Thandai Recipe, How to make Thandai recipe
Recipe type: Dessert, Beverages
RecipeCuisine: Indian
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Serves: 3-4
Easy Thandai recipe a cold drink make during holi festival and summers
recipeIngredient (used american measuring cup, 1 cup = 250 ml)
  • 1 ltr full fat milk
  • 5-6 tbsp sugar
  • few rose petals or dried ones plus some more for garnish
  • a pinch of saffron strands
  • few almonds silvered
  • few cashews chopped
  • few pistachios chopped (optional)
  • 2 tsp vetiver essence or water
For the paste:
  • 24-25 almonds (badam)
  • 10-12 cashew (optional) (kaju)
  • 10-12 pistachios (optional) (pista)
  • 1.5 tbsp melon seed (magaz)
  • 1 tbsp poppy seed (khuskhus)
  • 1 tbsp fennel seed (saunf)
  • 1 tbsp white peppercorn or black peppercorn (kalimirch)
  • 4-5 green cardamom (hari elaichi)
How to make the recipe?
  1. Soak all the ingredients for the paste in the water overnight or for 78 hrs.
  2. In the morning strain the mixture. Peel the almonds and ground the soaked mixture to a smooth paste by adding little water.
  3. Boil the milk until it reaches to a point where it starts bubbling.
  4. Add saffron to some hot milk and place aside.
  5. Now add sugar, grounded paste to the milk.
  6. Simmer for 4-5 mins until it slightly thickens. Also add the saffron infused milk. I added some extra again it's optional.
  7. Switch off the gas and vetiver water or essence. Strain the milk again preferably or you could have as it is. Allow to cool once at room temperature place in mud pots to chill or in the fridge.
  8. Serve in tall glasses or mud glassed. Garnish with rose petals and some chopped dry fruits.
For the thandai powder :
  1. Dry grind all the ingredients until fine powder. Store them in an air tight container and place them in the fridge.
  2. You could slightly roast the ingredient also add saffron then grind. This would increase their life and last you for a longer period of time.
  3. Then add in the hot milk and have them. You could strain the milk that's advisable especially if you are giving to kids.
1. You could make the thandai powder or thandai milk whichever suits you.
2. Adding cashews and pistachios are optional.
3. You could also freeze the thandai which would be your frozen thandai.
Recipe by Flavors of Mumbai at