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Thandai-desi dry fruit beverage

Thandai is the traditional Holi drink. It is great way to have nuts and saffron in summer along with chilled milk.
Prep Time8 hrs
Cook Time1 hr
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: holi thandai, holi thandai mix, thandai
Servings: 4


Thandai spice mix:

  • 1 tbsp ‘saunf’ or fennel seeds
  • 1 tbsp ‘khuskhus’ or poppy seeds optional
  • 1 piece ‘dalchini’ or cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ‘jaiphal’ or nutmeg powder
  • 8-10 white peppercorns optional
  • 1 tsp elaichi powder or cardamom powder

Thandai paste

  • ½ cup almonds Soaked overnight or in hot water for 2 hours.Peeled
  • ½ cup cashews
  • ¼ cup pistachios
  • ¼ cup milk
  • ¼ cup rose water optional

Thandai base

  • ltr milk
  • 8-10 strands of ‘kesar’ or saffron
  • Sugar as per taste


  • Soak almonds overnight or in hot water for 4-5 hours.Peel the skin.
  • Soak the remaining dry fruits in water for 2 hours.
  • Grind the dry fruits with rose water,milk/water to form a fine paste and sieve it.
  • Grind the spices for the thandai mix.Add to the dry fruit mix.
  • Mix all thandai ingredients.
  • Boil milk and reduce it to half.
  • Add saffron and sugar.
  • Allow it to cool until it comes at room temperature.
  • Add the thandai mix to the milk.
  • Allow it to cool in the fridge for 2-3 hours.
  • You may strain the thandai before serving it.