Thandai is a popular North Indian drink made during Maha Shivaratri and Holi. It's an exotic milk based drink with almonds, pistachios, peppercorns, fennel, cardamom, saffron and dried rose petals. On the occasion of Holi, thandai is mixed with 'bhang' to make an intoxicating drink. This spiced almond milk is a healthy drink to have especially during summers and its known to have cooling effect on the body.
Thandai is an important part of Holi, the Indian festival of colors. Seeing many thandai posts from fellow bloggers, I got tempted to try this thandai. I referred Sanjeev Kapoor's recipe and made few changes to suit our taste-buds. The heat has cranked up very high today and this thandai was such a refreshing drink to cool down. Try this fragrant and delicious thandai recipe for this Holi.
Wishing all my friends and readers a a very bright, colorful and happy Holi..!!!
Notes and Tips
- You can serve the thandai without straining too.
- If you don't have dried rose petals, substitute with ¼ tsp rose essence.
- Cashewnuts can be added instead of melon seeds.