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Healthy Holi Beverage—Vegan Sugar-Free Thandai

Holi is here, and what better way to celebrate it than with a glass of the quintessential thandai? This version from nutrition and lifestyle coach Vinita Contractor gives the classic drink a healthy upgrade—it’s vegan, sugar-free and easy to make.

By Shreya Maji
16 Mar 2022

The festival of colours is incomplete without some festive food and a glass of chilled, refreshing thandai. This vegan thandai recipe from nutrition and lifestyle coach Vinita Contractor uses homemade nut milk as its base, and dates as a natural sweetener. Spiced with the classic thandai spices like fennel and cardamom and garnished with saffron, this drink can be a hydrating and healthy accompaniment for your Holi festivities.

 

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Energy
140 Kcal
Carbs
19 g
Protein
3 g
Fat
7 g
Fibre
5 g

Ingredients list

  • 1/4 cup almonds
  • 1/4 tbsp pistachios
  • 3/4 tbsp melon seeds
  • 2-3 dates soaked and deseeded
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp fennel seeds (saunf)
  • 1/2 tsp poppy seeds (khus khus)
  • 3 whole black pepper kernels (kali mirch)
  • 1 green cardamom
  • 1 pinch saffron
  • 1/2 tbsp rose water

 

Preparation

 

Step 1 :

Take the almonds, pistachios and melon seeds in a bowl and soak for 6-8 hours. Take out the nuts and discard the water.

 

Step 2 :

Add half cup of water to the pre-soaked nuts, and grind till it turns into a smooth liquid. Add the remaining water and blend well.

 

Step 3 :

Take a tablespoon of the nut milk and soak the saffron. In a dry grinder, add all the spices and grind into a fine powder.

 

Step 4 :

Add the spices to the thandai liquid. Add the dates, rose water and a few ice cubes (optional), and blend together. 

 

Step 5 :

Pour the thandai into glasses. Spoon the soaked saffron on top. Garnish with slivered almonds or pistachios.

 

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