Thandai Mousse

June 10, 2014mayurisjikoni
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Looking for an easy dessert to make for the upcoming Holi festival? Try out Thandai Mousse – light, smooth and melt in the mouth kind of dessert. Did I mention it is so easy to make it? Yes, it is. Make it a day ahead and serve it as a cooling treat to your friends and family.

What is a Mousse?

In the culinary world a mousse is a light and smooth mass in which the main ingredient is cream or egg white or both. Mousse is the French word for foam. Mousse has a melt in the mouth kind of texture and can be sweet or savory. While I’ve not tasted the savory one, I love to make the sweet especially when I have guests over for a meal. One can make a mousse with pureed fruit, coffee, chocolate, caramel, flavourings like vanilla, saffron, herbs or spices. Generally savory ones are made from meat, fish, cheese or vegetables.


What are the main ingredients in a Mousse?

As I mentioned above egg white or cream is the most important ingredient. Both are whipped till they become light and airy.

Need gelatin or any other setting agent like vegetarian gelatin or agar agar.

Depending on the kind of mousse you’re making you need those ingredients e.g. for chocolate one you will need either chocolate or cocoa powder.



The Group Foodies_Redoing Old Posts, started by Renu helps the members to make an effort to update old posts. This is our 20th one. I have so many old posts with bad photos. And some posts, the writing is not in a well thought out format. With this intention, this time I am updating the photo and write up of Thandai Mousse. The recipe remains the same.



It’s a sweet treat

Hot weather usually means cold treats. Celebration time means sweet treat. Pamper me time means indulgence. Usually one cannot indulge in a curry or roti or rice. Whatever the reason, sweets and desserts are always a welcome treat.

Here Are Some Mousse Recipes You Can Try Out:


Memories – Pre – Wedding Celebrations

According to the Indian Tradition, the day one begins to write Wedding Invitations, family and friends get invited for a meal and usually some Indian sweet like laddoos, barfi, etc are served. To begin the celebration of writing invites for my eldest son’s wedding, I had to think of something to make to serve my guests. As the weather is just too hot for any heavy sweets, I decided to make a light creamy Thandai Mousse instead. As my hubby’s aunt doesn’t eat gelatin and I couldn’t find agar agar in the shops, I used chia seed powder and it worked like a charm.

Also with Holi just round the corner, I thought that Thandai Mousse is an apt dessert.


What is Thandai?

Thandai is actually the name of the cool drink usually served during the Holi Festival and also the name of the syrup or spice powder that is added to the drink. All the ingredients used to make the syrup or spice powder have cooking properties. 


What else can you use the Thandai Spice Powder or Syrup for?

 Besides making the traditional Thandai Drink, I like to add the Thandai spice powder to make  Thandai Muffins as kids love them during the festivals. Thandai Cookies are baked to give away as gifts to friends and family. I usually tend to keep Thandai Kulfi ready in my freezer for unexpected guests that may turn up after the festivities. Feel like having a different flavored chia pudding, then why not try out Thandai Chia Pudding. Malpua or sweet pancakes are generally made during Holi. If I need to make them for any occasion I love to make the fusion type Thandai Malpua with Strawberry Compote.


Ingredients you need for Thandai Mousse

  • Chia Seed Powder as many of my guests don’t eat gelatin. If you want to use agar agar powder then use 2 tsp. Heat half of the milk, add agar agar and stir till it melts. Add to the rest of the milk.
  • Fresh milk
  • Thandai Spice Powder
  • Fresh Whipping Cream
  • Chopped Nuts of your choice
  • Sweetener of your choice, sugar, honey, stevia, etc. If you are using stevia, 1-1½ tsp is enough. However, add according to your taste.

Dietary Tips:

  • Gluten Free
  • Diabetic Friendly
  • Satvik friendly

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Looking for an easy dessert to make for the upcoming Holi festival? Try out Thandai Mousse - light, smooth and melt in the mouth kind of dessert.
5 from 7 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 6 hours 10 minutes
Course Dessert, Indian dessert
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4


  • 1 cup fresh milk
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 6 tbsp chia seed powder
  • 2 - 2½ tsp powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsp Thandai Spice Powder

For Topping:

  • 2-3 tbsp chopped nuts
  • few strands of saffron optional
  • Or add fresh fruit.


  • Add powdered sugar to the whipping cream and whip it till it forms soft peaks.
  • Add milk, thandai spice powder and chia seed powder.
  • Whip again for a few seconds.
  • Pour the mixture into serving bowls or glasses.
  • Let it chill overnight or for 3-4 hours in the fridge.
  • Serve chilled topped with chopped nuts, saffron, or fresh fruits.


  • Want to use agar agar, then you need to heat ½ cup milk and add 2 tsp agar agar powder. Mix well, add to the cold milk. Add the milk to the whipped cream.
  • Replace sugar with honey, maple syrup or stevia. Add according to your taste.
  • For Homemade Thandai Spice Powder, click on the name or search on my blog.
  • For parties, you can set the mousse in small glasses or cups. You'll be able to make 6 -7 following the above recipe.
Keyword Holi special thandai mousse, thandai mousse


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  • Gloria

    June 10, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    Wow dear…thandai mousse looks divine…

  • Linsy Patel

    June 10, 2014 at 11:47 pm

    Looking very tempting.

  • Beulah Arun

    June 11, 2014 at 8:37 am

    Such a yummy mousse!
    Thank you for sharing it with Favorite Recipes Event!

  • Shailaja R

    June 11, 2014 at 9:16 pm

    Congrats on your post. Yummy mouse. Thanks for linking.

