Showing posts with label Drinks. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Drinks. Show all posts

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Jamun Shots

Jamun is primarily a summer fruit which has amazing health benefits. It is mainly available in the month of May, June and rarely first half of July. In Bengali we say in summer 'aam jam kanthal r samay' (this is the season of Mango, Indian Blackberry /Jamun and Jackfruit). I remember my father used to bring jamun during summer. The he used to wash and marinate with salt and offer us to eat. Frankly, speaking I am not a Jamun lover :(. After eating jamun you feel a tartness with slightly astringent which I don't like at all. So I used to eat only 3 to 4 pieces.



Even my better half love jamun however when we came to Bangalore Jamun used to be very expensive and rarely available during season. This year it is totally different scene. I could see jamun everywhere and cheap too. We (including me) had enough of it and this is almost end of July and still they are available in the market. I had jamuns this time thinking of its health benefits. It is very good for diabetic people.

As it was avaialble in the market we used to buy a lot and I tried recipes with it. Few days back I shared the recipe of Jamun Oats Smoothie Bowl. This time I thought of preparing a drink using jamun. The only problem is you have to be patient while de-seeding the jamun. While de-seeding wear apron or be careful of spilling its juice on your dress. The stain does not go very easily. Try this recipe of Jamun Shots which is perfect during summer days. Even I like the taste of this drink. I think addition of salt and lemon juice create the magic.

Jamun Shots 

Ingredients

Jamun / Indian Black Berry - 12 to 15 nos
Chilled Water - 11/2 cup
Lemon Juice - 1 teaspoon
Sugar - 1 tablespoon (Optional)
Black Salt - 1/4 teaspoon
Lemon wedges - 1 or 2
Salt - 2 to 3 tablespoon for garnishing
Mint Sprig - for garnishing

Procedure

1. Clean and de-seed the jamuns and take them in a blender.
2. Now add sugar, black salt and 1 cup of water in the blender and blend together.
3. Pour it in a tall glass and add remaining water and lemon juice and mix well.
4. Spread the salt in a plate.
5. Take a lemon wedge and rub it on the brim of shot glasses.
6. Next place each shot glass upside down in the salt.  Salt will stuck on the edge of the glass creating a ring of salt.
7. Now pour the drink in each glass and garnish with mint sprig.

NB: You can also add ice cubes to the drink however I have used chilled water hence avoided it. If you want you can avoid sugar in the drink.



Friday, 19 May 2017

Mango Milkshake

I was going through yesterday's newspaper where it was mentioned pre-monsoon showers have already started and monsoon is coming on time. We, Bangloreans are experienced rains in the month of May which has started already. But other places of India is still feeling the impact of Summer heat wave. Even few days back Bangalore was too hot and it feels good when your better-half enters the kitchen on weekend and come out with the chilled glass of Mango Milkshake.


I think there are very few people in our country who does not relish mangoes. So our family is not an exception. He bought mangoes in bulk but before the vacation (yes I am on vacation :)) I was loaded with projects and could not find time to use those ripe mangoes. So he announced a day before that he is going to make a delicious mango milkshake next day. He often announces but sometimes he forgets to execute :P...But our daughter did a good follow up job so next day I relished the glassful of mango milkshake. In between I did another job, I told once the shake is ready call me I will pour and garnish them and click pics so that I can post them here as I knew my blog does not have the recipe of mango milkshake. I give the credit of mango milkshake recipe to my dear husband. Thank you Avijit!

Mango Milkshake

Ingredients

Ripe Mango - chopped, 2 cups
Milk - 11/2 to 2 cups, chilled
Sugar - 2 to 3 tablespoon

Procedure

1. Take the chopped mangoes in a blender and make a smooth puree.
2. Add the milk and sugar in the blender and blend once again.
3. Pour in the glass and serve chill.

Tips: If you are not using chilled milk after preparing keep the milkshake in refrigerator for 1 hour and serve it chilled/


Sunday, 7 May 2017

Mango Mastani

My last post was a mango drink, that is aam panna which was like by many of you. So I have decided to post another mango drink today. The name of the drink is Mango Mastani which sounds like a Bollywood movie. Trust me like the name look-wise the drink is also appealing. This Mango Mastani is prepared using ripe mangoes unlike aam panna which is a raw/green mango drink.


