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HOLI SPECIAL – Almond Milk Thandai


The festival of colours is just around the corner. Apart from the colour filled celebrations, it is also renowned for ‘Thandai’, a traditional delicacy which is consumed pan India (and by Indians abroad). In this recipe corner post, our team has worked  on a slightly tweaked dairy free version of ‘Thandai’. Read more.. 

Step 1:

Ingredients for thandai masala:

  • 1/4 cup pistachio(unsalted)
  • 1/4 cup mix of walnuts and cashew nuts (unsalted)
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 2 tablespoons melon seeds
  • 2 tablespoons fennel seeds
  • 10 pods green cardamom, seeds only
  • 2 tablespoons dried rose petals
  • 1 teaspoon black peppercorns
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon saffron

Step 2:

  1. Place all the ingredients in a clean, dry coffee/ masala grinder.
  2. Grind the above ingredients to a fine powder.
  3. Leave the mixture to a little chunky in texture
  4. Store in air tight jar and refrigerate.

Step 3:

Preparation of homemade almond milk:

Soak 10-12 almonds overnight. Next day, discard the water and blenderize the soaked almonds using a bit of water to make a fine paste. Then add a glass of water to get a thin consistency milk. Do not sieve (keep the fiber intact).

Step 4:

Blend a glass of almond milk, some organic jaggery or raw unpasteurized honey as per your choice, and according to your taste and 2 teaspoons of thandai masala in a blender. Taste and adjust for sweetness. Serve in a glass or even better, a kulhad and garnish with dried rose petals/ saffron / chopped pistachios. Enjoy chilled!


  • Thandai is a traditional cooling and refreshing drink made with dried nuts, seeds and flavorful spices. It’s perfect to keep body cool during the beginning of summer months.
  • Small amount of poppy seeds in thandai help relieve gastrointestinal irritation and also prevent constipation.
  • Fennel seeds and rose petals have a cooling effect and improve the digestive health.
  • Adding nuts and seeds make it a natural energizer.
  • Spices like peppercorns boost immunity and have anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Saffron has antidepressant and anti-oxidative properties.
  • Almond milk is naturally rich in several vitamins and minerals, especially vitamin E.

Happy Holi!!

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Luke Coutinho

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