Thandai Recipe

Experience the vibrant swirl of flavours in Thandai - a quintessential Indian drink that paints Holi celebrations with sweetness and aromatic spices. This refreshing concoction, a symphony of milk, aromatic spices, almonds, and luscious Nestlé MILKMAID, not only quenches your thirst but also delights your palate with its creamy richness.

About Our Recipe

Forget the sugary artificial syrups. Our Thandai recipe is an ode to natural goodness. Every sip celebrates spring, where the delicate floral notes of rose and khus essence weave magic with the zest of peppercorns.

Undoubtedly, the pivotal ingredient of this Holi beverage is Nestlé MILKMAID. This creamy goodness transforms Thandai from a simple milk drink into an experience. Its velvety texture wraps nuts and spices in a warm embrace, adding a luxurious thickness that lingers on your tongue. Furthermore, the sweetness of MILKMAID balances the playfulness of spices, creating a rich and unforgettable flavour.

More than just a beverage, Thandai or Almond Thandai symbolises Holi's lively spirit. It brings people together, its creamy goodness melting away differences, just as the festival cleanses the past.

So, raise a glass to new beginnings, the joy of togetherness, and the delightful sweetness that only Nestlé MILKMAID can bring to this Holi classic. Let the colours splash, the laughter flow, and the creamy magic of Thandai fill your heart with love and celebration.

You can also explore unique recipe twists on the traditional Thandai recipe with our creations like Thandai Ice Cream,  Thandai Milk Cake and Thandai Kalakand.

  • Servings - 12
  • Preparation - 10 Min

Ingredients for Thandai

  • 1/2 tin Nestlé MILKMAID
  • 1.5 litre Nestlé a+ Toned Milk
  • 10 Badam (Almonds)
  • 1 tsp Elaichi (Cardamom) Powder
  • 2 tsp Saunf (Fennel)
  • 1 tsp Khus Essence
  • 6 Peppercorns
  • 12 Rose petals

How to make Thandai

  • Step 1: Soak and peel 10 almonds. Grind it with elaichi and saunf to a fine paste. Mix well with all other ingredients and strain.
  • Step 2: Fill half a glass with crushed ice and top it up with the above Thandai mixture.
  • Step 3: Garnish with rose petals & serve.

Tips to make Thandai

  • Soak dry fruits and seeds thoroughly before blending for a smooth texture.
  • 2 tbsp of poppy seeds or khus-khus can be used instead of khus essence.
  • Garnish Thandai with chopped nuts and a sprinkle of saffron strands for a finishing touch.
  • Let Thandai chill thoroughly before serving for a refreshing experience.

FAQs on Thandai

1. What imparts the spicy note to Thandai?

Thandai's spicy note comes from cardamom, black peppercorns, and fennel seeds, which impart a delightful and flavourful kick to this traditional Indian drink.

2. Can I drink Almond Thandai during the fast?

Yes, you can drink Almond Thandai during fasts in most cases. It's made with milk, dry fruits, and spices - all of which provide energy and serve as a light meal replacement during the fast.

3. How long does Thandai last in the fridge?

The milky nature of Thandai shortens its shelf life. Savour its creamy goodness within 2-3 days in the fridge before it turns sour.

4. What is the difference between Lassi and Thandai?

Both are refreshing Indian drinks, but Lassi is yoghurt-based, often sweet or savoury, while Thandai is spiced almond milk, typically enjoyed during festivals.

5. Can Thandai be prepared without nuts for those with allergies?

Yes, the Thandai recipe can be modified to exclude nuts but note that it may alter the traditional flavour.

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