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Thandai is a refreshing traditional milk based Indian Drink that is quite popular during the Holi Festival. Made from spices, nuts, seeds and rose petals, its not only a cooler but also a nutritious drink.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Drinks, festival recipe
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4


Thandai Masala/Powder:

  • 1 tbsp fennel seeds saunf, valiyari
  • 4-6 peppercorns
  • 1 tbsp poppy seeds khus khus
  • a generous pinch of saffron kesar
  • 6-8 almonds badam
  • 8-12 pistachios
  • ¼ tsp cardamom elachi
  • 1 tbsp dried rose petals
  • 1 tbsp pumpkin seeds

Ingredients for Thandai Milk/ Drink:

  • 6-8 tsp sugar
  • 4 cups cold milk
  • crushed ice


Preparation of Thandai Masala/Powder:

  • Remove the seeds from the cardamom pods.
  • Roast aniseeds, poppy seeds, cardamom seeds, peppercorns over very low flame till you get the aroma of the aniseeds and poppy seeds will begin to pop.
  • Take the pan off the heat. Mix in the saffron.
  • Let the mixture cool down.
  • Put the spice mixture, nuts and seeds in a coffee grinder and process it into a fine powder.

Preparation of Thandai Milk/ Drink:

  • Divide the powder between 4 glasses.
  • Add the cold milk and sugar. Mix well.
  • Add crushed ice and serve immediately.


  • You can add powdered sugar to the mixture and keep it. I don't add it as I would like to use other sweeteners for diabetics and those who don't take sugar.
  • If you prefer a slightly pungent taste add a few more peppercorns.
  • Serve as a dessert. Instead of ice top it with kesar pista or vanilla ice cream. 
  • Store the extra masala in an airtight container in the fridge.
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