Thandai Recipe

Thandai Recipe

Thandai Recipe

Thandai recipe or Sardai is a cool and refreshing drink created with dry nuts and seasoned with aromatic spices. People in north India accustomed to prepare this thandai drink in each Holi festival that acts as a coolant to the body throughout summer heat.
Prep Time5 hrs
Cook Time20 mins
refrigerate for2 hrs
Total Time7 hrs 20 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Beverages
Servings: 4 People
Calories: 340kcal
Author: Punam Paul


to prepare thandai paste

  • 1/4 cup almond (बादाम)
  • 1/4 cup cashew nut (काजू)
  • 1/4 cup pistachio (पिस्ता)
  • 1/4 cup melon seeds (तरबूज के बीज)
  • 1/4 cup fennel seeds (सौंफ)
  • 3 tablespoon poppy seeds (पोस्ता)
  • 1 tablespoon peppercorns (काली मिर्च के दाने)
  • 1/2 teaspoon green cardamom seeds (छोटी इलायची का बीज/ दाना)
  • 4 cup lukewarm water (गुनगुना पानी)
  • 1 tablespoon milk (दूध)

to prepare saffron milk for thandai recipe

  • 1.5 liter full cream milk (पूर्ण वसा वाला दूध)
  • 1.5 cup sugar (चीनी)
  • 1 teaspoon saffron (केसर)
  • rose water (गुलाब जल) as required

for garnishing

  • rose petals (गुलाब की पंखुड़ियां) few dried
  • ice-cubes (बर्फ के टुकड़े) as required
  • chopped pistachio (काटा हुआ पिस्ता) as required


How to Make Thandai Paste

  • In a saucepan take 4 cup water and put it over medium flame to warm up the water (you should not boil the water we just need warm water).
  • Now take 2 bowl and then put 3 cup warm water in first bowl and 1 cup water in second bowl.
  • In first bowl with warm water add the green cardamom seeds, fennel seeds, pistachios, poppy seeds, melon seeds, peppercorns and cashew nut. Mix well then cover it and set aside for 5-6 hour or over night.
  • In second bowl with 1 cup warm water add almond, cover it too and set aside for 5-6 hour or over night.
  • After 5 to 6 Hours remove the almonds from the water blanch it and put in the grinder or blender jar. 
  • Strain the water from the mixture in first bowl with the help of strainer. Then transfer mixture from the strainer to the same blender in which you have put blanched almonds. Add 1 table spoon of milk, cover, and blend until the nuts & spices till they are reduced to a smooth fine paste. If you feel difficulty in blending the mixture you can add a little water to it too.
  • You can cover this paste and put in refrigerator if not using immediately. 
  • This thandai paste can be stored for 2 day in refrigerator.

How to Make Saffron Milk for Thandai Recipe

  • To prepare thandai take 1.5 full cream milk in a pan and put it on low flame. When the milk starts boiling add 1.5 cup sugar to it mix will continuously stirring it so that sugar gets dissolved in milk. 
  • When sugar gets dissolved add sprinkle 1 tea spoon saffron over milk again stir well and let it cook for 4-5 minutes. 
  • Remove form heat and refrigerate if for chilling.  
  • This saffron milk can be stored for 2 day in refrigerator.

How to Make Thandai Recipe

  • Take about 4 table spoon of thandai paste in a glass add chilled saffron milk to it. Stir and mix well and sprinkle few drops of rose water.

for garnishing

  • Add some ice cubes in the glass and decorate it dried rose petals and chopped pistachio. Serve immediately.
Punam Paul

Punam Paul

Punam Paul is Indian chef with passion to cook and serve Indian food both vegetarian and non-vegetarian with love. She has been school teacher who quit a 8-years-old job and founded the cooking website,

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