Thandai also known as Sardai, is an Indian traditional cold drink specially made and serve on special occasions like Shiv ratri, holi, Diwali and it is popular in the northern part of India. The celebration of holi is to welcome spring.
The aroma of fennel, cardamom, dry rose petals, black pepper corns, saffron and the dense flavour of boiled milk with sugar, almonds, pistachios, melon seeds, poppy seed makes it taste absolutely heavenly.
It acts as a coolant to the body during summer days, so I thought of preparing Thandai masala powder and share with you all.
Thandai Masala/Powder can be made easily at home to make Thandai instantly; which is a spice blend made of rich dry fruit nuts and aromatic spices.
I have used my grinder to make dry the powder masala, though traditionally mortar pestle is used. All we need to do is mix the nuts and spices and blend it to fine powder and add it to the milk along with some ice cubes and your Thandai/ Sardai will be ready to serve.
- 2 tbsp. poppy seeds
- 2 tbsp. fennel seeds
- 2 tbsp. melon seeds
- 4-5 green cardamom
- 6-7 black pepper corns
- 1/3 cup almonds
- 1/4 cup pistachios
- 7-8 cashew
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 tbsp. dry rose petals
- Few strand of saffron
1. In a clean and dry blender put all the ingredients to make fine powder.
2. Place a sieve on a clean dry bowl/ plate and sift the Thandai powder mix so that there are no lumps.
3. Store the Thandai powder mix in an air tight container.
4. Relish this refreshing drink by adding 3 spoons of powder to glass of chilled milk (boiled and chilled) along with some ice cubes.
5. Garnish with some chopped dry nuts and rose petals and serve chilled.