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Thandai Recipe

Thandai is a refreshing Indian drink made of nuts, spices and dry fruits specially for Holi festival & Maha Shivratri. It has a wonderful cooling effect to the body, it is hydrating and soothing too, which makes it an excellent summer drink for you.
Prep Time45 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: thandai
Servings: 3
Calories: 286kcal
Author: Harini


  • 3 cups full fat milk
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup almonds
  • 1 teaspoon poppy seeds
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 10-12 black peppercorns
  • 1 teaspoon dried rose petals
  • 1/8 teaspoon saffron strands
  • 3-4 cardomons or powder


  • First of all boil 3 cups full fat milk and set aside to cool down a bit. Add 1/2 cup warm milk in a mixing bowl and refrigerate the rest to chill.
    Boiled milk
  • To the warm milk add 1/4 cup almonds, 2 tablespoons pistachios, 12 black peppercorns, 1 teaspoon poppy seeds, 1 teaspoon fennel seeds, 1 tablespoon melon seeds (magaz), 1 teaspoon dried rose petals. Set aside for 30 minutes.
    soaked nuts in milk
  • After 30 minutes, transfer all the soaked thandai ingredients along with milk to a mixer jar. Add 1/4 cup sugar and blend to a smooth paste.
    sugar added to nuts paste.
  • Now add the chilled milk to this thandai paste. Also add 1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder. Mix very well.
  • Serve immediately or refrigerate until serving. Always serve thandai chilled.
    homemade thandai served in short glasses on a wooden tray


Serving: 3servings | Calories: 286kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 103mg | Potassium: 420mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 29g | Vitamin A: 386IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 323mg | Iron: 1mg