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Here’s Sanjeev Kapoor’s recipe of thandai to lift up dipping energy levels on Holi

This refreshing recipe of thandai is a definite show-stealer for your Holi celebration. Check the recipe out!
Thandai is the perfect summer drink! Image courtesy: Sanjeev Kapoor
Shifa Khan Updated: 17 Mar 2022, 20:07 pm IST
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The refreshing Indian drink ‘Thandai’ is what keeps us waiting for Holi each year! This cold, delicious and creamy drink is enriched with nuts, saffron, rose water, fennel seeds, cardamom, peppercorns! The flavour and fragrance of this drink are sure to hit your senses in the sweet spot! Enough said, we have a rich and easy-to-make recipe of thandai by Chef Sanjeev Kapoor!

This drink has a cooling effect on the body and tops up the energy meter that often plummets with fun, frolic and colour play. This drink not only treats the Holi fatigue but also is the most aromatic drink out there! To be honest, the festival of Holi is almost incomplete without this thandai.

Here’s the recipe of thandai we have been singing praises about:


5-6 cups + 1 tbsp low fat milk
20-24 almonds, soaked and peeled
8-10 black peppercorns, soaked
2 tbsps poppy seeds (khus khus) soaked
1½ tbsps fennel seeds (saunf), soaked
2 tbsps melon seeds, soaked
4-5 green cardamoms
1½ tbsps Sugar free powder
Large pinch of saffron strands + for garnishing
¾ tsp green cardamom powder
Sliced pistachios for garnishing

health benefits of pistachio
Pistachios give a beautiful green tinge to the recipe of thandai. Image courtesy: Shutterstock.


  1. Heat 5-6 cups milk in a deep non-stick pan.
  2. Meanwhile, add almonds, black peppercorns, poppy seeds, fennel seeds, melon seeds, and cardamoms in a blender jar. Add sugar free powder and remaining milk, blend to a fine paste.
  3. Add saffron to the milk and stir well.
  4. Add the prepared paste, mix well and simmer for 3-4 minutes. Add cardamom powder, mix well and take it off the heat.
  5. Strain the mixture and refrigerate to chill. Transfer into serving glasses.
  6. Garnish with pistachios, saffron strands and serve chilled.

Preparation time: 3-4 hours
Cooking time: 20-25 minutes
Serves: 4
Sugar: 110 grams
Sugar Free Green Powder: 15 grams

As an extra tip, Chef Sanjeev Kapoor suggests soaking the nuts and seeds in warm water so that it results in fine paste.

nuts and dry fruits
What’s a more healthier way to add nuts to your diet other than drinking thandai? Image courtesy: Shutterstock

It tastes best when served chilled, hence the name thandai! Switch the market brought premix for thandai with this homemade version and make a pitcher full of this exotic drink. Don’t forget to share it with friends and family and enjoy the Holi cheer!

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An aesthete and a skincare junkie, Shifa spends most of her time cooking delish food while wearing a sheet mask. At HealthShots, she creates high-octane content that can leave you all a little intrigued! ...Read More

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