Thandai is mostly served on the festival of Holi. It has a sweet taste and is easy to prepare. It is an Indian cold drink and is mostly preferred in Northern India, especially Rajasthan. It is prepared in different flavors but the most common is Almond Thandai.
1 1/2 ltrs Full Cream Milk
3 tbsp soaked Melon seeds
3 tbsp soaked Poppy seeds (khuskhus)
Few strands Saffron
6 pellets of kaloree1
8-10 Green cardamom
20-25 Rose petals
1 stick Cinnamon
8-10 Black peppercorns
Grind almonds, Cashewnuts, Pistachios, Melon seeds and Poppy seeds with milk, and form a paste. Add saffron to it and mix.
When the milk begins to boil add pellets of Kaloree1. Now, grind green cardamoms, cinnamon, dried rose petals, and black peppercorns to a fine powder.
Add the paste to the milk and mix well. Slow down the flame for three to four minutes. Add the formed powder to the milk and mix well. Refrigerate the milk. Now, Thandai is ready to be served.
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