Thandai - Holi Special

BM #73 Week 1 Day 1 -

This week I have opted to showcase some recipes relevant to the festival of colors, Holi.

Today's recipe, Thandai, is traditionally associated with the festival of Holi. It acts as a coolant and is served in summer. There are various versions of this beverage with rose water and melon seeds and some more exotic ingredients.

But I loved the simplicity of these ingredients and tried it out at home. The kids felt the taste of saunf as the dominant flavor and asked me if I could reduce that flavor. Other than that, the beverage was rich, creamy and flavorful.

PS  - Don't skip the chilling time as the flavors need to blend in, rather soak in. But the straining part is optional. My personal preference is the smoother drink.

Thandai - Holi Special

Recipe Source here
Ingredients - 

Milk, Preferably Full fat 2 cups
Sugar Powdered 2 Tbsp
Saffron a pinch
Pistachios crushed , crushed pepper for garnish
To Powder - 
Almonds handful
Poppy Seeds 1 Tbsp
Saunf/Fennel Seeds 1 Tbsp
Cardamom Seeds 1/4 tsp
Peppercorns 10

Thandai - Holi Special

Method Of Preparation -

Boil and cool the milk.

Powder the ingredients listed under 'To Powder'.

Blend the powder into the milk.  

I didn't separately powder the ingredients. I used a high power blender (Vitamix) to directly blend the ingredients with milk.

Refrigerate for 2 hours.

Strain the milk and mix in the powdered sugar and saffron.

Serve with a garnish of crushed pistachios and crushed pepper. 


Preparation Time 5 minutes + Chilling time 2 hours
Serves 2
Posted by Harini R on Friday, February 3, 2017


  1. Srivalli Says:
  2. Such lovely pictures Harini...the glass makes it look so cool and chilled..I am surprised I am yet to post this, must try it this season.

  3. Ah ! Such an exotic treat for Holi , that glass looks fantastic . Drooling dear .

  4. Kalyani Says:
  5. am bringing in my version later this month :-)) the rustic pot makes it so festive... good one :)

  6. Sandhiya Says:
  7. Creamy & delicious drink and i love your presentation.

  8. Pavani Says:
  9. Creamy, flavorful and delicious drink Harini.

  10. when I made this a few years ago, I had used a recipe given to me by Vaishalli that had a much longer list of ingredients. I thought it was so delicious but with the more complicated process haven't repeated it.
    With this simplified version, I would definitely repeat it more often

  11. rajani Says:
  12. I love that cute matka and I love thandai!

  13. Priya Suresh Says:
  14. Thandai tempts me a lot and that matks looks absolutely prefect to serve this fabulous drink.

  15. This is a super rich drink and looks so delicious. I remember making this few years back, but haven't made it again.

  16. I grew up drinking this during the festival season, but have never made it myself. Looks so awesome!

  17. Suma Gandlur Says:
  18. This has been on to do list for long and I need to try it out this summer. Your version sounds rich and yummy and looks creamy.

  19. preeti garg Says:
  20. I love chilled thandai.. perfect drink for upcoming holi festive time.

  21. Wow such a pretty drink harini!! So beautifully presented, love that cute pot!! I m yet to try thandai, should make it atleast this holi season! :)

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