It’s that vibrant time of the year when the festival of colours, Holi, is celebrated with much fervour. While gulaal, pichkari, water balloons, gujiyas are Holi staples, the festivities are simply incomplete without indulging in the popular thandai.Derived from the Hindi word ‘thand’, thandai means ‘coolness’. Infused with aromatic spices, nuts, seeds, rose petals, this energising drink acts as a natural coolant for the seasonal transition times. Its traditional ingredients help in promoting gut health and overall well being.
Holi-special Healthy Thandai Recipe
This Holi, let’s give a nutritious tadka to the desi recipe by adding superfood licorice. Licorice or Yashtimadhu offers many health benefits - detoxifying the body, treating indigestion, enhancing immunity, and managing sugar levels.
Try this wholesome and easy homemade recipe to enjoy your favourite thandai this Holi with gusto. You can prepare this refreshing drink beforehand and serve it whenever.
1-litre almond milk
A tablespoon of sesame seeds
A tablespoon of poppy seeds
A tablespoon of fennel (saunf) seeds
A tablespoon of melon seeds
8-10 pods green cardamom seeds
A teaspoon of black peppercorns
¼ cup mix of cashew nuts and walnuts (unsalted)
¼ cup pistachio (unsalted)
A teaspoon of Good Lyfe Licorice Superoot Powder
¼ teaspoon nutmeg powder
Organic jaggery as per taste
A teaspoon kewra water (optional)
Few rose petals and saffron strands for garnish
Add all the seeds, nuts, and spices to a blender. Grind them to a powder (preferably a bit chunky in texture)
Add the licorice powder and kewra water
Add this mix to the almond milk and blend
Add organic jaggery and mix well. Taste and alter for sweetness
Garnish with saffron strands, rose petals, or any chopped nuts of your choice
Serve it chilled in a kulhad
- Add a handful of deseeded dates or even a bit of chocolate to lend a flavourful twist to your thandai drink.
- You can store the thandai mix of nuts, seeds, and spices in an air-tight container and refrigerate.
- You can make almond milk at home by soaking 12-15 almonds overnight and blending the soaked almonds to a fine paste using little water. Add more water (approx. one glass) to achieve the preferred consistency.
- Raisins, dried figs, organic honey can work as alternate natural sweeteners.
Immerse in the bevvy of exciting colours while relishing this nutritious thandai unique to the fun festival. Kick-start the Holi festivities with this healthy recipe to make it even more special. Welcome your guests with a chilled glass of this tasty treat to enjoy the day-long festivities.