Holi Special Thandai

This chilled almond flavored beverage is a traditional drink served during Holi. Very tasty and cools you down instantly.


  • Milk – 1 litre   
  • Almonds – 20
  • Cashewnuts – 15
  • Pistachios – 20
  • Poppy seeds (khuskhus/posto) – 3 tbsp
  • Saffron (kesar) – a few strands
  • Sugar – 1 Cup
  • Green cardamoms – 8
  • Cinnamon – 1 inch stick
  • Black pepper – 8

Soak almonds, cashewnuts, pistachios and poppy seed in water for 15 minutes. Take it out of water and make a fine paste using a little milk if required.
Grind green cardamoms, cinnamon and black pepper to a fine powder.

Bring milk to a boil in a pan with a few strands of saffron.

When the milk begins to boil add sugar and simmer till the sugar melts. Add the nut paste to the milk and mix well.

Simmer for 5 minutes. You may need to stir the milk continuously to avoid sticking to the base. Add the powdered masala to the milk and mix well.

Refrigerate for 3-4 hours. Serve chilled.

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