Thandai Recipe | Festival Drink

Thandai is a traditional drink which is mainly served on the occasion of Holi and also during Shivratri with a hint of Bhaang in it. 😉 This drink has many benefits as it is prepared with dry nuts, whole spices, saffron, and milk. A perfect refreshing drink for summers.


There is readymade Thandai powder available in the market but to avoid any preservatives and artificial colors or flavors I made at home with all the ingredients available easily at home. Make this delicious Thandai and serve your family, friends, and guests this Holi. Thandai is best served chilled so make sure you refrigerate it for at least 4-5hrs before serving.


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Serves 4


  • 4 Cups whole milk (1cup = 235ml)
  • ½ Cup sugar or as required
  • 1 Cup homemade Thandai masala
  • 1 Tsp nutmeg powder
  • 1 Tsp cinnamon powder
  • Few drops of rose water

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Step 1- Bring milk to boil in a pan. Add nutmeg, cinnamon powder, thandai masala, and sugar to the milk. Let it boil for 12-15mins on low flame

Step 2- Turn off the flame and allow it to cool down completely. Starin the milk in a container and refrigerate for 4-5hrs before serving. You can refrigerate without straining and just before serving strain it and serve


Add few drops of rose water and ice-cubes while serving and enjoy. 🙂



Thandai Masala | Homemade Thandai Masala

Thandai is a traditional drink which is mainly served on the occasion of Holi and also during Shivratri with a hint of Bhaang in it. 😉 This drink has many benefits as it is prepared with dry nuts, whole spices, saffron, and milk. A ready to use Thandai masala at home which is far superior and flavorful than the store bought ones.


Only 2days are left for Holi and I am still struggling with what sweets and snacks to prepare for the occasion. 😦 Yesterday, I was searching for the Thandai masala in the store but no luck. So I thought of giving it a try at home and sharing with you all this coolest drink recipe. 🙂 And yayyy…I am at least ready with one drink to serve on Holi. 😀 This recipe is so simple and ready in no time. Make Thandai or Thandai kulfi or Thandai Cake or Thandai bread using this masala and enjoy the burst of flavors in your mouth. Store this in an airtight jar and use within 35-40days.


Serves 4


  • ¼ Cup almonds
  • ¼ Cup cashew nuts
  • ¼ Cup pistachio
  • 2 Tbsp poppy seeds
  • 1 Tbsp fennel seeds
  • 1 Tbsp green cardamoms
  • 1 Tsp black peppercorns
  • Few strands of saffron
  • 1 Tsp of nutmeg powder*
  • 1 Tsp cinnamon powder*

*you can skip adding nutmeg and cinnamon powder while storing and add while boiling the milk. Whichever way you prefer

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Step 1- Dry roast everything except poppy seeds and saffron. Once the nuts start releasing the aroma add the poppy seeds. Roast for a minute or two and turn off the flame. Let them cool down completely

Step 2- Take a grinder jar, add all the roasted ingredients to the jar and grind to a fine powder. Sieve and grind the coarse powder again. Transfer to an airtight jar, add saffron strands, nutmeg powder, and cinnamon powder. Mix it nicely and store it


Lemon And Mint Detox Water | Lemon And Mint Infused Water

It’s been a delicious foodWeek. 😀 After having those delicious cupcakes, chocolate cake, and yummy Thanksgiving meal the only thing my body needed was…cleanse. How do you all start your day? I mean the first thing you do in the morning?Ahhh…apart from using the restroom. 😀 I am sure everyone begins their day with a glass of water. Right? If no, then you must do this. It naturally helps your body to stay hydrated and boosts your metabolism. This is one of the best ways to take care of your body. So, from now onwards the first thing you must do in the morning is to consume a glass of water on an empty stomach.


Lemon water is ideal for consumption every morning on an empty stomach. Not only lemon flushes out the toxins from your system and helps in weight loss but it is also good for your glowing skin. 😉 Start your morning with a glass of this lemon and mint detox water to flush out the toxins from your body. Make this a habit to drink lemon water daily in the morning to stay young and healthy. And to give it a fresh and cooling effect add few leaves of fresh mint.


  • 2 Litre water
  • 2 Lemons, thinly sliced
  • ½ Cup mint leaves


Take all the ingredients in a pitcher and fill it with water. Leave overnight to allow flavors to infuse. Refrigerate if you want chilled water in the morning. Drink a glass of this infused water in the morning. Sip it throughout the day to stay hydrated and fresh.



Strawberry Lemon Detox | Strawberry Lemon Drink

Diwali is ONLY 10days away. Excited…? Yeah! I am sure everybody is busy in Diwali cleaning and preparing sweets and snacks for their family, friends, relatives, and guests. How about we prepare our body too for Diwali? Let’s detox the toxins and shed some weight before we just dig into Diwali sweets and snacks. 😀  Let’s cleanse our body too, this Diwali.

The best thing about detox drinks are they are unbelievably easy to prepare, just a few ingredients in water and let it sit in the refrigerator for an hour, and you’re good to go. Just sip the drink whole day and remove the toxins from your body. And who doesn’t love flawless, glowing and healthy skin? We all do…Right? 😀 These detox drinks act as a  natural cleanser too, so once a week make detox water and drink during the whole day.


