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A perfect Holi drink - Thandai

It's Holi time again. Holi, also called the Festival of Colors, is a popular Hindu Spring festival observed in India. It is celebrated by people throwing colored powder and colored water at each other. Bonfires are lit the day before, also known as Holika Dahan (burning of Holika or Chhoti Holi (little Holi). Holi is one of my favorite festivals. The most vibrant and colorful festival! When it comes to Holi celebrations, nothing can beat North Indian spirit. They really rock. The dhol (drum), singing, dancing, getting drenched in colored waters. Yes! That's holi...  Well, there are people who might disagree with me but who cares....
Holi celebrations are incomplete without a glass of thandai. It is embedded in the tradition of Holi.  This milk based thirst-quencher is tasty and cooling and perfect mood setter for playing colors. So let us get ready for a holi party with a easy to make recipe of Thandai.

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Ingredients:

  • 15 Almonds

  • 2 Teaspoons Aniseeds

  • 2 Teaspoons Cumin Seeds

  • 2 Teaspoons Peppercorns

  • 2 Teaspoons Poppy Seeds

  • 12 Teaspoons Sugar

  • 8 cardamoms

  • One pinch of Saffron

  • 1 ½ Teaspoons Rose Water

  • 300 ml Water

  • 400 ml Milk

  • 6-7 Ice cubes

  • Rose Petals to garnish


How to Make:

Grind all the spices and sugar together in a fine powder..

Add Almonds to the spice powder and grind.

Let the powder remain in the blender. Add  300 ml water into the powder till it becomes very smooth.

Now add the milk and ice cubes in the blender and blend further for 1-1 ½ minute.

Strain the liquid through the cheesecloth.

Add rosewater to the liquid. Crush the saffron on the palm on your hand and add it to the liquid.

Garnish it with shredded rose petals.

Nice and chilled Thandai is ready to be served.