Thandai Recipe | Homemade Thandai | How to make Thandai

It is an Indian traditional, festive drink made with milk, nuts and exotic spices. A cool, refreshing drink which tastes heavenly.

Thandai recipe is an Indian traditional, festive drink made with milk, nuts and exotic spices. A quick recipe that tastes heavenly. It is served at times of the festival Maha Shivratri and Holi. This beverage is very popular especially in NorthWestern states of India.

What is Thandai

Thandai comes from the Hindi word ‘Thanda’. Which basically means something that is cold. Hence it is a cold, refreshing drink for summer. It is such a versatile recipe. Which can be tweaked in many different ways to suit someone’s need and preference.

There are many other variants of this drink. Few common among those are Kesar thandai, Badam thandai, Rose thandai, Mango thandai, and Bhang thandai. However, the basics of any thandai recipe are always the same.

Benefits of Thandai Recipe

Thandai is the best cooling and refreshing drink that rehydrates the body instantly. The medley of ingredients used in this super drink has some amount of benefits for our body. Few among those are:

  • Boosts immunity
  • Works as an instant energy booster
  • Aids in digestion
  • Cools down the body
It is an Indian traditional, festive drink made with milk, nuts and exotic spices. A cool, refreshing drink which tastes heavenly.

How to make Thandai Recipe

Milk is the base ingredient in this. In addition to that almonds, cashews, pistachio, poppy seeds, fennel seeds, black peppercorns, rose petals, saffron, cinnamon powder, nutmeg powder, sugar are also used. The making process starts with soaking the nuts and seeds in water for a few hours. Then followed by grinding into a smooth paste. Finally, the process complete by mixing with the boiled milk.

This tastes best when served chilled.

Use sugar as per your requirement. To make it more healthy you can use low-fat milk and you can also use honey as an alternative to sugar.

For a vegan version just go for any plant based milk as a base.

Generally, I make this whenever I crave for something milk based drink. I love it so much. It’s like I can have it any day at any time.😊

It tastes best when freshly made at home. Though readymade thandai powder is easily available in the market. But it is always advisable to make it fresh to get the best benefits out of it and also you have more control over the ingredients. Here is how to make homemade thandai at home.

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It is an Indian traditional, festive drink made with milk, nuts and exotic spices. A cool, refreshing drink which tastes heavenly.
It is an Indian traditional, festive drink made with milk, nuts and exotic spices. A cool, refreshing drink which tastes heavenly.

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It is an Indian traditional, festive drink made with milk, nuts and exotic spices. A cool, refreshing drink which tastes heavenly.
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Thandai Recipe | How to make Thandai

Thandai recipe is an Indian traditional, festive drink made with milk, nuts and exotic spices. A cool, refreshing drink which is quick to make and tastes heavenly.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course Drinks, Festive
Cuisine Indian
Keyword Homemade Thandai, How to make thandai, Thandai Recipe
Servings2 people
Author Geetanjali

INGREDIENTS ( 1 CUP = 250 ML )

  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 6 almonds
  • 6 pistachios
  • 6 cashew nuts
  • 1 tsp poppy seeds
  • 1 tsp melon seeds
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds
  • 1 tsp dried rose petals
  • 4 black peppercorns
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg powder
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 1/4 tsp saffron
  • 2 tbsp sugar or more

For Garnishing

  • few dried rose petals
  • few crushed nuts

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Soak almonds, pistachios, cashews, poppy seeds, melon seeds, fennel seeds, and black peppercorns in water for 5-6 hours or overnight.
  • Grind the soaked ingredients with dried rose petals into a fine smooth paste. Add a little milk if needed.
  • Boil the milk in a pan. Once milk starts to boil add sugar and saffron strands. Simmer the flame until sugar melts.
  • Add nutmeg powder, cinnamon powder, and the ground paste. Stir continuously and let it boil for another 2-3 minutes more.
  • Turn off the flame and let it cools down.
  • Keep it in the refrigerator and serve the thandai chilled by garnishing with dried crushed nuts and rose petals.

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It is an Indian traditional, festive drink made with milk, nuts and exotic spices. A cool, refreshing drink which tastes heavenly.
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This post is a part of facebook group DESI BLOGGERS CONNECT #Holikerang. Some more Holi special recipes from other members below.

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Moong Dal Ladoo by Jagruti

Mawa Kachori by Swati

Thandai and Dry Fruit Barfi by Sapna

Kesar Phirni by Priya

Rose Lassi by Geetha

Papaya Halwa by Jayashree

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Thandai Powder by Ruchi

13 Replies to “Thandai Recipe | Homemade Thandai | How to make Thandai

  1. I’ve never thought of thandai as a healthy drink..just as a celebration drink. Good to read about all the benefits of thandai so that justifies why we tend to have thandai during the hot season as a coolant. Whenever I make the masala at home, I’ve not thought of adding cinnamon and nutmeg. Next time I will add them. Happy Holi to you and your family.

  2. Beautiful share dear. Lovely write up. Very well explained how and why this drink is beneficial for body. Homemade Thandai is the best choice.. Amazing post

  3. I love chilled thandai on a hot summer day. Your thandai looks absolutely yummy and I would love to dig in that glass right now. Happy Holi dear

  4. Can you believe I have never tried thandai before? My husband does not like the smell of fennel seeds, so never dared to make these! But, I will bookmark your recipe to make some day to savor thandai all by myself! 😀 Thanks for sharing dear!

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