Motherhood is nothing less than an R&D job. As each milestone passes, new research, new planning along with implementation come in our way.- Bumpnmum
Starting from ‘what to pack in my hospital bag‘, to ‘choosing the best baby bottle’ and ‘how to introduce solids to the baby’, we need to invest ourselves in lots of research. In amongst major milestones, a shift from exclusive breastfeeding or formula feeding to solid food is one of the biggest milestones of a baby’s first year.
It’s been two years since the little K had started solids. Start early and slowly with healthy food was my only formula while I introduced solids to my little K. For me, it’s not important whether or not my baby eat a full plate. But what is not okay with me if my baby eats something unhealthy.
Even the teeny portion is enough if it’s healthy. The initial phase of this milestone was not so easy for me.
To fill his small tummy with healthy and important nutrients, was really difficult. A toddler tantrum happens a lot at mealtimes. This also happened to me multiple times a day. In addition to healthy solids, I also want to serve him some healthy variant of milk. Plain milk is not enough for a growing child. Then I remember my childhood days.
My mom used to give us warm milk prepared with dried fruits and nuts. Apart from amazing taste, this milk also contained several health benefits.
Unlike me, my baby refuses to eat anything warm. So I decided to serve him a cool and healthy variant of milk. It’s Thandai. Thandai is an exotic mix of Indian spices, nuts and full-fat milk drink mainly prepared during hot summer months. This milk-based drink not only has multiple health benefits but also has a cooling effect on our body. Thandai is a tastiest and healthiest way to add milk in a kid’s diet. And the best thing you can skip any ingredients and prepare according to your baby’s liking.
Homemade Thandai Recipe for kids
This Thandai recipe is prepared with a combination of dry nuts, rose petal paste, saffron strands, black peppercorns, fennel seeds, and spices.
Thandai is also known as Shardai and often associated with the Mahashivratri or Holi festival. From toddlers to grandparents, this is the perfect dessert for everyone! So, here is the recipe for you.
What goes into making Thandai?
Thandai is made-up of the following ingredients:
- Almonds – ¼ cup
- Poppy seeds/ Khus Khus – ¼ cup
- Watermelon seeds/ Magaz – ¼ cup
- Cashew nuts/ Kaju-¼ cup
- Fennel seeds – 2 table spoon
- Black pepper – 1 table spoon
- Cardamom – 2 table spoon
- Saffron or Yellow Food Color – 1 tea spoon
- Cinnamon – 1 tea spoon
- Rose petals/Rose Water – ¼ cup
- Milk – 3 cup
- Sugar – 1/2 cup
How to Make Thandai Drink for Toddlers?
- For Thandai Masala, in a bowl mix Black peppercorns, Poppy Seeds, Fennel Seeds, Melon Seeds, Cashew nuts.
- Soak all the ingredients in 1/2 Cup water for 2-3 hours.
- After 2-3 hours, peel skin off the Almonds.
- Strain the water and grind the soaked ingredients in a blender to make a smooth paste. Use water if needed. Keep Thandai Masala aside.
- Boil milk in a Pan and add Sugar, Cardamom Powder and Mix well.
- Cook for 4-5 minutes then switch off the flame.
- Add saffron yellow food color or saffron strands (soaked and rubbed in little warm milk) and Rose Essence.
- Add the Thandai Masala paste to the hot milk and mix well.
- When Thandai comes to room temperature refrigerate for at least 4-8 hours or overnight.
- After 8 hours, give Thandai a good mix. Thandai is ready to be served.
- Pour the Thandai in serving glasses.
- You can strain the mixture before serving if you want it smooth, but if you like the coarse mouth-feel of ground almonds and poppy seeds, you can enjoy the drink as it is without straining.
- Garnish it with rose petals and dry fruits.
- Thandai is best served chilled! Refrigerate again until needed.
Thandai Video Recipe
Go ahead make and enjoy this cooling and instant energizer beverage, with its magical properties in abundance. Do try out this recipe below and let me know how it turns out!
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