Traditional Indian Recipes


Thandai is a cooling refreshing spicy drink with aromatic flavors.  Traditionally thandai is served during Holi.


Almonds/Badam                        15

Aniseed/Saunf                             2 tspimages(2)

Poppy seeds/Khus khus          2tsp

Cardamom pods/Elachi           6

Sugar                                                12 tsp

Pepper corns/Kali mirch         2 tsp

Cumin seeds/jeera                      2 tsp

Water                                                300 ml

Milk                                                   400 ml

Crushed Ice                                   4 tsp

Rose water                                     2 tbsp

Rose pestles for garnish

Procedure for preparing Thandai:

  • Soak almonds in water for at least 6 hours. Peel off the almond skin.
  • Grind pepper corns, aniseeds, cumin seeds, poppy seeds and cardamom pods.
  • First grind the almonds into paste using little water, then add to it the ground spices, ½ cup water and grind into creamy paste.
  • Add 1 cup of water and sugar and mix well until sugar dissolves.
  • Strain the creamy paste through the fine strainer or cheesecloth.
  • Grind once again the leftover ground paste with water.
  • Again extract the liquid by straining through the cheesecloth.
  • Discard the remaining leftover paste.
  • Mix the almond liquid, milk and rose water.
  • Thandai is ready serve with crushed ice and garnish with rose pestles.
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