Spiced Thandai Milkshake is a chilled Indian beverage made with homemade Thandai masala comprising of various spices & dry fruits. Clearly a crowd favorite!
Can you believe that half the year is already gone by and that the festive season is just around the corner? We have family visiting us until November and celebrating festivals with loved ones is so much better! I am looking forward to lots of fun times, great company and lots of delicious food. Pretty soon all the festivals will line up one after the other and then this year will be over before we know it. It's true what they say - time flies when you're having fun! My Instagram feed and IGTV videos are something you should not miss in the coming months - I'll be doing quite a bit of cooking. Today's recipe is a milk based dessert drink that is loved by all age groups. Ever since we got to know about a2 Milk, we have only been using it. I did a detailed post on the benefits of consuming a2 Milk that you can read here. Being a vegetarian, consuming milk has been part of our daily regimen ever since childhood. We add milk to our beverages, cold drinks, milkshakes, Biryanis and even make yogurt from it. In case it isn't obvious- Clearly, we love milk 🙂
Moving to the US and adjusting to the milk available here was a bit of a challenge. Both KR and I experienced some bloating and discomfort after consuming dairy here. We then began trying non dairy milk like almond milk, coconut milk, flax milk and cashew milk. However there are certain Indian recipes that taste the best only with whole milk. That is why we love a2 Milk. The major protein components of any milk are whey and casein. Beta-casein is the most prominent of the Caseins and comes in two flavors a1 and a2. Regular milk contains both a1 and a2 caseins, but a2 milk contains just a2 Caseins. Nutrient-wise, a2 milk is very similar to regular milk. The notion is that a2 milk is easier to digest than a1 milk.Though a1 and a2 milk have the same amount of lactose in them, certain studies have shown that a2 milk may be easier to digest and cause less discomfort and bloating. Indian cows naturally produce a2 milk. That is why Indians living in the US may be able to digest this milk better. Honestly, we've felt less discomfort since we started using a2 milk - not to mention coffee and tea both taste the way they should!
For those who don't know, Thandai is an Indian traditional, festive drink made with whole milk and Thandai masala that's made with nuts and whole spices. Traditionally, this heavenly drink is served during the Maha Shivaratri and Holi festival. Thandai comes from the word 'Thanda' which means cold. This drink is best when served cold especially during summers. This drink not only cools down the body but also refreshes it. All the spices used to make this drink also help in digestion and boosts immunity. My aunt would make this Thandai masala and stock it. She would add a spoonful of this masala to warm/cold milk and give it to her kids everyday. We would have it every time we went to stay over. I remember drinking Thandai milkshake with my cousins and laughing over our milk mustaches. Some fond childhood memories stay with you forever!
This recipe requires Thandai masala. You can either buy it from the store or make it at home. It's very easy. Grind together all the ingredients mentioned under the Thandai masala tab below. Store this in an airtight container and use it as needed. It stays good for about a month. In a thick bottomed pan, add milk, half the quantity of heavy cream and the prepared Thandai masala. Bring it to a simmer. Simmer it for 8-10 minutes. Once it thickens, take it off the flame and set it aside to cool down completely. Then add condensed milk and the rest of the cream. With a hand blender, whisk for 5 minutes until light and creamy. Mix in the chopped pistachios and rose petals. You can do one of 3 things at this stage: a) Pour this in an ice cream container and freeze it overnight. Thandai Ice Cream is ready. b) pour this in Popsicle molds and make your own Ice Pops or c))serve chilled as is. That is Thandai Milkshake for you. Garnish it with saffron and sliced almonds. Despite the name 'Thandai' there are some prefer this drink warm. You be your own judge 🙂
If you feel that consuming dairy makes you feel bloated, give a2 milk a shot. Honestly you have nothing to lose. It could be that a2 milk improves your dairy experience and you can begin to enjoy milk again. Do look for it at your nearest retailer. Cheers!
Spiced Thandai Milkshake
To Make the Thandai Masala
To make Thandai Milkshake
- 400 gms heavy whipping cream
- 200 gms sweetened condensed milk
- 2 cups a2 Milk
- 2-3 tbsp thandai masala
- 2 tbsp chopped pistachios
- 2 tbsp dried rose petals
To Make the Thandai Masala
- Add all the ingredients to the blender and grind it to powder consistency. No need to roast them before.
To make Thandai Milkshake
- In a thick bottomed pan, add milk, half the quantity of heavy cream and the prepared thandai masala. Simmer it for 8-10 minutes.
- Once its thickened, take it off the flame and set it aside to cool down completely.
- Then add condensed milk and rest of the cream.
- With a hand blender, whisk for 5 minutes till light and creamy.
- Mix in chopped pistachios and rose petals.
- Chill this in the refrigerator.
- Pour in serving glasses, garnish it with saffron and sliced almonds. Serve.
If you liked this recipe, then here are some other beverage ideas that you can try this summer are Moon Milk, Cool & Cleansing Jalapeno Cucumber Mint Lemonade, Fresh Guava & Watermelon Non Boozy Summer Drink, Smoked Masala Chaas/Buttermilk, Indian Summer Drink – Tomato Jal Jeera, Lime Mix Drink for Summers!, 4 Ingredient Mango Mastani Drink Recipe, Vegan Milk Masala & Indian Protein Powder with Silk Almond CashewMilk, Shrikhand Milkshake & Piyush, Vegan Figs Chocolate Coconut Milkshake, 2 Ingredient Watermelon Vanilla Blossom Recipe, Indian Masala Chai | Tea, Turmeric Latte and Vegan Zaffrani Mewa Doodh.