Kesari Thandai

Thandai, a milk based summer drink is synonymous with our Indian festival Holi. An exotic mix of spices, nuts and full fat milk go into making of this cooling summer drink. Rejoice the festival of colours with this refreshing drink. HAPPY HOLI Everyone :)

Ingredients :---------------------

  1. Milk:---------------- 1 lt.
  2. Almond:------------- 1/2 cup (soak at least 3 hrs in water)
  3. Cashew :------------ 2tbsp (soak at least 3 hrs in water)
  4. Poppy seeds:------- 1tbsp (soak at least 3 hrs in water)
  5. Melon seeds:------- 2tbsp.
  6. Fennel seeds:------- 2tbsp.
  7. Cardamom:--------- 6-7
  8. Black pepper:------ 7-8
  9. Sugar:--------------- 6tbsp (depend on taste)
  10. Water:-------------- 3/4 cup
  11. Saffron essence :-- 1/2 tsp or (Rose water)
  12. Saffron:------------ 1tbsp (strands)


  1. Boil milk add sugar and allow to dissolve.
  2. Once the sugar gets dissolved. Turn off the flame and allow to cool.
  3. Meanwhile peel almonds and place in a bowl.
  4. To this bowl, add drained melon seeds, poppy seeds, cashew nuts, fennel seeds, pepper's and cardamom
  5. Grind all these to a fine smooth paste.
  6. Add 1/4 cup water and grind further to smooth paste.
  7. Strain the mix through the fine strainer or cheesecloth.
  8. Return the left over ground paste to the blender with rest  of the water.
  9. Blend again and extract the liquid once more.
  10. Discard remaining ground mash.
  11. Mix the almond liquid, milk and saffron essence or rose water.
  12. Thandai is ready to serve over the crushed ice.
  13. Garnish with saffron strands, always serve chill Thandai :)