Thandai is a cooling and flavorful, sweet milk-based Indian drink prepared with a mix of dry fruits, poppy seeds, melon seeds, spices, saffron, and rose petal. This thandai recipe will help you make super delicious thandai at home for Holi from scratch free of all artificial flavor and colors.
What is Thandai?
Thandai or sardai means ‘cooling’ in Hindi. Thandai is a cooling and flavorful, festive drink prepared with homemade thandai masala.
It is a traditional Indian drink recipe for the summer season, full of powdered nuts, spices, and milk infused with the richness of saffron.
Traditionally, Thandai is served and relished at the festival of Holi along with kesar mawa gujiya.
Apart from Holi, Thandai can be served at any time of the year whenever you feel like sipping a cool and refreshing homemade drink. Trust me; your body will thank you for this delight when the mercury soars.
We have for you a tried and true heirloom thandai recipe made with homemade thandai masala.
Health Benefits Of Thandai:
- It is an excellent energy booster especially during the summer season in India.
- Thandai aids in digestion and immensely help in cooling down the body during the season change.
- Thandai is also a sort of anti-depressant and helps in improving the mood swings.
- It is a fantastic immunity booster and keeps you safe from the heat strokes.
Homemade Thandai Powder
It is a dry powder prepared with a variety of nuts, spices, seeds, and aromatics. But making thandai powder at home takes not more than 10 minutes. And it can be easily stored in the fridge for 6 months.
The best part about the homemade thandai masala is – it is unadulterated. You are 100% assured about the quality of the drink and its medicinal benefits.
Also, the leftover thandai masala, after Holi, can be used to make – kulfi, kheer, or other Indian desserts of your choice.
Homemade Thandai Powder vs. Readymade:
Homemade Thandai Powder is free of artificial flavors, colors, and preservatives. It is 100% gluten-free and vegan. Also, you can make it in small batches as per requirement.
The readymade thandai powder comes with a lot of preservatives, added sugar, and artificial colors. Hence, it is best to avoid it if you are looking for a healthy drink.
How to store homemade thandai powder?
Thandai masala powder is like any other Indian spice mix. You can store it in an airtight container from 6 months to a year in the fridge. No need to freeze the masala powder. Use a clean and dry spoon to take out the spice mix every time you need it.
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For Thandai Powder:
- 1/4 Cup almond (badam)
- 1/4 Cup cashew nuts (kaju)
- 1/4 Cup pistachio
- 1 teaspoon white poppy seeds (khus-khus)
- 1 teaspoon melon seeds (char magaj)
- 1 teaspoon fennel seeds (saunf)
- 1 teaspoon black peppercorns (sabut kali mirch)
- 6 green cardamom (elaichi)
- a pinch of nutmeg (jaiphal)
- 1/4 Cup edible dry rose petals (optional)
Ingredients for Thandai
- 1 litre milk
- Sugar as per taste
- 1/4 teaspoon saffron
- 1 tablespoon chopped pistachio
How To Make Thandai Powder:
- Combine all the ingredients in a blender. Grind to a coarse powder without using any water. Transfer to a bowl or airtight jar.
- At this stage thandai masala is ready and it can be stored in bottle in fridge to be used later.
How To Make Thandai:
- To make thandai, boil milk in a saucepan. Simmer the milk for next 5 – 10 minutes over low heat. Stirring occasionally in between.
- Add the thandai powder, sugar as per taste, saffron strands, pistachio and stir to combine. Simmer milk over low heat for 10 – 15 minutes. Turn off the heat.
- You can sieve the milk or keep it as it is in the fridge for the next 1 – 2 hours.
- At the time of serving, pour into serving glasses. Top with crushed pistachios, slivered almonds and one or two saffron strands or rose petals.
- Serve Thandai chilled.
- This quantity of ingredients would yield approximately 200 gram of thandai powder.
- If the quantity of milk is less use half of the thandai powder and store the rest in the fridge.
- If you like a smooth thandai sieve the mixture before keeping in the fridge.
- Adding garnish before serving is totally optional.