2 March, 2018
Thandai : Spicy milk shake for the colour festival Holi: Dairy free option
Is there any better way to welcome Spring, than to colour yourself with the colours of the season?
Just take a moment to think. The long grey winter, I’d say white in my part of the world, is just showing signs of being done for the year.
The possibility of the bare feet touching the grass, no icy roads, the garden coming alive, song birds returning could just be real.
Just the thought of ths is making me do the happy dance.
Holi is celebrated by applying coloured powder on friends and relatives, dances and of course food. Sweets and savoury dishes are prepared. The highlight though is this cooler drink. Nuts, seeds, peppercorns, saffron, rose petals are blended together, which is then infused into chilled milk.
An adult version using ground hemp leaves is sometimes done taking this a “really” different level.
I am sticking to the “G” version here.
Recipe; Serves 2
Almonds 1/4 cup
Cashews 1/4 cup
melon seeds 1 Tbsp
Rose petals 1 tbsp
White poppy seeds 2 Tbsps
Black pepper 1/4 tsp
Aniseed 1 Tbsp
Nutmeg powder 1/4 tsp
Mace 1/4 tsp
saffron 1/4 tsp
Sugar 3 Tbsp
Pistachio pieces to garnish
Homo milk 2 cups
Vanilla ice cream 2 scoops (optional)
Sugar 2 tsps
Grind together all the ingredients under “mix’. Store in an airtight container in fridge.
To make the drink, take 2 cups of milk. Add 4 Tbsps of the above mix in it. Let it rest for couple hours. Give it a nice stir, add the ice cream, garnish with pistachio pieces, saffron.
Take a big gulp.
Melon seeds are available as ‘Magaz’, in Indian grocery store.
Substitute any nut milk to make a dairy free option.