Monday, March 1, 2010

Thandai

Holi is the Indian festival of colours, marking the end of winter and the beginning of spring. It is the favourite festival of the year for kids across large parts of India - they play around throwing water and coloured powder on each other.

It is also the time (as any other time of the year) for lots of special recipes - and moms are on overdrive the few days before Holi.

The temperatures are on the rise, and the ideal drink of the season is something which can be drunk cool - but has enough "hot" ingredients in case the weather remains inclement. This ideal mix is the Thandai - the very name signifies "cool".

Thandai can be drunk either fresh, or as a syrup which one can mix any time with milk - this is the syrup variant, which has the advantage that it can be stored for a couple of weeks upto a couple of months (highly unlikely that you actually reach the couple of months stage, as it is also very yummy!)

Special thanks to my mother-in-law for this very special recipe and to all of you out there - a very happy Holi!





Ingredients 


1/4 cup - almonds, soaked overnight


to be soaked together overnight


1 tbsp heaped - poppy seeds, khuskhus
1 tbsp heaped - dried melon seeds, magaj


to be ground together and soaked overnight in 1/4 th cup water


1/2 tbsp - green cardamom
1/2 tbsp - whole black pepper
1 tbsp - fennel seeds, saunf


2 cups - sugar
2 cups - muscovado sugar( since I ran out of sugar so I used muscovado)
1 1/4 cup - water 
2 tbsp - rose petal spread, gulkand
25-30 strands - saffron
1 tsp - rose water, gulabjal
a generous pinch of cardamom powder
a generous pinch of pepper powder


Method 

  1. Blanch the almonds. Grind together the blanched almonds, poppy seeds and melon seeds using very little water. Sieve/press through a muslin cloth and extract all the liquid and keep aside. ( you can use the residue in any gravy)
  2. Add the 2 tbsp of rose petal spread to the ground cardamom-pepper-fennel mixture and mix well. Sieve/press through a muslin cloth and extract all the liquid and keep aside. Discard the residue.
  3. Mix both the extracted liquids and keep aside. ( I got approx 1 cup of extracted liquid)
  4. Add the 4 cups of sugar and 1 1/4th cup of water in a deep sauce pan and cook until the sugar dissolves. Bring to boil and simmer for a couple of minutes. Remove from the heat and let it cool for a minute and then add the extracted liquid to it.
  5. Retransfer to the heat and boil on a high flame for a minute and then further simmer for 5-7 minutes, stirring continously. (be careful at this stage as it may splutter) 
  6. Remove from the heat and cool till warm and then add the saffron strands, cardamom powder, pepper powder and rose water and mix well.
  7. If sugar crystals are formed in the thandai while cooling down, add 1/2 - 3/4 cup of boiling water and mix well. 
  8. When the thandai completely cools down and has no sugar crystals then transfer to a sterilised bottle.


Add 2 tsp of thandai syrup in a cup of  milk and mix well. Garnish with almonds and pistachio and serve chilled. 




Enjoy!

81 comments:

  1. Lovely! wish I cld take a sip now!

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  2. Happy Holi! Haven't had thandai in the longest time. Beautifully done and gorgeous pictures.

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  3. Looks lovely ! Happy Holi !

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  4. looks gorgeous.never heard of this.cute pictures also.Happy holi.

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  5. Happy Holi!!!..and what a beautiful & traditional way to celebrate this festival...I can have atleast 4-6 glasses of thandai..at a time..thanks for this post...

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  6. Hey,
    This is the first time I am hearing such a drink. Looks real yummy..Gorgeous shots of the drink! Happy Holi to you as well!

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  7. A very happy Holi to u n ur family Rachna. The Thandai looks yummy , I just love this home made version . Beautiful & well composed shots too

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  8. That's quite an original drink. I would never have thought of such a combination

    Nisrine

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  9. Thanks for sharing this authentic recipe..looks really good..
    Happy Holi to you too !

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  10. Well presented and a healthy drink, unknown to me though...

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  11. oh wow, thandai looks delish! perfect treat for the holi day.. happy holi to you too, Rachana.

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  12. This is a new dish to me..looks so good and the presentation is awesome :)

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  13. I think celebrating the end of winter would be my favorite holiday! Happy Holi Day! This looks so good I'd love to try it! Thanks!

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  14. The picture is making me drool! Wish I could have one glass!
    Beautiful & neat photo!!!

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  15. looks amazing and so refreshing...happy holi rachana..

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  16. Rachana,

    Thandai looks good new to me

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  17. heard abt this a lot.. never tasted or tried making it... thanks for sharing this!

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  18. Absolutely delicious pictures as always....

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  19. Happy holi Rachana, thandai looks yummy and rich..

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  20. happy holi dear.. pics are stunning.. i loved ur recipe..

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  21. happy holi dear,,i never had this b4..new to me...but looks absolutely gorgeous n rich...will try this ....

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  22. This drink look so healthy with added all the herbs !

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  23. gr8 thandai.. hmmmmmm yummmmmmmmmmm. had loads of it in d parties..... maja aa gaya. d bottle is damn cool.

