Category: Drinks

Virgin Mango Mojito | Mango Mojito Recipe

 Virgin Mango Mojito | Mango Mojito Recipe is refreshing, minty and perfect to beat the heat these summers. They are made in a jiffy with my favorite summer produce and I can’t get enough already!  🙂 

Virgin Mango Mojito | Mango Mojito Recipe

Virgin Mango Mojito | Mango Mojito Recipe tastes so delicious, I’m completely hooked! Fresh mango juice from my favorite Alphonso mangoes is the magic ingredient here in this virgin mojito 🙂 Given that this is a virgin mojito, it’s made with fresh fruit juice and carbonated water. Remember my Pomegranate Mojito?! It is still one my most hit recipes!! Even my Kiwi Mojito Pops are such a refreshing way to cool off this summer.

Virgin Mango Mojito | Mango Mojito Recipe

Virgin Mango Mojito | Mango Mojito Recipe was such a fad a couple of years ago when it appeared on the menus of most cafes, bistros and restaurants. It was such a phenomenal flavor and that too with such basic ingredients. I remember us ordering it everywhere we went and we still do sometimes when we’re out. It’s very rare that a teetotaler couple manages to find a great mocktail!

Since, we loved it so much, I’ve made it a few times at home and it’s so satisfying to be able to recreate this with so much ease 🙂 Fun even, muddling the ingredients and mixing a drink is almost therapeutic.

Virgin Mango Mojito | Mango Mojito Recipe

A closer look?! It makes one drool right?! Lol! You should definitely try it out soon.

Let’s make this a quick one! 😉

For the Syrup
Boil equal quantity of sugar and water together to make a simple syrup.
Let it cool completely and set it aside.
You can prepare this syrup and keep it handy in the refrigerator.

For the Base
You can use fresh juice or canned, whatever is available.
I used fresh juice from Alphonso mangoes.
Muddle together fresh mint leaves and lemon wedges.

To serve
Place 4-5 ice cubes in each serving glass, add 2 tbsp. of the muddled mixture.
Add a few extra lemon wedges and mint leaves if you like.
Add the ready sugar syrup according to taste.
Add 1/2 cup of mango juice in each glass.
Finally, add 1/4 cup of carbonated water/ soda water and serve immediately.

Virgin Mango Mojito | Mango Mojito Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 3 servings/ glasses

This is a refreshing virgin Mango Mojito, bursting with the flavors of lemon and mint, a more fruity version of the classic virgin mojito! It's made with everyday ingredients and comes together in minutes.

Ingredients

  • 1.5 cups mango juice (I used fresh juice)
  • 3/4 cup soda water/ carbonated water
  • simple sugar syrup as needed (see the steps below to prepare this )
  • 6 nos. lemons (cut into wedges)
  • 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves
  • ice cubes as needed
  • extra slices of lemon and mint leaves if needed

Instructions

    For the Syrup
  1. Boil equal quantity of sugar and water together to make a simple syrup.
  2. Let it cool completely and set it aside.
  3. You can prepare this syrup and keep it handy in the refrigerator.
  4. For the Base
  5. You can use fresh juice or canned, whatever is available.
  6. I used fresh juice from Alphonso mangoes.
  7. Muddle together fresh mint leaves and lemon wedges.
  8. To serve
  9. Place 4-5 ice cubes in each serving glass, add 2 tbsp. of the muddled mixture.
  10. Add a few extra lemon wedges and mint leaves if you like.
  11. Add the ready sugar syrup according to taste.
  12. Add 1/2 cup of mango juice in each glass.
  13. Finally, add 1/4 cup of carbonated water/ soda water and serve immediately.

Notes

This sugar syrup can be made and stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks in a glass jar.

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Hot Chocolate with Homemade Vanilla Marshmallows

Hot Chocolate with Homemade Vanilla Marshmallows is a comfort drink like no other! It will warm you from the inside out on those chilly, foggy cold winters nights. A cup of this made with my recipe and you’ll be craving for more 🙂 

Hot Chocolate with Homemade Vanilla Marshmallows

I feel my toes warming up just at the sight of this Hot Chocolate with Homemade Vanilla Marshmallows! It has the smoothest texture and the chocolate flavor comes in every sip. I have added a bit of spice to balance the sweetness 🙂 I will insist on using good quality cocoa powder too. It will make all the difference!! Also, don’t skimp on that full fat milk, the cream, etc. because they built the flavor base. When doing a Hot Chocolate, do it right, add that fat! It’s the winters and the fats will burn off is my theory 😉

Also, the chocolate that you will into the Hot Chocolate with Homemade Vanilla Marshmallows needs to be of a good quality. I’ve used a Lindt milk chocolate bar here, you could use Ghirardelli if you’ve some handy. No, don’t use cooking chocolate here if you can avoid it. I feel the cooking/ compound chocolate takes away the smoothness of the drink. Maybe that’s just me, I don’t know!

