In India, it is said that all foods are either heat-giving or cooling. In Northern India you will find the drink “Thandai”.  It is a drink made especially for the hot, dry summers, when blowing winds leave everything and everybody parched. This thirst-quencher is tasty and cooling and a perfect drink for our “dog days of summer” which are just getting started.


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  • 1 liter milk
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 30 almonds blanched
  • 6 tsps. whole pumpkin/sunflower seeds (unsalted)
  • 1 1/2 tsp cardamom powder
  • 3 tsps. rose water (optional)
  • Crushed ice
  • Rose petals to garnish


  1. Grind the almonds, sunflower/pumpkin seeds, cardamom powder and rose water into a fine paste in a food processor.
  2. Add the milk, condensed milk and crushed ice to the paste and blend well.
  3. Strain the drink through a fine sieve or muslin and serve in glasses, garnished with rose petals.

Makes 6 glasses.

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