Madhu and her team at Ma India Cooking School are preparing for Holi this week and here's one of their favourite recipes




1/2 cup Blanched Almonds
2 tbsp Cashews
2 tbsp Pistachios
2 tbsp Poppy Seeds
2 tbsp Melon Seeds
1 tsp Fennel Seeds
1 tsp Black Pepper Seeds
1/2 tsp Cardamon Powder (ground seeds from 9 pods)
1/2 cup Sugar
2 tbsp Rose Water
4 cups Soy or Almond Milk
1 cup Water
Red Rose Petals for garnishing


1. Soak almonds, cashews, pistachios, melon seeds, poppy seeds, fennel seeds and black pepper in a cup of water for 3 - 4 hours
2. Blend all soaked ingredients in just enough water to make a fine paste
3. To this, add 1 cup of water, cardamon powder and sugar and blend until sugar is dissolved
4. Strain the mix through the fine strainer or a cheesecloth
5. Discard remaining ground mash
6. In a jug, mix the strained liquid, milk and rose water and refrigerate
7. Pour into glasses, garnish with 2 - 3 rose petals and serve


Thandai is a cool and refreshing drink that is made during the Indian festival of colours called “Holi” celebrated during the month of March. Thandai is made with a mix of dry fruits, seeds and a few spices. The word “thandai” means that which is cooling and is derived from the Hindi word “thanda”.

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