Thandai/ Holi special drink/mixed dryfruit drink

Holi’s here and the fun with colours have begun,winter is gone and summer’s are knocking on.. ..Best recipe to beat the heat is thandai (cold)with dry fruit and some more ingredients mixed with milk….A popular North Indian drink for Holi.This recipe is relished after holi also,you can freeze them and have latter.Lets see what goes on making this simple and healthy drink.

Ingredients 1 cup =250 ml

2 cup milk

1/4 cup badam (almonds)

1/4 cup magaz seeds(dried melon seeds)

1/4 cup kaju (cashews)

1/4 cup pistachios

1/4 cup sauf (fennel seeds)

1/4 cup khus-khus (poppy seeds)

1 tsp black pepper

1 tsp elaichi powder (cardamom)

1 tsp rose-water (or gulkand if you have)

1 stick dalchini

Some saffron strand dissolve in milk

Soak all the dry fruit and sauf,magaz,khus-khus over night.


Peel the badam(almonds) skin before grinding

Grind into a fine paste, all the soak ingredients

Soak the saffron strands in warm milk

Keep the milk for boiling, once it starts boiling add the grinded paste,with black pepper,elaichi powder, gulkand or rose-water and dalchini stick

Add sugar as per taste and the dissolved saffron

Boil it for 3 to 5 minutes

Let it cool,while cooling the milk absorbs all the flavours

Strain the milk and let it chill

Garnish with chopped pistas and saffron

A healthy and yummy thandai is ready to be served

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