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, finally got the recipe from one of my North Indian friends and made it. I just love 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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