Thandai Masala | How To Make Thandai Masala At Home

Wish you a happy and joyous Holi. I want to welcome this festival of colors with an open heart and positivity.

This time tried my hands on homemade Thandai Masala.


Always thought of making it but this year succeed and now regretting why I didnt try making this awesome Masala earlier.

Full disclosure, I discover Thandai only a few years back. It was a ready made pack and really loved it. But this homemade Masala is no comparison to anything; I can guarantee that.

I am sipping some of the Thandai milk that I made earlier using this Masala as I write this post.


Look at the gorgeous pastel hue and all the colors. The flavors are all completing each other. If you haven’t tried making yourself, please do. ?

A little about Holi; Holi is an Indian festival celebrated by the Hindus. Also known as the festival of colors. It is celebrated for the arrival of spring and marks the end of winters. It is also celebrated as thanks giving for a good harvest by doing puja and holika dahan. This day also marks the victory of good over evil. 

Apart from this it’s a fun filled day where we play with colors, all come together as one and eat sweet treats, special drinks and food.


Thandai is one such drink made in Holi festival, packed with fruits, nuts and spices it’s very tasty and nutritious too.

Directions to make Thandai Masala-


1/4 cup almond

1/4 cup cashew

1/4 cup pistachio

2 tbsp melon seeds

1 tbsp poppy seeds

2 tbsp rose petals

15-20 saffron strands

10 green cardamom

10-15 black peppercorn


Blend everything in the jar to a powder.

Store in an airtight container. Refrigeration is required for it to stay for longer period of time.

Use 2-3 tbsp to make Thandai milk, sweets, cake.

**make sure to not blend too much otherwise the natural oils in the nuts starts to release which starts to making a paste.

Powdery forms stays much longer.

But if you want to make a paste just soak all the ingredients in 1/2 glass water for 2-4 hours. Grind into a fine paste. Try to not add any extra water.

Paste is ready. Pls refrigerate for long time use.


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Other Holi recipes that you can try-

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45 thoughts on “Thandai Masala | How To Make Thandai Masala At Home

  1. Thanks for the delicious share. Where to buy good rose petals pls? Really wish to try the Thandarai recipe

    1. Thank you so much. I would suggest you to pluck the petals directly from a fresh flower. Keep it in the sun for a day or simply under a fan overnight.

  2. Ever since I started making home made thandai masala a few years ago, I now don’t like the ready made one. Such a handy masala to keep in the fridge for cold drinks, desserts and basically for so many other recipes.

  3. This year my husband is in US for office work so did not make it. But as soon as we will be together first this is to make thandai powder.

  4. Homemade are always the best and taste way more amazing than the store bought ones. Lovely pictures Avin.

  5. Home made masala powders are always the best! This is the one recipe which I was always plan to prepare every year but fail to implement. But at least this year got a chance to taste this yummy drink in our apartment Holi celebration. So can relate the taste of it.. yum !

  6. I am a big fan of anything homemade. This thandai mix looks very tempting. Has loads of nuts and flavours & i bet you had a great time drinking this today for Holi with your friends and family. Happy Holi to you and all at home.

  7. This is such a flavorful and delicious spice mix. I’ve heard a lot about thandai but never tried making it myself. May be I can make it for next Holi 🙂

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