Thirst Quencher Thandai


Since Summer has started playing its game to its peak in most part of the country. Every other minute we feel thirsty and dehydrated. Keeping this in mind, here we present one of the best remedies to this thirst. Thandai Recipe.

Thandai is a very popular drink in Northern India. This is a famous dry fruit and saffron flavoured milk that is traditionally prepared as an offering to Lord Shiva during the festival of Mahashivratri. Thandai is also highly nutritious and healthy. During the festival of Colours, Holi, it is consumed widely. So here it goes. Make your thirst quenching drink and be happy during this summer.


Preparation Time: 3 to 4 hours.
Cooking Time: Nil.
Makes 6 glasses.

1 ltr full fat milk
1/2 cup powdered sugar
10 to 12 black peppercorns (kalimirch)
a few saffron (kesar) strands

To be ground into a fine powder:
1/4 cup almonds (badam)
2 tbsp poppy seeds (khus-khus)
2 tbsp fennel seeds (saunf)
1/2 tsp cardamom (elaichi) powder
20 white peppercorns



  1. Boil the milk and allow it to cool completely. Keep aside.
  2. Add the ground powder and mix well. Refrigerate the mixture for 3 to 4 hours.
  3. Strain the mixture through a sieve, add the sugar, peppercorns and saffron and mix well.
  4. Serve chilled.