Hot Chocolate with Homemade Vanilla Marshmallows

Oh and those Mini Marshmallows, you saw them in my last post. They were my best make for the year 2017 I guess 😉  They turned out better than any store bought marshmallow I’ve ever tried. I believe using a good quality vanilla extract makes all the difference. So, I topped my Hot Chocolate with Homemade Vanilla Marshmallows and I was in heaven! The marshmallows melted slowly into that warm cup of goodness. It couldn’t have been better, if I may say so myself!

I will now share my method and recipe 🙂
Keep all the ingredients at room temperature.
Bring milk to a slow boil in a heavy bottom pan.
Add the cream and stir gently.
Add the sugar and stir gently.
Once the sugar has melted completely, add the cocoa powder. Whisk gently to incorporate.
Next, add the chopped chocolate. Ensure that the flame is on sim/ lowest setting.
Gently mix the chocolate to ensure it melts into the milk.
Add the spices. Mix well. Turn off the flame.
Serve these piping hot in mugs/ cups of your choice, topped with some marshmallows

Hot Chocolate with Homemade Vanilla Marshmallows

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: serves 2-3

Hot Chocolate with Homemade Vanilla Marshmallows is a heart warming, cozy drink that you must make for those chilly evenings!

Ingredients

  • 2 + 1/2 cups full fat milk
  • 1/2 cup cream
  • sugar to taste
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup chopped chocolate (I used Lindt milk chocolate)
  • a pinch of nutmeg powder
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon powder
  • marshmallows as needed for topping

Instructions

  1. Keep all the ingredients at room temperature.
  2. Bring milk to a slow boil in a heavy bottom pan.
  3. Add the cream and stir gently.
  4. Add the sugar and stir gently.
  5. Once the sugar has melted completely, add the cocoa powder. Whisk gently to incorporate.
  6. Next, add the chopped chocolate. Ensure that the flame is on sim/ lowest setting.
  7. Gently mix the chocolate to ensure it melts into the milk.
  8. Add the spices. Mix well. Turn off the flame.
  9. Serve these piping hot in mugs/ cups of your choice, topped with some marshmallows
  10. You can dust some cocoa powder or add a stick of cinnamon.

Notes

I've used Lindt milk chocolate for this as it is very smooth in a drink like this. You can use Compound milk chocolate if you prefer. Spices are not compulsory, omit them as you please. You can add more or less of chocolate and cocoa powder as per your preference.

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Rose and Pineapple Cooler

I can live on cool drinks all year long…😉 Being a teetotaller couple, we are constantly looking forward to trying some new flavours of mocktails and coolers…and more often than not we come across great finds👌😚

Speaking of great finds, I also find it interesting to try and make a new flavour combination right in the comfort of my kitchen! Earlier, I have shared the recipe of tropical iced tea which was a total hit! I make it every summer and we can’t get enough of it😀 I keep myself and the hubby hydrated as we sip on some of the most delicious homemade coolers. I have been told by people who have tried my Fruity Green Tea cooler, that it was one of the best ways to enjoy their green tea!

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Coming to this gorgeous beauty that has gotten you all parched is my take on two amazing flavours…tropical Pineapple and the very exotic Rose. Rose, on it’s own is very cooling. I have combined it’s flavours with the sweet and slightly tangy juices of local Pineapples and added my twist to it….😁 The resulting cooler/ mocktail is a bit spicy, has the freshness of summer mint and is loaded with ice! Just the thing you need in these sweltering afternoons.

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Let’s get started….

Yield: serves 2

Equipment: mortar-pestle, measuring cups/ spoons, mixing spoons, 2 glass/ bottles of your choice to serve the drink.

Ingredients:

1+1/2 cup fresh or canned pineapple juice

4 tsp rose syrup

9-10 fresh mint leaves

1/2 tsp chaat masala (Indian spice mix easily available in Indian Grocery/ Food Stores. If you can’t find chaat Masala, replace this ingredient with some salt and pepper to taste)**

1/4 tsp ginger juice (grate some ginger and squeeze the juice to add to the mocktail)

ice cubes as needed

Method:

Muddle together mint leaves, chaat Masala** and ginger juice together in the mortar-pestle.

Add two tsp rose syrup in each of the 2 serving glasses/ bottles.

Top the rose syrup up with 1-2 tsp of the mint leaves, ginger juice and chaat Masala** mixture.

Add ice cubes. Lastly, pour the Pineapple juice. The flavours will combine on their own, however, you can give them a quick stir. Garnish the drink with a sprig of mint! Enjoy!

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Love,

Shreya❤️

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Strawberry Iced Tea

I know I’ve been away for a few days….was just tied up with a few things….been on the road for a fair bit of time…phew! Yes….summers and traveling around isn’t the best combination but I did manage it after all. Needless to say, I did need an entire week to recoup and get back the usual routine with the blog and everything else…😁😁

Summers and this scorching heat takes out all the energy from your body…it’s very draining! I hate stepping out in the sun 😩…I just prefer sitting at home and wait for the sun to set 😂 and sip on some cool drinks…homemade fresh fruity drinks are the best way to hydrate yourself and are way healthier than those fizzy, sugar laden sodas.

