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Friday, March 18, 2011

Thandai- HOLI HAI !!!!!



 Holi is amongst the most popular festivals c celebrated in India during summer period. Legend has it that Lord Vishnu saved his devotee Prahlad, who was put in a fire by his Aunt 'Holika' in an attempt to kill him. She had a special gift that fire would not harm her. But Lord Vishnu ensured that Prahlad remained unharmed whereas the demon Holika herself died in the Fire. In order to signify victory of good over evil people celebrate this festival . Holi Festival means vibrancy of color, music and delicious food and drink which are particularly sweet in taste. After applying color to family members, friend and well wishers, people enjoy the delicacies which add to the happiness of the environment. 
                                                                                                                                                
Ingredients:
1 liter Full cream milk

1/2 cup Sugar
1/2 tbsp Poppy seeds
1 cup Water
6 tsp dried Watermelon seeds
1/2 tbsp Saunf (Fennel seeds)
15 Almonds, blanched

8 Pistachios
10-12 Peppercorns
1 1/2 tsp Cardamom powder
Few rose petals (fresh)

Few strands of Saffron
Crushed ice
 

Method:
Soak almonds and poppy seeds in 2 tbsp water or milk in the previous night or minimum for 8 hours.
Heat milk in a pan and after it boils once, switch off the flame and add sugar. Stir well so that sugar melts in. Add saffron strands and keep aside.
Peel off the skin of almonds and put these in a blender along with poppy seeds, watermelon seeds, peppercorns, rose petals, pistachios and saunf. Grind till you get a smooth paste. The paste should be very smooth and fine. Add little milk / water in between if you feel it has become too thick. 
Now place a muslin cloth over a big bowl and filter the mixture through this muslin cloth. Press this firmly till the residue becomes dry and husk like. Repeat this process 2-3 times. Now add this extracted liquid to milk and stir well. Add Cardamom powder, stir again and keep this in the fridge. Before serving add crushed ice, chopped almonds and enjoy this refreshing and energetic drink this Holi. Play safe :-). 
For other holi special recipes you can click here- Dahi Vada/ Dahi Bhalla, Gujiya, Malpua






      Sending this Thandai and Gujiya to Gayatri's  first event Walking Through The Memory Lane
                                                                                                                       

85 comments:

  1. wow so delicious thandai and wonderful clicks :)
    HAPPY HOLI

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  2. Happy holi!yummy n delicious thandai!

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  3. I've never tasted thandai! Am sure will taste as good as it looks!

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  4. Deepa,this is such an amazing post & I miss not being in India during this time of the year.Holi has been such a favorite of mine and thandai reminds me of bhang ;) We used to add that as well :0 So glad you mentioned the significance of Holi in our lives,nice post :)!!!

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  5. This preparation is new to me...nice to know about it....Happy Holi..

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  6. Never tasted thandi before...it looks yummy...Your pics are superb and thanks for writing the significance of holi....

    FunWidFud

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  7. Nice post with lovely colors and delish thandi!!

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  8. Wow Thandai yum yum...I wish I could be your neighbour Deepa...you make such lovely things love the presentation.

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  9. Wat an irresistible thandai, prefect and beautiful presentation Deepa, Happy Holi dear..

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  10. That reminds me of my last to last Holi, where I went crazy after drinking a cuppa Thandai with some Bhang in it.... ROFLing all the way without any reason.... LOL!!!!

    Ash....
    (http://hastkala-oceanichope.blogspot.com/)

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  11. Thandai looks delicious. Deepa nice post.

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  12. Delicious thandai.....i havnt tried it ever....will make sure that i do not give it a miss this time around!!

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  13. Happy Holi!!! never tasted this before sounds great.

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  14. very new one to me.Happy holi to u and wonderful presntation too

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  15. love thandai...perfect for holi...
    looks absolutely mouthwatering..yum n delicious
    and wow wht a treat for my eyes with ur gorgeous presentation...superb

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  16. Your presentation looks very beautiful and authentic and lovely thandai.

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  17. Happy holi..Thandai looks perfect..:)

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  18. luv ur matka,..;-) thandai looks delicious,even i will prepare tomorrow,.

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  19. it looks soo tempting!....just pass me that matka!...
    Smitha
    Smitha's Spicy Flavors

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  20. Happy Holi Deepa....This thandai looks so perfect...Loved the presentation, totally apt for this festival!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

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  21. Never had this.Your Thandi looks so irresistible.There is a first time for everything right,I am gonna try your Thandai today.Happy Holi Deepa!

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  22. Seriously, After seeing ur post, I feel am in INDIA ... U made my day dear..Thandai looks gorgeous..homy feeling again..

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  23. beautiful post Deepa. love this recipe and your clicks. Wish you and your family a very happy holi.

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  24. @Kavita: I also had with bhang once :-) Was laughing through out the day !!! Good to hear that u liked this post.

