Sunday, March 5, 2017

Thandai /Holi Special Thandai

Wiki says that Thandai, or sardai, is an Indian cold drink prepared with a mixture of almonds, fennel seeds, watermelon seeds, rose petals, pepper, vetiver seeds, cardamom, saffron, milk and sugar. It is native to India and is often associated with the Maha Shivaratri and Holi festival. The consumer of this Thandai is mostly from Rajasthan and Northern India. Thandai is the most known drink prepared especially during Holi festival. Holi is a festival of colours and this Hindu festival is celebrated to mark the beginning of Spring which will be celebrated on Monday 13 2017. It is celebrated each year around the time of the Vernal Eqinox, its typically celebrated in March but sometimes as early as February.

Thandai, Holi Thandai

Am running this week's blogging marathon with Festival of the month as theme and after showcasing Ugadi, Gudi Padwa festival, i couldnt stop myself to post this fantastic festival special drink aka Thandai for today's post. This drink tastes absolutely fabulous, very nutty with mild spiciness. Am trying thandai for the first time at home and i have fallen in love with this drink. Now am tempted to grind and store the thandai masala powder used for preparing this ultimate drink as i love the ingredients went in it.

Thandai, Holi special cold drink

Recipe source: here
5cups Full- fat milk (boiled and cooled)
1/4cup Sugar
Few saffron strands

To Grind:
1/4cup Almonds
2tbsp Poppy seeds
2tbsp Fennel seeds
2tbsp Melon seeds
1/2tsp Cardamom  powder
20 Peppercorns

Grind all the ingredients  given under the list 'to grind' as fine powder

Add this prepared powder to the milk in a deep bowl, mix well using a whisk and refrigerate for 2 hours.

Strain the mixture through a strainer.

Holi Special Thandai

Add the sugar, and saffron and mix well.

Pour this thandai in glasses.

Serve chilled.

Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing this BM#74.

7 comments:

Sharmila- The Happie Friends Potpourri corner said... Reply To This Comment

Holi season is in air!! Awesome drink which i can have anytime!! I am yet to make mine!!

vaishali sabnani said... Reply To This Comment

Thandai is such a royal drink , love it !

Srivalli said... Reply To This Comment

That's a fantastic drink and the picture looks yum Priya!

Gayathri Kumar said... Reply To This Comment

This is such a rich drink with all those nuts and spices. It looks fabulous..

Harini-Jaya R said... Reply To This Comment

We loved it when I made recently. Rich and creamy.

Padmajha PJ said... Reply To This Comment

Lovely drink Priya.Apt for this season.

Sowmya :) said... Reply To This Comment

The thandai looks amazing. I can do with a glass right now to beat the heat here. Also, love that cute bottle in the picture