Thandai Powder

5 from 2 votes

Ready in 10 minutes, this homemade thandai powder is a blend of nuts and Indian spices that gives delicious, deep flavors that are SO much better than store-bought thandai masala powder.

Thandai powder in a small white dish with a gold spoon.

This thandai powder recipe makes a delightful glass of creamy thandai quick to make! While store-bought thandai powder is available, this homemade blend is easy to make AND gives a much better flavor. You’ll never go back!

Thandai masala adds a beautiful taste of fennel, cardamom, rose, and saffron (to name a few) to make delicious milk.  It’s like Saffron Milk (Kesar Milk) with even more flavor!

Thandai, an Indian drink from North India, can be enjoyed year-round, but it is popularly served during the Holi festival and Maha Shivratri. Holi is the festival of colors which is in the month of March.

It is a refreshing, cooling drink that includes ingredients that provide a cooling effect so it is great for the summer season.

Thandai made with spice mixture.

The thandai powder recipe is made primarily with 3 types of ingredients: nuts, seeds, and spices. This blend is vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free.

I love making and keeping homemade Indian spice blends on hand.  Making your own blends with fresh spices will elevate most Indian recipes, including Thandai! It also ensures you are using a pure blend with no additives, fillers, preservatives, or artificial colors.

See how easy it is to make in below quick video!

YouTube video

Note, the traditional way thandai is made by making a paste of these ingredients.  This paste is then soaked in water overnight.  The paste is then used to make Thandai.  It is much quicker and handier to use thandai powder.

You can use thandai powder to make fusion desserts such as Thandai Cheesecake Mousse and Thandai Baklava.

Why you will love this recipe

  • Simple ingredients | Wholesome ingredients for a homemade blend
  • Quick to prepare |Ready in just 10 minutes
  • Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free  

Ingredient Notes

Below are ingredient notes. Full ingredients and directions are in the printable recipe card at the end of the post. 

Thandai powder ingredients in small bowls and plates.

Nuts: I used almonds, cashews, and pistachios in equal proportions.  Feel free to change up the type of nuts used while keeping the total quantity the same. Make sure you are using fresh nuts.

Seeds: Fennel seeds, white poppy seeds (khus khus), and watermelon seeds are in this powder blend.

Fennel seeds have a cooling property and give a really great taste to this drink. Suggest not to skip it.

Watermelon seeds can be found sold in an Indian grocery store.  I found it sold by the Swad brand and titled Char Magaz.  (By the way, char magaz literally means four seeds! But, don’t worry when you see the packet you’ll see it’s one type of seed – watermelon).

White poppy seeds are used in Indian cooking and are also found easily in an Indian store.

Black peppercorns, green cardamom seeds, and saffron: add a delicious depth of flavor

Edible rose petals: These are optional.  I love the smell and hint of floral added by the rose. You can also use a little bit of rose water or rose petal jam.  But make sure it is a very small amount, you don’t want it to take over the taste of the cold drink.

If you’d like you can add sugar to this mix.  Ground sugar will be quicker to dissolve in the milk.  I like to vary the amount of sugar being used dependent on if it is for a party or for use at home so I don’t add any to the mix.

Preparation

Gather and measure out ingredients.  Grab a mixing bowl and a spice or nut grinder.

Making It

Add cardamom seeds, black peppercorns, and fennel seeds to a grinder.  Grind into a fine powder.

Add white poppy seeds and grind.  Transfer the mixture to a medium-sized mixing bowl.

Add nuts and watermelon seeds to grind.  Pulse to grind.  Do not over grind as this will result in the nuts releasing oil and becoming pasty.  Depending on the size of your grinder, I suggest grinding in 3-4 small batches.

Transfer mixture to mixing bowl.  Add crushed rose petals and saffron strands.  Note, I crushed these in a mortar pestle but you can also just crush them with your fingers or add them to the spice grinder.  My preference is to have varying sizes of these so I wanted more control.

