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Thandai without poppy seeds

Thandai is a milk based drink with almonds, khus khus (poppy seeds), black pepper and few other ingredients, mostly served during Holi festival. This is without poppy seeds.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Soak time30 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 3


  • 2 tsp Khus khus poppy seeds - I skipped
  • 15 Almonds Badam
  • 12 Black Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 5 cardamom
  • 2 & 1/2 cups Milk
  • 3 tbsp Sugar Adjust as per taste


  • Soak all the ingredients except milk and sugar together in water for 2 hours. Boil milk with sugar, cool down and keep refrigerated.
  • After 2 hours, peel the almond skin and grind everything together with water.
  • Squeeze it through a strainer. Repeat one or two times with little more water to extract all the juice from it.
  • Add this extracted to cold milk and mix well. Refrigerate and consume within 2 hours.


  • Since I have skipped khus khus, I added 5 cashews for richness. My friend though suggested melon seeds.
  • Other ingredient that can be added in this is 1/2 tsp fennel (Saunf/ Soambu).After mixing with milk you should consume within 2 hrs.