Showing posts with label Drinks. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Drinks. Show all posts
Honeydew melon is a variety of melon, which belongs to the family of musk melon. Its a family favourite fruit at our place because of its sweet taste. We normally would cut the fruit and eat it as it is. But there will be times the half finished fruit sits in the fridge for a few days and nobody wants to eat it. Something innovative has to be prepared during such times to make it interesting. Here is one such recipe..Muskmelon Cooler! It can be served as a refreshing drink or as a dessert. 

Time required: 15 - 20 minutes
Difficulty level: Medium
Serves - 3

  • Honeydew Melon - 1/4th of a whole fruit (or even less)
  • Milk (preferably full fat) - 1 cup 
  • For sweetness - jaggery, sugar or maple syrup - according to taste (I have added 6 tbsp of jaggery)
  • Salt - a pinch
  • Cardamom powder - 1/4 tsp

  • Cut the melon into big pieces and separate the seed part. Grate the flesh using a grater and discard the rind part. 
  • 1.5 cups of grated flesh plus the liquid therefrom will be enough for the above said measurements.
  • Transfer the grated fruit flesh plus liquid into a mixing bowl. Add pinch of salt and sweetener (jaggery, sugar or maple syrup) according to taste and mix everything well. 
  • Add milk and cardamom powder and give it a good mix.
  • Keep it in the fridge for cooling before you serve.
  • While serving, mix it well and scoop both juice and the fruit gratings into the serving bowl.  

  • For a quick serving, use cold milk and refrigerated fruit for this recipe.
Its the peak summer days makes us feel tired all the time. Drinking plenty of water and other cool drinks will give some kind of relief. Since its too hot outside, we prefer having more of juice and milkshakes these days instead of tea and coffee. These home made cool drinks are good for our health more than tea and coffee!
My daughter is a big fan of strawberries these days. Whenever we insist her to have some fruits, she demands for strawberries! So whenever I have more strawberries in the fridge, I will preserve some in the freezer for her emergency needs! And sometimes, those fruits will be used to prepare delicious milkshakes just like this!

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2
Difficulty level: Easy

Strawberries (fresh / frozen) - 250 gm
Cold milk - 300 ml
Sugar - 2 to 3 tbsp or to taste
Ice cream - 2 tbsp

Clean the strawberries and chop them roughly.
Combine sugar and chopped strawberries in a mixie or blender and make a smooth paste. Add little milk, if needed.
Once its blended nicely, add the remaining milk and blend it till everything is combined well.
Finally, add ice cream and blend it for half a minute.
Thats all, delicious Strawberry milkshake is ready to serve!

If you want to reduce the quantity of milk, use 200 ml milk and 100 ml of water.

Hibiscus is one of the most common garden plants which is easy to grow and lasts for years. We can find varieties of hibiscus plants everywhere. This plant has got lot of uses. People use hibiscus flowers for offering to God. Hibiscus leaves are good for hair growth and remedy for all hair problems. We can prepare Juice and Tea using hibiscus flowers, which is good for health.
We had a Hibiscus plant in our backyard. It was full of flowers all the time except during peak winter. We used to pick the flowers daily for offering to God. Kiddo also wanted some flowers for playing and she never missed her share :) Even after picking so many flowers, we could see many flowers still on the plant.
These days, I have learned a new recipe using hibiscus flowers. Hibiscus Juice is damn easy to prepare and tastes really yum! I just love that sparkling red color of this juice. Ingredients for this juice are also can give it a try anytime!

Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 2
Difficulty level: Easy

  • Red hibiscus flowers - 3
  • Ginger - 2 inch (sliced)
  • Sugar - 4 tbsp or according to taste
  • Water - 1 1/2 cup (1 cup = 400 ml)
  • Lime - half piece

  • Heat water in a vessel. Add the ginger slices and hibiscus petals and boil it for 8 - 10 minutes.
  • Filter the boiled water using a tea strainer. 
  • Add sugar and lime juice according to taste. You can see the color of juice changes to sparkling red now.
  • Make it cool before serving. Also, you can refrigerate it or add ice cubes if desired.

When its summer, something cold would be perfect to have when we feel thirsty. I prepare varieties of milkshakes, juices, smoothies, Lassi, etc. healthy n refreshing drinks at home using fresh ingredients. Since its the mango season now, we all love to have mango milkshake and juice whenever mangoes are there at home. Mango Milkshake is my daughter's all time favorite. She will be happy to have this drink anytime! 
Try this easy and delicious milkshake and let me know how you liked it!

Time required: 10 minutes
Cooling time: 1 hour
Servings: 3
Difficulty level: Easy

  • Ripened mango (medium size) - 2 nos
  • Sugar - 5 tbsp (adjust according to taste)
  • Full cream milk - 300 ml (see Tips)
  • Water - 100 ml
  • Salt - a big pinch

  • Peel and chop the mangoes roughly into medium size cubes.
  • Blend the mango pieces along with sugar and pinch of salt into fine paste. Add little milk if required.
  • Once it becomes a fine paste, add the remaining milk and water and adjust the consistency. 
  • Blend it for one more minute so that everything is combined well.
  • Check and adjust the taste. 
  • Serve it chilled.