    @Deepa & Reshmi: Give this refreshing and healthy drink a try and I'm sure this will become your fav drink

    @Deepi: So planning to shift ? ;-)

    @Ash: I can imagine the scence. I too had great fun when I had it first time :-)

    @Vidhya: You made my day !!! if just by looking at the pictures made you so curious then I'm sure the taste would make you feel even better.

    @Shanavi: I'm so glad that I made you feel at home :-)

    @Others: Thank you friends for your encouragement ...It means a lot to me. And HAPPY Holi to you in advance.

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  25. Happy Holi Deepa... Great yummy drink.. I also have plans of making this ...Tomar presentation khub bhalo lage..
    Bhalo Khabo

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  26. gr8 and yummy treat all time fav. and presentation is superb.
    happy holi

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  27. Wat an irresistible thandai, prefect and beautiful presentation Deepa, Happy Holi dear..

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  28. I'm from South India, holy celebrations and the festivities are not very popular there. This Thandai is very new to me. It looks soooo delicious in that mud pot and refreshing. Happy Holi by the way :-)

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  29. nice post....thandai looks great...
    Happy Holi to U

    http://www.panchamrutham.blogspot.com/

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  30. Deepa... you have created a lot of holi air through your pics.. its just perfect to show off a dish with all those accomplices.. hehehe.. bright colors and a great dish
    great one..

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  31. Happy Holi to you and ur family deepa, lovely thandai looks yum!

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  32. Delicious thandai....Happy Holi dear!!

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  33. Thandai looks delicious.Happy Holi.

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  34. Happy Holi! Lovely drink and great presentation...

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  35. Looks yum .I love the earthen pot.Happy Holi!

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  36. Happy Holi to you n family dear ..your thandai looks so yum and love the pics ..n the matka :)

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  37. Happy Holi.... Thandai is really tempting!!!

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  38. Happy Holi deepa..the thandai is looking just so exotic...lovely presentation as well

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  39. loved the presentation, with so many vibrant colors and thandai looks exotic in matka
    happy holi

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  40. Happy holi dear... That is a perfect delicious drink.
    You have an award waiting in my blog... Pls collect it..

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  41. happy holi dear... always love the thandai... really a refreshing n a lovely drink...

    DNSW: F Roundup
    Dish Name Starts with G
    Learning-to-cook
    Regards,
    Akila

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  42. I was in India during this festival 2 years ago and it was INCREDIBLE!!!

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  43. happy holi dear ! are tumio bangali .....ekdom darun....are thandai tumi ghorei banao ????bah bes to.....enjoy your holi dear !

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  44. lovely ! i love tht refreshing drink, perfect festive spirits !

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  45. Awesome clicks deepa...looks absolutely tempting..Happy holi n have fun..:)
    Tasty appetite

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  46. Thandai looks so refreshing. Lovely pics.

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  47. Wonderful and refreshing thandai. Looks yummy and tempting.
    Wish you & your family a very Happy Holi.

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  48. Hi Deepa dearie, how U been? Hey missed U lady! :D

    WOW, this is one lovely post with great pics! Loved the pot and your presentation! Hats off ;)

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  49. Happy Holi dear....
    Thandai looks yummy and very refreshing :)

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  50. Happy Holi, dear. Thandai luks so ethnic and perfect, very festive

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  51. happy holi!! yummy thandai..new to me!!

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  52. Never tasted thandai. Superb clicks. Appriciable efforts.

    Hamsamalini Chandrasekaran,
    http://indianyummykitchen.blogspot.com

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  53. yumm yumm..hope you had wonderful celeberations..!!

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  54. Yummy looking dish..so great..love it..

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  55. hey deepa...there's a award waiting for you in my space...plz accept it dear :-)

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  56. Beautiful drink and a beautiful presentation! Hope Holi was joyful for you :)

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  57. lovely.. looks very rich and yummy. i missed a lot of your recipes.. everything looks fabulous.

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  58. I know i am late....kya pura ka pura pegayae ho kya? no msgs from 2 days....love that classic presentation....fresh and yum.....

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  59. wow..looks very inviting..m really missing my inlaws..at my inlaws place they put bhang in thandai and serve to all the friendson holi day ..its always gr8 fun..luved the cute little matki .
    hey deepa btw thnkx for letting me know the substitute of eggs in hide n seek bis..will try them in a day or 2 .

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  60. I can imagine how divine it should have tasted with all those ingredients!
    I loved your gunjiyas too!

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  61. I love Thandai...missing it . We have it with bhang too.

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  62. Lovely thandai... with summer coming I'll surely be making a lot of this...

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  63. Luv this classic and flavor-filled Milky Dessert.Beautiful Presentation Dear.Luv it.Yum Yum!.Thanks for ur sweet comments at my space.

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  64. Looks so refreshing and sounds super delicious :) Nice presentation :)

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