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Thandai Recipe

Thandai is a cooling, sweet milk-based Indian drink prepared with a mix of dry fruits, spices, saffron, and rose petal. Learn how to make thandai recipe from scratch at home in a few simple steps.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Cooling Time1 hr
Total Time35 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 5 medium-glasses
Calories: 126kcal
Author: Hina Gujral


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. 


Serving: 1glass | Calories: 126kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 195mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 26IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 54mg | Iron: 1mg