  • You can reduce the quantity of milk by adding more water.
  • If the milkshake need to be served immediately, use the chilled milk for preparing it!
ಕನ್ನಡದಲ್ಲಿ ಓದಲು ಇಲ್ಲಿ ಕ್ಲಿಕ್ ಮಾಡಿ.

Here is one more variety of juice or cool drink for the for the summer! I love to have this Jaggery cool drink regularly due to health benefits of jaggery. As all of us know, jaggery is a very good source of iron. So, it helps to increase hemoglobin count in our blood. People suffering from acidity and digestion problems can surely rely on the usage of jaggery as a home remedy. People with digestion problems can have one glass of water mixed with 1 tsp of jaggery everyday half an hour before lunch and dinner for better results.
So, here is the healthy juice recipe for you friends! Try this easy and tasty Jaggery Juice at your home for a healthy living!  

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2

Cold water - 2 glass full
Jaggery - 4 tsp (adjust according to sweetness)
Lime squeeze - 1 tsp
Pepper powder - one pinch
Ice cubes - optional

Add enough jaggery to water and mix it well.
Then add lime squeeze and pepper powder to enhance the taste.
Check the taste and add jaggery or lime squeeze, if needed.
Transfer the juice to serving glasses. Add ice cubes if you would like to.
Enjoy the healthy and tasty Jaggery drink with your family :)

Linking it to the event 'Bon Vivant #6 - Sunny Refreshing Drinks' @ Sumee's Culinary Bites

ಕನ್ನಡದಲ್ಲಿ ಓದಲು ಇಲ್ಲಿ ಕ್ಲಿಕ್ ಮಾಡಿ.

Mango is one of the fruits which is liked by most of the people. This is the season of mangoes here in India, and we are making the fullest use of the season this year! Apart from the mangoes we buy from nearby fruit stalls and supermarkets in our area, my hubby visited 'Mango Mela' this time and he bought varieties of mangoes from there. Simply we ate mangoes like anything! Also, I prepared Mango Seekarane, juice, milkshake, etc. almost regularly.
Usually, I prepare milkshake from mango, and Smoothie was very new to me. Sometime back, I had seen Smoothie preparation in a TV cookery show and got inspired by them! Here is my version of smoothie, with slight variations in the original recipe..
Preparation time: 10 - 15 minutes
Cooling time: 1 hour
Servings: 2

1 large mango - fully ripen 
Thick curd - 200 ml
Milk - 50 ml (See Tips)
Water - 50 to 100 ml
Sugar - 8 to 10 tsp (adjust according to taste)
Pinch of salt

Peel and de-seed the mango, and chop it finely. Keep 1/4th portion of the chopped mango separately for decoration.
Take the remaining 3/4th portion of chopped mango, blend it into smooth paste along with curd and sugar.
To this, add milk, pinch of salt and little water to adjust the consistency. Blend the smoothie for another 20 - 25 seconds. Check and adjust the taste.
Transfer the smoothie to a bowl and refrigerate it for atleast one hour.
Spread one layer of chopped mango on the bottom of serving glass. Slowly, pour the smoothie and fill it till 3/4th of the glass.
Top it with one layer of chopped mango. That's all, delicious Smoothie is ready to serve!

  • Mango Smoothie can also be prepared without adding milk. If the curd is sour in taste, addition of milk will help to reduce the sourness.
  • If you use refrigerated mango and curd for preparing the Smoothie, it can be served instantly, i.e., without cooling!

 Linking it to my event Love Lock With Juices & Milkshakes

Sending this over to the event 'Dish Name Starts With M' @ Learning to Cook

ಕನ್ನಡದಲ್ಲಿ ಓದಲು ಇಲ್ಲಿ ಕ್ಲಿಕ್ ಮಾಡಿ.

Looks like the watermelon season has started now in Bangalore. Last week when we had been to groceries, hubby wanted to buy watermelon - bigger ones! Somehow, I feel that selecting the watermelon is really a tough task. Because the fruit pieces kept in the shops will always look so reddish but the fruit which we buy will not be so good most of the times! :D  
This time, we were happy with the color of the watermelon, but it was not so sweet in taste. So, I thought of preparing watermelon juice. Believe me, the whole fruit we finished by preparing juice daily :) I had used enough sugar to give a sweet touch to the juice and it was really delicious! 

Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2 

Watermelon pieces chopped into medium size cubes - about 4 glass full (I have used the serving glass for measurement)
Sugar 4 - 5 spoon or to taste
Pinch of salt
Pepper powder - 1/2 spoon
Ice cubes - optional

Blend the watermelon pieces in mixer finely. Remove the crushed seeds using a strainer.
Add sugar, pepper powder and pinch of salt to the juice and mix well.
Serve chilled or add few ice cubes and serve immediately!
During hot days, this juice will be a perfect drink to serve.

  • If you use chilled watermelon for preparing the juice, it will be very nice to drink immediately after preparation. No need to add ice cubes also
I have one more happy news to share with you.. yes, this is my 100th recipe post on this blog! The blog just started for time pass is growing steadily with all your support and encouragement. Thanks to all of you, I wish to get the same support and encouragement from you in future also :)


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