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Authentic Recipe of Thandai. Refreshing Indian Traditional Spicy Cold Drink from Uttar Pradesh.

Thandai is an Indian spicy cold drink prepared with nuts and condiments. The refreshing drink is popular in Uttar Pradesh and parts of Rajasthan.

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The Indian Traditional Spicy Cold Drink is a refreshing drink made with condiments and nuts. The drink is popular in Uttar Pradesh and parts of Rajasthan. The word “thandai” originates from the Hindi word “Thanda” which means “cold”.

This is because the spicy drink is served chilled. It is often prepared on Holi and Maha Shivaratri, two Hindu festivals. On Holi, when colored solution powders are sprayed on one another, Bhang is prepared.

Very easy to prepare, it can also be made during weekends in summer.

Refreshing Indian Traditional Spicy Cold Drink from Uttar Pradesh. Authnentic Recipe of Thandai.

Local Recipe Name with Local Characters: ठंडाई
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— General Atributes of This Recipe:

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Chilling Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 30 minutes


Servings 5 People
Calories / Serving 289 kcal


  • 40 pcs Almond
  • 20 pcs Black Peppercorn
  • 4 tsp Fennel Seed
  • 4 tsp Poppy Seed
  • 2 tbsp Watermelon Seed
  • 20 pcs Green Cardamom Pod Seeds
  • 1000 ml (33.81 floz) Whole Milk / Full-Fat Milk / Full-Cream Milk
  • ½ cup White Sugar – Regular Sugar – Granulated Sugar
  • 3 tbsp Rose Water
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  • Blanch the almonds and peel off the skin.
  • Transfer to a blender and add peppercorns, fennel seeds, poppy seeds, watermelon seeds, and cardamom pods.
  • Make a smooth paste.
  • In a heavy bottom pan, add milk and bring to a boil.
  • Once the milk comes to a boil, add the paste.
  • Add sugar and turn off the heat.
  • After 30 minutes, add rose water.
  • Strain the Thandai into a pitcher.
  • Press the Masala left into the sieve with the back of the spoon while straining.
  • Put in the refrigerator and let it chill before serving.

— Specific Atributes of This Recipe:

Healthy Diet Recipe Vegetarian Recipes
Religious Cooking Halal Recipes, Hinduist Recipes


Calories: 289kcalCarbohydrates: 39gProtein: 10gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0.002gCholesterol: 25mgSodium: 82mgPotassium: 517mgFiber: 4gSugar: 31gVitamin A: 392IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 363mgIron: 2mg
Keyword Indian Traditional Spicy Cold Drink, Thandai Recipe, ठंडाई
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Cooking tip for making Thandai

  • Always serve the Thandai chilled.
  • You can refrigerate the Thandai and serve it a few days later.
  • If you’re adding pistachios, do not add salted pistachios. Instead of using whole milk, you can also use almond milk or cashew milk.
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Variations of Thandai

Bhang is a variation of the drink that includes cannabis and causes an intoxicating effect when consumed. Badaam Kesar Thandai has almonds and saffron while rose thandai is garnished with rose petals.

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