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Thandai recipe | How to make thandai drink recipe | Holi recipes

Thandai recipe,a refreshing summer drink with cooling and medicinal properties,very rich and delicious milk based drink
Prep Time45 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 3
Calories: 316kcal
Author: Harini


  • 2 1/2 cups full fat milk
  • 3-4 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/4 cup almonds
  • 2 teaspoons blanched and slivered almonds
  • 1 teaspoon poppy seeds/kasakasa
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds/sombu
  • 10-12 black/white peppercorns/milagu
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rose petals/1/2 teaspoon edible rose essence NOT rose food color
  • 1/8 teaspoon saffron strands
  • 3-4 cardomons


  • Boil full fat milk along with sugar and let it cool reserving 1/4 cup of warm milk.
  • Soak almonds,poopy seeds,fennel seeds,black peppercorns,cardamom,saffron threads in the warm milk for 45 minutes.. Soak the dried rose petals too if using,if you want to add edible rose flavor you can do it later.
  • Grind to a smooth paste along with milk. Add the whole paste to the cooled milk and let the flavors infuse very well for good 45 minutes.
  • Strain the infused milk,add almond slivers and mix well and refrigerate till serving. Serve thandai cold.


1. There is no need to reduce the milk here,thandai is not very thick like rabadi
2. If you want add essence add before refrigerating.
3.You can add pistachios along with almond slivers


Calories: 316kcal