The word Thandai , carries the word ‘thand’ which means cool. And thandai means the cooling drink which is usually served to refresh the mood and mind. Thandai is traditionally associated with Mahashivratri and Holi.
Thandai is a cooling drink , prepared with milk, lot of dry fruits, sugar and saffron. In my view it’s a power punch smoothie, cause its very nutritive. It provides instant cooling effect on body and also carries many health benefits.
Some people add dry ginger powder, pepper, dried rose petals and the very intoxicating Bhang.
Holi is a festival of colours and hoil is incomplete without Thandai.
So lets learn how to prepare Thandai masala. This is a dry form of Thandai masala and it can be stored up to 4 weeks in room temperature.. I am sharing the basic masala, but the quantity of the dry fruits, spices can be adjusted as per taste.
here are few recipes using Thandai masala::