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Thandai Mix, A Fragrant, Indian, Milk Shake Mix

Thandai Powder Mix

Abha Gupta

Thandai is a cool drink from North India. It is popular during the summer. It is a gently fragrant drink, very refreshing. The powder or ‘mix’ can be made in bulk and kept in a jar, perhaps in a fridge or freezer. This preserves the flavours for longer. Makes a standard jam jar full.

Thand=cold, aai=came(pronounced as aa-yee), "something that brings coolness"!

Ingredients

  • 2 tbs. blanched almonds, dry (you can use ground almonds)

  • 2 tbsp. melon seeds, or mixed seeds

  • 1 tbsp. poppy seeds (khus-khus or post)

  • 1 tbsp. fennel or saunf. Thick seeds are better for this mix.

  • 2 tsp. green cardamoms, whole

  • 2 tsp. black peppercorns

  • A few strands of saffron

  • 1 tbsp. sugar (this is only to make grinding saffron and rose petals easier).

  • 1/4-1/2 cup dried, wild rose petals. Dried rose petals can be bought at some Indian stores. If you have a wild rose in your garden, dry some leaves yourself, ensuring that no insecticides were used.

Instructions

  1. Measure ingredients.

  2. Place all but last 3 ingredients in a coffee grinder and grind to a fine powder.

  3. Grind rose petals, sugar and saffron strands.

  4. Sieve all powdered ingredients together, to remove any husk or large bits. You can re-grind and sieve any remaining solids and add to the fine powder.

  5. Store in a jar.

  6. When required, add 1 full teaspoon to a mug of milk. Sweeten to taste, using sugar or sweetener.

  7. When required, add 1 full teaspoon to a mug of milk. Sweeten to taste, using sugar or sweetener.

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