Thandai Recipe | Holi Special Drink
Refreshing drink made with milk, peppercorn, almonds, fennel seeds, poppy seeds, cardamom and rose

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Ingredients

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3 Cups Milk 1 cup = 250 ml
5 Tablespoon Almond 1/3 cup
2 Tablespoon Cashew
2 Teaspoon Poppy Seeds
1 Teaspoon Fennel Seeds
0.25 cup Sugar 1/4 cup
1 Teaspoon Black Pepper whole pepper
2 Cardamom Green cardamom
1 tablespoon Dry Rose Petals We can use Rose essence in place of Rose petals. If you are using rose essence, add 4-5 drops of rose essence

Nutritional information

1 cup
Serving
124
Calories
2 g
Fat
9 mg
Sodium
29 g
Carbs
25 g
Sugars

Cold Milk with a mix of Nuts, Rose Petals - this Festival drink is undeniably delicious!

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    Thandai is one of the popular summer drink in Maharashtra. It is the special beverage especially made on Mahasivaratri & Holi Festival. I tasted this awesome drink in one of my friend’s house who is a Maharashtrian, I got this recipe from her and I loved this chill and flavorful drink especially during hot day. The rich flavor of fennel seeds and peppercorns along with nuts gives a nice taste to the drink.

    Its also called as Sardai, literally translates to coolant or cold in Hindi. It is a refreshing drink that has a cooling effect and gives instant energy in scorching Indian summers. It contains various cooling nuts and spices like almonds, fennel seeds, magaz (kernel of Watermelon seeds), cardamom, khus khus (poppy seeds) etc. A generous pinch of Saffron threads provides it a distinctive taste & colour. Rose petals, pepper, cashew nuts are other items that are many times added to it. It is also rich in calcium & vitamins.

    Try this flavor rich Thandai and I m sure you will like this drink for this hot summer!

    Video Version of making Thandai (Sardai) Recipe

    Thandai (Sardai)

    Notes:

    1. I used Dry Rose Petals. You can substitute with 4-5 drops of Rose Essence or 2 Teaspoon Rose Water
    2. Traditionally Melon Seeds are also along with nuts and rose petals. But if we can’t get it, we can skip
    3. Use more peppercorns and fennel seeds for a stronger flavor in thandai.
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    Steps

    1
    Done
    10 mins

    Boil the Milk

    Boil 3 Cups of milk and allow it to come to room temperature.

    2
    Done
    120 mins

    Soak the Almonds

    In a bowl, add the almonds. Add water to soak the almonds and set it aside for 2 hours.

    3
    Done
    120 mins

    Soak the other ingidents

    In another bowl, add cashews, poppy seeds, fennel seeds, peppercorns, green cardamom and add water and soak it for 2 hours

    4
    Done
    5 mins

    Peal the skin on of the Almonds

    After 2 hours, drain the water from the soaked ingredients. Peel the skin of the almonds and add it to mixer jar.

    5
    Done
    2 mins

    Add the rest of the ingredients to the mixer jar

    Add drained cashew, fennel seeds, peppercorns, poppy seeds, cardamom to the mixer jar

    6
    Done
    5 mins

    Grind the ingridents

    Add dry rose petals to the mixer jar. If you don’t have it, you can replace with 4 drops of rose essence or 2 teaspoon rose water and grind everything to a smooth paste

    7
    Done
    2 mins

    Add Sugar

    Add sugar to the cooled milk and stir well so that the sugar gets nicely dissolved

    8
    Done
    2 mins

    Add the ground paste to milk

    Add this ground paste to milk and stir well so the paste gets nicely mixed with the milk

    9
    Done
    60 mins

    Cool it

    Refrigerate the milk for about 1 hour for the flavor to get incorporated well with milk. After 1 hour, strain the milk in a pitcher.

    10
    Done

    Garnish it

    Serve the chill Thandai garnished with chopped pistachios and few saffron threads.

    11
    Done

    Serving Time

    The delicious Thandai is a very refreshing drink for summer. Try this and share your comments!

    Sowmya Venkatachalam

    IT Engineer turned full time Food Blogger. I ♡ FOOD. I also love food blogging.Did you make a recipe? Tag @Subbusktichen on Instagram. I WANNA SEE!

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