Hello. Thank you so much for staying with me while I was away. Things have been crazy busy here.
Office work, personal commitments, festival preparations, sickness. Well everything demanded my time and I was literally on 4-5 hours of sleep for more than 2 weeks. That also meant weekends I would either do what I love most – cooking and trying new dishes, or rest or do the cleaning. But I am glad that I am a regular in Instagram posts. So if you are not already following me do so now for ideas on dishes, tiffin recipes and much more memories.
These days passion fruit is in season. And I am getting lots of passion fruit from my native. Passion fruit juice is perfect option to quench your thirst. It is sour and sweet and delicious. Add some chia seeds or sabja seeds and it gives your drink a cool look and taste. So a quick post. Do try it.
Passion fruit is really sour. So you need a lot of sugar to balance it out. Have this juice chilled for that extra effect.
Passion Fruits – Inside pulp of 4 passion fruits
Sugar – 1/4 cup
Chia Seeds – 1 tblspn
Water – 3 cups or more if needed
Ice Cubes – as needed
- Take out the pulp of passion fruit.
- Now you can either blend it together with sugar and water. Once blended you can strain it. The seeds does not have any particular taste. So blending it won’t have any bitterness.
- Or you can take the pulp in a strainer and with the help of a spoon squeeze out the juice. Add sugar and water and stir well.
- Add chia seeds and stir well.
- Add ice cubes before serving.
So in this weather when sometimes it rains and other times it is hot and sunny this drink is perfect to quench your thirst.
Hello. So when I could manage I try to watch movies with my friends (which is not a regular ) and after that if time permits maybe go for lunch or shopping. Now if you ask me to shop, you will mostly find me in the fresh vegetable and fruits section or the cutlery and decoration aisle.
And I am easily tempted by greens and leaves. When I see methi, palak, cheera, pudina I go bonkers. So even if I have already done my grocery shopping, even if there is no more space in my fridge, even if I dread standing in line first waiting to get the bar code stamped and then payment section I still go ahead and buy these. So last time I was shopping I grabbed few greens and then moved to the fruit aisle. Staring at me were these beautiful huge guavas and pears. I just couldn’t stop myself from picking couple of each.
So guava I ended up making finger-licking-good jam. And was wondering what to do about the pear (of course the simpler way would have been to eat them as it is). Hence this recipe. The cinnamon works wonders in this juice. The pear was OMG naturally sweet. No need of additional sugar. My son didn’t like the pulpy juice hence I extracted the juice for him and I have with the pulp. I also added some prunes to give that bite and extra flavor.
Pear – 2 big
Cinnamon – 1/4 tsp
Prunes – 2-3 (optional)
- Peel the pears. (Optional)
- Chop and blend it in a blender with cinnamon.
- Drop few prunes and serve.
In this hot weather this juice was such a relief. Pear has lots of water hence I didn’t find the need to add additional water.
Hello All. It almost feels like summer here. So hot and sweaty. Keeping yourself hydrated it very important. It is mango season and mango is one such ingredient that is widely used in savory and sweet dishes. It is a side ingredient as well as hero of the dish.
In my home raw mango had 2 uses – kadu manga (pickle) and panna (raw mango drink). Panna acts as a coolant to the body during summer. We used to boil the mangoes and store it in fridge. Whenever required we used to take those mangoes and squeeze out the pulp and prepare the panna. With some ice it used to taste divine.
One more memory I have of raw mangoes is having them with some chilly and salt. While in college the boys used to get raw mangoes from the nearby farms and the whole class used to have them with chilly and salt. Ahh those were the days. Just had to study, play, eat and sleep. No other worries. 🙂
Coming to today’s recipe is a basic “Aam panna”. When I say basic I mean you can prepare this basic aam panna and then customize it to bring it up a notch.
Raw Mango – 2 small
Sugar – 1 cup
Salt – As per taste
Cold Water – 1 cup
Ice Cubes – 2-3
- Wash and clean raw mangoes in fresh water properly.
- Remove the eye of the mango.
- Take it in a pan with 3 cups of water.
- Bring it to a boil.
- Boil the mangoes till they are tender.
- Once cooled, in the same water squeeze out the pulp of the mangoes.
- Squeeze out the skin and seed.
- Now add sugar and salt and mix well.
- Add in cold water and serve in glasses with ice cubes.
- Replace sugar with honey if you want a healthy twist.
- You can boil mangoes in bulk and store it in fridge. When required take the mangoes and make panna.
- Instead of salt you can use black salt.
Hello All. How you doing today? The weather is getting stranger day by day. When we were kids there were only 4 seasons – Winter, summer, monsoon and spring. But these days it is ‘Not so cold winter’, ‘Sunny and hot summer’, ‘Rain whenever monsoon’ and ‘No bloom spring’. But who am I to complain. I am part of that civilization that likes to live an urban life. The environment balance is gone due to urbanization.
However, I am doing my bit in bringing back the balance. Like many out there among you, I am also trying to save electricity, water, trying to grow few of my veggies, etc. If we do our bit and teach the future generation to care then only we can give a better world for them.
Coming to today’s post it is a quick juice that not only quenches your thirst but also is nutritious. Oranges are in season and I plan to make maximum use of it. I am not a very big fan of oranges. Maybe because unlike other fruits you cannot predict with this fruit if it will be sweet or sour. The problem with citrus fruits is just that. It may or may not have sweetness. Weekend afternoons are very hot. I prefer to feed my family with some juice to cool them down.
Oranges – 2 medium
Lemon – Juice of 1 small lemon
Mint Leaves – 2 tblspn
Honey – 4 tblspn (My oranges were very sweet. Add more if you like it more sweet)
- Blend together oranges, lemon, honey and mint leaves.
- Strain and serve with or without ice.
Enjoy this glass of Vitamin C and quench your thirst healthy way.