Holi 2024: Celebrate the festival of colours with this Thandai recipe

March 15, 2024

Holi special thandai recipe: Get ready to celebrate Holi 2024 in full colour with this delicious Thandai recipe. Check the recipe here by Chef Kunal Kapur on how to prepare a refreshing and flavourful thandai recipe at home. Bring joy to your gatherings with this cooling and flavorful drink this year!

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Thandai recipe for Holi (Photo credit: Uma Shankar sharma/Moment/Getty Images)

New Delhi: As the festival of Holi is finally approaching people are getting ready with full enthusiasm and zeal to celebrate the festival of colours. People on the occasion of Holi, prepare various cuisines and dishes to enjoy with friends and family and also as festival traditions. One such tradition each year is to prepare thandai. Thandai, a traditional Indian drink, is synonymous with the festival of colours, Holi. Made with a rich blend of nuts, seeds, and aromatic spices, Thandai not only cools the body but also adds a burst of flavour to festive celebrations.

It is a refreshing drink known for its cooling properties, making it a popular choice to beat the heat during the spring season. It is not just a drink but a celebration of vibrant colours, flavours and aromas it holds. Let us prepare easy and flavourful thandai this festive season and enjoy a glass full of happiness with friends and family.

Thandai recipe

Ingredients for Thandai

  1. Almonds – ¼ cup
  2. Cashew nuts – ¼ cup
  3. Pista – ¼ cup
  4. Fennel Seeds – 1½ tbsp
  5. Peppercorns – 12nos
  6. Watermelon seeds – 2tbsp
  7. Poppy Seeds – 2 tbsp
  8. Cardamom – 10nos
  9. Dried Rose Petals – 4tbsp
  10. Saffron strands – a generous pinch
  11. Nutmeg Powder – ½ tsp
  12. Cinnamon Powder – ½ tsp

Preparation for Thandai

  1. The most important step to preparing Thandai is soaking almonds, cashew nuts, pistachios, fennel seeds, peppercorns, watermelon seeds, and poppy seeds in water for a few hours or overnight.
  2. Now take a large bowl and mix cold milk, and sugar to taste. Mix well both for a thick consistency.
  3. Now take the soaked nuts and seeds and put them in a blender along with saffron strands, cinnamon powder, nutmeg powder and rose petals.
  4. Blend well to form a coarse masala known as Thandai masala.
  5. Add the thandai masala as per requirement in the milk and mix well. Strain the thandai mixture to avoid coarse grains or if you like enjoy it as it is.
  6. Chill thandai in the refrigerator and add 2-3 cubes of ice before serving.
  7. Garnish with saffron and chopped nuts and enjoy a glass full of happiness this Holi.

Thandai is more than just a beverage; it’s a celebration of flavours and traditions. Whether sipped during the festivities of Holi or enjoyed on any other occasion, Thandai delights the senses with its rich blend of nuts, seeds, and aromatic spices. This holi treat yourself and your family with a mix of flavours, spices, aroma and the cool refreshing taste of Thandai with this easy recipe by Chef Kunal Kapur to enjoy the festival.

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