Thandai recipe

Thandai is an Indian cold drink prepared from mixture of almonds, watermelon / sunflower seeds, rose petals, rose water, pepper, cardamom, milk and sugar. Rich in zinc, iron, calcium and vitamin A, it also helps to increase digestion.

Thandai Ingredients

  • 10 green cardamoms – seeds only
  • 1 1/2 tsp fennel seeds
  • 1/2 tsp black peppercorns
  • 1/2 coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp melon/sunflower seeds
  • 50 gm skinned almonds
  • 5 Tbsp sugar
  • 3 Tbsp rose petals
  • 2 Tbsp rose water
  • 750 ml milk


  1. Roast spices lightly on a tawa.
  2. Soak all ingredients except milk in enough water to cover.
  3. Set aside for 2 hours. Grind into a fine paste.
  4. Mix with milk.
  5. Strain liquid through muslin.
  6. Decorate with rose petals and serve chilled.
Lavleen Kaur

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