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What comes to our mind when we say Holi???
Bhang, gujiya, colors, water, fun in the sun :)
Thandai is synonymous with Holi!
Thandai is a milk based sweet drink with lots of dry fruits and flavored spices. The drink is believed to have originated during the mythological era. It was the favorite drink of Lord Shiva. Hence Thandai is popularly consumed either during Holi or during Shivratri.
The first records of Thandai date back to 1000 BC, making it one of the oldest drinks in the country, if not the world.
Another similar version is made in South India especially during the Ugadi (which soon follows Holi), the new year festival of south Indians, called Gas Gase payasa. The main ingredients for this are milk, poppy seeds, almonds, and jaggery.
Be it north or south, the whole idea behind this drink is to consume something that is not only nutritious but also provides a cooling effect to the body. Each ingredient used in thandai preparation has a scientific and health related aspect like -
There are many variations done with respect to the flavours. Although the base ingredients remain the same, other flavours like pan or mango or rose flavours are the new innovations.
If you are looking to try authentic organic thandai powder or gift a bunch of healthy snacks to your friends and family, Nutty Yogi has come up with a Holi gift box that contains thandai powder, thandai nut butter, gulkand, gur chana, rose almonds, an attractive box for your loved ones.
Kashmir ho ya kanyakumari, Thandai is the most loved beverage by people of all ages.
Who said healthy is not tasty!!! Happy Holi everyone!