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.


  • 2tbspAniseed ( सौंफ)
  • 1/2tea spoonCardamom Seeds
  • 4PcsCloves ( लौंग )
  • 1/2CupAlmond blanched and chopped ( छिला तथा काटा हुआ बादाम )
  • 1/4CupPistachio ( पिस्ता )
  • 1/4CupMelon seeds ( तरबूज के बीज )
  • 1/4CupPoppy Seeds ( पोस्ता )
  • 1/4CupPeppercorns (काली मिर्च के दाने) -
  • 2 1/2CupWater ( पानी )
  • 1literFull fat Milk ( पूर्ण वसा वाला दूध )
  • 5tbspSugar ( चीनी )
  • 1/4tea spoonSaffron ( केसर )
  • Rose Petals ( गुलाब की पंखुड़ियां )Few dried


  1. In a small saucepan bring the water to boil .
  2. Add the fennel seeds, cardamom and cloves, cover, and remove from the heat.
  3. Set aside for ten minutes.
  4. Place the raisins, almonds, pistachios and melon seeds, poppy seeds in a bowl and add fennel tea.
  5. Cover and set aside for at least 1 hour.
  6. Transfer it to a blender, cover, and blend until the nuts & spices are reduced to a smooth texture.
  7. Pour into a strainer and set over a bowl.
  8. When some of liquid had drained through the sieve, gather the corners and squeeze tightly to extract the maximum liquid.
  9. Heat 2 tblsp of milk and add saffron.
  10. Combine the nut milk, saffron and remaining milk in a large jug and chill well.
  11. Adjust the sesoning and serve in a long glass over crushed ice and garnish with dried rose petals.
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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