Thandai is a Almond flavoured beverage which is very popular drink in North India. It is a refreshing Summer drink that cools down your body. This is made for Mahashivrathri and Holi. I came to know about this recipe through one of my favourite Hindi TV series. After that I searched for this recipe in many sites, made slight alterations and made it for Holi. My husband and I loved this toothsome drink. Happy Holi!!!


Milk –  1 large glass

Rose essence  – 1/4 tsp

Saffron – 6 strands(optional)

Sugar – 2 tsp

Finely chopped mixed nuts – 2 tsp

To Grind

Almonds – 20

Cashews – 15

Pistachios – 15

Black peppercorns – 1/2 tsp

Melon seeds- 1/8 cup

Fennel seeds – 2 tsp

Cinnamon – 1 inch stick

Poppy Seeds – 2 tsp


  • Boil milk and allow it to cool down.
  • Soak the almonds in water separately for 30 minutes. Later remove the skin and keep aside.
  • Soak cashews, pistachios, poppy seeds, black peppercorns, cinnamon stick, melon seeds and fennel seeds for 30 minutes.
  • Grind all the soaked ingredients into a fine paste with little water.
  • Mix saffron with little warm milk. I didnt add saffron but I recommend you to add.
  • Add 2 tbsp ground paste, sugar and mix it well with little milk.
  • Add remaining milk, rose essence and mix everything together.
  • Refrigerate the thandai.
  • Pour it into large glass and garnish it with finely chopped mixed nuts.
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Musk melon juice

     Musk melon or cantaloupe is a perfect summer fruit. It has a high water content and  helps in hydrating our body during summer. It also prevents us from summer diseases. If you are counting your calories then this is the best fruit that you should opt for. It has low calorie and sugar content. It cintains Vitamin C, beta carotene,  potassium and folic acid. It helps us to maintain a young and healthy skin. It is recommended for persons with high blood pressure. We came to know about this fruit through our family doctor. So my appa will buy this during every summer and we will have it after sprinkling the sugar. We can make the musk melon juice with or without milk. And here is the recipe without milk.



Musk melon – 1

Water – 2 glasses

Sugar – 3 tbsp

  • Cut the musk melon into half.
  • Remove the seeds.

.Image Scoop out the flesh.


Mix the flesh, sugar and water in a mixie and grind it.


  •  Add remaining water to it and serve. You can also add ice cubes and serve it cool.


  • This is a very good juice during summer season.
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