Thandai is a Almond flavoured beverage which is very popular drink in North India. It is a refreshing Summer drink that cools down your body. This is made for Mahashivrathri and Holi. I came to know about this recipe through one of my favourite Hindi TV series. After that I searched for this recipe in many sites, made slight alterations and made it for Holi. My husband and I loved this toothsome drink. Happy Holi!!!


Milk –  2 large glass

Rose essence  – 2 drops

Saffron – 6 strands/ yellow food colour – A pinch

Sugar – 4 tsp

Finely chopped mixed nuts – 2 tsp

To Grind

Almonds – 25

Cashews – 10

Pistachios – 10

Black peppercorns – 10

Fennel seeds – 1 tsp

Cinnamon – 1 inch stick

Poppy Seeds – 2 tsp


  • Boil milk and allow it to cool down.
  • Soak the almonds in water separately for 30 minutes. Later remove the skin and keep aside.
  • Soak cashews, pistachios, poppy seeds, black peppercorns, cinnamon stick and fennel seeds for 30 minutes.
  • Grind all the soaked ingredients into a fine paste with little water.
  • Mix saffron with little warm milk. Add the ground paste into the boiled milk.
  • Add saffron milk, sugar and mix everything together.
  • Allow it to blend well and strain it. Refrigerate the thandai.
  • Pour it into two large glasses and garnish it with finely chopped mixed nuts.

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