The Popeye Smoothie – Green and Fruit smoothie!

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Hello my Dear Wonderful Readers!!

Happy Monday morning to all you wonderful people!! So I am still on my clean streak and this time I am back with a sweet, sour and super healthy smoothie.  “Summer” basically translates to – “time for cold and soothing breakfasts” During the cold months, I stay away from smoothies and therefore you will see how my waist line increases. But summer is when you wanna wear a nice  soft linen dress or cotton clothes right? I hate the idea of wearing denim during these hot months. I made the mistake of wearing jeans in Kerala!! OMG!! I had to peel it off my legs to get them off. LOL. A while ago I remember seeing this video of how girls/ women try to wear skinny jeans and how they look so pink and flustered at the end. So funny!! I am sure its there on YouTube. Another reason is, some mornings you just cannot get yourself to sit down and have a traditional breakfast right? After I have sent the husband to office and finished the baby boys morning chores I wish I had a nice tall glass of something cold and thats what makes smoothies just the best thing on earth. Like I have said before, smoothies are so versatile you could make any combination and it would taste remarkable!! and what’s more, they keep you full and happy till lunch time. Oh by the way you could totally do this for lunch too, but I like to sit down with my son on his chair by my side and we eat together. Separate plates, he playing with his food and me trying to teach him to eat on his own.

There are so many things you and me take for granted and so many things that you and me have to be thankful to our moms. Like how she thaught us to feed ourselves!! I mean the action of properly placing food into your mouth, without dropping a grain. Or how to hold a glass of water and place it back without spilling a drop. These are things we do every day, every time and have never stopped to think, how we developed these skills!

Ingredients :-

  1. Spinach – 200 gms ( washed and dried)
  2. Frozen Pineapple – 2 cups
  3. Kiwi – 2 ripe
  4. Coconut Water – 1 cup
  5. Amaranth Seeds – 1/2 cup ( optional)

Instructions:-

  1. Heat a pan on medium flame. Pour the Amaranth seeds into the hot pan and let them pop. They look like mini pop corn
  2. Set aside to cool
  3. In the bowl of your blender add the remaining ingredients and blend to a smooth consistency
  4. Pour into separate glass and top with the popped amaranth seeds
  5. Serve right away!!

Chilli Watermelon Agua Fresca

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Hello my Dear Wonderful Readers!

How was the weekend? We had an awesome time. It started with a birthday party on Friday evening. I absolutely love birthday parties and I love how children find the cutest and sweetest games to play all by themselves. The next day was fun too. I love places that serve awesome starters than you never get to the main course. By Sunday, all we wanted to do was watch a nice movie and have some cold soothing drinks. So that is when I made this drink. Its super simple and I dint want it to be all too sweet so I added a little twist. The fun part is that the spicy hot taste sinks in only at the end. Makes you wanna drink some thing sweet so you take the next sip. Its sweet and fresh and then the chilli hits you again! ha ha. Its a circle (but not vicious). But by the time you have had a couple of glasses you feel refreshed and happy 🙂

I do not buy the seedless kind of watermelon simply cause that would mean they are not organic and have been altered. We try not having any food that has been genetically alerted and try sticking to organic stuff. So I buy the normal kind and I cut it into 4 halves. Then I make long incisions along the line of the seeds. I may miss a few but I still think its better than the seedless kind.

Ingredients :-

  1. Watermelon – 1kg ( de seeded and cut to cubes)
  2. Green Chillies – 3
  3. Honey – 2 tbsp
  4. Ice Cubes – 3 cups
  5. Water – 2 cups
  6. Mint leaves – 1 cups (packed)
  7. Lime – 4

Instructions :-

  1. In the bowl of your blender add the watermelon, honey, green chillies, water and half the ice cubes
  2. Then cut the limes into half and squeeze the juice into the blender bowl. I use my hand as a strainer just to make sure there are no seeds in the bowl
  3. Blitz till all the watermelon and green chilli is juiced well . Pour into your serving jug
  4. Pick a few of the mint leaves and thrown them into the serving jug. Using a muddler just press the mint leaves to release their minty flavour into the drink
  5. Throw in a few ice cubes into your serving glass and pour the watermelon juice
  6. Garnish with fresh mint leaves

