Holi is the time to experiment with ‘Thandai’- a traditional Indian drink prepared with dry fruits cardamom, saffron, milk, and sugar. This Holi we thought to give a twist to this delicious drink and derive a mouth-watering dessert from it and the result comes in the form of ‘Thandai Rasmalai’. This ultimate delicacy will definitely satisfy your taste buds and will leave them asking for more. The process will begin with preparing Thandai.
Here is the recipe:
Ingredients for Thandai
1 cup milk
1 1/2 litres water
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 tbsp. saunf
1/2 tsp. cardamom powder
1 tbsp. almonds
1 tbsp. pistachio
1 tbsp. watermelon seeds skinned
1/2 tbsp. poppy seeds
1/2 tsp. rose water
1 tsp. peppercorns whole
1/4 cup dried or fresh rose petals
Soak almonds, pistachio, watermelon seeds for at least 3-4 hours, drain the water and grind all these together in a grinder.
Roast cardamom, saunf, peppercorns and then blend them to a fine powder with a grinder.
In pan boil milk, add saffron and sugar to it.
Keep it aside for some time till it cools down to room temperature and then refrigerate it, now add all the grounded nuts and powder of spices to it.
Add rose petals and rose water to enhance its fragrance, now the Thandai is ready.
Ingredients for Rasmalai
1 litre milk
1 teaspoon refined flour
2 cups grain sugar
3-4 tablespoon white vinegar (to curdle the milk)
6-7 cups of water
Preparing Rasmalai Rasgullas
Dilute vinegar with 2-3 cups of water
Add this diluted vinegar to milk and bring the milk to boil until the creamy part of the milk turns into solid (Chhenna)
Now add 2-3 cup water and ice cubes to this Chhenna to cool it down. Then strain this chhenna to remove the traces of vinegar
To remove excess water, put this drained Chhenna into a cheese cloth and hang for 2-3 hours
Now put this dried Chhenna into a container and knead it well
Now, it’s time to prepare a dough with this Chhenna and ground flour, just add the flour to the dried Chhenna and knead it well
Prepare small dumpling balls with this dough, now we need sugar syrup to sweeten these balls
To prepare syrup, add 2 cups sugar to 5 cups of water, boil it well and then add dumpling balls to it
Now cook these balls in the syrup while boiling it for 5-10 minutes
Now Rasgullas are ready
Preparation for Thandai Rasmalai
Your Thandai and Rasmalai are ready. Now all you need is to assemble these two ingredients together.
Just squeeze Rasgullas to remove excess syrup from them.
In the last step, you just need to put these squeezed Rasgullas into the Rasmalai.