What is Mango Mastani? This question arised when I first heard the name of it later when I searched in internet I came to know this drink is basically famous in the city of Pune. It is nothing but a version of milk shake which is thick in texture and served with a big dollop of ice cream on top which makes the drink for lucrative. It is also topped with some dry fruits and chopped mangoes. I have not added chopped mangoes if you want can put them. This drink is really filling as it contains mango puree, milk, ice cream and nuts. Before the mango season ends, you can prepare this Pune special now India famous Mango Mastani and enjoy Summer!

Mango Mastani

Ingredients
Ripe Mango -  2 to 3
Milk - 1.5 cups
Sugar - 2 to 3 tablespoon (Adjust according to the tastebud)
Vanilla Ice cream - 4 to 6 scoops
Cashews - 5 to 6, chopped
Pistachios - 5 to 6, chopped
Almonds - 5 to 6, chopped
Cherries - 4 for garnishing


Procedure

1. Peel the mangoes and chop them. Put the chopped mangoes in a blender and make a puree.
2. Now add sugar, milk and one or two scoop vanilla ice cream and blend until smooth.
3. Pour the drink in the glasses (fill 2/3 rd part).
4. Top with ice cream and dry fruits and garnish with cherry and serve.



Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Aam Panna

Aam panna is a popular Indian drink which is prepared from green (raw) mangoes during Summer. Green mango has heat-resistant properties which helps to beat the heat during Summer especially in India. Taste of aam panna is the blend of different flavours including sweetness, tangy-ness and salty with the flavour of spices.


This is the first time I prepared aam panna at home and I thought why didn't I prepare this for all these days. When I served it to my husband when he came back from office he was really satisfied and drank till the last drop and then he asked what is the drink name? I said it is aam panna. He immediately asked 'Why isn't it green color?' Yes it is not his mistake because normally what we get in market (bottled aam panna) is green in colour. So I said aam panna is prepared from the pulp so it is the pulp colour (which is not green :))...Few people add mint leaves to aam panna which gives the green colour, I avoided as I wanted to enjoy the flavour of raw mango and didn't want to blend with any other taste. But market bought bottles normally use synthetic food colours to symbolize green mango. Even you can try this 'Aam Panna' during this Summer. So what are you waiting for! Nowadays market is flooding with mangoes, grab them and check out the recipe here and prepare the drink! And yes don't forget to share the feedback to me..

Aam Panna
Ingredients

Green Mangoes - 500 gm
Sugar - 1 cup
Water - 3 cups
Roasted Cumin Powder - 11/2 teaspoon
Black Salt - 1 teaspoon
Salt - 1/2 teaspoon
Water - 2 to 3 cups
Ice cubes - few

Procedure

1. Wash and cut the upper part of the bud and boil the mangoes for 10 to 15 minutes. If you are using pressure cooker put one whistle under medium flame.
2. Cool the mangoes and peel them. Take put the pulp and mash them properly.
3. Add water along with the mango pulp and blend well.
4. Now add sugar and mix well until it is dissolved.
5. Next add roasted cumin powder, salt and black salt and mix well once again.
6. Pour into the glasses and serve with ice cubes.

NB: If you do not want to use ice cubes you can keep the drink in refrigerator for one hour or can use chilled water while preparing the drink.



Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Salted Cucumber Lassi

Hot Summer has come shortening  the Spring! Hardly we could enjoy the pleasant weather of Spring and Summer forcefully has entered now! Summer holidays has started here at Bangalore Schools but the schools have started the Summer camps.. Normally, I used to go out for grocery shopping, bank works and other important works before noon and come back before 1 pm. But these days I don't feel like going out because of the scorching heat and lot of work is pending because of that.



Earlier the Bangalore weather was not humid but now it is so lot of sweating! And you should keep yourself hydrating all the times. Only water is not enough you need to add electrolytes to your drink like salt. Cucumber and curd both are very good for Summer days. So I prepared salted cucumber lassi which is just perfect for Summer. Addition of green chilli and ginger  gave a special kick to the lassi. I do not love spicy foods much so I was worried while adding the green chilli but when I had the cucumber lassi it proved me wrong and I will suggest to try this salted cucumber lassi. Here is the simple recipe of a glassful of salted cucumber recipe.

Salted Cucumber Lassi 

Ingredients

Cucumber - 1 medium, peeled and chopped
Salt - as per taste
Ginger - 1/2 inch
Thick Curd - 1 cup
Green Chilli - 1
Garnishing - Mint leaves, cucumber cut into circles

Procedure

1. Take cucumber, curd, ginger, green chilli and salt in a mixer jar.
2. Blend all the ingredients together until it becomes smooth and frothy. Now pour it into a glass and keep it in refrigerator for half an hour.
3. Garnish it with mint leaves and cucumbers and serve chilled.

