Holi Special: Almond Milk Thandai | Vegan Thandai | Dairy-free Thandai Premix

How to Make Vegan Thandai | Almond Milk Thandai | Dairy-free Thandai Premix 
Hello Foodies,
         Wish you all a very happy Holi. Holi is a festival of colors and which is incomplete without delightful Thandai and Mawa Gujiya. Thandai is a cool and refreshing drink prepared with dry fruits and flavored with some fragrant spices. 

It’s a must-have treat for Holi, an 
Indian festival welcoming spring. Thandai translates to something that cools, and once you get a taste, you’ll want more of this sweet, nutty drink. Thandai makes you feel cooler and has many other health benefits as well. It also serves as an instant energizer in the scorching summer heat. 
Video Recipe:

Thandai is very closely associated with bhang. On Holi, thandai is served along with bhang to intoxicate the beverage.  Homemade thandai is a golden drink for your health. It is full of nuts, seeds, and medicinal spices balanced together in the form of a tasty summertime beverage. Now, here I am sharing with you an easy, instant, and vegan version of thandai! The Health benefits of thandai are limitless, so are you drinking a glass of chilled thandai to celebrate the festival of colors and to beat the heat of summer?

Preparation Time: 5 Minutes.

To Make Thandai Premix/Powder:
  • Almonds ¼ cup
  • Cashews ¼ cup
  • Melon seeds / Pumpkin seeds 2 tbsp
  • Fennel seeds 2 tbsp
  • Cardamom powder 2 tsp
  • Black pepper 1 tsp
  • Poppy seeds 2 tsp
  • Sugar 3 tbsp
  • Pistachios ¼ cup
  • Nutmeg ¼ tsp
  • Cinnamon ¼ tsp
  • Saffron 1 tsp
To Make Paan (Betel Leaf) Thandai:
  • Betel leaf / Paan leaf 1
  • Almond Milk 1 cup
  • Thandai Premix 2 tbsp
  • Sugar 2 tsp
To Make Kesar (Saffron) Thandai:
  • Kesar / Saffron 1 tsp
  • Almond Milk 1 cup
  • Thandai Premix 2 tbsp
  • Sugar 2 tsp
To Make Thandai Premix:
  • In a grinder add all the dry ingredients (almonds, cashews, pistachios, pumpkin seeds/ melon seeds, fennel seeds, cardamom powder, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, black pepper, saffron strands, poppy seeds).
  • Grind to make a fine powder. 
  • Sieve the ground powder and here instant thandai mix is ready.

To Make Paan Thandai:
  • In a grinder add 1 cup of almond milk, 2 tbsp of thandai premix powder, chopped betel leaf, and 2 tsp sugar.
  • Now, close the lid and grind it all together.
  • Pour the mixture into the glass, chill, or serve as it is. 
  • Refreshing, vegan, and delightful Paan Thandai is ready to serve. Enjoy!!!

To Make Saffron / Kesar Thandai:
  • In a grinder add 1 cup of almond milk, 2 tbsp of thandai premix powder, 1 tsp saffron, and 2 tsp sugar.
  • Now, close the lid, and grind it all together.
  • Pour the mixture into the glass, chill, or serve as it is.
  • Refreshing, vegan, and delightful Kesar Thandai is ready to serve. Enjoy!!!
My Take:
  • You can use soy milk or coconut milk in place of almond milk to make it more therapeutic.
Dietary Comments:
Thandai Masala Powder/Premix:
  • Based on a 2000 calorie diet.
  • Per serving contains 99 calories, along with carbohydrates - 8.5 g, dietary fibers - 2.2 g, fats - 4.5 g, proteins - 2.44 g.
Vegan Thandai (Paan & Saffron)
  • Based on a 2000 calorie diet.
  • Per serving contains 192 calories, along with carbohydrates - 24.9 g, dietary fibers - 3.2 g, fats - 7 g, proteins - 3.44 g.

Health Benefits of Thandai:
  • Thandai is an instant energy source to beat the heat of summer.
  • A mixture of ground almonds, pistachios, and pumpkin seeds is added to give you instant energy when your body feels drained by the summer heat.
  • The presence of almonds and pistachio in the masala powder helps to enrich the thandai with added health benefits like antioxidants, vitamin E, and zinc.
  • Spices like black pepper, nutmeg, and cinnamon increase immunity and help us fight infections while fennel and saffron prevent indigestion.
  • Poppy seeds in thandai are rich in minerals like iron, phosphorus, and zinc. In the summer, they are very helpful in quenching thirst and also help during constipation and irritation of the abdomen.
  • Thandai helps fight infection, detoxifies the body, and is especially good for nausea and vomiting. Cardamom used in preparing this thandai powder is also useful as a mouth freshener.
  • Almonds have good cholesterol and Vitamin E which is essential for skin and hair.
  • Saffron used in thandai is known as the golden spice that prevents arthritis, cancer and improves vision. It is also known to enhance the complexion and prevent indigestion, flatulence, baldness, and treat blood pressure.
  • The Health benefits of thandai are limitless, it also has all nutrients like iron, manganese, phosphorus, protein, carbohydrate, fats, and vitamins in the right proportion required for a healthy body and mind.
  • Almond milk is a low-carb beverage, making it a perfect choice for people on a low-carb diet, as well as those who need to keep a check on their blood sugar levels.
  • Almond milk is imitation milk and doesn't contain any dairy at all, which makes it a popular milk alternative for vegans and people with lactose intolerance or milk allergies.
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Eat Healthy, Stay Healthy!!!


  1. Hari OM
    Delicious! Will be adding this recipe to my book! YAM xx

    1. Hari OM
      Thanks a ton. Sure try it, you will like it and best thing about this thandai is vegan.


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