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Thandai – A Refreshing Indian Drink

Thandai is a traditional Indian drink that's popularly made during Holi, the festival of colors. This refreshing drink is made with a blend of milk, nuts, and spices, and is perfect for cooling down after a day of celebrating. Follow this easy Thandai recipe to make this tasty drink at home and add some refreshment to your Holi festivities.
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Thandai is a popular drink in North India that's often served during Holi celebrations. It's made with a mixture of milk, nuts, and spices, and is known for its cooling and refreshing properties. This Thandai recipe is easy to follow and perfect for adding some sweetness and spice to your Holi festivities.


1 cup milk
1/4 cup almonds
1/4 cup cashews
1 tbsp poppy seeds
1 tbsp fennel seeds
1 tsp cardamom powder
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/4 cup sugar
A few strands of saffron
Crushed ice
4 Servings

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Soak the almonds, cashews, poppy seeds, and fennel seeds in 1 cup of water for at least 30 minutes.


Drain the nuts and seeds and grind them into a smooth paste using a blender or food processor.


In a large mixing bowl, combine the ground nut and seed mixture with milk, cardamom powder, black pepper, sugar, and saffron. Mix well until the sugar dissolves.


Chill the mixture in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.


Serve the chilled Thandai in glasses with crushed ice.

Tips for this recipe

Soak the nuts and seeds for at least 30 minutes before blending to make sure they’re soft and easy to blend. You can also strain the Thandai through a fine mesh strainer to remove any large pieces of nuts or seeds.

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