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Thandai Recipe

Thandai is a popular drink in North India. Thandai is chilled falvored 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 Blackpeppercorns
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:

  • In a small saucepan bring the water to boil .
  • Add the fennel seeds, cardamom and cloves, cover, and remove from the heat.
  • Set aside for ten minutes.
  • Place the raisins, almonds, pistachios and melon seeds, poppy seeds in a bowl and add fennel tea.
  • Cover and set aside for at least 1 hour.
  • Transfer it to a blender, cover, and blend until the nuts & spices are reduced to a smooth texture.
  • Pour into a strainer and set over a bowl.
  • When some of liquid had drained through the sieve, gather the corners and squeeze tightly to extract the maximum liquid.
  • Heat 2 tblsp of milk and add saffron.
  • Combine the nut milk, saffron and remaining milk in a large jug and chill well.
  • Adjust the sesoning and serve in a long glass over crushed ice and garnish with dried rose petals.