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February 26, 2014

Thandai Recipe - Maha Shivaratri Prasadam Recipes, Holi Recipes

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Maha Shivaratri 2024 falls on 8th of March. So I thought of sharing this yummy, healthy Thandai as Shivratri prasad recipe which is famous in North India.We South Indians, usually make Sweet puttu with rice flour and jaggery on this day. This time I tried thandai as well as arisi vella puttu for a change. Please find the updated Sweet puttu recipe here if interested.

For this recipe, I referred  Sanjeev kapoor and Tarla dalal’s site. I just combined both the recipes and tried. It was very tasty. We loved it a lot. I have used Melon seeds and other nuts & spices. If you don’t have them in hand, you can make it very simple by making Thandai powder using almond, Cardamom, fennel seeds and peppecorns. I used Rose essence instead of Dried rose petals. I read bhang is mixed with this drink. But this one is bhang free/ no alcohol drink. 

Do offer this healthy, tasty drink for Maha Shivaratri and get the blessings of Lord Shiva!!

Thandai recipe

Thandai recipe Thandai recipe for Maha shivratri prasadam
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Dessert
Serves: 3
Prep time: 2 Hours
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 2H20Minutes

To soak in water
  • Almond/Badam - 8 nos
  • Cashews - 4 nos
  • Pistachios - 6 nos
  • Poppy seeds - 1 tbsp
  • Melon seeds - 1 tbsp
  • Water - as needed
To powder
  • Green cardamom - 3 nos
  • Fennel seeds - 1 tsp
  • Peppercorns - 10 nos
To boil
  • Milk - 1/2 liter (500ml)
  • Sugar -1/3 cup
  • Saffron - to garnish
  • Rose essence – few drops Or Dried Rose petals – few 

  • Soak all the nuts, poppy seeds, melon seeds in water for two hours. Grind it to a smooth paste adding the required water. Boil milk , add sugar, dissolve and set aside. Add the ground paste to the milk and boil for 3-4 minutes in medium flame.
  • Now grind the ingredients given under “To powder”. Mix this powder to the milk and boil for a minute. Add few drops of rose essence and mix well.
  • Let it cool down well. After it completely cools down, strain the milk and discard the residue.
  • Refrigerate for 3-4 hours or overnight and serve chilled !


  • Skip melon seeds if you don’t have. Poppy seeds and badam is more important. Poppy seeds is the best coolant too.
  • Adding rose essence gives a nice flavor. So please add it
  • Pepper corns gave a mild spicy taste to the milk. Do not add more.

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AparnaRajeshkumar said...

stunning one :D loved it

Unknown said...

Wonderful drink ...Yummy dear :)

Unknown said...

Super ka.. mouth watering recipe ka :)

great-secret-of-life said...

yummy and filling drink

Abhivyaktiya said...

Perfect thandai recipe for Maha shivratri.

Menaga Sathia said...

wowww superra irukku!!

virunthu unna vaanga said...

wowww its very tempting Thandai... Perfect look aks...

nandoos kitchen said...

This is absolutely yumm.. . Very much tempting. and nice presentation..

Unknown said...

Thandai looks super delicious ...... Wonderful clicks too!!

Laxmipriya said...

new recipe.. yumm.. nice clicks dear.. :)


Nice recipe...Bookmarked...

Unknown said...

Let me try for tommorow ..... photo heavenly

Unknown said...

omg delicious thandai dear :) looks fantastic , I love your presentations a lot :)

Hema said...

So delicious, would love to have a glass..

AJ said...

Yumm! My Mum makes this every year!

Sangeetha M said...

so delicious and healthy drink too...looks very inviting...neat presentation da!

Sangeetha Priya said...

delicious n love the first click, semma :-)

notyet100 said...

i feel like trying this right now looks delicious,

Unknown said...

wow. tempting me a lot. yummy drink chitra.


thandai recipe really mouth-watering recipe., than your guessing was correct, bhang is mixed above 60% of making in Thandai. also Poppy seeds (Khashkhash) called as Opium seeds., if anybody were bring poppy seeds to US, on entry level of airport customs are seize(impound) and legal custody it.

Chitra said...

Oh really? Thanks for the info 😀