Creamy Milk Cooler (Thandai) Recipe

Its a very popular Indian recipe and its usually drank during the festival of colors (Holi) which is held during the warm month of March. Its usually quite hot in March, to step out, play with colors and splash color dissolved water on each other. People are out in the heat all afternoon, and a chilled milk drink is usually very satisfying. Its not any ordinary chilled milk, but cooked for some time with nuts, saffron and sugar. Here is the full recipe.


Milk - 300ml
Cardamom - 3
Sugar - 3 Tbsp
Slivered Almonds - 2 Tbsp
Soaked & Peeled Almond - 10
Saffron - 5 - 6 Strands
Fennel Seeds - 1 Tbsp
Poppy Seeds - 1 Tbsp
Rose Essence - 2 drops


| In a Vessel heat milk on medium flame for  about an hour |

| While heating add Cardamom | 

| In a grinder, grind the soaked & peeled almond along with fennel & poppy seeds into a paste. And then add the paste to the milk |

| Now take out couple of teaspoons on milk in a bowl and soak the saffron for few minutes |

| After an hour of boiling the milk add the sugar and stir for a few minutes, then turn off the heat. Once its turned off, add the saffron, & rose essence |

| Let the milk cool down, and put it in the refrigerator to cool it further |

| Once the milk is cooling, grind the sprinkle mix and sprinkle a little while serving |

| You can make everything in advance and keep it in the refrigerator. And when guests arrive, just serve |

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