Sunday, 26 March 2017

Thandai | Cool drink

Sivarathiri and Holi re 2 festivals which are celebrated very grandly in North India. I have selected a recipe which is commonly made during these festivals in North India.  Thandai is a milk based drink with lot of dry fruits in it. Thandai is new to me. I am introduced to this drink through blogging world. Even when I recided in Maharashtra I didn't hear of this drink!!

I tasted thandai only after I made it. So I am not sure if that is the actual taste. It might not be since I replaced rose petals with kesar. However it tasted wonderful. I made with 1 litre milk and H took almost 75% of it. He loved it. It was a soothing drink for this summer and also made our stomachs full. So here comes the recipe of thandai the way I made it.


Milk - 1 litre
Khus khus (Kasakasaa)  - 2 tsp
Almonds (Badam) – 15
Black Pepper – 12
Jeera (Cumin seeds) – 1/2 tsp
Elachi (cardamom) - 5
Sugar – 200 grams


  • Soak all the ingredients (except milk and sugar) in water for 2 hours. Boil milk with sugar, cool down and keep refrigerated.
  • After 2 hours, peel the almond skin and grind everything together with little water.
  • Squeeze it through a strainer. Repeat one or two times with little more water to extract all the juice from it.
  • Add this extract to cold milk and mix well. Refrigerate and consume after 2 hours.
  • Garnish with rose petals or kesar.

Thandai is ready!!


  • You can also add cashew nuts for extra richness.
  • I am not sure if this drink can be refrigerated for a long time. We finished it within 3-4 hours.


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  1. How delicious. Thandai looks so creamy and very tempting. Prefect festive drink.

  2. I know how much we learn once we come into blogging... delicious looking thandai...

  3. wow, its a all time favorite drink for Holi and that brass serve ware looks so authentic.

  4. Creamy & delicious looking thandai.

  5. Delicious drink, i'm in for any time for the day.

  6. Thandai is not that famous in the southern parts. So for most of us the first time we drink is when we make it ๐Ÿ˜Š It is a flavorful recipe for sure

  7. Perfect festive special recipe.

  8. Looks beautifully authentic in the brassware. Love it.

  9. I know this will be so fantastic!..good one..