  • Preetha Soumyan

    June 16, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    wow…. looks so awesome…and an interesting recipe…thank u so much for linking to my event and looking for more….

  • Ritu Tangri

    February 24, 2018 at 8:09 am

    I make thandai, making it in the form of a dessert is a good idea.Bookmarking

  • sizzlingtastebuds

    March 7, 2020 at 12:02 pm

    You have such a lovely collection of Mousse dishes, Mayuri ! This one with the Thandai masala is so apt , consdering its Holi around the corner… great clicks too

    1. mayurisjikoni

      March 7, 2020 at 6:22 pm

      Thank you so much Kalyani.

  • Mireille Roc (@ChefMireille)

    March 7, 2020 at 11:58 pm

    what a luscious and creamy dessert. I have made thandai before but by making thandai syrup. The masala powder seems more versatile and I have to try this method soon so I can make other thandai flavored treats

    1. mayurisjikoni

      March 9, 2020 at 10:22 pm

      Thanks Mireille, I prefer the powder as then its not a wastage of expensive ingredients.

  • shobhakeshwani

    March 8, 2020 at 3:17 am

    Super delicious mousse with Indian flavours.. I love thandai and will definitely love this dessert too I am sure. Usually I am not fond of desserts

    1. mayurisjikoni

      March 9, 2020 at 10:22 pm

      Thank you so much Shobha and its healthy too as I’ve not used normal sugar.

  • MJ

    March 8, 2020 at 6:39 pm

    Thandai mousse looks tempting and rich with all that saffron. Love all your mousse recipes.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      March 9, 2020 at 10:20 pm

      Thank you so much Mina.

  • Seema Doraiswamy Sriram

    March 10, 2020 at 11:47 am

    This is very exciting and a perfect treat for holi. Am truly floored with the soft mousse

    1. mayurisjikoni

      March 11, 2020 at 1:41 pm

      Thank you so much Seema.

  • Renu Agrawal Dongre

    March 11, 2020 at 12:27 pm

    I am loving this easy and quick mousse, only issue is sourcing edible rose petals, which I will try online. Love your thandai masala powder recipe and the mousse. Absolutely irresistible.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      March 11, 2020 at 1:22 pm

      Thanks Renu, it is an easy recipe. If you don’t get edible rose petals try it without them. If you still want the rose flavour add rose extract.

      1. Renu Agrawal Dongre

        March 19, 2020 at 8:01 pm

        Good Idea, Thanks, would try with Rose Extract.

  • jayashreetrao

    March 20, 2020 at 4:37 pm

    This is such an innovative one, feel like grabbing it from the screen, as the summer has set now. Nice share.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      March 20, 2020 at 5:31 pm

      Thank you so much Jayashree.

  • FoodTrails

    March 25, 2020 at 8:27 am

    Love this simple mouse recpie..must be so flavourful with Thandai masala!! Wonderful collection of mousse recipes!!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      March 26, 2020 at 2:35 pm

      Thanks Swaty.

  • Lata Lala

    March 9, 2022 at 10:03 am

    5 stars
    Thandai and Holi are synonyms. It’s a great idea to make Thandai mousse as days are getting hotter here in this part of the world.

    Your mousse has turned out luscious and creamy. The masala powder being very versatile I have to try this soon.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      March 9, 2022 at 8:12 pm

      Thanks Lata.

  • Neha

    March 9, 2022 at 2:00 pm

    5 stars
    I admire the variety of recipes with thandai that you have on your blog. Coincidentally I was running out of stock of agar agar for making mousse. Your recipe was a savior since it doesn’t use agar agar. This Thandai mousse came out awesome. Will make it again soon.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      March 9, 2022 at 8:08 pm

      Thank you Neha. Am so glad you liked the recipe.

  • Pavani

    March 9, 2022 at 4:29 pm

    5 stars
    This is such a lovely fusion mousse recipe. Made it with agar powder and it turned out amazing. Can’t wait to make it again for the Holi party.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      March 9, 2022 at 8:08 pm

      Thank you so much for trying out the thandai mousse recipe. I too sometimes make it with agar agar and it turns out good.

  • Vandana

    March 10, 2022 at 4:05 am

    5 stars
    The days have started getting hotter here in Dubai so, I came across your recipe at the perfect time. Made it yesterday and it was delicious. I will make it quite often this summer. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      March 10, 2022 at 9:03 pm

      Thank you so much Vandana for trying out the recipe. Enjoy the mousse for the rest of the summer season.

  • Sandhya Ramakrishnan

    March 12, 2022 at 9:58 am

    5 stars
    I grew up in North and have tasted Thandai but I have never made it myself. Loved the recipe for thandai masala and this is such a fun fusion recipe to make for Holi. I used chia seed powder and loved the added healthy benefit as well.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      March 12, 2022 at 2:37 pm

      Thank you so much Sandhya for trying out both the recipes. Am so glad you liked how I used chia seed powder for the mousse.

  • Amrita Roy

    March 16, 2022 at 12:46 am

    5 stars
    Thandai mousse is really unique. I prepared a small batch and everyone like it and now planning for bigger batch for the upcoming holi festival.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      March 17, 2022 at 11:15 pm

      Thank you so much Amrita for trying out the recipe and that everyone liked it.

  • Hayley Dhanecha

    March 19, 2022 at 4:51 am

    5 stars
    I came across this recipe just in time for Holi and I tried it earlier this week – your thandai masala recipe turned out really good. The photos look so refreshing!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      March 19, 2022 at 3:23 pm

      Thank you so much Hayley for trying out my thandai masala recipe. Am so glad that it turned out good.

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