recipe, an interesting blend of dry fruits spices and milk.
Course Beverages
Servings 3 people


  • 4 cups whole milk/full-fat milk boiled and cooled
  • 20 almonds
  • 20 cashew nuts
  • 1 tbsp fennel seeds saunf
  • 1 tbsp poppy seeds khus khus
  • 10 green cardamom pods elaichi
  • 10 peppercorns
  • 1 tbsp black pepper powder preferably freshly ground
  • Approx 10 strands kesar
  • 4 drops rose essence
  • 2 tbs sugar


  • Add almonds in a bowl and soak them in some water.
  • Take another bowl, and add cashew nuts, saunf, khus khus, peppercorns, seeds of cardamom pods, and approx. half a cup of water.
  • Soak the above mentioned ingredients in water for 2 hours.
  • Peel the almonds and put them in a mixer.
  • Add the contents of the second bowl (along with water) to the mixer.
  • Blend to make a fine paste.
  • Add the paste in milk and refrigerate for 2-3 hours.
  • Soak saffron strands in 2 tbsp milk and refrigerate that as well.
  • Add black pepper powder to the refrigerated milk and stir.
  • Strain the milk using a strainer. (Press the residue against the strainer using a spoon to squeeze out all milk.)
  • Add sugar, rose essence, and the milk with saffron strands.
  • Stir thandai to dissolve sugar. (You can use powdered sugar if you like. I prefer to go easy on sugar; you can add more sugar if you want.)
  • Serve it cold, or you can add ice cubes if you want chilled thandai.