Mix thandai powder well.  If you prefer a very fine powder you can sieve the mixture and grind any bigger pieces again.  The mixture is ready for use.

Rose petals and saffron added to thandai powder in a white bowl.

Using It

Making Thandai 

Two tablespoons of spice powder to every 1 cup of cold milk is a good standard for strong flavors.

Sugar should also be added per your preference.  Personally, if it is for a party I do 1 ½ – 2 tablespoons for every 1 cup.  I tend to use it less if I am just having it at home.

Traditionally full-fat milk is used.  Adjust to your preferences.  It tastes great in plant-based or vegan milk, too.

Sieving

If you don’t want any chunks you can strain the drink prior to serving. 

Garnish

Top glasses of thandai with rose petals, saffron strands, and crushed pistachios. It looks pretty and gives a beautiful aroma just prior to taking a sip!

Tips for the best taste:

If you have some time:  Make the drink in a pitcher and refrigerate for at least 1-2 hours.  For a party, I would make it at minimum the night before.  The longer you give it time to drink, the better flavor you will get.

If you don’t have time: Blend with ice cubes and used sugar that is ground into a fine powder so it melts more quickly.  (Powdered sugar sold in stores is mixed with corn starch).

You can also have this drink warm.  Simply heat a glass of milk in a pan stove-top and add the powder and sugar to the milk.

Mixed thandai milk.

Making Indian Desserts

 This can be easily used to make an endless list of Indian fusion sweets! I’ve used it to make Thandai Baklava.  

Other ideas include Thandai Mousse, cheesecake, Thandai Ice Cream, chocolate barks, shrikhand, cakes, etc.  

Storing

Store in an airtight container in a cool spot.  This should keep well for approximately 3 months.


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Thandai powder in a small white dish with a gold spoon.

10 Minute Instant Thandai Powder (Thandai Masala)

Shilpa Joshi
Ready in 10 minutes, this homemade thandai powder is a blend of nuts and Indian spices that gives delicious, deep flavors that are SO much better than store-bought thandai masala powder.
5 from 2 votes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine Indian
Servings 16 thandai glasses
Calories 44 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 spice and nut grinder
  • 1 set measuring spoons/cups

Ingredients
  

  • cup almonds
  • cup cashews
  • ¼ cup pistachios
  • tbsp fennel
  • ½ tsp black peppercorns
  • 2 tbsp watermelon seeds
  • ¼ tsp saffron strands
  • 2 tbsp white poppy seeds khus khus
  • 1 tbsp cardamom seeds
  • 2 tbsp rose petals dried

Instructions
 

  • Add cardamom seeds, black peppercorns, and fennel seeds to a grinder. Grind into a fine powder.
  • Add white poppy seeds and grind. Transfer mixture to a medium sized mixing bowl.
  • Add nuts and water melon seeds to grind. Pulse to grind. Do not over grind as this will result in the nuts releasing oil and becoming pasty. Depending on the size of your grinder, I suggest grinding in 3-4 parts.
  • Transfer mixture to mixing bowl. Add crushed rose petals ( I used hand to crush) and saffron strands.
  • Mix thandai powder well. If you prefer a very fine powder you can sieve the mixture and grind any bigger pieces again. Mixture is ready for use.

Video

YouTube video

Notes

Two tablespoons and 1-2 tablespoons of sugar per 1 cup of milk
If you’d like you can add sugar to this mix.  Ground sugar will be quicker to dissolve in the milk.  I like to vary the amount of sugar being used dependent on if it is for a party or for use at home so I don’t add any to the mix.
Note – powdered sugar sold in the US contains corn starch so I would avoid using that in this drink.

Nutrition

Calories: 44kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 2gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 0.4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0.001gSodium: 1mgPotassium: 67mgFiber: 1gSugar: 0.5gVitamin A: 11IUVitamin C: 0.3mgCalcium: 12mgIron: 0.4mg
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