Thandai is a refreshing drink which is a popular Holi recipe and popular for Mahashivratri too. It has ingredients that nourish and cool your body and also make for a nutritious milk drink. You can make the mix and store in the fridge. Add cold milk to make it with this mix.
Here is how to make thandai, among my favourite Holi recipes.
Thandai Recipe for Holi
- For the thandai mix:
- 15-20 almonds
- 15-20 cashews
- 2 tbsp. watermelon seeds magaj
- 2 tbsp. melon seeds
- 20 black pepper whole
- 3 tbsp. Poppy seeds
- 2 tbsp. saunf fennel seeds
- 8-10 Green cardamoms
- 1 cup sugar or as per taste
- Cold milk
To prepare the thandai mix, soak almonds, cashews, melon, watermelon and poppy seeds in a little water for about 2 hours.
Grind them to a fine paste with a little water and keep aside.
Now finely powder the seeds of green cardamom, black pepper, saunf and sugar.
Add everything together with a little water to form a thick mix.
Pour this mix to fill 1/4ths of a glass. Add cold milk and mix well. Your refreshing thandai is ready to consume.
Thandai is quite tasty and is very beneficial as it has some really natural and cooling ingredients.
For Holi, you can add some bhang to the thandai for that added kick. Bhang leaves can be ground or added. They don’t have any taste just a dark green colour and are an intoxicant. I generally avoid it.
Store the remaining mix in the fridge and make thandai with cold milk when desired.
Some people mix saffron strands too for colour and taste. If you are doing so, immerse the strands in warm milk for sometime and then add to to the mix.
This thandai recipe is quite simple. Even your children will love it. Try it.