Matcha Thandai: The Only Green High You Need This Holi

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Everyone is excited for holi, but few know why we celebrate it. The Indian festival celebrates love and the victory of good over evil. It’s a vibrant festival that marks the onset of spring. 

Undoubtedly, one of the most treasured aspects of Holi is having traditional drinks- among which Thandai is quite sought after.

We wanted to spice things up a little and introduce our version of the drink to you.

What is Thandai?

Thandai is a traditional Indian beverage made with herbs, milk, and spices. It is a cool and refreshing beverage with unique and complex flavours.

The base ingredients in thandai are full-fat milk, sugar and spices such as cardamom, cloves, fennel seeds and poppy seeds.

Many a times nuts such as almonds, cashews and pistachios are also blended into the drink. 

It can be garnished with rose petals and saffron strands. 

It is a versatile drink and you can experiment with it to make as per your taste preferences. 

To Make Matcha Thandai:


  • 1 litre full fat milk 
  • 30 gm sugar (you can add or decrease the sugar as per taste)
  • 30 gm almonds
  • 30 gm cashew nuts
  • 8 gm unsalted pistachio
  • 5 gm poppy seeds
  • 5 gm fennel seeds
  • 4-5 peppercorns
  • 2-3 green cardamoms
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1.5 tablespoon matcha
  • 20 ml hot water

For garnish

  • Dried rose petals
  • Pinch of saffron


  • Blanch the almonds and soak them along with cashew nuts and pistachio for 6 hours. 
  • Add them to a blender with poppy seeds, fennel seeds, green cardamom and peppercorns.
  • Blend all the ingredients into a coarse paste.
  • Now add 1/2 cup milk and blend it further to make a smooth paste.
  • Separately, boil 1 litre of full fat milk with sugar and keep aside.
  • Whisk matcha in hot water until a smooth paste is formed and add it to the milk and sugar mixture.
  • Add the nut and spice paste to the sweetened matcha milk and rest it overnight.
  • Next morning strain the milk after giving it a good mix and add alcohol of your choice*.
  • Your thandai is ready to be served. 
  • Garnish with rose petals, pistachio slivers and saffron.

*To make an alcoholic drink you can add 60-90 ml white spirit(gin, vodka, white rum) of your choice.

You should now be able to make your own delicious thandai at home. Whether you’re hosting a Holi party or just want something special to sip on while you celebrate, this recipe of homemade matcha thandai won’t disappoint!

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