It is 15th August, a day of celebration for India, the day when we celebrate our freedom. Back in 1947, our nation gained its liberty and became a free country on this day.
As a kid, the day typically used to start by watching the flag-hoisting ceremonies that are conducted all over the country, followed by quality fun time with friends and family.. eating, laughing and playing around.
I wanted to make something special to celebrate this day and I kept cracking my head to come up with something that I can call an All-Indian food. If you have been to India and traveled few places, you’ll know exactly what I mean. With so many different cultures and religions in India, it’s very difficult to pick a dish that is common to every state. For example, lentils and rice are made in every Indian kitchen but it will taste absolutely different in different states.
Just the other day, I and Arvind were talking about food we used to like as a child and that’s when he mentioned about his favorite drink called Thandai. It is more common in north of India as compared to any other part and that is why i hadn’t heard of it. Why hadn’t he mentioned thandai before! As we were talking, I felt an urgent need to share this drink with you, before the summer vanishes.
I know it’s not an All-Indian drink, but it’s my husband favorite summer drink. So, we celebrated our Independence Day with Thandai 🙂 Jai Hind!
So proud to be an Indian and proud of our national anthem which was declared by UNESCO as “The Best Anthem of the World” and I salute the author of this anthem, Rabindra Nath Tagore !
Thandai is a wonderful, cold refreshing beverage made with milk that is infused with almond and few other spices. This is traditionally prepared during the Holi festival (festival of colors) and it’s often mixed with ‘bhang’ to give it an intoxicating kick. This is of-course the non-intoxicating version and perfect for hot summers.
It’s very easy and quick to make, but you have to infuse it for at-least 6 hours and serve it chilled. Whenever we think of summer drink, ice is a must. However, this is one drink where you shouldn’t add ice as it will dilute the milk and spoil the taste.
For the powder mix
- 1/4 cup whole almond
- 2 tbs poppy seeds
- 2 tbs fennel seeds
- 1 tbs cardamom powder
- 20 peppercorns
- 4 cups milk
- 1/2 cup sugar
- few strands of saffron
- 1 tbs slivered pistachios for garnish
- 2 tbs rose water
- Using a coffee grinder or mixer, grind the ingredients of the powder mix to a fine dust.
- Boil the milk with sugar and few strands of saffron .
- Add the grind powder and mix it well.
- Let it refrigerate for a minimum of 4 hours to 6 hours.
- Strain the drink, add rose water and mix.
- Garnish it with some slivered pistachio, few saffron tread and serve it cold.