Sugarfree Thandai Masala  recipe

Sugarfree Thandai Masala

by Leena Kohli (@leenakohli)
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A hassle-free, sugar-free Thandai Masala recipe that’s perfect for quick preparation! 

This mix combines nuts, seeds, and spices to create a rich, flavorful drink, perfect for the Holi festival or cooling off during hot days.

It offers a simple way to relish a traditional Indian beverage at home, to make any occasion...


15 Servings
(1 serving = 1 tbsp)
  • 30
  • 30
  • 3tbsp
    Melon Seeds (Char Magaz)
  • 4tbsp
    dried Rose petals (crushed)
  • 2tbsp
    Poppy Seeds
  • 1tbsp
    Fennel Seeds
  • 1tsp
    Green Cardamom powder
  • 1/2tsp
    Black Peppercorns
  • 1/2tsp
    Nutmeg Powder
  • 1pinch

How to make Sugarfree Thandai Masala

  1. Place almonds, pistachios, melon seeds, dried rose petals, poppy seeds, fennel seeds, black peppercorns, green cardamom powder, nutmeg powder, and saffron in a grinder or food processor.

  2. Pulse until you achieve a fine powder consistency. Do this in several batches to avoid the nuts from becoming oily and sticking together.

  3. For an even finer texture, pass the ground mixture through a sieve to filter out any larger pieces. Grind these pieces again and sieve if necessary.

  4. Transfer the Thandai Masala powder into an airtight container and store it in the refrigerator to maintain its freshness and flavour for an extended period.

To Prepare Thandai

  1. Blend or vigorously shake a glass of milk with one tablespoon of Thandai Masala and sugar to taste (optional).

  2. Refrigerate the mixture for 1-2 hours to let the flavours meld.

  3. Stir or shake well before serving. Enhance the presentation with a garnish of crushed nuts or a few strands of saffron.

  4. Serve the Thandai chilled for a refreshing experience.

Tips & Tricks

  1. For a richer flavour, consider lightly toasting the nuts before grinding.

  2. Adjust the quantity of spices according to your preference.

  3. Use honey or maple syrup instead of sugar for natural sweetness.


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Really tasty thandai masala. Everyone loved it at Holi!

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