Summer is here, and coping with it is next to impossible. We keep craving for something cold to quench our thirst. Let me throw some light on the most wonderful old summer drink which is THANDAI, many people address it as shardai, is a famous drink, especially consumed during festivals. It is one of the delicious drinks and it doesn’t just taste good, but also is loaded with a large amount of health benefits. This coolant is prepared using fennel and watermelon seeds along with pepper, khus-khus, rose water, saffron, milk, sugar and cardamom. Thandai is also a powerful booster of energy and uplifts the mood.
Here is the list of superb health benefits which Thandai offers:
The spices like cloves, peppercorn added in Thandai helps in enhancing immunity. These spices are rich in antioxidants and contain remedial properties which are essential for liver health and control blood sugar level. It further contains saffron, which is an amazing source of anti-oxidative and anti-depressant properties.
2. BOOSTS ENERGY
Summers in India can be very harsh, therefore one needs to remain hydrated throughout the day. Thandai contains watermelon and pumpkin seeds which are a natural energizer, that gives your body the required energy. The rose petals in the thandai also keep you cool and calm. Even, the cashews, almonds and pistachios added in the thandai also provide you with the burst of power and fire up your day. In addition, they also give you the feeling of fullness.
3. HELPS IN FIGHTING CONSTIPATION
The poppy seeds in the health drink aids in releasing gastrointestinal irritation and helps you get rid of constipation. Poppy seeds are very nutritious and are a rich source of protein, calcium, fiber and fat, therefore cures infrequent bowel moment.
4. IMPROVES DIGESTION
The fennel seeds and rose petals present in thandai improves the digestive health. The oil in the seeds also stimulates the digestion by assisting the production of gastric enzymes in the body.
5. TREATS FLATULENCE
Fennel seeds or saunf has anti-inflammatory properties which cures flatulence, gas and bloating in the body.
6. NATURAL DETOXIFIER
The cardamom used in preparing thandai is a natural detoxifier. It makes thandai an effective natural detoxifier. Cardamom aids in battling infection, cleanses the body and is particularly beneficial for nausea and vomiting. Cardamom is very helpful in curing cavities and kills bacteria in the mouth, which further prevents bad breath.
7. FIGHTS INFECTION
Thandai consists of mishri crystals that wards off infection by preventing the body against cold, cough and throat infection during this scorching summer time.
8. PRODUCES HEMOGLOBIN
The pistachios in thandai also assist in hemoglobin production, as it is a source of Vitamin B 6 content.
9. COOLING EFFECT
Thandai also soothes the heat inside the stomach and controls your body temperature.
Although Thandai is made from sugar, full fat milk, almonds and other essential ingredients, which makes it a high calorie coolant. Let me share a low calorie Thandai recipe:
Ingredients for serving 2 to 3 people:
- 2 spoons grated jaggery in powdered form
- 3 cup toned milk
- 2 saffron strands
- 2 to 3 kalimirch (black pepper)
- Now, make a fine powder of below mentioned ingredients
- 8 to 10 roasted almonds
- 2 teaspoons khus-khus (poppy seeds)
- 2 teaspoons saunf (fennel seeds)
- A pinch of elaichi (cardamom) powder
- 2 to 3 white peppercorns
How to prepare:
Take a pan and heat the milk. As it starts to boil, add powdered jaggery and simultaneously keep boiling the milk until it’s completely dissolved. Once it’s done, keep the milk aside for cooling. Now, add the above mentioned ingredients in powder form and mix well. Place the mixture in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 hours, so that the flavor gets enhanced and have time to seep in. Take a filter and strain the mixture, now add peppercorns and saffron. Mix it properly and serve chilled (avoid putting ice as it will reduce the thickness).