Thandai White Hot Chocolate

The Bay Area has been soooo cold(ok not as cold as many other parts of the country!), and rainy this entire week! It has been dull and gloomy and all I want is hot liquids, like tea and hot chocolate! The kids have been craving hot chocolate and marshmallows since December and ever so often I made for them hot chocolate made with semi sweet chocolate and cocoa powder OR the white hot chocolate made with white chocolate and thandai powder!

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Thandai aka Thand means cold in Hindi. Thandai is a spiced boozy cold milk drink served during the Holi festival in India signifying the onset of Spring. It is made with a ton of nuts and spices steeped in warm milk, and then made cold before serving. My mom would make this drink for us as kids without the booze ofcourse, and it is my absolute favorite drink till date! The powder is made with almonds, cashews, pistachios, spices like star anise, fennel, cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg, poppy seeds, cloves, black pepper. This powder is then steeped in milk for about 10-15 minutes with saffron and sugar. Once steeped, it is left to cool in the fridge, and strained before serving cold to get this luxurious, rich, delicious, spiced milk which is simply amazing!

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I made a Thandai spiced White Hot Chocolate, where I steeped milk with white chocolate chips and the thandai powder. The recipe for the thandai powder is here, and can be used to make these delicious cookies too!! The spices are perfectly warming in this weather.  Since I had made peppermint marshmallows for the holidays, I used it for the white hot chocolate. The recipe for the peppermint marshmallows is here. You could substitute the peppermint extract with rose extract in the marshmallow recipe and these rose marshmallows would be perfect with the Thandai White hot chocolate!

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Perfectly delicious drink to warm yourself up in this cold weather!

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Thandai White Hot Chocolate


  • 4 tbsp thandai powder
  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips( I use Ghirardelli chips)
  • Marshmallows for topping
  • Sprinkle of powdered sugar


  1. In a medium saucepan, on medium to low heat, add the milk, thandai powder, and white hot chocolate and keep stirring to dissolve the white chocolate. Do not let it boil. Let it simmer. Once simmered for about 5 minutes, switch off the gas. Strain the hot chocolate and pour it into 4 glasses.
  2. Top with the marshmallows a sprinkle of powdered sugar!
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