Thandai – Cooling Drink for Summers

4.30 from 3 votes

Thandai as the name suggests, is a cooling drink for summers. It is a milk based drink popularly made during our Indian festival Holi. This cooling summer drink, Thandai has its exotic taste from the blend of Spices, nuts and full fat milk. Thandai, a spiced milk mixture is not only tasty and super healthy but also it has a cooling effect on the body.
Lots of nuts like pistachio almonds cashew nuts goes into this but the star player is Almonds, while aromatic spices like fennel, peppercorn and cardamom elevate the flavour of this cooling summer drink, Thandai.
Thandai is further mingled with dried rose petals and saffron and topped with crushed pistachio. This Thandai is an exotic and addictive drink with its energetic mix of fragrant ingredients.
Enjoy Thandai with your whole family not only in Holi but anytime in summers to beat the heat. It is a very trending party drink in summers so if you are making a big batch, you can prepare one day before for parties or festive occasions and store in refrigerator.
Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 15 hours
Total Time 17 hours
Served AsBeverages
Recipe Taste Sweet
Servings 4


  • 1/2 cup Almond + extra sliced for garnish
  • 1/8 cup Pistachio + extra crushed for garnish
  • 1/8 cup Cashews
  • 1/8 cup Melon seeds
  • 1 tbsp Khus khus
  • Saffron strands optional, few for garnish 2-3 for each serving
  • 1/2 cup Sugar for medium sweetness
  • 1.25 liter Milk
  • 2 tsp Fennel seeds as per taste
  • 4 Black pepper corns
  • 2 tsp Cardamom powder
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • 1 tsp Rose petals or few drops of rose extract


  • You will need some almond slices, crushed pistachios and saffron strands while serving for garnish.
  • After soaking time remove the skin of almonds, strain poppy seeds & melon seeds and keep them ready.
  • Add the paste to warm milk and mix and again leave on counter, covering with a lid.
  • After it cools completely add few drops of rose extract or rose petals and refrigerate for minimum 4 hours.
  • Serve the chilled drink with crushed pistachios, sliced almonds and 1-2 saffron strands for each serving.
  • Enjoy your Thandai chilled.


  • 2 hours time for prep.
  • Making time 30 minutes including cooling time.
  • Chilling time 4-5 hours.
  • Can be made one day before for parties and festive occasions.

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Recipe Nutrition

Calories: 251 kcal | Carbohydrates: 32 g | Protein: 6 g | Fat: 13 g | Saturated Fat: 1 g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3 g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8 g | Trans Fat: 1 g | Cholesterol: 1 mg | Sodium: 4 mg | Potassium: 227 mg | Fiber: 3 g | Sugar: 26 g | Vitamin A: 19 IU | Vitamin C: 1 mg | Calcium: 71 mg | Iron: 1 mg

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