As India is all set to celebrate one of the biggest festivals of the year, Holi, on March 2; and just playing with colours is not enough. Of course, the splash of colour is integral part of the high-spirited festival, but what fun is any event without good food, some well-meaning pranks, and catching up with friends and family? And any adda session and festivity is incomplete without tasty snacks and drinks. Especially when it comes to Holi, when there’s no missing out on Thandai. This fresh, homemade Thandai tastes absolutely heavenly, far superior to the ready made mixes available in the market. Milk, energised with almonds and spices, Thandai is the perfect drink to serve on special days and festive occasions like Holi and Diwali.
How to make Special Thandai
Ingredients for Thandai
300ml – Tonned milk
250ml – Water
10g – Almond (chopped)
10g – Cashew nut (chopped)
10g – Pistachio (chopped)
15g – Watermelon seeds (magaj)
5g – Fennel seeds (saunf)
5g – Green cardamom powder
3g – Cinnamon powder
1g – Nutmeg powder
5g – Gulkand
1g – Black pepper powder
1 pinch – Saffron
15ml – Rose water
30g – Powdered sugar
5 or 6 – Rose petals for garnishing
1. Boil the milk in a bowl and soak saffron strands in it.
2.Allow it to rest for 15-20 minutes as the saffron in hot milk release its colour and flavour.
3. Stir in with ladle and keep it aside for cooling and divide it into two containers.
4.Now, take all the dry fruits and grind it in a grinder. Add them gradually to one part of the divided milk.
5. Take all the spices and one by one add them to the milk.
6.Gradually add sugar and stir it along with gulkand.
7. Add rose water to the other part of the milk along with water and mix it with the above milk with ingredients in it.
8.Keep the mixture in the refrigerator for a while and serve chilled. Garnish it with some chopped pistachios and rose petals.