Thandai


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Thandai is a very popular drink in Rajasthan. This famous dry fruit and saffron flavoured milk that is traditionally prepared as an offering to Lord Shiva during the festival of Mahashivratri.

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This fresh, homemade Thandai tastes absolutely heavenly, far superior to the readymade 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. The aroma of fennel, cardamom, pepper and saffron rise atop the dense flavour of fully boiled milk, to pamper the senses and rejuvenate the spirit. You can strain the mixture before serving if you want it smooth, but if you like the coarse mouth-feel of ground almonds and poppy seeds, you can enjoy the drink as it is without straining.

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Preparation Time: 
Makes 4 glasses
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Ingredients

4 1/2 cups full- fat milk , boiled and cooled
1/4 cup powdered sugar
a pinch of freshly ground black pepper (kalimirch)
a few saffron (kesar) strands

To Be Blended Into A Fine Powder
1/4 cup almonds (badam)
2 tbsp poppy seeds (khus-khus)
2 tbsp fennel seeds (saunf)
1/2 tsp cardamom (elaichi) powder
20 whole white peppercorns

Method
  1. Combine the prepared powder and milk in a deep bowl, mix well using a whisk and refrigerate for 2 hours.
  2. Strain the mixture through a strainer, add the sugar, pepper powder and saffron and mix well.
  3. Pour equal quantities of the thandai into 4 individual glasses and serve chilled.
RECIPE SOURCE : Rajasthani CookbookBuy this cookbook
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 on 15 Nov 14 11:56 AM


I always make this recipe of yours for diwali as a welcome drink for guests for my diwali house party..They always love it and is very refreshing!!keep putting such refreshing drinks up..
 on 19 Apr 11 11:46 PM


This is awesome recipe.My family loves this recipe.Thank u aunty for posting this recipe.