Tips: You can also add a pinch of roasted cumin powder.


Sunday, 12 March 2017

Thandai Sharbat / Thandai Sherbat

This is yet another colourful post..Because this is the continuation of my last post...You must be thinking why no colours (colorful pics, rangs etc.) in the post! Actually, I am talking about Holi and cherishing some good old memories so aren't these posts colourful! 'Zindagi ke rang hain ish me' ...Since I am in Bangalore, we have not celebrated holi in a very grand way as everyone goes to office and not much celebrated here.. However, I wanted our daughter to know about various festivals of our country. So last time I got dry colours and we two (mom & daughter jodi) played Holi puting little colurs on our face. Today on the way back from her school she saw neighbourhood kids in colours (they played holi in their school) and while entering into house she asked "when  is Holi? Bring some colours and this time I want to make my full face colorful. Last time you had put little colours"...I was like 'Ahh! how can this little girl (5 yrs) could remember one year old stuff '...Even I was happy in my mind that my purpose is served, she has started remembering the festivals and rituals ---- A true Indian by heart no doubt.



Now today I am sharing the thandai sherbat recipe. I prepared this thandai drink using the homemade thandai masala. This is an easy recipe because you can prepare the masala one or two days earlier. So on the Holi day you can just prepare the thandai sherbat..

Wish all my readers Happy Colourful and Safe Holi ...

Do share your Holi experiences or any small incident related to it...


Thandai Sharbat / Thandai Sherbat

Ingredients

Full Cream Milk - 2 cups
Sugar - 2 tablespoon
Saffron Strands - few
Thandai Masala Powder - 2 tablespoon
Dry Rose Petals for garnishing

Procedure

1. Take milk in a saucepan and add saffron strands.Switch on the gas.
2. Now add sugar and bring it to boil. Simmer the flame till the sugar dissolves.
3. Next add thandai masala and mix well. Keep it on low flame for 3 to 4 minutes.
4. Pour the milk in glass and allow it to cool before keeping it in the refrigerator. Serve chill with rose petals.



Note: Many prefer smooth milk, hence you can strain the milk before pouring it to glass.

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Haldi Dudh / Turmeric Milk / Turmeric Latte / Golden Milk

Festival season has finally come to an end. Though Christmas and New Year are coming however back to back festival season is over. I hope everyone has enjoyed to the fullest. It's already November and climate has started to change. Days are still hot and the temperature is low during night time. Next morning you can find dew drops in your garden. This is the time when we normally suffer from a cough and cold, especially kids. Moreover, during the festival time we break all the rules of diet chart and eat a lot of unhealthy items including cold drinks, ice cream, etc. This is another reason we often suffer from cold and cough during this time. 



At this time an age old health drink comes to our rescue. Yes, I am talking about Haldi Dudh or turmeric milk. Apart from being an essential ingredient in our everyday curry, turmeric is an ingredient in many popular preparations of Ayurveda. It is also known as Golden milk which is due to its glamorous golden colour.  It is also called turmeric latte at certain places. Not only cough and cold turmeric has a lot of health benefits which includes detoxification of the liver, purifying blood and promoting the health of the lungs, circulation and nervous system. Powers of turmeric milk are well known to people who follow an ayurvedic diet.It also helps in digestion. Hence, it is a healthy drink which you can have every day. 

While making turmeric milk if possible use organic turmeric. You can add cinnamon powder to give a lovely taste to the drink. The addition of black pepper has a beneficial effect as it has the catalytic effect and increases the bioavailability of curcumin in turmeric

Feel free to add a pinch of sugar or jaggery if you like it sweet.

Haldi Dudh / Turmeric Milk / Turmeric Latte / Golden Milk 

Ingredients

Turmeric Powder - 11/2 teaspoon
Milk - 2 cups
Cinnamon Powder - 1/4 teaspoon (optional)  
Black Pepper Powder - 1/4 teaspoon

Procedure


  1. Pour milk in a saucepan over low/ medium heat.
  2. Bring it to low boil.
  3. Now add turmeric powder and stir continuously.
  4. Next, add black pepper powder and cinnamon powder. Stir again.
  5. Now turn off the heat and allow the mixture to cool till it comes to warm drinkable temperature.
  6. When the mixture has cooled add sugar or jaggery to taste and stir again.
  7. Now serve warm in a glass. 


