homemade thandai

Homemade Thandai | How to Make Thandai at Home

What is Thandai?

It is a healthy Indian beverage which has a cooling effect and is therefore consumed during summers. It is made up of khus khus, black peppercorns, fennel seeds, rose petals, melon seeds, almonds and other nuts and dry fruits. These ingredients have cooling properties and therefore combine to make a perfect summer beverage. Homemade thandai can be prepared in different forms such as thandai concentrate, thandai powder, etc. This is the recipe for fresh thandai (this is what my mom has always made for me). Herein the ingredients are soaked overnight and the next morning they are ground and blended with chilled milk to make fresh homemade thandai. It is basically a onetime affair or daily affair if you want to enjoy it every day.

Let’s talk about the ingredients for Homemade Thandai

As already mentioned, dry fruits and nuts which have cooling properties are used to make thandai. Further soaking them overnight increases their cooling effect. You can add in or omit the nuts as per your choice. Pistachios can also be added. Cashews can be skipped and so on. However, ingredients which have the cooling properties such as khus khus, black peppercorns etc should not be skipped. Thandai can be prepared in chilled milk or even cold water. Further for the sweetness, I have added tagar / bhura shakkar. That is basically the Indian powdered sugar and can be substituted with powdered sugar.

Already on the blog is the recipe for Thandai concentrate. If you can to have a nutritious chilled beverage without the daily chore of soaking nuts etc, just prepare a bottle of thandai concentrate and be sorted. Here is the recipe.

Other beverages for summers are aam panna. It is made of raw mangoes, fresh mint, etc and is very refreshing. It helps to protect from heat stroke. View its recipe here.

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Homemade Thandai | How to Make Thandai at Home

1.Soak the nuts and spices (except rose petals and saffron strands) overnight. (These can be soaked separately, but I have soaked them together for a better presentation.)

homemade thandai

2. In the morning remove the skin of almonds and green cardamoms.

homemade thandai

3.Grind the soaked stuff with rose petals and saffron strands into a fine paste.

homemade thandai

4.Add 2-3 tbsp milk for grinding.

homemade thandai

5.Add 4 tbsp tagar to this paste.

homemade thandai

6.Grind to mix everything.

homemade thandai

7.Take 2 cups chilled milk in a blender jar.

homemade thandai

8.Add the paste.

homemade thandai

9.Blend well.

homemade thandai

10.9. Bon appétit!

homemade thandai


Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 4
Servings Per Container 4

Amount Per Serving
Calories 4 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 6%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Trans Fat 4g
Cholesterol 4mg 1%
Sodium 4mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 4g 1%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 4g
Protein 4g 8%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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Hi! I am CA Vini Mehta. A Chartered Accountant by profession, a food blogger by passion! First of all, I would like to thank you for stopping by at Viniscookbook, I hope you have a good time. Here, yo...u will find the recipes which have been tried, at times re-tried in my kitchen and relished on the dining table. I am mother of two kids and the wife of a person with a high and selective taste sense, so basically anything, before finding its place on the blog, has many levels to cross and clear. This journey started a couple of years back. Before that I was making the most usual kind of food. The only experiment used to be asking my mother how to make something new or different☺. Then, one day, I tried a recipe for butter cookies. And they did not get to go in the container as they were over before I could store them. That day I was introduced to the joy of experimenting with recipes. And I loved everything else that followed especially garnishing and photographing food. I am still not well versed with the photography dos and don’ts but I love to experiment and learn, be it photography or cooking. Hope you too enjoy this journey as much as I do☺! Stay healthy, stay tuned!.

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