Thandai Recipe for Holi 2024: A Homemade Delight to Savor

Discover how to make Thandai, a traditional Indian drink perfect for celebrating Holi. This homemade version combines aromatic spices, nuts, and saffron.

Gobind Arora
Published on: 23 March 2024 9:49 AM GMT
Thandai Recipe for Holi 2024: A Homemade Delight to Savor

Thandai Recipe for Holi 2024: A Homemade Delight to Savor

As the vibrant festival of Holi approaches, it’s time to prepare a special treat that captures the essence of this joyous occasion. Thandai, a traditional Indian drink, is the perfect choice. Let’s dive into the recipe and create our own homemade version:


1 cup milk

1/4 cup almonds

1/4 cup cashews

1/4 cup pistachios

1/4 cup poppy seeds

1/4 cup melon seeds

1/2 cup sugar (adjust to taste)

1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder

A pinch of saffron strands

A few black peppercorns

Rosewater (optional)


Soak the Nuts and Seeds: In a bowl, soak almonds, cashews, pistachios, poppy seeds, and melon seeds in water for a few hours or overnight. Drain and set aside.

Blend the Nuts and Seeds: Grind the soaked nuts and seeds into a fine paste using a blender or food processor. Add a little water if needed.

Prepare the Thandai Base: In a saucepan, heat the milk. Add the ground nut and seed paste, sugar, cardamom powder, saffron strands, and a few black peppercorns. Simmer for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Cool and Strain: Let the Thandai mixture cool. Strain it through a fine sieve to remove any coarse particles.

Chill and Serve: Refrigerate the Thandai until cold. Just before serving, add a few drops of rosewater (if desired). Garnish with chopped pistachios and saffron strands.


Thandai can be served as is or diluted with more milk or water.

Adjust the sugar according to your taste preference.

For an extra kick, you can add a splash of rum or vodka (for adults only).

Enjoy the Festive Flavors:

Thandai is not just a drink; it’s a celebration in a glass. Sip on this sweet and flavorful concoction as you revel in the colors and joy of Holi. Happy festivities!

Gobind Arora

Gobind Arora

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