As the strawberries are in season and it’s VERY very tough not to pick the basket of fresh strawberries from the store. 😀 These little beauties are filled with vitamins, nutrients, the best antioxidant, and work as a natural cleanser. AND guess what…? They help in losing weight too. 😉 There are endless ways to use strawberries and if you are trying to shed some extra pound or looking for natural antioxidants then try this strawberry lemon drink. This strawberry drink is something you can enjoy without comprising the taste and what’s better than munching on fresh strawberries that drops in your glass while pouring this drink. 😉



  • 1 Cup fresh strawberries, chopped
  • 1 Lemon, sliced
  • Few mint leaves (Optional)
  • 2 Litre water


Take all the ingredients in a jar and fill with water. Keep in fridge for 2hrs and then drink the whole day to detox your body. This strawberry lemon infused water will help you feel refreshed and it will naturally cleanse your body.

While serving put few ice-cubes and enjoy the healthy drink. Cut down on other sugar-based drinks and replace those with this healthy detox water.


Masala Chai | Indian Masala Chai | Spiced Tea

Tea is something which we Indians cannot resist. This is something which is enjoyed by millions of Indians. I am sure many of us are addicted to it (don’t get addicted to it 😛 ). Our day can’t start without a cup of tea. Even though I am not a very big fan of tea still I can’t say no to tea 😛 Our solution to every problem- have a cup of tea first. 😀 To start your day- ‘Have a cup of tea’, having a bad day- ‘Have a cup of tea and let go of everything’, Have a cup of Tea to start your work, break from work ‘have a cup of tea’…We need Tea for EVERY SITUATION, EVERY TIME. 😛

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A cup of tea with your family or friends and trail of stories 😀 Sounds perfect. “Garma-Garam Masala Chai”Always a hit among my dad and my dad-in-law 😀 This recipe is specially dedicated to both of them and all the chai lovers.

Masala Tea is a combination of spices and added to the regular milk tea. Although there are many versions of mixes available but trust me this masala tea is something which takes the regular milk to next great level. 😀


Serves 2


  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoon loose tea powder, or as required
  • 2 tablespoon sugar, or as required
  • 3 green cardamom
  • 2 Cloves
  • 1-inch cinnamon stick
  • 1-inch ginger slice

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Step 1- In a mortar crush all the spices together. Bring water to boil in a saucepan and add the crushed spices. Let it boil for 2min to infuse flavors

Step 2- Add tea leaves and sugar and boil until the water reduces to half then add milk. Let it simmer on medium flame for 3-4mins and then serve


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Lime Cucumber Mint And Ginger Detox Water | Detox Drink

It’s been a great San Fransisco & San Jose trip last weekend. Had so many varieties of food there that my body needs to be detoxed now. 😀 So after all that I ate and drank during my trip I decided to detox my body to make it ready for this coming weekend. 😀 Research has proven that poor digestion and unhealthy eating can cause a metabolic problem in your body and leads to weight gain. I’m sure we all know this fact. 😀 It’s time to shed some weight and remove toxins from the body. Detox water keeps you fresh throughout the day. This simple detox water can help you detox your body and combination of cucumber and mint helps you to keep cool in this summer. 😀 Try this simple detox water twice a week and detox your body and mind as well. 😀


Disconnect from Toxins and Connect with Healthy You! Make yourself a jar of detox water and stay healthy. 🙂


  • 1 1/2 Litre water
  • 10-12 Slices of cucumber
  • 6-7 Mint leaves
  • 1 Lemon, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 Inch ginger, cut into Julians


Just add all the ingredients to water and leave overnight so that the flavors combine well. If you wish you can keep the jar in the refrigerator for chilled detox water. Next day filter the water and drink the whole day. Repeat this detox water intake twice a week.


Watermelon Smoothie | Watermelon Drink

29th June 2016…This Day That Year- I started my blog.:) I can’t believe it’s already been a year since I started blogging. Cooking has always been my passion but cooking daily- then photography-to writing the recipes was something very unexpected from me. 😀 I never thought I would survive or would even complete 2-3months but not only I survived but won some super awesome readers like you all. 🙂 Am so GLAD. 🙂 It’s been a SUPER AWESOME exciting and fun filled year of blogging and I am sure I will keep posting wonderful recipes in coming years too. 🙂 Now I sooo love cooking, taking pictures and then sharing the recipes. And for this, All the credit goes to my dearo hubby. And thanks for this beautiful card 🙂

Foodfrenzy-Jyo’s Kitchen completed one blissful year.


I would like to thank my Husband for motivating me to start my own blog 🙂  Thanks to all my readers. You support and encouragement is what keeps me motivated to share all these wonderful recipes.

Usually we make sweets to celebrate anything but as I can feel the hotness 😉 in CA weather so I had to make something cool and refreshing. 😀  To celebrate this Blog Anniversary I made this super healthy drink which is very simple to make and is also very appealing to eyes. Summer is the favorite season for cool drinks.


Watermelon Drink/ Juice made with fresh fruits will keep you refreshing the whole day. Beat the heat with this mind refreshing drink. 😀

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  • 2 Cups roughly chopped watermelon (seedless)
  • 1 Tbsp kosher salt
  • 5-6 Ice cubes
  • 4-5 slices of lemon
  • Handful of blueberries
  • 8-10 Thin kiwi slices
  • Cubed watermelons for topping


Take a ice tray and randomly add kiwi, blueberries or any other fruit slices with water and let it freeze. Use these beautiful and flavorful ice instead of plain ice.

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In a blender take roughly chopped watermelon pieces, kosher salt and ice. Blend until smooth. Shake well before serving and add some fresh cubed watermelons, blueberries and lemon slices

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