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Thandai on Holi Special

By: Admin
Region: Indian
Dish:Vegetarian - Festivals
Servings: 8
Time to Prepare: 90 Mins


1 cup warm water
3 tablespoons almonds or 30 grams
2 heaped tablespoons pistachios or 20 grams pistachios
2 tablespoons poppy seeds (khus khus)
1/4 cup melon seeds or 30 grams melon seeds
2 tablespoons dried rose petals or 2 tablespoons rose water or 1 to 2 tablespoons gulkand
1 tablespoon fennel seeds
1/2 teaspoon whole black pepper
3 to 4 green cardamoms - husks removed and seeds kept
1 pinch saffron - optional
1/2 cup sugar or 100 grams sugar
1 glass chilled milk
Ice cubes as required
Few rose petals or chopped almonds or pistachios for garnish


In a bowl, pour 1 cup of warm water. Then add 3 tablespoons almonds.

Next add 2 heaped tablespoons pistachios. Instead of pistachios, you can also use cashews.

Then add 2 tablespoons poppy seeds (khus khus).

Next add ¼ cup melon seeds (magaz or kharbuja beej).

The next ingredient to be added is 2 tablespoons dried rose petals. If you do not have dried rose petals, then add 2 tablespoons rose water or 2 tablespoons gulkand. If you add gulkand, then reduce the sugar to 1/3 cup.

Now add 1 tablespoon fennel seeds.

Mix very well. Cover and keep aside for minimum one hour or 2 hours. if you use water at room temperature, then you can also keep overnight or for 4 to 5 hours.

Now pour the whole mixture including the soaking water in a grinder or blender jar. Do make sure to use a good grinder or blender.

Add 1/2 cup sugar. Then add seeds from 3 to 4 green cardamoms.

Next add 1 pinch saffron. Saffron is optional and you can skip it.

Grind the mixture to a very smooth and fine paste. Remove in a bowl and keep aside. You can cover and refrigerate if not using immediately. No need to add extra water while grinding.

Take 4 tablespoons of the thandai paste in a glass. You can add less or more as per your requirements. add chilled milk. You can also use half-half combination of milk and water. You can even use almond milk instead of milk with Ice cubes.

Garnish with rose petals. You can also garnish with some chopped almonds or pistachios.

Serve thandai immediately. Alternatively, you can prepare the thandai drink in a large mug or jug. Refrigerate and then serve. While serving later, stir the mixture well and then serve.


Thandai is a traditional cooling drink, popular in the northern parts of India. It is made with a mix of dry fruits, seeds and a few spices.

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