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Article: Thandai - Prefect Drink for Shivratri & Holi

Thandai - Prefect Drink for Shivratri & Holi

Thandai - Prefect Drink for Shivratri & Holi

Thandai is a very popular drink in Rajasthan. This famous dry fruit and saffron flavored milk that is traditionally prepared as anwc210214thandai1 offering to Lord Shiva during the festival of Mahashivratri. And is synonymous with our Indian festival, Holi. The festival of colors is celebrated with much fanfare in North India and one of the special festive treats prepared on this day is Thandai. An exotic mix of spices, nuts and full fat milk go into the making of this cooling summer drink. Prepared during the hot summer months, this spiced milk mixture not only has many healthy benefits but also has a cooling effect on the body.
Points To Note :
Prep time: 15 min                                                 Cook time: 20 min
Yield: 6
  • Almonds - 1/3 cup
  • Poppy seeds - 1 tbsp (khus khus/gasagasalu)
  • Melon seeds - 2 tbsp (magaz)
  • Fennel seeds - /2 tsps (saunf/sompu)
  • Green Cardamom - 5 (elaichi)
  • Black peppercorns - 3/4 tsp (kali mirch/miriyalu)
  • Sugar - 8 tbsps (adjust according to taste)
  • Milk - 1 1/2 lts
  • Water - 3/4 cup
  • Rose essence - 1/2 tsp OR Dried rose petals (1 tsp)
  • Saffron - few strands (kesar/kumkum puvvu)
  • Pistachios - fistful, crushed
  • Cashew nuts - 2 tbsps
Method :
  1. Soak almonds in water for 2 hours. Soak melon seeds in water for 2 hours, Soak poppy seeds in water for 2 hours.
  2. Boil milk, add sugar and allow to dissolve. Once the sugar is dissolved, turn off heat and allow to cool. While milk is boiling, peel almonds and place in a bowl.
  3. To this bowl, add the drained melon seeds, drained poppy seeds, cashew nuts, fennel seeds, pepper corns and green cardamom.
  4. Grind all these ingredients to a paste. Add 1/4 cup of water and grind further to a smooth paste.
  5. Add the ground paste to the milk-sugar mixture and mix well. Place lid and leave aside for 15 mts.
  6. In a large bowl, strain the mixture. Keep the strained liquid aside. To the residue (almond spice mixture) add 1/2 cup water and strain again into the large bowl.
  7. Add saffron strands and dried rose petals or rose essence to the strained liquid and mix. Chill in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours.
  8. At the time of serving, pour into serving glasses. Top with crushed pistachios, slivered almonds and one or two saffron strands.
  9. Serve thandai chilled.

Simple and Yummy your tasty thandai is ready.
You will love it just the way we do!!
And don't forget to comment on how your thandai was!!

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