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Amazing Summer Inspired Vegan Milk Drink- ‘Thandai’

by | June 11, 2019

Your search for a unique and delicious summer drink ends here. Try this vegan milk drink- ‘Thandai’

Thandai is the name given to an originally milk-based cool drink in India. The original recipe was non-vegan but I adopted the vegan version and it was amazing. You can surely win hearts with this amazing and delicious summery drink. It is cooling and has some digestive properties as well. This drink tastes best when you use fresh ingredients to prepare it, such as crushing the whole black pepper instead of using the store bought pepper powder, and likewise with the rest of the ingredients.

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Vegan Milk Drink- Thandai
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Amazing Summer Inspired Vegan Milk Drink- ‘Thandai’


  • Almond milk: 250 ml
  • Fresh coconut milk: 250 ml
  • Black pepper: 6-8; Crushed freshly
  • Cardamom: 5-6 pods; Crushed freshly
  • Fennel: 1 teaspoon; Crushed freshly
  • Vanilla extract: 1/4th teaspoon
  • Salt to taste
  • Organic cane sugar: 1 tablespoon
  • Ice

For garnish:

  • Almond: 5-6; chopped into small pieces
  • Cashew: 5-6; chopped into small pieces
  • Melon seed: 1 big tablespoon; also chopped finely


  • Boil the almond milk and coconut milk together until it reduces just a little bit. Add the vanilla extract and cane sugar. Boil some more and let the milk cool. Check the sweetness. The drink is preferably mildly sweet. You can add or reduce the sugar as per your taste.
  • In the meantime, dry roast the cardamom, black pepper and fennel and grind to a fine powder. Keep aside.
  • Now dry roast the almonds, cashews and melon seeds for a minute in medium flame. Chop them together using a chopper such that they remain chunky.
  • Now the final step is to combine everything. Remember, prepared milk must be cold. Do not use warm milk.
  • In a blender, add the prepared milk, a pinch of salt to balance the sweetness and some ice cubes. Add the dry spice mix.
  • Blend everything smooth.
  • Pour in mason jars or juice mugs. Add the chopped nuts equally to all the mugs/jars. Give a final stir. Serve immediately.

This vegan milk drink recipe has a uniquely refreshing taste, unlike any summer drink you have ever had. You can chew the nuts along with sipping the drink which makes an interesting combination. The drink was a mark of royalty and was a popular royal drink due to its rich ingredients. You can surprise your vegan or non-vegan guests with this unique drink and be sure to win hearts. Try this recipe out and share your thoughts with us.

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Debayan Paul

Digital Writer | West Bengal, India | [email protected]



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