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Thandai (Indian Almond Drink)

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“This is very easy to make and, oh so refreshing to drink. Note that there's a minimum 2-hour refrigeration time.”

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Soak sugar in 1/2 litre of the water used. Set aside.
  2. Soak remaining ingredients in 2 cups of remaining water. Set aside.
  3. Allow all soaked items to stand for at least 2 hours.
  4. Grind all soaked ingredients to a very fine paste. (not sugar) in a processor or blender.
  5. Place a double layer of cheesecloth or a coffee filter over/in a strainer and set over a large container/pitcher.
  6. Press through muslin with the back of a spoon, extracting as much liquid as possible.
  7. Add remaining water, a little at a time to extract more of the nut liquid.
  8. Pour back some of the extract and press, repress. Do this a number of times to extract as much flavour out of the nut paste as possible.
  9. Mix well. Chill for atleast 2 hours before serving. You may need to give the drink a stir before pouring.
  10. To serve, sprinkle some rose petals over each serving (optional).
  11. Note: Do not discard the nut paste - it is excellent used in making korma-type curries.

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