Tuesday, March 8, 2011


Holi is approaching fast and I just wish to be a kid and want to go back to the place where I spent my childhood with friends playing with colours and water...and sometimes mud and paint too. Hiding behind the houses and running between the narrow lanes..all the memories are coming as a flashback and I just wish to be a kid. It's such a nostalgic feeling and I am really missing all the festivities associated with this festival.

My mom standing for hours in the kitchen and making sweet treats like gujiya and we kids standing and waiting for her to drain gujiya's from hot oil and running away taking 1 or 2 of them with us. Papa wearing his Kurta and waiting for guests with hands full of red and green gulals ( colours).

One of most important drink prepared for Holi is 'Thandai'. Thandai is a very rejuvenating and refreshing drink. And in Madhya Pradesh it is usually mixed with bhaang and is served as an alternative to alcohol. But in our house thandai was made without bhang and this is the family recipe passed on by my mother which I am sharing today. The thandai mix is a blend of very aromatic spices and dried rose petals.

I usually make this mix and store it to be used whenever required.


For the thandai masala-

Dried Red Rose Petals- 1 1/2 cup
Fennel- 3tbsp
Melon Seeds- 3 tbsp
Cardamom Pods- 10
Cumin-1 tsp
Coriander Seeds- 1 tsp
Whole Black Pepper- 1 tbsp

Mix all the above ingredients and store in an air tight container. When required mix the ingredients well and grind as much required to a powder and use.

For making thandai- ( Serves 2)

Ground Thandai Masala- 2 tbsp
Full Cream Milk- 1 1/2 Glass
Water- 1/2 Glass
Almonds- 10
Poppy Seeds- 1tsp
Sugar- 3 to 4 tbsp ( Or as per ur taste buds)


Soak the almonds in hot water for some time and remove their skin. Again soak these almonds and poppy seeds together in little water for 2-3 hrs. Grind both of these to a fine paste using some water and keep aside. In a blender pour the milk, water, thandai masala and the paste of almonds and poppy along with sugar. Pulse the blender 3-4 times. Using a fine mesh filter the milk and keep the strained milk in the refrigerator for chilling. Serve cool and refreshing thandai chilled in glasses.

A.W.E.D started by DK and hosted by Ayeesha of Taste of Pearl City
Holi Aayi Re event by Show and Tell

Update: Also sending this to Gayathri's very first event 'Walking Through The Memory Lane'

Update: Sending this to Saffronstreaks Seasonal Indulgence- Series Summer Cooler Event.


  1. oh wow, i imagine this would have the consistency of home made soy milk, but SO much more flavorful and fragrant !
    very beautiful (:

  2. Thanks for appreciating the drink Stephanie..the consistency is definitely thicker and it is very creamier..this drink is specially made on Indian festival of holi...the festival of colours.

  3. Never heard of it but the idea of colorful petals is amazing :)

  4. Aww..your post made me all nostalgic..beautiful write up!
    Thandai looks thick n creamy..love this drink!

    US Masala

  5. Wow! I can imagine the fragrant rose flavor in this drink, looks lovely. Thank you so much for sending this to AWED.

  6. Thandai looks fabulous, had this drink long back, beautiful write up..

  7. perfect drink for the event.Heard about this a lot, but never tasted it.

  8. My favourite...feel like drinking it right now.

  9. You really have me wanting to try this...and that first photo is so gorgeous =)

  10. New to me !!!! great idea....So colorful and yummy !!

  11. have heard it some where,but first time having the recipe...cool dish.

  12. This looks great! I love learning of passed down recipes!

  13. Just love love love this thandai. I think its one of the best recipes I have ever come across. I love to have it in summers and will surely get all this stuff and try my version. Did you dried ur rose petals at home...???

  14. Thanks Sonia... My mom has got a beautiful garden in India with many rose bushes and she dried the petals and gave them to me...if you don't get them then a tbsp of rose syrup will also be good.

  15. Oh dear this looks beautiful,nice one dear

  16. Delicious and gorgeous drink.

  17. Looks like a perfect treat for the coming summer months :)

  18. Great drink. Looks so yumm. Thanks for sending.

  19. It's new to me but with the marriage of rose petal, milk, almond and spices made this drink very special....

  20. This is so awsm! You know, as a kid I never used to play HOLI .. was always scared of them .. god knows why ??:D I had started playing HOLI only from the last 2 years and this year I will miss the fun .. you know in US :!!
    I will look for Thandai masala and atleast have a treat at home :)

  21. Adding rose petals would have enhanced the taste of thandai.. It looks divine...
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  22. Hi first time in this cute blog. thandai is very new to me. Very refreshing & cool drink for summer :)

  23. What a wonderful post - I need to buy or grow organic, untreated roses for this recipe because of the high amounts of pesticides used - YUMMY thirst quencher and dessert drink :)


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