Kesar Badami Dhoodh – Almond milk infused with saffron

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Hello my Dear Wonderful Readers,

It has been a crazy few weeks and I cannot begin to explain how time flies when you have a one year old at home! But amongst all the tantrums, chaos, food spilling and noise, we have our share of giggles, tickles, big wide smiles and lots of running around the couch. When most times I say oh I can’t wait for him to grow up, secretly I am saying ” I hope you never grown up”. Confused mum syndrome! LOL

So this is my favourite alternative to ice cold smoothies and juices. We usually serve it hot specially during the winter months but in summers it’s served cooooldd. My grandmother would take me to this “Bengali Sweets” shop close to home and we would have some rasmalai and one glass of this milk. I remember how she would hold my hand all the way from home to the shop. We walked slowly, looking at the blue and grey walls of the air force base, the shops and owners all waving their hands to my granny and she smiling back politely. To me, my grand mothers are the strongest and bravest women I have ever known! Even today given a chance she would walk all the way to the temple and back ( just after her hip replacement surgery). She still stays at the same house and when ever we go there, I turn to see if the old “Bengali Sweets” shop still stands and trust me, there is never a time that it isn’t crowded. The distinct smell of khoya and badam alway comes rushing to my mind as I think of the shop and the sweets there. This recipe encases a small piece of that old memory for me 🙂

Ingredients :-

  1. Milk – 1 ltr
  2. Almonds – 1 cup
  3. Saffron – one good pinch ( more like 1/4 tsp)
  4. Sugar – 4 – 5 tsp ( according to taste)
  5. Cardamom – 4

Instructions :-

  1. Heat a mug of water in the microwave and once it’s nice and hot take it out and drop the almonds into it
  2. Let it sit for a half hour. This helps to remove the skin easily
  3. Once done, simply pinch one end of the almond and the skin comes off easily
  4. Using a blender, blend the de-skinned almonds to a fine smooth paste. You could add a little milk to the almonds
  5. Now in a pot, add milk and bring to a slow boil
  6. Once it begins to boil reduce the heat and add the smooth almond paste, saffron strands, cardamom and sugar
  7. Stir the mixture a couple of times and let the mixture boil for another 10 mins
  8. Your saffron almond milk is ready. Before you serve the milk, use a spoon to fetch out the cardamom from the milk
  9. Serve hot right away or cool and chill in the fridge for later
  10. Garnish with dry rose petal and crushed pistachio for that regal feel!

Enjoy!!

 

Kulukki Sherbat / Kulukki Sherbet – Pineapple & Lime Sherbet

 

 

 

 

I love street food but like I said, I am very very scared of falling sick. Time and again I have tried street style food and some how I manage to fall sick 5 out of 10 times. So it takes me a while to taste food off the road. Once such drink is the Kulukki Sherbat. My friend in Kerala was kind enough to make me a glass of this wonderful drink 2 years ago and from then on I have been in love with this drink. It is the perfect blend of sweet, sour and spicy!

Ingredients :-

  1. Pineapple – 1/2 cup (chopped to fine pieces)
  2. Lime Juice – from 3 limes
  3. Sabja Seeds / Basil Seeds – 2tbsp (washed and soaked for 10 mins)
  4. Ginger – 1 tsp (chopped fine)
  5. Green Chilli – 1 ( chopped fine)
  6. Honey – 3 – 4 tbsp ( or according to taste)
  7. Water – 1.2 lt (cold)
  8. Ice cubes – as required

Instructions:-

  1. In a bottle add lemon juice, honey, ginger and chilli. Put the cap on the bottle and give it a nice shake for 5 seconds
  2. Then add the rest of the ingredients including the ice cubes. Put the cap back on the bottle and give it a nice shake again for one minute
  3. Serve right away over ice cubes!!

 

Use fresh ingredients for a refreshing drink!!