I have always loved juices with a few bits of the pieces in them to add to the crunch. Posting a Watermelon Crush today with a sprinkling of Chaat masala, salt and pepper.
Wash and deskin the watermelon. Cut into cubes. Keep some aside. Juice the remaining with a few icecubes. Pour into a pitcher. Add sugar, salt, chaat masala and pepper according to taste. Add the chopped water melon pieces and ice cubes and serve immediately.
There is no doubt that the healthiest way of eating fruits is in their natural form, without converting them into juices or punches, but then once in a while it is fun indulging in those unhealthy things too!!!!! This is my favourite Punch as it is sweet, tangy and has that right amount of zing to it. Healthy, as it is without any essence or flavour and heavenly during the summers.
1 kg Watermelon
Juice of three limes
Juice of three oranges
Cut the watermelon and deseed it. Juice the oranges and limes. Puree the watermelon and strain it. Drop the strained juice into a pitcher, and add the orange and lime juice to it. Stir in sugar as per requirement and serve it chilled.
A refreshing summer drink, buttermilk is a very popular beverage all over India. This one is with a hint of ginger and coriander leaves and is a thirst quencher during the hot and humid summers.
500 gms thick yoghurt
1 litre water
2inch piece of ginger
2 green chillies
A few sprigs of coriander leaves
Grate the ginger and mince the green chillies. Add salt and crush them well. Strain the extract. Chop the coriander leaves fine. Whisk the yoghurt well and thin it down with water. Add the extract. Mix well and add the coriander leaves. Serve chilled.
Badam milk offered to the Goddess on Kojagiri Poornima . Please accept the Prasad. 🙏🙏
1 litre milk
1/2 cup Badam/almonds
12 tsps sugar
5 pods Cardamom powdered
A large pinch of saffron
Soak the almonds in warm water for about 2 hrs and then peel them. Sliver about 6 almonds length wise and keep aside. Make a paste of the remaining almonds. Boil the milk, lower the flame and add the chopped almonds and the paste. Add sugar and saffron and allow it to simmer for about 5 mins. Add the Cardamom powder, stir and switch off. Serve hot or chilled.
A hot cup of hibiscus tea early in the morning acts as a cleanser. Enjoy it with some cinnamon and honey .
2 Red Hibiscus flowers
1/4tsp cinnamon powder
1sprig of Basil
1 tsp honey
Juice of half of a big lemon
Wash the hibiscus flower. Pluck the petals. Bring the water to a boil. Add the hibiscus petals and the sprig of Basil. Switch off. Allow to stand for a couple of minutes. Strain. Add the cinnamon powder, lemon juice and honey. Sip it hot.
The king of fruits reigns Supreme during the summer months. Milkshake, juice, panna, jam and salads are in plenty!! Posting the all time favourite Mango juice.
Peel the mangoes, chop them into pieces. Take required amount of sugar, a few Cardamom seeds and saffron and powder it in the mixer. Add the chopped mango and run it on pulse mode till a puree is formed. Add water and dilute to required consistency. Serve chilled.
The pungent odour of Black salt, the aroma of freshly ground Cummin, the plop of the soda bottle opening and the gurgling of the soda into the glass competing with the salty sea breeze at the beach is sheer nostalgia. As kids we would look forward eagerly to the Sunday evening treat of Bhel and Kashmiri soda at the beach. Today as I make it at home, I miss all those small pleasures of life!
1 bottle carbonated water or soda
2tsps Everest chat masala
Juice of two lemons
A pinch of roasted Cumin
Put the chat masala, Cumin powder, lemon juice and salt in a jug. Pour the soda into it. Mix well and serve chilled.