Thandai - Spiced and Flavored Almond Milk

Thandai is a popular Rajasthani chilled drink served in summer to beat the heat and during festivals such as Holi and Sivarathri.
Thandai can be prepared by grinding the nuts and spices to a ground paste or to a fine powder.Today's version is the later one and the recipe is off to the Regional Dishes for the day 2 in Blogging Marathon#35.Here goes the recipe.........

Basic Information

Preparation Time ~ 10 minutes
Cooking Time ~ 20-25 minutes
Serves ~ 2


1% Milk2 cups
Whole milk3/4 cup
Saffron/kungumapoo7-8 strands
Sliced pistacios
and almonds
for garnish

For the Powder

Almonds/Badam1/4 cup
Fennel seeds/sombu1tsp
Black pepper/milagu10-12
Poppy seeds/kasa kasa11/2tsp


Boil the milk in a medium flame for 10 minutes,meanwhile keep all the ingredients given for the powder in a microwave safe bowl and heat it the microwave for couple of minutes to get crisp.Grind it to a fine powder in a blender.

Once the milk is boiled add the sugar and let it simmer for 10-15 minutes,add the saffron and put of the flame.Now add the ground nuts and spice powder to the milk and mix it well.After it comes to the room temperature,refrigerate it for 2-3 hours.

Strain the milk,garnish it with finely sliced nuts and serve.


  • Rose water can be added for extra flavor and melon seeds can also be used along with nuts.
  • The amount of sugar given is perfect,if you want it more sweeter you can increase.
  • Here I used both 1% and whole milk,you can use whole milk for extra rich taste.


wow thats an super refreshing and delicious glass of thandai :) makes me drool here , wud love to finish the whole glass right away :)

Delicious...nice presentation...

what a lovely shots.. and I really cannot take eyes off.. Must try

Awesome clicks Nalini. They are tempting me to make some thandai right now :-)

lovely presentation dear...refreshing drink

Refreshing and inviting looking drink. Excellent pics as well.

wow, its super delicious and tempting thandai aks... well presented and flavorful...

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Rich and yummy thandai.. Beautiful clicks, Nalini!

You have got us drooling with your pictures beautiful!

Elegant clicks and one refreshing drink love the background color looks so royal

Your pics had me thinking about the song khaike paan .... I do not know why Jai jai shiv shankar would have been more appropriate. I also remembered the Dairy milk ad. Not fair I am drooling over the pics so much.

looks so beautiful and refreshing!

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