Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Thandai

Thandai is a wonderful cold refreshing and healthy flavoured milk that is traditionally prepared during the Holi festival(festival of colors). When people become a little exhausted throwing each other in the pool of coloured waters. A glass of Thandai offers instant energy and sets the mood for playing with colors.


Thandai when laced with the intoxicating bhang, make one sing, dance and go wild. Infact, bhang thandai is used as a mood setter for the festival of Holi. A wonderful and a distinct blend of spices to give ravishing drink. You should really taste it to see what it really is!!



Ingredients required..

1/2 tin, 200 gms Sweetened condensed milk (Milkmaid)
750ml Milk
8 - 10 Almonds, soaked and peeled
5-6 peppercorns
3-4 Cardamom or 1 tsp Cardamom powder
2 tsps Fennel seeds, saunf
2 tbsps Poppy seeds
Crushed ice
Rose petals for garnish

Method:

Grind the almonds, cardamom, and fennel seeds(saunf) to a fine paste. Blend with other ingredients till well mixed. Strain the blended mixture.

Half fill each glass with crushed ice and top up with the above mixture.

Serve garnished with rose petals.

Enjoy the lovely drink!

19 comments:

Prathibha said...

That looks nice...very refreshing..I too have a similar silver glass set

Happy cook said...

The drink looks so yumm andi am in love with that glass.

Parita said...

I love thandai, we make this during special occasions, nice click, drool worthy!

Sonu said...

Thanda...thanda...!Your pics are too good. Loved the silver glass. Beautiful presentation Ramya.:)

Kitchen Flavours said...

Oh wow....refreshingly cool.......

rekhas kitchen said...

One of my fav.too looks delicious and beautiful pic.

Priya said...

Delicious Drink Ramya...wat a lovely presentation yaar!

Muneeba said...

Once again, pics are ravishing, and you've shared a great recipe for this time of year! Question: do I also grind up the poppy seeds and peppercorns, or keep them whole, then strain them after?

Ramya Kiran said...

I thank all of you for your lovely comments!

Muneeba: Thank you so much! I'm stressing on grinding almonds, cardamom and fennel seeds first as they take little time to get grinded. You can later on add poppy seeds and peppercorns, grind again. Add milk and blend just until combined. After all the blending, you need to strain before you serve. I hope this has helped.

Red Chillies said...

We have scorching heat here now and this Thandai looks pretty good for the heat here. I did not know that fennel was added to this drink.

Hari Chandana said...

Lovely blog.. I like your header too.. :)

Madhuram said...

That's a lovely drink for the hot summers Ramya. I have seen the thandai mixes in Indian grocery stores but have never tried it. I didn't know it was so easy to prepare it right from scratch.

Miranda said...

Very beautiful. You are a very talented women....

CHAITRA said...

Thandai looks chilled!!!Lovely presentation

CHAITRA said...

drop in sometime to my place

Ramya Kiran said...

Red Chillies: Yes, its indeed a lovely drink for this summer. Fennel does add an entirely different flavour to this drink.

Hari Chandana: Thank you.

Madhuram: This drink is definitely refreshing for this hot weather. Do try and let me know.

Miranda: Thank you. Thanks again!

Chaitra: Thank you. You too have a wonderful blog out there. Do visit again!

Justine said...

I've never heard of this before, but it sounds sweet, spiced, and perfect for summer!

Rathai said...

Beautiful pictures, Ramya. So beautiful that another website has copied your pictures.
http://en.petitchef.com/recipes/thandai-fid-348618

Rathai said...

I just realized that your recipes are probably featured on petitechef. :)

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