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How To Prepare Thandai For Holi

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Thandai for Holi

Thandai is a refreshing cold beverage made with sweetened milk mixed with a number of ingredients. It is believed to keep the body cool and is enjoyed across the Indian subcontinent. Addition of sweetmeats enhances the taste further, a standard practice common during the auspicious Hindu festival of Holi. Guests are often served with tall glasses of Thandai along with a variety of sweets after playing with colors during the spring festival (Holi) of India. Small balls of Bhang or cannabis are also regularly slipped into Thandai for an intoxicating effect. The resultant effect is often the cause for much merriment .


The method of mixing a proper glass of Thandai requires practice and most households have a secret  ingredient that is guarded zealously. A regular Thandai is not too difficult to blend though and you can easily try your hand at it by following the instructions below:- 



  • Milk

  • Sugar

  • Aniseed

  • Peppercorns

  • Saffron Strands

  • Poppy Seeds

  • Fresh Rose Petals

  • Dried Watermelon Seeds

  • Sugar

  • Almonds


Getting Ready

  1. Boil the milk in a pan and let it cool for some time.

  2. Meanwhile, soak the almonds, poppy seeds, watermelon seeds and aniseeds in at least 2 cups of water.



  1. Grind the soaked ingredients to get a smooth paste.

  2. Add water to it

  3. Strain using a muslin cloth.

  4. Extract the liquid in a vessel.

  5. Mix in the powdered cardamom, saffron, sugar and peppercorns.

  6. Blend it well with milk. 



  • Decorate with rose petals and serve it chilled.


Check out the prcedure once again by watching the video below.


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How To Prepare Thandai For Holi