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Thandai Powder with Thandai recipe

Updated: Jun 9, 2021

Come spring, and the first thing I think of making is this Thandai Powder. Its rich, refreshing and full of health benefits. This recipe makes a perfect drink to celebrate Holi, Shivratri and to bring in spring.

This powder is packed with rich nutrients from dry nuts and fragrant spices. Its gluten-free, vegetarian and super addictive! Scroll down to check this easy to make, homemade recipe.


  • 1/4 cup fennel seeds

  • 1 1/2 tsp black pepper

  • 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar (Grind around 2 cups of sugar to make powdered sugar)

  • 1/3 cup almonds

  • 1/4 cup pistachio

  • 3 tsp elaichi powder/ 4 whole elaichi seeds

  • 1 tsp poppy seeds (optional)

  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg powder

  • 1 tbsp melon seeds (chaar magaz)

  • 1/2 tsp saffron strands (optional)


  • Transfer Almonds, Melon Seeds, cardamom seeds, Fennel Seeds, Pistachios, Poppy Seeds, and Black Peppercorns to a mixer.

  • Ground the spices to a fine powder.

  • Add nutmeg powder and sugar to the mix.

  • Transfer the Thandai mix into an airtight container and store it in the fridge for a longer shelf life. This mix stays fresh for 2 months in the fridge.

How to make Thandai?


  • 4 1/2 cups of milk (you can opt for almond milk for vegan alternative)

  • 5 tbsp of thandai powder

  • 2 tsp saffron strands for garnish (optional)


  • Bring the milk to a boil and add thandai powder and let it cool down.

  • Cover the milk and let it cool for atleast 4 hours before serving.

  • Cooling the thandai overnight brings out the best flavors.

  • While pouring thandai, pour it through a sieve to make the thandai fine and smooth.

Yummy, delicious thandai is served. Let me know in the comments below how you enjoy your thandai and press the heart tab if you liked this recipe.

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