Beat the Heat of Summer with Prabhuji Badam Thandai Recipe

Written by Priyanka Mishra  »  Updated on: July 08th, 2024

Beat the Heat of Summer with Prabhuji Badam Thandai Recipe

The summertime brings with it unbearable heat. To beat the summer heat, our bodies require replenishment and rejuvenation. For this, a few of the most well-liked healthy beverages exist. But out of all the summertime beverages, people's affection for badam thandai is unconditional, making it their top choice.

Badam Thandai Syrup: Recipe for Summertime Beverages

Badam thandai is a refreshing beverage with many health benefits that originate from north India. It is a blend of badam (almonds), sugar, some aromatic spices, saffron (kesar), fennel seeds, and milk. The badam offers an abundant supply of vital nutrients and protein. Thandai, a concentrated blend of various spices and herbs, is a crucial component of badam thandai.

There are many badam thandai recipes online. But here is a perfect recipe to make it at your home, complete with tips for customization and variations.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of almonds, soaked for one night
  • ½ cup of sugar (or to taste)
  • 1 tsp cardamom powder
  • 4 cups of milk
  • A pinch of saffron
  • Chopped nuts (pistachios, almonds) for garnish (optional)

Method for Making Badam Thandai

  1. Blend the Almonds: Take a blender, then add the soaked almonds and some amount of milk (around ¼ cup). Blend until you get a smooth and creamy paste.
  2. Prepare the Milk Base: Now pour the remaining milk into a saucepan and heat it until it gently boils.
  3. Temper the Spices: Add the sugar, saffron, cardamom powder, and the badam paste to the hot milk. Reduce the heat and simmer for a few minutes, allowing the flavors to infuse.
  4. Thicken the Consistency (Optional): If you prefer a thicker thandai, you can add a tablespoon of cornstarch mixed with a little cold milk to create a slurry. Slowly whisk this slurry into the simmering milk, stirring constantly until the desired consistency is reached.
  5. Cool and Chill: Heat slowly till the mixture becomes slightly thick. Stir for 5 to 7 minutes. Then remove it from the heat and let it cool at room temperature.
  6. Add Thandai Powder (Optional): Now, for an extra burst of flavor and aroma, you can add a couple of tablespoons of store-bought thandai powder (available at Indian grocery stores). However, this step is optional if you prefer a more natural taste.
  7. Refrigerate and Serve: Leave the badam thandai in the fridge for at least an hour, or ideally overnight, to allow the flavors to fully develop.
  8. Serving Time: Finally, when ready to serve, take chilled badam thandai in glasses. Top with chopped nuts like pistachios and almonds for added texture and a festive touch. You can also add a few strands of saffron for extra visual appeal.

Tips and Variations

  • Sugar Alternatives: For a healthier option, you can substitute sugar with honey or maple syrup. Adjust the quantity based on your desired sweetness.
  • Milk Options: While whole milk is traditionally used, you can also use low-fat milk, almond milk, or coconut milk for a vegan option.
  • Spice Variations: Experiment with different spices like fennel seeds, black peppercorns, or a pinch of nutmeg to personalize your thandai flavor profile.
  • Rose Water: A few drops of rose water can be added for a subtle floral aroma.

This homemade badam thandai recipe will keep you refreshed and offers a nutritious substitute for sugary summertime beverages. So ditch the store-bought drinks loaded with artificial flavors and colors. With its smooth texture, flavorful aroma, and abundance of health benefits, this homemade badam thandai is the perfect way to cool down and rejuvenate yourself during the hot summer months.


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