Thandai is a desi dry fruit beverage.It is a cool drink for a hot spring summer.
What is Thandai?
The masala/powder has both the goodness of milk and dry fruits.Also, has a great flavor due to a dash of spices.
You will find it across the gullies of Banaras as Bhole bhandari's Lord Shiva's prasad.People drink it with both with and without 'bhang'.Bhaang is a mix of leaves which cause mild intoxication.It is served only at legally permit shops.
Here is a recipe,which you can easily make at home without using thandai syrup from market.
No bhaang and yet gives you the same feel of Banaras.
When should you drink Thandai?
India is a land of festivals and each festival comes with new flavor.
People love to drink it during the festival of Maha shivratri and Holi which are celebrated in Feb-March each year.
At this time weather changes from winter to spring.Days are getting hotter, longer and nights shorter & warmer.
Mahashivratri marks the marriage of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati, as per Hindu mythology.
Holi, the festival of colors in March is associated with Lord Krishna and Radha Rani .It is celebrated with grand fervor across India especially in Brindavan,Barsana and Mathura in UP.
Ditch the commercial cola and enjoy Desi style!
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