Today the Indian "festival of togetherness" known as Holi begins. It's way too wild for asthmatics like us, what with all the colored powders being tossed about. And then there's the friendly pinches administered by the neighbors. The beverage of the day is called Thandai. Thought you might like the recipe. This is the PG version, without the traditional ground cannabis. That's right. You heard me.
- 1 1/2 liter - Water
- 1 1/2 cups - Sugar
- 1 cup - Milk
- 1 tbsp - Almonds
- 1 tbsp - Watermelon/Cantaloupe seeds (dried and skinned)
- 1/2 tbsp - Poppy seeds
- 1/2 tbsp - Aniseed
- 1/2 tsp - Cardamom powder
- 1 tsp - Peppercorns (whole)
- 1/4 cup - Dried or fresh rose petals
- Soak sugar in 1/2 liter of water and all other dry ingredients in 2 cups of water for at least 2 hours.
- Grind all soaked ingredients (not sugar) to a very fine paste.
- Mix remaining water to the paste ,and strain it until the residue becomes dry.
- Add milk and sugar to the extracted liquid.
- Mix the cardamom powder in the milk.
- Chill for an hour of two before serving.
- Makes about 8 glasses.