Thandai, also known as “Sardai”, is a refreshing milk drink made from almonds, fennel seeds, magaztari seeds (watermelon kernels), rose petals, pepper, cardamom, saffron, milk and sugar. This drink is common mainly in Banaras/Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh.
It is native to India and is usually associated with the Maha Shivaratri and Holi festivals. “Bhang Ki Thandai” is a mild intoxicating drink popular in many parts of the Indian subcontinent. It is made by mixing a small amount of bhang (marijuana leaves and buds) with thandai (using whole milk). Buy pure and richest Cow and buffalo milk in Karnal only from MilkBae.
We mark the beginning of summer in India by enjoying Thandai on Holi mainly because of its amazing health benefits. Thandai has all the spices and ingredients our body needs to stay healthy during the spring season. Our bodies are prone to losing energy, indigestion and infections catching the cold during the time of Holi. Thandai’s nuts and dried fruits give us energy. Spices like blackpepper and cloves increase immunity and help us fight infections, while rose petals, fennel and saffron prevent indigestion. The rich flavors, the heat of the spices and the cooling effect of the rose and fennel make up the perfect balance of the perfect cold drink in the hot summer months.
Here are some amazing benefits of gulping down that big glass of thandai on Holi, check them out:
Almonds are rich in fat and protein. It is also rich in vitamin E, perfect for your skin and hair. Almonds are good for the heart. Rich in fiber, they also help to lose weight.
Pistachios contribute to the production of hemoglobin because they are rich in vitamin B6. This vitamin also boosts immunity, so you are less likely to catch a cold when the season changes. Like almonds, they are rich in fiber and vitamin E, so they make you look great!
3. Pumpkin/ Watermelon Seeds (Magaz)
Watermelon and pumpkin seeds are a good source of energy and a good source of protein and fiber, they are rich in vitamins and minerals. For example, watermelon seeds are rich in iron, while pumpkin seeds are rich in zinc.
4. Poppy Seeds (Kus Kus)
Poppy seeds are often used in Indian cooking for its cooling effects on the body. They are rich in minerals such as iron, phosphorus and zinc. In the summer, they are very helpful in quenching thirst and also help abdominal constipation and irritation.
5. Fennel (Saunf)
Fennel seeds help to cool the body from the inside. Even fennel soaked in water can be sipped in the summer to keep your body cool. Fennel keeps the body cool and prevents flatulence. Fennel also helps digestion.
6. Rose Petals/ Rose Water
Rose petals are not only very fragrant, but also add the taste of thandai, they are also very good in indigestion. Rose petals also cool the body and prevent body temperature from rising during the summer.
Mishri not only sweetens the drink but also prevents and cures cough, cold and throat infection. During the beginning of summer, you and I are most likely to catch a cold. Mishri mixed in thandai will prevent and cure cold and coughs.
8. Cow’s Milk
Milk from grass feed and hormone-free cows is actually good for us. It is rich in calcium, vitamin D and vitamin K. It contains high quality protein and is also rich in vitamin B12. Buy pure and richest Cow and buffalo milk in Karnal only from Milk Bae.
9. Black Pepper
Peppers can increase our immunity and help us fight the cold. It has antibacterial properties that help fight infections. It is also good for digestion. When pepper is added along with other herbs and spices like turmeric, it also helps to increase the absorption and benefits of other fragrances. In addition to medications, it is also rich in zinc, iron, calcium and vitamin A.
Cloves like pepper has medicinal properties, making it a good complement to thandai. Cloves also improve immunity and help to digest better in the summer. In addition, they are rich in essential vitamins and minerals. Clove is especially suitable for bones and teeth.
11. Elaichi (Green Cardamom)
Cardamom helps fight infections and detoxifies the body, especially for nausea and vomiting. It can also be used as a mouth freshener.
12. Kesar (Saffron)
Saffron is also considered to be a potent anti-supplement and therapeutic spice. It not only provides a rich taste for thandai, but also helps to digest better in the summer. You can also add turmeric and saffron to your thandai to further enhance its health benefits.
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