To make the thandai paste:
Soak the nuts in half cup water for at least half an hour. It's better to soak the nuts to make a fine paste.
In a spice grinder, take poppy seeds and spices, and make a fine powder.
Add the spice powder, soaked nuts and half of the almond milk in a blender. Blend to make a smooth puree.
Add the rest almond milk and sweeteners or dates and syrup as mentioned in this recipe. Blend well till all the ingredients are well-combined and finely blended to a smooth drink.
Pour the drink in a glass to serve. Garnish the drink with chopped nuts and saffron. Enjoy!!
Best enjoyed when chilled.