Vegan Golden Milk Thandai

It’s the festival of colors again and for me Thandai marks the beginning of this wonderful festival called Holi.

Making thandai and other Holi sweets were a tradition back at my parents place where my grand mom would involve us all in the process. Every one would work together, chat, share a laugh, and just be merry. Those were the days!

All I do now is try and make a few things which were and are symbolic of a festival for me growing up! This time, I have drifted a bit from the traditional recipe and made Thandai totally Vegan! Well, truth be told, it turned into a Vegan recipe because I had almond milk and I wanted to use it.

I hope you enjoy this Thandai because it also has the goodness of turmeric.


Prep time: 10 mins + (1 hour for soaking)

Cook time: 5 mins

Total time: 15 mins + (1 hour for soaking)

Vegan Golden Milk Thandai: A spiced cooling drink made during Holi, with the goodness of almonds, fresh turmeric and spices.


  • Green cardamoms – 5
  • Fennel seeds – 1 tsp
  • Black peppercorns – 1/2 tsp
  • Coriander seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Melon seeds – 2 tbsp
  • Almonds – 1/2 cup
  • Maple syrup or any natural sweetener – 3 tbsp
  • Rose petals – 1 tbsp or Rose Essence – 1/2 tsp
  • Almond Milk – 500 ml
  • Fresh turmeric, grated – 1 tbsp (or use dry turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp)


  1. Roast cardamoms, fennel seeds, black peppercorns, coriander seeds, melon seeds slightly.
  2. Follow these steps if you have a couple of hours to soak the spices in water:
    • Now soak almonds, roasted spices in only as much water required to only soak. Keep this aside for 1 hour (if possible).
    • Now grind everything into a smooth paste.
  3. Follow this step if you want to make instant Thandai:
    • Now grind together the roasted spices and almonds into a fine powder.
  4. Heat almond milk till one boil. Add the grated fresh turmeric and turn off the gas.
  5. Add the ground paste or ground powder in the milk and let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes.
  6. Sieve the milk, add maple syrup or sweetener of your choice and keep in the fridge to chill for sometime.
  7. Serve chilled.

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