Thandai-holi-festival 3   I have never made this thandai on my own, but happened to drink this few times in holi parties. Few of my friends insisted me to put this recipe of Thandai . I got this recipe from my friend who regularly makes thandai for our holi party.  It turned out very well and i never know it is very easy to make Thandai at home. Even my south Indian friends, if you are not celebrating holi also, just try out this drink and stay cool this summer. This thandai is made for Maha shivaratri too.


  Preparation Time :  20 mins | Cooking Time : 10 Mins |   Serves : 3

     Poppy seeds |Khus khus  1/2 tblsp
     Fennel seeds  1/2 tblsp
     Badam | Almonds  1 tblsp 
    Sugar   4-5 tblsp
    Pepper   8-10
    Low fat milk   2 and 1/2 cups
   Cardamom powder   1/4 tsp
    Saffron    few strands

Thandai-2 Method:
  • Boil the milk and allow this to cool completely.
  • Soak the fennel seeds, poppy seeds, badam in warm water for 20 minutes.
To soak Soaked
  • Take out the skin of badam and drain the water. Grind this soaked ingredients into smooth paste.
To grind Grind
  • Add the ground paste to the cooled milk and mix well. Add pepper powder(i freshly ground the peppercorns using mortar and pestle) and cardamom powder.
  • Filter the milk using a strainer and squeeze out the masalas which gets into the strainer.
Add elachi-pepper powder Filter
  • The essence of the masala will now be infused in the milk. Thandai is ready.
  • Add saffron in the last and keep it chilled for 1 to 2 hours.

  • Thandai is ready to serve.
  • Thandai-1
  1. If you need more sugar add extra according your sweet buds.
  2. You can add milk masala too in the last.

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  1. yummy looks so refreshing.. l had this in my draft for a while.. wanted to post this for Maha Sivrathiri but didn't managed to ......let's see

  2. must be delicious i feel . even i never tasted thandai.

  3. So nice.loves ur clicks ! awesome !

  4. Hi jeyashri

    I was looking for a thandai recipe n glanced upon this. I stay in the UAE n here poppy seeds are not allowed to be sold n brought from India. Any other substitute you would recommend?


    1. Even we don't get this in Singapore. I got from my friend who bought from India. Just skip the poppy seeds and make the thandai

  5. Hmmm looks so yummy and tempting. Thanks for sharing recipe for holi festival. My most heartfelt holi wishes greetings to you and to all!

    Anne Walker

  6. this looks really tempting... the pics are awesome....

  7. Looks very delicious and inviting..

  8. Looks very tempting and such beautiful clicks... Really very soothing !

  9. Mindblowing, thandai i always want to make some, now u r tempting me a lot.

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