Thandai is a popular milk-based drink in north India which is prepared during the festivals of Holi
. This drink, unique to Varanasi
, is assumed to be the prasad
of Lord Shiva
. It is made by mixing together khus khus (poppy seeds), a few crushed almonds and rose petals, adding some water and sugar to them and blending them together. This cool and refreshing drink is a great thirst quencher on a hot summer day.