About Thandai Recipe: A beautiful blend of mixed nuts and delicate spices all mixed up together with milk. Thandai is often made on the occasion of Holi or Shivratri.
Ingredients of Thandai
2 Litre full fat milk
2 tsp basil seeds (sabja)
1 tsp fennel seeds (saunf)
8-10 Black peppercorns
1 inch cinnamon stick
6-8 Green cardamoms
10-12 Dried rose petals
15-20 Cashew nuts (soaked for 6-8 hours and drained)
3 tbsp poppy seeds (soaked for 6-8 hours and drained)
15-20 almonds (blanched), peeled
15-20 pistachios (blanched), peeled
3 tbsp melon seeds (soaked for 6-8 hours and drained)
1 cup milk
A pinch of saffron
1 1/4 cups natural sugar
for garnishing mixed nuts powder
for garnishing rose petals (dried and crushed)
How to Make Thandai
1.Bring milk to a boil in a deep non-stick pan on medium heat, reduce the heat to low and cook for 8-10 minutes more or till the milk reduces slightly. Making sure to stir in between.
2.Meanwhile, take basil seeds in a bowl, add 1 cup water, mix and set aside for 8-10 minutes.
3.Put fennel seeds in a blender jar, add black peppercorns, cinnamon stick, green cardamoms and dried rose petals and blend to a fine powder.
4.To make the nut paste, put cashew nuts in a blender jar, add poppy seeds, almonds, pistachios, melon seeds and milk and blend to fine paste.
5.Add saffron in the milk and mix, cook for 2-3 minutes.
6.Add natural sugar, mix and add 2 tsps blended spice mix and mix well. Cook for a few seconds.
7.Add blended paste, mix and cook for 5-6 minutes. Take the pan off the heat and refrigerate the mixture till chilled completely.
8.Pour the mixture into serving glasses, garnish with a little soaked basil seeds and mixed nuts powder and dried rose petals.
Key Ingredients: full fat milk, basil seeds (sabja), fennel seeds (saunf), Black peppercorns, cinnamon stick, Green cardamoms, Dried rose petals, Cashew nuts (soaked for 6-8 hours and drained), poppy seeds (soaked for 6-8 hours and drained), almonds (blanched), pistachios (blanched), melon seeds (soaked for 6-8 hours and drained), milk, saffron, natural sugar, mixed nuts powder, rose petals (dried and crushed)