Thandai is a sweet refreshing drink, served on
Holi. Read the recipe of thandai, to make it at home.
The festival of Holi is celebrated by playing with colors and having a lot of fun with loved ones. After playing an exciting, yet tiresome Holi, people would head towards the kitchen to get their hands on the sweets and thandai prepared especially for the day. Thandai is a refreshing drink that is a specialty of Holi. It soothes the mind and cools the body. The drink is a great stress buster as well, because it contains some of the cooling agents of nature, such as watermelon and rosewater. Go through the article and check out an easy recipe of Thandai.
- 1 1/2 liter Water
- 2 cups Sugar
- 1 tbsp Almonds
- 1 tbsp Watermelon Seeds, skinned
- 1/2 tbsp Khuskhus (Poppy seeds)
- 1/2 tbsp Saunf (Aniseed)
- 1/2 tsp Cardamom Powder
- 1/2 tsp Rosewater
- 1 tsp Whole Peppercorns
- 1/4 cup Dried or fresh Rose Petals
- Soak sugar in 1/2 liter of the water used. Keep aside.
- Wash clean all other dry ingredients, except cardamom if using powder.
- Soak in 2 cups of remaining water. Keep aside.
- Allow all soaked items to stand for at least 2 hours.
- Grind all soaked ingredients to a very fine paste. (not sugar)
- Use a stone grinder (manual or electric) if possible.
- When the paste is very fine, mix remaining water.
- Place a strong muslin strainer over a large deep vessel. Or tie a strong muslin cloth over rim of vessel and use to strain.
- Press through muslin with back of palms, extracting the liquid into vessel.
- Add remaining water, a little at a time to extract more.
- Pour back some of the extract and press, repress.
- Repeat this process till the residue becomes dry and husklike.
- Add milk, sugar and rosewater to the extracted liquid.
- If using cardamom powder mix it in with the milk.
- Mix well. Chill for a hour of two before serving.
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