It is a North Indian drink. In summer it prevents us from heat stroke and epistaxis ( Bleeding from nose) . It is a very refreshing drink during summer and also acts as a body coolant . It is also a special drink to be served on special days & festive occasions like Holi , Diwali etc. Very easy to make and full of nutrition.
How to make Thandai:-
Milk (Full Cream) – ½ liter
Sugar - 2 table spoon
Saffron – 6 to 8 strands
Rose Essence – 2 drops ( Not necessary)
Material for grinding :-
Almonds ( Blanched & peeled) – 20
Soaked Poppy Seeds – 1 tea spoon
Soaked Fennel Seeds – 1 tea spoon
Cardamom Powder – ¼ tea spoon
Pepper Corn – 10 pieces
Few fine chopped pistachios and few saffron strands.
Recipe : Boil the milk and add 6-8 strands of saffron in it. It is better to soak saffron in little lukewarm milk for some time , before adding it to the boiled milk. This will give a good flavor and tint to the Thandai. Now add sugar. Make a paste of all grinding material as above. Add this paste in boiling milk . Now switch off the gas burner and set aside for 1 hour. After 1 hour sieve the milk and add chopped pistachios and crushed ice before serving.
Health Benefits of Thandai-
- It gives instant relief to the exhausted body and mind. Its a refreshment drink for our body and mind.
Fennel seeds known for its antioxidant and cooling properties.
Almonds are rich source of vitamin E. They are good for brain and heart as they have cholesterol regulating effect.
As cold milk is known to be an antacid and have cooling effects on the body.
Aids in digestion - Spices like fennel, pepper,cardamom are known for their special digestive properties which aids digestion and improves bowel movements thus detoxifying the body.
Due to highest source of calcium and protein in milk it strengthens the bones, muscles and teeth.
Saffron - It enhances the complexion and improves vision and prevents arthritis.
Poppy seeds are rich in minerals. It protects the body from heart attack and other heart disorders.
I am sure that you will love it.
Dr. Suman Setia BAMS DNHE PGDHHM
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