Sunday, 23 October 2016

Kiwi Juice

Finally back from the amazing trip... Oh yes I will update my trip details in a separate blog ...Hangover of the trip is still there and obviously the jet lag too... But life has to move on as holidays does not remain forever...One thing is good that after coming back we got the weekend to relax and get ready for the coming week.. Friday whole day was busy in cleaning, arranging and unpacking of things. Saturday we went pick our grocery for the remaining days of the month..On Sunday we took appointment for daughter's hair-cutting! So all the scheduled work were done as we planned ( normally life never goes plan-wise)... In the afternoon we switched on the TV and saw it's telecasting a recent movie PINK. It's a wow movie which depicts a woman's freedom to her own sexuality...PINK has sent a bold message to the society. Again hats off to Amitabh Bachchan for his mind-blowing acting..I was spellbound. If you have not watched the movie I would say it is a must watch and the time has come where each and every woman must learn to say 'NO'.


I am so touched by the movie I had to share with you all. Now coming back to today's recipe, I will share a simple juice recipe which is very healthy. I am talking about Kiwi Juice which is full of vitamin C. Though it is better to include whole fruit but sometimes you can prepare juice too, especially for the fussy kid at your home.

Kiwi Juice
Ingredients

Kiwi Fruit - 2 + 1 or 2 circular slice for garnishing
Sugar - 1 tablespoon
Water - 1 Cup

Procedure

1. Peel the kiwis and cut them into pieces.
2. Take the kiwi pieces and sugar in a blender. Blend till it become pulp. Adjust the quantity of sugar according to the sourness of kiwi.
3. Now add water in the blender and blend again. Serve in to a tall glass and garnish with kiwi roundales.


Tips- You can serve with some Ice chunks. While preparing the juice you can also add a pinch of salt or black salt to get little salty sweet and tangy taste.

Thursday, 4 August 2016

Cardamom Tea / Elaichi Chai / Elaichi wali Chai

Monsoon is in full swing throughout the country. Whenever it rains you feel like having something hot. It could be soup or hot tea or coffee. Isn't it true?  In Bangalore the climate is unpredictable! Suddenly it becomes sunny and if you go out of the house without rain jackets or umbrella it will definitely rain. Sometimes when it is about to rain we go out with all our gears and suddenly it becomes sunny and make you sweat! Days are windy now and thus creates a holiday mood everyday..



After a gap I am sharing the recipe of another flavoured tea.. Yes my Tea Series is not over yet...Few more to come in ...Elaichi wali chai is famous through out India and thus you get dip tea bags of cardamom flavour. Though you get the aroma of cardamom from the pack but when you dip it into hot water and prepare the tea I bet you won't get any kind of flavour or aroma. I don't know whether the company just sells the aroma of cardamom tea or what!! So its better you prepare your own cup of cardamom tea at your kitchen. My husband is not a fan of cardamom tea so I enjoy cardamom tea during 'me' time :). The process of making cardamom tea is very easy and here you find out how to make cardamom tea/ elaichi wali chai.

Similar Recipes
Masala Tea
Lemon Tea
Ginger Tea


Cardamom Tea / Elaichi Chai (Serving 2 cups)

Ingredients

Milk - 3/4 cup
Water -11/3 cup
Green Cardamom Pods - 2 to 3
Sugar - 2 to 3 teaspooon as per taste
Tea Leaves - 2 teaspoon

Procedure

1. Boil water in a pan and add cardamom pod by crushing it with mortar and pestle.
2. Next add sugar and milk and finally add tea leaves and boil for 5 minutes.
3. Switch off the gas and cover with a lid for 2 minutes.
4. Strain the tea into cups and serve hot.



Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Ginger Tea / Indian style Ginger Tea / Adrakwali Chai

Monsoon has arrived few days back! Though in some parts of India still the temperature is high with humid climate but in Bangalore monsoon has wiped the summer totally. Even from last few days we are eager to see the sun. Most of the time it's drizzling. But that doesn't mean everyday school will declare a rainy day or office goer's will take work from home. So everyone has to get out and go for work despite of this rainy season. And then cold and cough come home. I have experienced instead of medicine home remedies are best for cold and cough. Everyday morning gurgling helps to keep away all kind of throat irritations. In fact inhaling vapor is also very helpful in cold and cough. Another good home remedy for cold is ginger tea or adrakwali chai. Ginger inhibits common cold viruses and thus gives us some relief!


