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Holi Special: Easy steps to make 'Thandai' at home
Holi Special: Easy steps to make 'Thandai' at home

A mix of melon seeds, rose water and rose petals, this summer cooler is undeniably delicious!

Ingredients Of Thandai

10 green cardamoms - seeds only

1 1/2 tsp fennel seeds

1/2 tsp black peppercorns

1/2 coriander seeds

1 tsp melon/sunflower seeds

50 gm skinned almonds

5 Tbsp sugar

3 Tbsp rose petals

2 Tbsp rose water

750 ml milk

How to Make Thandai

1.Roast spices lightly on a tawa.

2.Soak all ingredients except milk in enough water to cover.

3.Set aside for 2 hours. Grind into a fine paste.

4.Mix with milk.

5.Strain liquid through muslin.6.Decorate with rose petals and serve chilled.

Thandai, or sardai, is an Indian cold drink prepared with a mixture of almonds, fennel seeds, magaztari seeds (watermelon kernel), rose petals, pepper, vetiver seeds, cardamom, saffron, milk and sugar. It is native to India and is often associated with the Maha Shivaratri and Holi festival. The consumer of this Thandai is mostly from Rajasthan and Northern India. There are variants of Thandai and the most common are Badam (Almond) Thandai and Bhaang Thandai.

Bhang thandai is a cannabis-infused drink popular in many parts of the Indian subcontinent, which is made by mixing a small amount of bhang (cannabis leaves and buds) with thandai (with whole milk being used). The fat content of the milk and ground nuts help dissolve the fat-soluble cannabinoids.

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