Thandai is a very popular drink,which is actually dry fruit and saffron flavoured milk, that is traditionally prepared as an offering to Lord Shiva during the festival of Maha Shivratri. Thandai is often mixed with ‘bhang’ to make an intoxicating drink popularly served during Holi festival.
4 cups Milk.
1/4 cup Sugar
A pinch of Black Pepper powder.
A few strands of Saffron.
Make into powder:
1/4 cup Almonds.
2 tbsp Poppy Seeds.
2 tbsp Fennel Seeds.(saunf)
1/2 tsp Cardamom powder
1/2 tsp Cumin seeds.
Boil the milk in a deep pan, allow it to cool completely.
Combine the powder and milk in a deep bowl, mix well using a whisk and refrigerate for 2 hours.
Strain the mixture through a sieve, add the sugar, pepper powder and saffron and mix well.
Pour equal quantities of the thandai into 4 individual glasses add serve chilled.
Tip:Prepared masala can be stored in airtight jar in refrigerator for upto 3 months and used as and when required.
Few years back I had visited Cochin,I have a very close friend Sanjay Kurup there,climate in cochin was horribly hot and dry.My friend’s wife Suvarna treated me to a chilling and refreshing drink…simple,tasty and refreshing…. So now it’s a ritual at my place to make this amazing Cooler to beat the heat in every summer.
Thanks Suvarna for this amazing recipe.
1 inch Ginger.
4 tbsp Sugar.
1 tbsp Lemon juice.
6 leaves fresh mint.(Optional)
6 pieces crushed Ice.
pinch of Salt.
1 tbsp soaked Sabja Seeds.
2 lemon wedges for garnishing.
Mix all the ingredients in a mixie,except sabja seeds.Blend till turns into puree.
Add 1 and half glass of chilled water,blend again till ice is completely dissolved.Strain through a strainer.
Pour in a tall glass add sabja seeds,garnish with mint and serve immediately.
My soul sister my friend from Mumbai visited us for a few days to celebrate my son’s 20th birthday…it’s a ritual to have a one day trip whenever she visits…so this time it was lonavala….we had a lovely time….streets of lonavala were full of vendors selling pink guava.
So I couldn’t resist myself from buying a few…
That’s how this recipe gets posted today….Pink Guava Juice.
250 gms or 2 cups chopped Guava.
1 cup Water add as required.
4 tbsp Sugar.
2 tbsp Lemon juice.
Salt and Chilli powder as per taste.
Rinse the guavas very well in water. Chop in small pieces and add to a large blender jar along with sugar.You can peel them if you like. Add little water and blend the guavas to a smooth pulp. Chop the guavas in small pieces so that they grind or blend faster and the seeds are not ground.
Blend in batches if the blender size is small.
Add the prepared pulp to a medium mesh strainer placed on top of a bowl. Using a spoon stir the pulp, so that the smooth pulp is extracted in the bowl. Add salt,chilli powder and lemon juice,mix well.
Add 1 cup cold water to the prepared guava pulp in the bowl. Stir to combine. Pour the juice in glasses with ice and serve guava juice immediately.
Tip:You can add a small piece of beetroot or a drop of edible pink colour to get a bright colour..
Also soda can be added instead of water just before serving for some fizz.
This is a classic and refreshing non-alcoholic drink. Mint leaves & lemon juice are the main ingredients used here.
We all must have heard of famous Cocktail mojito.The non-alcoholic version of this drink is known as Virgin Mojito. The base ingredients remain the same that is mint leaves and lemon juice but the alcohol gets replaced with soda or sprite.
1 tbsp Lime juice.
1 tbsp Sugar Syrup.
10-12 Mint Leaves.
½ Lemon sliced.
Ice as required
Club soda or Sprite.
In a tall or big serving glass add the lime juice, sugar syrup, half of the lime slices and mint leaves and muddle/crush using the muddler (or use back of the large wooden spoon).
Muddle only for 10 seconds so mint doesnt get over crushed.
Now top the glass with ice and top it up with club soda or sprite.
Garnish with lemon slices and mint leaves and serve Chilled.
Today being Fifa word cup semi finals my football crazy son was yearning for chocolate milk shake,had promised him oreo milk shake but we ran out of the biscuits…luckly had a KitKat sitting in the fridge….so made this in a jiffy for him.
Trust me this KitKat shake will make you ditch store bought drinks. To make this creamy chocolaty shake you just need a few simple ingredints along with a pack of Kitkat and you can nail this cafe style shake in just a few minutes.
200 ml Milk.
1 scoop Vanilla or Chocolate Ice cream.
2 tbsp Drinking Chocolate.
Few Ice Cubes.
1 tbsp Chocolate Sauce.
Add all the ingredients in a blender and mix well till smooth and frothy.
In a mason jar or a tall glass drizzle some Chocolate syrup,pour the cold shake into the glass,using a piping cone add the whipped cream and sprinkle chocolate chips and top up with a piece of KitKat.
This special fruit Kokam, is widely found around the Western Ghats of India. It is fondly used to make Sharbat and a variety of other Indian preparations.
Here is a delicious Kokam Mojito mocktail recipe perfect for the summers or as a fun addition to your dinner parties. Here we are using ready-made kokum sharbat,it has a deep red hue and has a sour flavour.
So lets sip on this beautiful and cool summer drink.
30 ml Kokam Syrup (Sharbat)
20 ml Lemon Juice.
150 ml Soda.
6-7 Mint Leaves.
1 pinch Black Salt .
Muddle the mint leaves in a glass.
Add in the syrup, lemon juice, black salt and stir.
Top up with the Soda and stir again. Add lots of ice and serve chilled.