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Thandai Recipe

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Adjust Servings:
1/4 cup almonds
2 tbsp poppy seeds
2 tbsp fennel seeds
1/2 tsp ground cardamom
20 whole white peppercorns
4 1/2 cups whole milk--boiled and cooled
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 pinch ground black pepper
saffron threads

Thandai Recipe

  • Sweet
  • Veg
  • 2 hr 5 min
  • Serves 5
  • Easy



Thandai, also known as Sardai, is an Indian cold drink prepared with a mixture of almonds, fennel seeds, Magaztari seeds, rose petals pepper, vetiver seeds, cardamom, saffron milk, and sugar. Thandai is usually linked with the Maha Shivaratri festival or The Night of Shiva, and the Holi festival of colors. Refreshing Thandai can be enjoyed during other occasions.


Health Benefits:

  1. According to a research conducted at Cardiff University by one professor Elwood, it was found that drinking milk can increase your life expectancy by approximately 10%. Milk keeps you free from heart ailments and stroke, among many more diseases.
  2. Milk is a rich source of protein as well calcium, which helps in building healthy bones and teeth. It also contains potassium and this helps in reducing the blood pressure. Milk is also a source of vital vitamins. All of these nutrients contribute to our overall health and wellness, and they can even play a part in weight loss.
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How to Make Thandai

  1. Grind first 5 ingredients into a powder.
  2. Mix spice powder and milk in a deep bowl with a whisk. Refrigerate for 2 hours.
  3. Strain the mixture through a strainer. Add the sugar, black pepper and saffron and mix well.
  4. Serve chilled Thandai in glasses.
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