Love Thandai but don’t have time to make it? Then try this 5-minute Thandai Powder and make a glass of your favorite beverage instantly.
About This Recipe
Prepared with a combination of spices, nuts, and seeds, thandai powder comes together in just 5 minutes. It is used to make the popular North Indian cooling beverage, Thandai which is prepared during the festival of Holi and also Maha Shivratri.
Making thandai is a little bit of a tedious process. Traditionally, it was made by soaking the nuts and spices in milk or water overnight and then grinding them to a fine paste before mixing in the milk along with a few other ingredients.
With time becoming a big constraint in most peoples lifestyle and availability of machines which can do an awesome job with grinding, this Thandai masala powder comes in very handy when you like to sip on a chilled glass but have a time crunch.
Making thandai powder at home is easy and quick and it is definitely better than the store-bought one. The homemade powder is made using high-quality ingredients and there are no added color or preservatives added to it.
Nuts – I have used almonds and cashew nuts. You can use pistachios too.
Spices – Green cardamom adds a beautiful flavor, whereas black peppercorns give a slight hint of heat to thandai.
Seeds – We will need melon seeds, poppy seeds, and fennel seeds. These seeds are easily available at your nearby grocery store. If poppy seeds are not available where you live, you can skip adding them to the recipe.
Saffron – Saffron adds richness and also a hint of yellow color.
Dry Rose Petals – This is optional, but I love the flavor they give to the Thandai Powder. Not only taste, but it also adds to the aroma.
How to Make Thandai Powder
Add ½ cup whole almonds, ½ cup whole cashew nuts, 25-30 black peppercorns, 20-25 green cardamoms, 2 tablespoon white poppy seeds, 2 tablespoon fennel seeds, 2 tablespoon melon seeds, 15-20 strands of saffron and 2 tablespoon dried rose petals to the medium jar of a grinder or a food processor and grind to make a smooth powder.
Do not over grind otherwise the nuts will release their oil and the powder will become sticky. Just pulse a few times. Then let the mixture cool down for 5 minutes. Pulse again and keep cooling the mixture in between. Pulse until a powder is made.
Store the powder in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week.
Frequently Asked Questions
No, you do not have to soak the almonds. But if you are still soaking them, then peel the skin and sun-dry the almonds before adding them to the grinder with other ingredients.
Take a cup of milk and add 2 teaspoon of powder to it along with sugar and rose water. Garnish with rose petals and dry fruit slivers. Serve chilled.
You can obviously add it in a glass of milk with sugar and rose syrup, and enjoy this drink chilled during the hot days of summer.
Not only Indian desserts, but you can make fusion dessert by adding this Thandai masala powder in cakes, ice creams, cheesecake, frozen yogurts, cupcakes, tarts, etc.
Instead of dairy milk, you can use almond milk or any other vegan milk to make yourself a vegan thandai.
Store the powder in a sealed glass container in the refrigerator for about 4 to 6 months. Make sure you put on the lid again tightly, after using the powder.
Also make sure your spoon is dry, while putting it inside the jar to take out the powder.
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Thandai Powder Recipe
- ½ cup whole almonds
- ½ cup whole cashew nuts
- 25-30 whole black peppercorns
- 20-25 whole green cardamoms
- 2 tablespoons white poppy seeds
- 2 tablespoons fennel seeds
- 2 tablespoons melon seeds
- 15-20 saffron strands
- 2 tablespoons dry rose petals
- Add almonds, cashew nuts, black peppercorns, green cardamoms, white poppy seeds, fennel seeds, melon seeds, saffron strands and dried rose petals to the medium jar of a grider or food processor and grind to make a smooth powder.
- Do not over grind otherwise the nuts will release their oil and the powder will become sticky. Just pulse a few times. Then let the mixture cool down for 5 minutes. Pulse again and keep cooling the mixture in between. Pulse until a powder is made.
- Store the powder in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week.
- Take a cup of milk and add 2 teaspoon of thandai powder to it along with sugar to taste and 2-3 drops of rose water. Garnish with rose petals and dry fruit slivers. Serve chilled.