My husband is a fan of ginger tea and he starts his day with it! Recently I had throat irritation due to bad weather and sipping into ginger tea gave some relief...So another flavourful tea with medicinal value added in the Tea Series...

Ginger Tea / Indian style Ginger Tea / Adrakwali Chai

Ingredients

Milk - 2 Cups, Boiled and Cooled
Sugar - 4 to 5 teaspoon (as per taste)
Water - 21/2 cups
Ginger - 1 to 1.5 inch, peeled and crushed
Tea Leaf - 2 to 3 teaspoon

Procedure

1. Boil water in a pan and add sugar into it. You can also add sugar in the cups according to the person's taste.
2. After that add crushed ginger in the water and allow to boil for few minutes.
3. Next add tea leaf and boil for 3 to 4 minutes.
4. Finally add milk and switch off the gas after two minutes and cover the pan with a lid for another 2 minutes.
5. Now strain it and serve hot.


Saturday, 18 June 2016

Lemon Tea / Nimbu Chai

After the flavourful masala tea, I am going to share another flavourful tea -- Lemon tea or Nimbu chai. During my graduation days I used to visit my native once in a month. I used take local train from Howrah and reach to Burdwan in 2 to 21/2 hours time. In this journey train used to stop in more than 20 stations..


 Lot of vendors used to sell different things. Most of them are food items and nimbu chai was one of the popular item. I used to like the aroma of the tea whenever the vendor of nimbu chai was around. I used to travel alone so never dare to have outside food or drink in the train. The vendor use to squeeze the lemon add sugar and some powder  from a box and pour the black tea on it and serve. The powder used to smell like black salt which I confirmed later. After my marriage when me and my husband travelling together in that local train and a nimbu chai vendor was selling tea. My husband had a cup of nimbu chai but again I avoided to have it (due to my fear of falling asleep and people snatching my belongings...) Later my husband prepared the lemon tea for me at home and I was totally bowled over the taste of Nimbu Chai...

Lemon Tea / Nimbu Chai

Ingredients

Tea Leaf - 1 to 2 teaspoon
Sugar - 2 teaspoon (or use Honey)
Black Salt - 1/2 teaspoon
Lemon juice - 11/2 to 2 teaspoon
Water as required for 2 cups

Procedure

1. Take two cups and add black salt, sugar in each cup as per required quantity.
2. Take water in a sauce pan and boil it. Add tea leaf and switch off gas and cover it for 1 or 2 minutes.
3. Add lemon juice in each cup and strain the prepared black tea in each cup. Stir well and serve hot.





Monday, 13 June 2016

Masala Tea Powder / Chai Ka Masala / How to make Masala Tea

Tea -- These three letters give relieve to all the stress! Isn't it true? Tea a popular drink now over the world though no one knows when and who first brew it. Being a citizen of second-largest tea producing country I have some affinity to it though I am not a hard-core tea lover! I do not prefer to drink tea along with milk, I just love the tea or tea along with some other flavour. Darjeeling tea famous over worldwide for it's aroma. My mother is a great fan of Darjeeling tea but her son-in-law (my better half) prefers Assam tea! So everyone has their own choice but the similarity is we all love tea.



I like to make my morning tea flavourful. So either I prepare lemon tea or ginger tea (my husband's favourite) or unbeatable masala tea! These days I am made over the aroma and taste of Masala tea and I bet spices create magic in any recipes! From today's post I am starting "Tea-Series" where I will share few recipes of flavourful teas. I think you have already guess which one would be my first choice? Yes, it's Masala Tea...Before the preparation of masala tea, we should know how to make masala tea powder? Once you know how to prepare the masala tea powder, you can store the powder in your kitchen cupboard and make a cup of aromatic masala tea with the goodness of spices every morning.

Masala Tea Powder / Chai Ka Masala

Ingredients

Cardamoms - 1/4 cup
Black Peppercorns - 11/2 tablespoon
Cloves - 3 tablespoon
Cinnamon - 2 long sticks
Nutmeg Powder - 1 teaspoon
Dried Ginger Powder - 1/4 cup

Procedure

1. Mix all the ingredients together (except dried ginger powder & nutmeg powder). Dry roast them well for a while. 

2. Allow it cool for sometime and blend them to smooth powder.

3. Next add dry ginger and nutmeg powder into the blender and blend them altogether.

4. Now store the tea masala powder in a air tight container.



How to Make Masala Tea

When tea masala powder is ready at home you need worry about  how to make masala tea.

