Australian Macadamia Nuts Thandai

Thandai is a refreshing Indian beverage made with milk, dry fruits, poppy seeds, peppercorns, fennel seeds, cardamom, rose petals and saffron. This traditional drink is popular in India’s northern states, and is especially popular during the festivals of Holi and Maha Shivratri. The ingredients used have a cooling effect on the body, hence the name Thandai, or cooling. 


4 Glasses


  • Drinks


  • Celebrations


  • Vegetarian


  • 7-8 Australian macadamia nuts 
  • 10 almonds 
  • 10 gms melon seeds 
  • 20 raisins 
  • 10 gms poppy seeds 
  • 1 tbsp fennel seeds 
  • 3-4 cardamom 
  • 7-8 black peppercorns 
  • A few rose petals 
  • A few saffron strands 
  • ½ cup water to soak ingredients 
  • 4 cups milk 
  • 4 tsp sugar (optional)
  1. Take ¼ cup of Australian macadamias and soak them in water for 1-2 hours. 
  2. Wash the betel leaves thoroughly and remove the stems. 
  3. In a blender, combine the soaked macadamia nuts, betel leaves, milk, ice cubes, gulkand, fennel seeds and sugar to taste (optional). 
  4. Blitz all the ingredients and pour into a container using a strainer. 
  5. Adjust the consistency as per preference and chill for 2-3 hours. 
  6. Serve the shots in small glasses.  
  7. Garnish with rose petals, shredded betel leaves or fennel seed powder for added flavour. (optional)
  8. Enjoy this unique, festive drink.  
  • Calories: ~ 462 kcal
  • Carbohydrates: ~ 77 grams
  • Protein: ~ 13 grams 
  • Fat: ~ 16 grams