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  24. mast mast thandai banai ho behna. nice pic

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  25. happy holi beta, nice thandai... n nice bottle... n nice photo...

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  26. Glass aur Bottle dono hi bahut sundar hai. thandai bhi bahut badiya lag raha hai. happy holi.

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  27. a perfect treat for holi..looks so refreshing..love clicks..

    www.foodlyrics.com

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  28. Happy Holi to you too! Wonderful recipe for thandai. I don't play Holi but a glass of thandai is always welcome!

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  29. I like this recipe.
    Happy holi to you.
    See soon.

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  30. Never had anything of the sort......DHL one cup to me! ;-))

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  31. Happy holi! I hope you have an excellent holiday. This drink seems delicious...so beautifully spiced.

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  32. Slurp! I love those glasses that you served in.It looks like Badam milk, infact that is what I thought until I saw the ingredients..I bet it is more flavorful!

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  33. Happy Holi....
    This drink is new to me....Looks so yummy...Loved the cup...

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  34. I love this, looks so healthy.

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  35. Happy Holi to you tooo..
    Would love a sip of that drink..very tempting and nice clicks too..

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  36. Happy holi !!! very healthy thandai !!

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  37. something new and different to me but looks very delicious..happy holi

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  38. Hey i too made this..your's looks very tempting....Happy holi.

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  39. I've not tasted this before.. it has a whole lot of yummy ingredients going in...

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  40. never tried this...but is very tempting....love the eartenwares

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  41. Happy Holi! Gorgeous clicks as usual..Only thing remaining is to sing Jai Jai shiv shankar :)

    Rach, I am hosting the home remedies event, any more tea bag discoveries?

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  42. Wish you and your family a very Happy Holi.
    Wonderful presentation. perfect for summer season and very healthy.

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  43. Wow looks awesome , i'm bookmarking this one :)

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  44. Yummy Thandai.Nice recipe as summer approaching.

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  45. Happy Holi!
    Looks awesome ur snaps

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  46. Lovely pics Rachana, happy holi have fun... Thandai looks very comforting!!!

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  47. Wonderful recipe!

    I'm going to this drink, with rice or soy milk!

    Global vegan fare

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  48. Happy holi to u n ur family dear!! perfect drink for occassion..looks so tempting..gr8 clicks..

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  49. wow lovely thandai...loved ur version...i make a diff one...vl try ur version soon...looks super tempting

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  50. Thandai looks wonderful & refreshing!!feel like having a sip..:)

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  51. Happy Holi to your family. I have never had thandai, but it sounds delicious.
    Mimi

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  53. Happy holi!!!Drink looks yumm

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  54. hapy holi, looks delicious, perfect for the coming summer.

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  55. Happy Holi to you. I have heard a lot about this drink but never got an opportunity to drink it. It looks tempting there in the picture

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  56. What an incredible aromatic and delicious drink! I would love to try it! Happy holi!

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  57. an award awaits you dear..please collect it from my blog..congrats!

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  58. I love Thandai dear and wanted to post it too. A perfect drink for this festival.

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  59. Love the recipe...hope you had a good holi!

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  60. Lovely drink rachana....thanks for sharing. Wish I could have some right now :).

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  61. Happy Holi, thandai looks incredible, mouthwatering delight:)

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  62. I love how the drink is associated with the festival and all the celebrations!
    Wonderful drink and I am sure with a healthy aspect as well. happy celebration!

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  63. Lovely! never had this before but it sure looks great.

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  64. What a delicious drink, to be used any time, as you mentioned..
    I bookmarked the recipe... I love healthy cool drinks like this..
    thanks so much for sharing your mother-in-law recipe. Happy Holi

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  65. thandai looks refreshing..Love those mugs:)

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  66. Beautiful snapshots; love the way you have captured the recipe!

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  67. luvly , never had this drink,some ingredients are missing for me..so i cant try this

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  68. beautifully captured, and this is such a great beverage to enjoy anytime

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  69. my fav drink.. absolutely love it. but never made it. looks so good.

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  70. My fav drink... Super cooler for the summer..Looks perfect.

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  71. Happy holi dear. Convey my thanks to your in-law for this superb recipe. That bottle with thandai looks classic. With all that ingredients and your artistic nature the drink would have tasted great.

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  72. Wow!What a delicious drink! Your pictures are beautiful.

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  73. Beautiful pics......looks very yummy!

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  74. wow, this is an awesome flavorful drink. Wish to try this. Hope you had a wonderful holi with your family.

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  75. Looks yummy. I love thandai but I mostly end up buying mishrambu or gopaljee. Will surely try this and let you know. :)

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  76. Hi Rachana, During festivals, one always misses one's home town, especially if you are in another country altogether. That looks like the perfect recipe for 'thandai' - seems elaborate but well worth the effort! Always so welcome during hot summer days, as is the case in Chennai.

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  77. I made thandai as per ur recipe. it came out really awesome... but i didnt ve a nice bottle as urs. so just managed it some how...

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  78. I am going to make this thandai syrup tmrw. Have soaked the ingredients now.. Holi preps for this year have started ;-)

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