Thandai-A very healthy and nourishing summer cooler from North India,specially made on Holi Festival
Thandai is a very famous drink of North India ,It is widely consumed in Western Uttar Pradesh,Gujarat and Rajasthan.Thandai is made with almonds,pistachio,melon seeds,poppy seeds,fennel and many other cooling spices.Thandai has a very unique flavor that I believe,is not even remotely similar to any other refreshment drink around the world.
This Kesariya thandai is especially made during festival of Holi and during other family celebration and weddings etc.I have also posted a Kesariya thadai recipe before ,which is made and consumed fresh i.e dry fruits and spices are soaked and ground fresh before making the thandai and then mixed with chilled milk ,water or fruit juices.
During summer thandai is also used as a refreshing drink (sharbat)to cool the body and give freshness and energy as the spices added in this have a cooling effect on our body i.e fennel,poppy seeds ,cardamom ,melon seeds ,gulkand ,nuts have thandi taaseer /cooling effect according to ayurveda and give energy and strength to our body so its a very good refreshing and healthy drink to have during summers.
As making thandai needs some time and pre-planning to soak and grind the ingredients so I have made this thandai concentrate which you can make in large quantity and then store it easily and when ever you want to serve it just dilute it with chilled milk,water or any fruit juice of your choice.