Thandai as a drink,
is relished for its saffron, almond flavours and the cooling effect it has on
the system. Holi, is a Hindu festival which marks the beginning of the summers,
and thus Thandai, which makes the most popular drink for the festival, is just
apt for the occasion.
The flavours are such that they always lift the dish it is
added to and are in sync with many Indian desserts and dishes.
Mom would do the Thandai making all by herself, around Holi.
Soaking spices, grinding them on a sil batta ( traditional grind stone), And I
remember, maa would use the same masala
in the Nariyal barfee ( another indian
dessert cakes)she would set for shivratri vrat ( fasting for the festival of
This dessert in form of a tart came to my list as an idea,
when at a Holi party I had to carry jars full of Thandai as the host had
requested me to. And when we reached and managed to salvage almost whole of the drink from spillage, I
wished I could have used moms method of incorporating the festive flavours into
a dessert, which could have been easier to carry.
But then as I am known to be super experimental with lending
all possible food the forms to my flavours, the idea popped up to use pistachio
flavours in a form of a crumble, flavours of thandai in a refreshing cream cheese
mousse, and incorporating the cardamom flavour to my pie crust.
This would make a modern dessert with Indian flavours and perfect
to set the festive mood.
Tarts filled with Flavours of Cardamom, Fennel, Kesar, and Topped with Pistachio crumble and Gulukand( Rose petal preserve), makes a perfect take on Holi sweets.
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