Ingredients

Milk - 1 cup

Tea Masala Powder - 1 teaspoon

Tea Leaves - 4 to 5 teaspoon

Sugar - 2 to 3 tablespoon (as per your tastebud)

Water - 3 cups

Procedure

Boil water in sauce pan. Next add milk, sugar, tea leaves and masala tea powder . Boil the mixture once again for 2 to 3 minutes. Strain and serve hot. 



Friday, 13 May 2016

Lassi / Sweet Lassi

Tuesday was the first movie date of mother and daughter ! Post mother day treat :P... Actually, I was thinking to take her for the The Jungle Book for last few days. But as usual I was tied up with my ad hoc work schedule and weekends are always busy with household chores or invitations. Finally, this Tuesday I could take her to the movie. It was 3D, so she was bit scary at times. Rest of the time she was talking too much instead of concentrating on movie. But I had a wonderful time reviving my memory of favourite childhood cartoon. It was thrilling experience and I was amazed. If you have not watched this movie I would suggest you to watch this movie in 3D. We went for noon show and when we are out from the movie hall it was terribly hot outside. After we came home, sat for sometime and decided to have some cool lassi.



You just need few ingredients to make this sweet lassi. Lassi is a thick yogurt based drink whereas Chaas or buttermilk is a diluted drink made from curd. Earlier I have shared the recipe of strawberry lassi. I would like share various types of lassi in future.

Lassi / Sweet Lassi

Ingredients

Thick Curd - 2 cups
Milk - 1/2 to 1 cup
Sugar - 2 to 3 tablespoon
Cardamom - 3 to 4 pods
Rose Essence - 1 or 2 drop (optional)

Procedure

1. Take thick curd in a big vessel and beat well.
2. No take the beaten curd in a blender and add sugar, blend well.
3. Take cardamom pods and remove the outer shell. Crush the cardamom seeds and add in the blender. Add milk (chilled preferably) and blend once again until frothy on top.
4. Finally, add a drop of rose essence and blend once again.


Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Sattu Ka Sharbat / Sattu Ka Namkeen Sharbat

Chane ka sattu a famous flour in Bihar and Jharkhand. Chane ka sattu is nothing but flour from roasted grams. Not only Bihar or Jharkhand, it is also famous in West Bengal, UP and MP. You can knead a dough of sattu with salt, onion and pickle and eat it with rice or puffed rice. It is tasty, healthy and nutritious too. In my maternal grand father's house I have seen my cousins drinking sattu ka meetha sharbat (will share the recipe later).



When I went to Kolkata for my graduation I first saw people drinking sattu ka namkeen sharbat like crazy. During my stay at Kolkata, I used to go tutions in the morning. Most of the times the roads were empty in the morning but I used to notice a crowd at a point everyday. Initially I used to think people are gambling with cards so I used to avoid that place and walk really faster to cross that part of the road. One day the crowd was less and my eyes automatically went their I saw a person sitting with two matkas (pot) of water, some lemons and lemon squeezer. I slowed my speed and noticed he is taking out some powder from a container putting in glass adding lemon juice some masala and finally adding water and serving to everyone. I explained the same thing to my mom over the phone, she said it is nothing but he is selling sattu ka sherbat. I did not have much courage to buy and drink the sharbat from him dur to my hygienic consciousness as a Microbiology student. When I went home during holidays I tried this and like it very much.

Sattu Ka Sharbat  / Sattu Ka Namkeen Sharbat

Ingredients (Per Glass)

Chana ka Sattu (Roasted Gram with skin Flour) - 2 to 3 tablespoon
Lemon Juice - 11/2 teaspoon
Black Salt - 1/2 teaspoon
Salt - 1/2 teaspoon
Roasted Cumin Powder - 1/2 teaspoon
Green Chili - 1/2 teaspoon, chopped (optional)
Water as required

Procedure

1. At first take sattu in a glass and add both salts and add little water. Stir and make a smooth paste.
2. Now add more water to fill the glass. Add lemon juice, roasted cumin powder and chopped green chili. Stir it properly and the sattu ka namkeen sharbat is ready.



