Thandai, Spiced Almond Milk : Holi Special Recipe

Another thing Holi is not complete without is the thandai. As a child I hated thandai I thought the spice hit was too much and would get angry with the trickling sensation saying my throat is hurting but then that was when I was a child, as I grew up and discovered the things that could be mixed with Thandai (*wink wink*) my opinion of Thandai changed and I started falling in love with it.

Thandai, Spiced Almond Milk : Holi Special Recipe

Thandai is a milk based drink made with dry fruits (mostly almonds) and spices like khus khus (poppy seeds) and pepper. Made mostly at Holi and mahashivratri it is often had mixed with bhaang. At holi, it marks the start of the summer and combines the elements of both winter and summer with dry fruits and spices.

Usually nuts are soaked overnight and then ground, boiled with the milk, filtered and chilled before serving. These days most people make the Thandai masala and mix it with chilled milk to make instant Thandai. My mum has discovered a somewhat middle path of making the thandai, she microwaves the nuts for 5-6 minutes and then grinds them to a paste, reducing the overnight soaking time.

Today I will give you both the recipes and you can pick and chose what you want :) My Holi gift to you guys. What you say Holi is today I know I know but the parties are all in the weekend aren't they :)

Thandai, Spiced Almond Milk : Holi Special Recipe

Another thing Holi is not complete without is the thandai. As a child I hated thandai I thought the spice hit was too much and would get angry with the trickling sensation saying my throat is hurting but then that was when I was a child, as I grew up and discovered the things that could be mixed wit...

Instant Thandai with Thandai Powder

Summary

4150
  • Coursedrink
  • Cuisineindian
  • Cooking Time10 minutesPT0H10M
  • Preparation Time10 minutesPT0H10M
  • Total Time20 minutesPT0H20M

Ingredients

Almonds
½ cup
Cashew tsbp
2
Black peppercorn
20-25
Cardamom
10-12
Poppy Seeds
2 tbsps
Fennel seeds
2 tbsps
Melon seeds
2 tbsps
Dry rose petals
2 tbsps
For the thandai
1 cup chilled milk
Thandai masala
2 tsps
Sugar
1 tbsp

Steps

  1. Grind together all the thandai masala ingredients in the jar of a mixier to a fine powder. This can be stored in an airtight container up to a week and refrigerated upto two weeks.
  2. To make thandai whenever required, mix 2 tsp of thandai masala powder & sugar in a glass of chilled milk and serve garnished with dry or fresh rose petals and well may be bhaang

And here is the traditional Thandai recipe, a little time consuming but every bit worth it.

Another thing Holi is not complete without is the thandai. As a child I hated thandai I thought the spice hit was too much and would get angry with the trickling sensation saying my throat is hurting but then that was when I was a child, as I grew up and discovered the things that could be mixed wit...

Traditional Thandai for Holi

Summary

4150
  • Coursedrink
  • Cuisineindian
  • Yield4 cups 4 cup
  • Cooking Time20 minutesPT0H20M
  • Preparation Time20 minutesPT0H20M
  • Total Time40 minutesPT0H40M
  • Passive Time5 hours

Ingredients

Almonds
1/3 cup
Cashew nuts
2 tbsps
Poppy seeds
1 tbsp
Melon seeds
2 tbsps
Fennel seeds
2 tsps
Green Cardamom
5-8
Black peppercorns
10-12
Sugar
8 tbsps
Milk ltrs
1.5
Water
3/4 cup
Dried rose petals
2 tbsps

Steps

  1. Soak almonds in water for 5 hours or over night. Soak melon seeds & poppy seeds in water for 2 hours.
  2. Boil milk, add sugar and allow to dissolve. Let the mil simmer for 5-6 minute, switch off the gas and let it cool.
  3. While milk is boiling, peel almond, add the drained melon seeds, drained poppy seeds, cashew nuts, fennel seeds, pepper corns and green cardamom.
  4. Grind all these ingredients to a smooth paste and Add 1/4 cup of water if required.
  5. Add the ground paste to the milk-sugar mixture and mix well. Bring to boil together and switch off the heat. Place lid and leave aside for 15 minutes.
  6. Strain the liquid using a strainer which is not very fine, Chill for atleast two hours before serving. At the time of serving a little addition of bhaang is strongly recommended, though not mandatory

Here's wishing everyone a very happy and colorful Holi !!

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