Thandai which literally means a coolant, is a drink made during the festivals of Holi and Shivratri. It is milk enriched with dry fruits, saffron and fennel. Traditionally ‘Bhang’ which gives one a ‘high’ is added to the drink. The one I have posted today is without it. It is absolutely delicious!!!
- 5 cups milk boiled ( do not use skimmed or low fat milk)
- 1/2cup powdered sugar
- A few strands of saffron
- 1/4 tsp pepper corns
- 1/2 cup almonds
- 2 tbsp khus khus/poppy seeds
- 2 tbsp saunf/fennel
- 10 Cardamom pods
- A handful of dried rose petals
- Fresh rose petals for garnish
Soak the almonds and peel them. Powder the Cardamom, poppy, fennel, pepper corns and dried rose petals and mix it thoroughly in the milk. Grind the almonds to a fine paste and add them too. Refrigerate for three to four hours and then strain it. Add the sugar and saffron. Mix thoroughly and serve garnished with fresh rose petals.
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