Sunday, 8 May 2016

Chaas / Buttermilk

Last two day's rain gave some relief to the Bangloreans. Hopefully we will get more rains in the coming week. However, heat waves are continuing to the other parts of India . A traditional Indian drink which is often offered during these summer days are Chaas or Buttermilk. I was not a fan of buttermilk as I never used to like curd :(. When I went to Chennai for my studies I used to see buttermilk was served during our lunch time and everyone used to relish it. One day my roommate Sarika said, "why don't you give a try, if you don't like do not drink it.." She again mentioned " I am sure hereafter you will love it." So I tasted and later on I continued to drink. She was right! Actually, I never tasted it and thought it won't be good. It is very important to taste the food or drink before you reject it :). When I was in Goa, we used to go to a Gujarati restaurant to have Gujarati thali where the used to give unlimited chaas. These are all small small piece of incidents I had in my life and really feel good when I sit alone and think about them.


Coming to the recipe now. Chaas is a diluted form of salted yogurt drink. The ingredients are so simple and always available in your pantry. You can add either chilled water or chilled yogurt to make this cool drink. If you have some time in hand you can prepare it with room temperature ingredients and put the chaas inside the fridge for 15-20 minutes before consuming it.


Chaas / Buttermilk

Ingredients

Curd - 1 cup,
Water - 2 cups, chilled
Salt - 1/2 teaspoon
Black salt - 1/2 teaspoon
Coriander leaves - 2 tablespoon (finely chopped)

Procedure

1. Take curd in a big size bowl and beat it with a mechanical or electrical hand blender. You can also use a spoon.

2. Now add water and mix well.

3. Finally add black salt and salt as per your taste and mix well.


4. Pour the mixture in to two glasses. Garnish with some freshly chopped coriander leaves.




Friday, 22 April 2016

Strawberry Lassi

Lassi is a popular yogurt-based Indian drink. This was originated in the Northern Part of India, specifically from Punjab. Lassi could be salted or sweet; however, I prefer I prefer sweet lassi or flavoured lassi. Lassis are very beneficial during hot summer days.  This year I had lot of strawberries and also prepared different drinks using it! I know I am bit late to post the recipes but no worries you will still get strawberries in market but it is little expensive now!



In traditional lassi spices are used to make it more tasty but in fruit lassi I did not use any spices because I just wanted to dominate the flavour of the fruit. While blending yogurt with strawberries add little water, you can also add milk but I would like to mention in that case the drink will be called smoothie not lassi. Doesn't matter whether lassi or smoothie, it is an amazing refreshing drink.

Strawberry Lassi

Ingredients

Strawberries - 6 to 8 + 2 for garnishing
Yogurt - 11/2 cups
Water - 1/2 cup
Sugar - 5 to 6 tablespoon
Ice cubes - 4 to 6 (optional)

Procedure

1. Clean the strawberries and remove the stems. 
2. Take the strawberries, sugar and yogurt in a blender and blend until smooth. Add water and blend once again. You can also use milk instead of water.
3. Place the ice cubes in two glasses and pour the lassi in the glasses.  Garnish with strawberry. 


Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Watermelon Mojito

Few days back I shared the recipe of Virgin Mojito. Today I am sharing Watermelon mojito. Watermelon is easily available in the market now. Watermelon itself is a cooler and if you add mint and lemon juice, it becomes a super-cooler!




I was checking about the nutritional facts of watermelon and came to know about an interesting fact. Each bite of watermelon contains about 92% of water!. Isn't it an amazing fact! It also contains some amount of sugar. So during summer your body needs to be re-hydrated, so drinking water is not enough to replace the electrolytes. Watermelon also contains high amount of Potassium and other vitamins & minerals. So having watermelon during summer can help to maintain your body's electrolyte balance. 


You can prepare watermelon mojito easily and quickly! If you have the ingredients in your pantry, you can serve this chilled drink to your sudden guest as well. It is also a good kitty party or pool party drink during summer. So next time you bring a watermelon home, do not forget to try this watermelon mojito!

Watermelon Mojito 

Ingredients


Watermelon - 2 cups, seedless, cut into chunks
Mint leaves - 12 to 15
Sugar - 4 to 5 tablespoon
Lemon Juice - 2 to 3 tablespoon
Ice Cubes- 6 to 8
Soda water as required
For garnishing – 2 or 3 strings of mint leaves 


Procedure

1. Take some mint leaves in a pitcher and muddle them. Add watermelon chunks and sugar muddle again. Take superfine sugar or castor sugar which dissolves easily.
3. Now mix lemon juice to it.
4. In a glass, add the ice cubes and pour the mixture. Finally, add soda water to fill the glass. Stir well. Garnish the glass with mint leaves and lemon slice. You can also use some watermelon juice along with soda water to fill the glass. 



Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Ginger Lemon Soda/Sparkling Ginger Lemonade/Ginger Lemon Fizz




In this hot summer who wouldn't like to grab the above glass full of ginger lemonade? Most of the time I prepare just lemonade or nimbu pani , but this time I made Ginger lemon soda. Ginger has lot of medicinal benefit. It is useful in relieving digestive problems and also useful in sore throat due to cold.

After a heavy meal, a glass full of ginger lemon soda is a pure bliss especially during this hot summer days. You need very simple ingredients to prepare ginger lemonade at home. Addition of ice cubes to the drink is absolutely your choice. I have avoided ice, instead I have used chilled soda water. You can also replace sugar and use honey which would add more health benefits to the drink.

Ginger Lemon Soda/Sparkling Ginger Lemonade/Ginger Lemon Fizz

Ingredients

Water - 2 cups
Sugar - 2/3 cup
Club Soda - 2 cups
Ginger - minced, 2 tablespoon
Lemon Juice - 1/4 cup
Ice Cubes - Optional
Procedure

1. Take water in a saucepan and add sugar and minced ginger. Bring it to boil.

2. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Strain it and discard gingers. Cool it.


3. Pour it in a jug and add ice cubes, club soda and stir in lemon juice.  Add in some more lemon slices.


Thursday, 31 March 2016

Virgin Mojito

Outside is too hot, so a cool and refreshing drink for you all! Today I am sharing a party mock-tail Virgin Mojito. Mojito is traditional drink which is based on Rum. However, Virgin Mojito is a mock-tail and does not contain any alcoholic drink. You can easily serve this drink in your home based parties, kitties or welcoming guest.
I heard lot about his drink since I came to food blogging but did not tasted it. Few months back mother-daughter duo visited a newly opened cafe in nearby mall. I saw virgin mojito in menu and immediately ordered it. Liked the taste very much and since then wanted to try it at home. I know it's been long time but finally I tried it before we arrive to next summer :P Though recipe calls for crushed ice, I have used ice cubes. Many people use lemonade drink (Sprite/7up) instead of soda water. I have used soda water. If you are planning to use lemonade then cut down your sugar quantity as lemonade is already sweet.



Virgin Mojito

Ingredients

Mint leaves - 15
Sugar - 4 to 5 tablespoon
Lemons - 1, sliced
Lemon Juice - 2 to 3 tablespoon
Ice Cubes- 6 to 8
Soda water as required
For garnishing – Mint Leaves & Lemon slice.


Procedure

1. Take some mint leaves in a pitcher and muddle them. Add lemon slices and muddle again.
2. Next add sugar to it. You can add castor sugar which will easily dissolve.
3. Now mix lemon juice to it.
4. Add soda water into the mixture. Take the mixture in a shaker and shake it well.
5. In a glass, add the ice cubes and pour the mixture. Garnish the glass with mint leaves and lemon slice.


Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Nimbu Pani

Nimbu pani is an age old drink of India. Earlier days when there were no fancy drinks, nimbu pani was used to welcome the guest at house. Though fancy drinks have spread across the market still it could not fade the flavour of Nimbu Pani. Some of the drink companies are so desperate that they have launched their drink with nimbu pani flavour!



As we are approaching towards summer I am sharing coolest recipes in my blog. Nimbu pani helps to beat the summer heat . It is very simple to prepare and once you are back from scorching heat you can immediately prepare it with minimum ingredients. Do not drink water immediately after coming back from heat, sit for sometime and then drink water. Almost everybody knows about nimbu pani but I am sharing for the persons who are new to this also. May be the girl who went first time in the hostel and wanted to have it but don't know how to do it because till date her mom did it for her!

Nimbu Pani
Ingredients

Lemon - 2
Water - 2 to 3 glass
Sugar - 1/3 cup sugar
Black Salt - 1/2 teaspoon
Salt - 1/2 teaspoon
Ice - 6 to 8 cubes (Optional)

Procedure

1. Squeeze the lemons in a bowl and separate the seeds. Add sugar, black salt and salt in the lemon juice.
2. Add enough water into it and stir well until the sugar dissolves.
3. Take ice cubes in glasses and pour the mixture into each glass and serve chilled. I have avoided ice and used chilled water instead.