Drinks

Aam lassi slush

Posted on September 29, 2009. Filed under: Chaat, Drinks | Tags: , , , |

Mangoes, curds and fresh mint leaves are all the ingredients you require to make this refreshing slush.
Serve it along with a spicy chaat to soothe your taste buds!

Preparation Time : 10 mins.
Cooking Time : Nil.

Serves 4.

Ingredients
2 to 3 alphonso mangoes, peeled and diced
1 1/2 cups fresh curds
1 tablespoon mint leaves, chopped
4 tablespoons sugar
8 to 10 ice cubes
For the garnish
a few mint leaves
Method
1. Purée all the ingredients in a food processor.
2. Pour the mango curds purée into shallow freezer proof container. Freeze until slushy for about 4 to 6 hours.
3. Transfer it to a blender and liquidise till it is slushy.
4. Serve immediately in small glasses garnished with mint leaves.
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Adrak aur ganne ka gola

Posted on September 29, 2009. Filed under: Chaat, Drinks | Tags: , |

The streets of Mumbai are dotted with vendors selling “ganne ka ras” (sugarcane juice) extracted by pressing the sweet ” ganna” or sugarcane.
We are so familiar with the sight of fresh sugarcane juice that it is not a novelty. But when the same is frozen with a dash of ginger juice and lemon, it transforms itself into an exciting and delightful sorbet.

Cooking Time : Nil.
Preparation Time : 10 mins.

Serves 4.

Ingredients
6 cups sugarcan juice
1 tablespoon ginger juice
6 to 8 tablespoons sugar
juice of 1/2 lemon
Method
1. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and mix well till the sugar dissolves.
2. Freeze in a freezer proof container till it is set (approximately 4 to 6 hours).
3. Transfer to a blender and liquidise till it is slushy.
4. Serve scoops of the gola in 4 glasses and serve immediately.
Tips
Grate the ginger to extract ginger juice.
Sugarcane juice must be handled and frozen as quickly as possible as the heat and air tend to discolour it and it also turns rancid quickly.
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Kale angoor ka gola

Posted on September 29, 2009. Filed under: Chaat, Drinks | Tags: , |

Traditional golas are essentially ice-shavings flavoured with syrup. I have made kale angoor ka gola using fruit purée. The sweet but acidic pulp of black grapes is balanced by the ripe bananas. Black salt and cumin seed powder add a spike that make this gola so tempting.

Cooking Time : Nil.
Preparation Time : 10 mins.

Serves 4.

Ingredients
1 cup black grapes
1 banana, finely chopped
2 tablespoons powdered sugar
1/4 teaspoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon roasted cumin seed (jeera) powder
1/4 teaspoon black salt (sanchal)
Method
1. Blend the black grapes and bananas to a fine purée in a food processor.
2. Add the sugar, cumin seed powder, black salt and ¼ cup of water and mix well.
3. Freeze in a freezer proof container till it has set (approximately 4 to 6 hours).
4. Transfer to a blender and liquidise till it is slushy.
5. Serve scoops of the mixture in 4 glasses .
6. Serve immediately.
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Lemon grass infusion drink

Posted on September 29, 2009. Filed under: Chaat, Drinks | Tags: , |

There is nothing novel about the ingredients used in this drink. It is just a combination of hare chai ki patti, phudina and lemonade which makes a nice cool drink and complements the spicy chaats. I usually lay out a pitcher of this drink when I have parties.

Cooking Time : 10 mins.
Preparation Time : 5 mins.

Makes 5 glasses.

Ingredients
1 cup lemon grass, finely chopped
1 cup mint leaves, finely chopped
6 tablespoons sugar
juice of 1 lemon
2 bottles of lemonade
ice cubes to serve
mint leaves to garnish
lemon slices to serve
Method
1. Combine the lemon grass, mint leaves and sugar with 2 cups of water in a pan and bring it to a boil.
2. Remove from the fire, allow to cool and purée using a hand blender. Add the lemon juice and mix well. Strain through a muslin cloth to get an infusion.
3. In each serving glass, put 2 to 3 ice-cubes and pour ¼ cup of the infusion.
4. Top with the lemonade and garnish with mint leaves and a lemon slice.
5. Repeat for the remaining infusion and lemonade to make 4 more glasses.
6. Serve immediately.
Tips
Remember to wash the mint and lemon grass thouroughly before using it.
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Kairi ka jaljeera

Posted on September 29, 2009. Filed under: Chaat, Drinks | Tags: , , |

A quencher and cooler, with that pick-me-up effect.

Serves 4.

