Thandai is a very popular drink,which is actually dry fruit and saffron flavoured milk, that is traditionally prepared as an offering to Lord Shiva during the festival of Maha Shivratri.
Thandai is often mixed with ‘bhang’ to make an intoxicating drink popularly served during Holi festival.
4 cups Milk.
1/4 cup Sugar
A pinch of Black Pepper powder.
A few strands of Saffron.
Make into powder:
1/4 cup Almonds.
2 tbsp Poppy Seeds.
2 tbsp Fennel Seeds.(saunf)
1/2 tsp Cardamom powder
1/2 tsp Cumin seeds.
Boil the milk in a deep pan, allow it to cool completely.
Combine the powder and milk in a deep bowl, mix well using a whisk and refrigerate for 2 hours.
Strain the mixture through a sieve, add the sugar, pepper powder and saffron and mix well.
Pour equal quantities of the thandai into 4 individual glasses add serve chilled.
Tip:Prepared masala can be stored in airtight jar in refrigerator for upto 3 months and used as and when required.