No Milk Thandai - tasty drink with goodness of nuts & seeds!

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Wellcure

03:25 PM | 05-03-2020
Prep Time
2 hours
Cook Time
No cooking involved
Servings
8 persons

Thandai, the traditional Indian drink is often associated with milk as much as with nuts & seeds! What if there was a way of making a dairy-free version of this delicious, creamy drink! Discover an easy way to prepare thandai without any milk! And yes, its tastes equally divine!

Thandai is a cool and refreshing drink prepared with nuts & seedsand flavored with some fragrant spices.

Thandai translates to something that cools, and once you get a taste, you’ll want more of this sweet, nutty drink. It makes you feel cooler and has many other health benefits as well. It also serves an instant energizer.

Ingredients

  • Almonds: 3 tbsp
  • Pista: 2 tbsp
  • Poppy seeds (khus khus): 2 tbsp
  • Melon seeds: ¼ cup
  • Dried rose petals/ rose water: 2 tbsp
  • Fennel seeds (saunf): 1 tbsp
  • Whole black pepper: ½ tsp
  • Green cardamoms: 3 to 4 (husks removed and seeds kept)
  • Saffron (kesar): a pinch (optional)
  • Honey: as per taste (optional)
  • Ice cubes: as required
  • Rose petals or chopped almonds or pistachios: few (for garnish)
  • Almond milk:½-1 glass (optional)

Method

  • In a bowl, take almonds, pistachios, poppy seeds (khus khus), melon seeds, dried rose petals, fennel seeds and black pepper.
  • Add some warm water to soak these ingredients. Cover and keep aside for minimum one to 2 hours. If you use water at room temperature, then you can also keep overnight.
  • After soaking is complete, pour the whole mixture including the soaking water in a grinder or blender jar to make the thandai paste. If you feel water is more, add it bit by bit so that the paste is made with a thick consistency and doesn't become runny. If you feel water is less, add more water to get desired pasty consistency. Do make sure to use a good grinder or blender as the paste should be very fine.
  • Add remaining ingredients - honey for sweetening, green cardamon seeds,saffron.
  • Blend the mixture to a very fine paste. Transfer to a bowl and keep aside. You can cover and refrigerate if it is not going to be used immediately.

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Making Thandai:

  • To prepare Thandai, take about 4 tablespoons of the thandai paste in a glass. Add chilled water. You can make it 50% almond milk and 50% water if desired. Mix well.
  • Sieve the thandai if you prefer a smoother texture.
  • Garnish with rose petals or some chopped almonds or pista.
  • Serve immediately or refrigerate if it is to be consumed later.

Eating guide:

  • Food group: Nuts & Seeds
  • Nuts are wholefoods high on nutritional content. They are a great source of proteins and healthy, natural fats! A must add to your family’s diet!
  • Thandai could be had as a cooling drink or even as a meal replacement at night. It has a soothing effect on the body!

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Wellcure

06:08 PM | 13-03-2022

yes, u can use any plant based milk.

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Bala prashanthi

10:39 PM | 12-03-2022

Can we use oat milk instead of almond milk?

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Anchal Kapur

11:04 AM | 20-03-2019

Not sure Shweta. Because when u soak, salt may get more absorbed because of water's presence. You might as well try cleaning them in running water to wash off the salt &then soak in fresh water........I have ran out of pistas & am planning to use cashews instead :-)

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Shweta Gupta

12:35 PM | 18-03-2019

Hi Anchal, I also plan to make thandai this holi. Just wanted to check that the pista I have at home if the salted one. As it needs to be soaked, I guess the salt will get removed. Will that work well in this recipe?

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Anchal Kapur

05:52 PM | 12-03-2019

Tried this yesterday as I plan to serve this on Holi. So the trick here is that your paste should be really fine. In my case, it wasn't. So I ended up making this like the nut milk recipe. Output - thandai instead of thandai paste. Tasted yum.

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