Thandai-Fragrant Milk Drink With Spices,Nuts & Mint






Ingredients [serves 4]

  • 4 cups of whole milk (substitute with low-fat/almond milk/soy milk)
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • ½ cup almonds
  • 1/4 cup unsalted cashews
  • 4 tbsp pumpkin seeds [or melon seeds if available]
  • 2 tsp white poppy seeds [available in indian stores under the name ‘Khus-Khus‘ or ‘Posto‘]
  • 2 tsp whole black peppercorns [adjust to taste]
  • 7-8 green whole cardamom pods
  • 2 tsp fennel seeds [or aniseed]
  • 1 tbsp rosewater [use 1-2 drops if using rose essence]
  • pinch of saffron dissolved with 1 tbsp of warm milk
  • 4-5 fresh mint leaves [don’t use too many else drink will turn bitter]
  • Sugar to taste
  • Nuts and ice cubes [optional] for garnish


  • Soak almonds,cashews, fennel, poppy, pumpkin seeds, cardamom & black peppercorn in enough water overnight or for at least 5-6 hours.
  • Once soaked, drain the water and discard it.
  • Tip in the soaked nuts& spices along with rosewater and mint leaves in a blender and grind to a smooth paste.
  • At this point, refrigerate the paste if you want to use it later.The paste keeps fresh for 4-5 days,refrigerated.
  • For making the Thandai: Tip in the milk, cream,dissolved saffron along with sugar to the taste in a blender on smoothie mode and churn for 3-4 minutes on high till everything comes together.
  • Pour into glasses, garnish with nuts and serve chilled.

Variations :

  • You can use the cold milk mixture to make a thandai ice- cream.
  • Blend it with lots of ice and 2-3 tbsp condensed milk and make a smoothie.Adjust sugar in that case.

Enjoy ! Happy Holi Everyone!

34 thoughts on “Thandai-Fragrant Milk Drink With Spices,Nuts & Mint

  1. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen – Los Angeles, CA – Gourmande in the Kitchen is about food, photography, and pursuing life with a camera in one hand and a fork in the other!
    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen on said:

    What a great drink. I like the idea of making this into an ice cream as well, that would be really perfect on a hot day.

  2. Thanks for that info on Holi, I’ve never heard of that holiday before. I found it to be really interesting, especially the part about the cannabis plant!! The thandai looks lovely. I’ve never tasted that before. We have a lot of indian markets near where I live – I’d love to go to one on Sunday to get some thandai but the LA Marathon is also on Sunday so a lot of roads will be closed.

  3. Happy holi Tanvi..Thadai looks so fresh and cool..Loved the mint in it.
    Cute serving galsses:)

  4. First of all the pics are fantastic , u really put in ur heart there and i love that.
    V v pretty.
    Love all the amazing combi of ingredients that go in there !
    U excel always.

  5. Oh how delicious. I know I’d go crazy for this. I’m a big fan of lassis, and although its not the same thing, I really appreciate the spices you’ve used, and I love the use of cream instead of yogurt, so decadent 😉
    Have a wonderful weekend.
    *kisses* HH

  6. lovely post Tanvi must be fun to be in India at this time, only watched in movies I hear you on Japan hard to watch news makes me cry as well

  7. Anna Johnston – Canberra – “I am a Fun Loving, Adventure Seeking, Enthusiastic, Super Positive Aussie Gal & creator of The Hospitality Guru! I’m a Chef, a Teacher, Trainer, Functions, Wedding & Event Architect; General Manager & all round Nice Girl who loves nothing more than great food paired with wonderful wines & beers.”
    Anna Johnston on said:

    I love the glasses & presentation Tanvi 🙂 Thandai sounds awesome.

  8. Tanvi, that looks wonderful!! How’ve you been –just got back from my India trip—looking fwd to catching up with all your wonderful recipes and posts!

    Happy holi!!!

  9. Oh wow Tanvi!!! This time you have out did yourself with these shots. To me Thandai has never looked so beautiful. Each shot is better than the other 🙂

  10. Holi is one of my favorite Indian holidays…so many delicious desserts…it’s just a ton of fun!

    These thandai look delicious. Better than your average milkshake, that’s for sure!

  11. The glasses are superb and so is the smoothie. I would love to try it!

  12. Ok, I realize this is going to sound so very American of me, but I saw this festival on The Amazing Race and thought it looked like so much fun! I know, I know, I’m a goofy reality tv junky. They didn’t have a glass of this featured though and they definitely should have. It looks so delicious and refreshing! I’m with Katerina as well. Love the glasses!

  13. I’m going to have to make this for my husband, who is crazy about masala chai. This is going to be so nice and refreshing in the summer. Can’t wait to try it! Love your beautiful photos.

  14. This looks so delicious and I so love learning about cultures and foods different than my own. Thank you so much for sharing the traditions and the recipe. What a fresh and beautiful drink for Spring.

  15. The thandai drink got a glorious look in these pretty tall glasses! We never celebrated in our area, Holi.
    Wish you a Happy Holi!

  16. Your glasses are so exotic and your photographs so enticing. The flavours in the recipe sound really delicious – exotic and unfamiliar, but delicious. I loved hearing about the traditions around this holy festival. I have seen movies and pictures of people smearing tumeric all over their bodies and each others. That must be from this holiday!

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  18. marudhuskitchen – Tamilnadu – Hello everybody, It is my recipe blog and I love cooking. I try variety of recipes and I will share with you the yummiest one.All my preparations must reach all food lovers so the launching of this “BLOG” .Its my own style of cooking and I present it to you if am fully satisfied.Once again I welcome every new friends around the world to my blog.
    marudhuskitchen on said:

    Love ur presentation… So cool:-)

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