It’s that time of the year again when colours and water balloons greet us everywhere we turn. But Holi is as much about colours as it is about eating delicacies and drinking thandai. Though gujiyas and dahi bhalla have dominated the lavish Holi spread, thandai holds the place of honour. Also known as Sardai, thandai is a milk-based beverage prepared extensively during festivals like Holi and Shivratri. The drink is consumed as a refreshment once you cannot play anymore Holi. But who are we kidding, colours or not, everyone loves to gulp down a glass either way.
To make your Holi special, we have curated a list of five delicious thandai recipes:
1. Shahi Thandai
Shahi Thandai is loaded with loads of nuts. It is made with the mixture of almonds, cashew nuts, pistachios, watermelon seeds, poppy seeds, green cardamoms, and peppercorns. Add some lukewarm water and keep the mixture aside for 30 minutes. Grind the mixture along with some more almonds. Now boil milk, add sugar, cardamom and the mixture. And your chilled beverage is ready.
2. Thandai Tiramisu
Thandai Tiramisu is easy to make and once prepared, it is going to be the star of your Holi spread. All you need to do is take a bowl add hung curd, thandai syrup and mix well. Now cut a part of sponge cake with the round cutter cut and place in the glass. Now add gulkand, rose syrup, and thandai mixture.
3. Pudine ki Thandai
After all the colours, chatter, singing and dancing, drinking something refreshing is vital. To make this wonderful and refreshing beverage, all you need to do is soak almonds in hot water for 30 minutes. Grind all the ingredients (listed below) together with only one spoon milk. Filter masala and add cold milk along with ice cubes. Your mint thandai is ready.
4. Gulkand Thandai
Gulkand Thandai is a concoction of nuts and spices that are grounded to make a dry thandai mix. The mix is later soaked in milk and flavored with some gulkand.
5. Bhang Thandai
Made from the leaves and flowers of the cannabis plant, bhang is an important ingredient for the drink. Its consumption on Holi has been a tradition since forever. But make sure you consume it carefully.
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