Synopsis – A summery drink prepared from rich nuts and flavourful spices blended in healthy milk

Energise yourself with cool thandai in the scorching heat of summer. The ingredients possess antioxidants, anti-flatulence and cooling properties. They fight indigestion, loss of energy and infections like common cold. Make this drink every weekend and maintain good health throughout summer season with its spices, dry fruits and every other ingredient that is required by your body for a good health.

Serves: 8; Preparation time: 30 minutes


Milk                                6 glasses

Almonds                          30

Watermelon seeds      1/3 cup

Muskmelon seeds        1/3 cup

Poppy seeds                   6 tbsp

Green cardamoms         6

Cashew nuts                   20

Rose petals                      few (dried)

Fresh rose petals            few

Fennel                               2 tsp

Sugar                                 12 tbsp

Black peppercorns          12

Saffron                               few strands (soaked in hot milk for garnishing)


Soak almonds in water for three to four hours. Peel them and keep aside.

Soak watermelon seeds, muskmelon seeds, poppy seeds, cashew nuts, black peppercorns, cardamoms, fennel and dried rose petals together for three to four hours.

Put all the soaked ingredients, including almonds, in a food processor and grind well in a smooth paste by adding little milk or water.

Add milk and sugar in the paste and process again for few minutes.

Strain the milk and discard the residue.

Serve chilled by adding ice.

Garnish with saffron strands and fresh rose petals.


This perfect cold beverage for hot season is an impeccable blend of richness, balanced flavours and cooling effect.