Thandai is a traditional Indian beverage popular in North Indian states of UP and Rajasthan. It is quite refreshing to drink and is loaded with good ingredients like dry fruits, seeds and saffron. Here is a step by step and video recipe to make it.
Thandai is a traditional drink popular in UP and some parts of Rajasthan. It was traditionally made into a Bhang Thandai with a dose of Bhang in it. Even today, some people add the weed in it to make it intoxicating. This drink is very refreshing, and a perfect summer cooler.
My mom used to make this thandai drink every Holi and her recipe was appreciated every time. I am sharing her recipe of making this drink today with you all and hope you make it this Holi and enjoy with friends and family.
To make this recipe, dry fruits like almonds, cashew nuts etc are soaked over night along with seeds like khus khus, fennel seeds and black peppercorns. These are then ground to make a fine paste and mixed with milk. It is then garnished with slivered nuts and rose petals just before serving.
Thandai is best served chilled, so make sure to make a few hours before you plan to serve it. You can also add a few ice cubes in the glasses just before serving.
How to make Thandai Powder?
For those who don’t want to go through the process of preparing it, but have it instantly, making the Thandai Masala Powder that can be added to milk, and enjoyed also works. I have another post on the blog to make Thandai Powder. You can check it here.
How to make Bhang Thandai at home?
To make Thandai with Bhang, just soak 12-15 cannabis along with the remaining ingredients and follow the same process. However, I would like you to read this article before you decide to add it in your drink. Here you go.
How to make Thandai Step by Step
Soak the nuts and seeds in water for 5-6 hours.
Strain the water and grind the ingredients until smooth.
Add the milk.
Strain the mixture.
Add sugar, saffron and rose water and mix well.
Thandai Video Recipe
Thandai is a popular Indian drink often associated with Mahashivratri and Holi. It is made using dry fruits, spices and saffron.
- 10-12 Almonds
- 10-12 Cashew Nuts
- 25-30 Black Peppercorns
- 10-12 Raisins
- 10-12 Cardamom
- 1 tsp Poppy Seeds
- 1 tsp Fennel Seeds
- 1 tsp Melon Seeds
- 3 cups Milk
- 1/4 cup Sugar
- 1 pinch Saffron Soaked in 1 tbsp milk
- 1/2 tsp Rose water
Soak almonds, cashew nuts, peppercorns, raisins, cardamom, poppy seeds, fennel seeds and melon seeds in ½ cup water for 5-6 hours.
Strain the water and grind the soaked ingredients in a blender to make a smooth paste.
Add little milk if required.
Add the remaining milk.
Pass the mixture through a soup strainer.
Add sugar, saffron soaked in milk and rose water and mix till sugar is dissolved.
Pour the thandai in serving glasses.
Garnish with rose petals and dry fruit slivers.
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