Thandai is an Indian cold drink prepared with a mixture of almonds, fennel seeds, watermelon kernels, rose petals, pepper, poppy seeds, cardamom, saffron, milk and sugar. It is native to India and is often associated with the Maha Shivaratri and Holi or Holla mahalla festival. It is most commonly consumed in north India. There are variants of thandai and the most common are badam (almond) thandai and bhang (cannabis) thandai.

Alternative namesSardai
Place of originIndia
Region or stateUttar Pradesh
Serving temperatureChilled or sometimes hot
Main ingredientsMilk key ingredient, cardamom, almonds, sugar, and saffron, cannabinoids (bhang thandai only)
VariationsRose thandai, Mango thandai, Badaam kesar thandai, Bhang thandai


Though thandai refers to a traditional festival drink made with various spices and nuts, this versatile drink can also be prepared in many different ways.

Types of Thandai
Name Description
Thandai[1]It is also known as badaam thandai, which is a traditional recipe of drink prepared with exotic nuts and spices.
Rose thandai[2]This version of thandai is made with rose petals and rose essence.
Mango thandai[3]This version of thandai with added mango puree makes a perfect summer cooler drink.
Badaam kesar thandaiMade with badaam (almonds) and kesar (saffron), this drink is often consumed during hot summers.
Bhang thandaiThis variation is a cannabis-infused drink that includes bhang, a preparation of cannabis, and thus contains THC and other cannabinoids, causing an intoxicating effect when consumed. Whole milk is often used because its fat content, along with ground nuts', help dissolve the fat-soluble cannabinoids.


  1. "Recipe: Thandai". TipHero.
  2. "Recipe: Rose Thandai". The Times of India.
  3. "Recipe: Mango Thandai". Ranveer Brar.
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