a sweet, creamy, nutty, dairy-free drink! delicious and paleo friendly!

Thandai Sardai Dairy-free

  • Author: Ashley Thomas



  1. Soak almonds, cantaloupe kernels and poppy seeds overnight.
  2. Drain the nuts/seeds and peel off almond skins.
  3. Grind the peppercorns, cardamom and fennel seeds in a spice or coffee grinder, set aside for now.
  4. In a blender, add the peeled almonds, poppy seeds, cantaloupe kernels, coconut sugar, rosewater, spices and 1 cup almond milk to a blender and blend until very smooth.
  5. Add the rest of the almond milk and blend well.
  6. Strain the mixture in a double lined cheesecloth and refrigerate until nice and cold – garnish with crushed pistachios.


For the melon seeds – wash and dry cantaloupe seeds. After a day or two, break the seeds open with tweezers/fingers and use the kernels in this thandai recipe. If you don’t want to do this, you can buy them already shelled or just leave this out.