Holi 2023: A Refreshing Thandai Recipe for a Flavorful and Healthy Celebration
By NCVC Staff | Published on Oct 10, 2023
It’s that time of year again – Holi! From pranks and colorful celebrations to dancing and laughter, this festival never fails to delight. And when it comes to quenching your thirst, what better way than with a glass of Holi special thandai? Indian festivals are known for their delectable foods and drinks, and Holi is all about enjoying a chilled glass of thandai. In this article, we’ll show you how to make a healthier version of thandai at home for a guilt-free celebration.
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How to Make Thandai at Home?
- 1 cup of low-fat milk
- 1/4 cup of almonds
- 1/4 cup of cashews
- 1/4 cup of pistachios
- 1/4 cup of pumpkin seeds
- 1/4 cup of sunflower seeds
- 2 tablespoons of fennel seeds
- 2 tablespoons of poppy seeds
- 2 tablespoons of cardamom powder
- 2 tablespoons of rose water
- 1-2 tablespoons of honey
Start by soaking the almonds, cashews, pistachios, pumpkin seeds, and sunflower seeds in water for 3-4 hours. This will soften them and make them easier to blend.
After soaking, drain the water and add the nuts and seeds to a blender. Add 1/2 cup of water and blend until you have a smooth paste.
In a large bowl, mix the nut and seed paste with fennel seeds, poppy seeds, cardamom powder, rose water, and honey. You can also add other types of healthy seeds of your choice.
Gradually add the milk while whisking until well combined. If the mixture is too thick, you can add a little more milk or water to achieve the desired consistency. For a perfect blend, you can use a hand blender or even juggle using two glasses!
Refrigerate the thandai for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to meld and the drink to chill.
Serve the chilled thandai, garnished with chopped nuts and a sprinkle of cardamom powder. For an extra touch, add a few rose petals.
To make your thandai even healthier, consider the following tips:
- Swap dairy milk for almond milk or coconut milk for a plant-based alternative.
- Reduce the sugar content by using jaggery or stevia instead of honey. Keep in mind that jaggery is unrefined sugar and will still contribute calories to your drink.
- Experiment with different spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, or saffron to give your thandai a unique and flavorful twist.
- Pair your thandai with healthier snacks such as fresh fruits, vegetable sticks, or roasted nuts instead of fried foods and sweets.
So, get ready to add a festive flair to your drink lineup and give this thandai recipe a try! Celebrate Holi with a healthier and guilt-free glass of this delightful beverage. Cheers to a colorful and flavorful celebration!