Ingredients
½ cup peeled and chopped raw mango
½ cup chopped coriander leaves
½ cup chopped mint leaves
1-2 green chillies, chopped
½ teaspoon roasted cumin (jeera) powder
½ teaspoon sanchal (black salt)
1 tablespoon sugar
salt to taste
Method
1. Grind all the ingredients in a blender into a fine paste, using a little water.
2. Add three glasses of water to this mixture and allow it to sit for 30 minutes at least.
3. Pour over ice cubes and serve immediately.
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Anar ka gola

Posted on September 29, 2009. Filed under: Chaat, Drinks | Tags: , |

The shiny pink seeds of pomegranate are sweet, astringent and acidic. The juice is used in several mocktail recipes!
Here is a recipe of a slush made with fresh pomegranate juice. Chaat masala and black salt add a little tang to the recipe.

Preparation Time : 10 mins.
Cooking Time : Nil.

Serves 4.

Ingredients
6 cups fresh pomegranate seeds, separated
8 tablespoons sugar
3/4 teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera) powder
1/2 teaspoon black salt (sanchal)
Method
1. Keep ½ cup of pomegranate seeds aside.
2. Put the remaining pomegranate seeds into a blender and liquidise.
3. Strain the juice and discard the seeds.
4. To the juice, add the sugar, cumin seed powder and black salt and mix well till it dissolves.
5. Freeze in a freezer proof container till it has set (approximately 4 to 6 hours).
6. Transfer to a blender and liquidise till it is slushy.
7. Serve scoops of the mixture in 4 glasses
8. Garnish with the remaining pomegranate seeds and serve immediately.
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Pineapple sweet lime juice

Posted on August 18, 2009. Filed under: Drinks | Tags: , |

The micronutrient rich subza complement this sweet and sour drink perfectly.

Cooking Time : Nil.
Preparation Time : 5 mins.

Makes 2 glasses.

Ingredients
4 slices pineapple, with skin
2 cups sweet lime segments, chopped
½ teaspoon subza (garden cress seeds)
¼ cup crushed ice
Method
1. Soak the subza in water for 5 minutes.
2. Push the pineapple and sweet lime segments through a hopper.
3. Pour into individual glasses over crushed ice.
4. Garnish with the subza seeds.
5. Serve immediately.
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Health drink

Posted on August 18, 2009. Filed under: Drinks | Tags: , |

This tomato, carrot and orange combination is rich in Vitamin A and hence good for the eyes.

Preparation Time : a few mins.
Cooking Time : Nil.

Makes 2 glasses.

Ingredients
1 cup tomatoes, chopped
1 cup carrot, chopped
segments of 1 orange
a few drops lemon juice
1 teaspoon sugar
salt and pepper to taste
crushed ice to serve
Method
1. Mix the tomatoes, carrot, orange, lemon juice, sugar and ½ cup of water and blend in a blender of obtain juice. Strain.
2. Add the salt and pepper.
3. Serve cold with crushed ice.
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Healthy orange juice

Posted on August 18, 2009. Filed under: Drinks | Tags: |

This great juice with the tangy twist of orange is great at any time of the day.
Pretty pearls of health… that’s what pomegranates are best known as, because of their vitamin C, potassium and fibre content. Sometimes difficult to find, pomegranates are worth buying when you see them because their exotic and distinctive flavour is quite delicious. A reddish skin is usually a sign that the seeds inside will be vibrant and sweet.

Makes 2 small glasses (300 ml).

Ingredients
2 small oranges, peeled and separated into segments
½ cup pomegranate (anar)
½ cup black grapes
crushed ice to serve
HOPPER / JUICER
1. Juice all the ingredients.
2. Add some crushed ice in 2 glasses and pour the juice over it. Serve immediately.
MIXER / BLENDER
1. Blend all the ingredients using little water (if required) till smooth.
2. Strain the juice using a strainer or a muslin cloth.
3. Add some crushed ice in 2 glasses and pour the juice over it. Serve immediately.
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Brain booster drink

Posted on August 18, 2009. Filed under: Drinks | Tags: , , |

This juice is perfect for the times when you need to concentrate. This brain-booster will keep your ental faculties in top gear!
Beetroots, carrots and spinach contain iron, folic acid and zinc, all of which improve the ygen-carrying power of blood and thereby increase brainpower, concentration and memory. An all-in-one great drink to increase your vitality.

Makes 2 small glasses (300 ml).

Ingredients
3 medium sized carrots (unpeeled), cut into pieces
1 medium sized apple (unpeeled), cored and cut into pieces
6 to 8 spinach (palak) leaves, roughly chopped
½ medium sized beetroot (unpeeled), cut into pieces
crushed ice to serve
HOPPER / JUICER
1. Juice all the ingredients.
2. Add some crushed ice in 2 glasses and pour the juice over it. Serve immediately.
MIXER / BLENDER
1. Blend all the ingredients using little water (if required) till smooth.
2. Strain the juice using a strainer or a muslin cloth.
3. Add some crushed ice in 2 glasses and pour the juice over it. Serve immediately.
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