Sardai / Thandai

Sardai / Thandai

Sardai is a traditional drink served during summers in North India and Pakistan. It is a creamy cold drink made with nuts and spices. Its a must have treat for holi. You can beat the heat with a cool glass of sardai as it has a cooling effect on your body. It is enriched with protein, vitamin and fiber. It is also paired with bhaang and is associated with Lord Shiva.

Preparation Time:  30 minutes

Cooking Time:  5 minut


  • Milk  150 ml, chilled
  • Water  150 ml
  • Sugar  3 tbsp, or to taste
  • Almonds  10, soaked and peeled
  • Khus khus  1 tbsp
  • Magaz (water melon seeds)  1 1/2 tsp
  • Peppercorns  5 – 7
  • Cardamom  1


  1. Soak khus khus, magaz, peppercorns and cardamom for thirty minutes in some water.
  2. Drain and grind the khus mixture along with the blanched almonds to a very fine paste, using some water.
  3. Add the remaining water to the paste, strain and squeeze well through a cotton cloth.
  4. Add milk and sugar to the above liquid mixture and mix well.
  5. Garnish with slivered pistachios and crushed peppercorns and serve chilled.


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