Thandaai

A holi special cold drink prepared with almonds, herbs and spices. On holi or Mahashivratri people enjoy Bhang mixed chilled Thandaai. With holi around the corner, learn the steps for Thandaai as a healthful and refreshing drink.

Cooking Time: 1-2 hours (Apart from Overnight Soaking)
Servings: 6-7

Ingredients:

  • 2 large tsp almonds
  • 2 large tsp Pistachios
  • 2 large tsp Cashew nuts
  • 2 large tsp poppy seeds
  • 1/2 tsp fennel seeds
  • 7-8 cardamom
  • 30 gram salt
  • black peppercorns
  • 1 tsp kharbooj or tarbooj seeds
  • 1 tsp cucumber seeds
  • 1 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 5 cups milk
  • 2-3 cups water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup fresh cream
  • 2 tsp fresh rose petals

Recipe:

  1. Soak almonds,Pistachios, Cashew nuts, rose petals, poppy seeds, cucumber and kharbooj seeds, fennel seeds overnight in enough water.
  2. Grind all soaked ingredients in the morning adding cinnamon and peppercorns to a very fine paste.
  3. Mix remaining water little at a time and strain the mixture through a sieve by pressing with back of palm extracting the liquid into the vessel.
  4. Repeat the process till the mixture becomes dry.
  5. Now add sugar and fresh cream and mix well.
  6. Now blend the above mixture with milk.
  7. Spread chopped almonds, Pista, cashew nuts and saffron strands over the mixture.
  8. Chill the Thandai for an hour and serve.

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