Thandai Recipe

Thandai is a popular drink in North India. Thandai is chilled flavored milk with the goodness of cooling spices and nuts. Presenting an easy recipe of thandai for you all.

  • 2 tblsp Fennel Seed (Saunf)
  • 1/2 tsp Cardamom Seed (Elaichi)
  • 4 whole Cloves (Lavang)
  • 1/2 cup blanched and chopped Almond (Badam)
  • 1/4th cup chopped Pistachio (Pista)
  • 1/4th cup Melon seeds
  • 1/4 th cup Poppy Seeds (khus khus)
  • 1/4 th cup Black peppercorns
  • 2 1/2 cup Water
  • 1 ltr Full fat Milk (Doodh)
  • 5 tblsp Sugar
  • 1/4th tsp dry-roasted and powdered Saffron (Kesar) threads
  • Few dried rose petals
How to make thandai at home:
  1. In a small saucepan bring the water to boil .
  2. Add the fennel seeds, cardamom and cloves, cover, and remove from the heat.
  3. Set aside for ten minutes.
  4. Place the raisins, almonds, pistachios and melon seeds, poppy seeds in a bowl and add fennel tea.
  5. Cover and set aside for at least 1 hour.
  6. Transfer it to a blender, cover, and blend until the nuts & spices are reduced to a smooth texture.
  7. Pour into a strainer and set over a bowl.
  8. When some of liquid had drained through the sieve, gather the corners and squeeze tightly to extract the maximum liquid.
  9. Heat 2 tblsp of milk and add saffron.
  10. Combine the nut milk, saffron and remaining milk in a large jug and chill well.
  11. Adjust the seasoning and serve in a long glass over crushed ice and garnish with dried rose petals.