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Yes! My favourite fruit this summer….came to my rescue once again..they are sweet and full flavour so why not use them to make some delicious summer mocktails….I mean, most of you who’ve been regular here are aware that the husband and I, we are teetotallers. So, such fruit based drinks are our best bet against the summers 😜 Speaking of which, have a look at my take on Aam ka Panna (raw mango cooler)

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Lets make some Strawberry Iced Tea….🍓🍓☺

Yield: makes 2-3 servings

Equipment: measuring cups/ spoons, a small sauce pan, a potato masher.

Ingredients:

1 +1/2 cup chopped strawberries

4 tbsp sugar (optional, avoid if the strawberries are sweet. Mine were a bit tart hence I used sugar)

3 cup water

2 nos. tea bags (I have used regular tea, no speacial flavour)

ice cubes as needed when serving

Method:

In a saucepan, boil 3 cups of water. Turn off the heat. Add the tea bags and let them steep for about 10 mins. Remove the tea bags and pour the tea from the sauce pan into a jug. Refrigerate the tea for a minimum of 1 hour.

In the meanwhile, in the same sauce pan, add the chopped strawberries along with sugar and cook them together on low heat until  the strawberries are cooked well and look mushy. Use a masher to mash them as they cook. Take them off the heat. Allow the strawberry compote to cool down completely, then using a hand blender or any other other blender, make a purée and set that too in the refrigerator until you have to serve the Iced Tea. (I don’t strain the strawberry compote, you can strain it if you prefer).

Assembling:

Add the cooled strawberry purée to the jug of chilled tea. Add some crushed ice cubes and give it a stir.

To serve:

Fill your favourite glasses/ mason jars with ice cubes and pour the ready Strawberry Iced Tea over them. Place a small strawberry on the top and serve chilled! You can even add a couple of slices of lime as a garnish ☺️ Enjoy!

The strawberry purée and the cooled tea can be stored in the refrigerator for 1-2 days.

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Love,

Shreya❤

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Kiwi Agua Fresca

I know that you aren’t exactly looking for a summer drink in a climate that calls for Pyaaz ki Kachori and a cup of hot, ginger tea!! But when it comes to Kiwi, I can only think of Popsicles or some healthy drink (not too cold as I am still recovering from a bout of viral 🙄 So my Kiwi Mojito Popsicles are out question) and a crisp, fruity Agua Fresca is just the answer for it! Delicious, healthy and pretty….all at the same time 😘

Also, because I am in no mood to go into making anything elaborate that’d keep in the kitchen for long..nope, not happening! Meaning, this one’s too easy 😂

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So what’s an Agua Fresca you’ll ask me..well it’s Spanish for ‘fresh water’ and can be made with a variety of fruits for adding a lovely flavour to water. I have made some with watermelons last year..(never blogged that though). This time around, it’s with some juicy kiwis, mostly because I’ve about a dozen of them sitting in my refrigerator and the Mister ain’t a fan of the fruit by itself. So this drink is a good option taste wise and to bring in some colour to these drab, grey rainy days 🤗 And pairs well with some Corn & Paneer Toasties for a quick and filling snack 👌🏼

Let’s see how…

Yield: serves 2-3

Equipment: a blender, measuring cups/ spoons.

Ingredients:

2 nos. green kiwis peeled & sliced (do not de seed)

1 tbsp honey (optional)

3 cups water

Method:

Place all the above ingredients in the blender and give them a go until the fruit is blended completely. Taste for sweetness and adjust. You can add more water if you like a slightly thinner beverage.

Serve immediately and enjoy! This drink tastes best with the crunch of the seeds from the kiwi fruit so do not strain it. But that’s upto you!

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You can also place a slice of kiwi and few sprigs of mint to make it all dainty…but then again that’s just me! You’d might as well have this out of the blender jar 😜..who’s to know!?

Love,

Shreya💗

Adapted from Averie Cooks

Jamun Panna | Indian Java Plum Cooler

“Is my tongue blue yet!???” 😂😂LOL! I don’t know how many times I must’ve asked my Mom this question as a kid while chomping on some ‘jamun’ or Indian Java Plums! She’d smile indulgently and say..”Quite blue!!…eat any more and it will stay blue forever!” 

Summers…school vacations…idle afternoons…what’s a kid to do?! “Chew on your Mom’s brains”….would be my Mom’s sarcastic remark😘 Hehe!

I absolutely love jamuns…their tangy, sweet and mildly sour flavour is something I wait for every summer…and these gorgeous, plump beauties make an appearance for a really short duration almost at the end of a typical Indian summer.

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I particularly enjoyed the overripe ones…dressed with some salt and roasted cumin powder & shaken in a vessel until most of the plums would bruise and become really juicy! Wow…I am salivating as I type🤓.. They’d taste out of the world…earthy and fresh.

This Jamun Panna is very similar to that taste and takes me back to those long summer afternoons…and my Mom’s smile as I I’d ask her for the zillion th time…”Ma, is my tongue blue yet!!?”

Let’s see how…

Wash the jamun well. Add water in the saucepan along with the jamun and sugar. Keep them to boil over medium heat until all the jamun turn very soft and mushy. The flesh should be falling apart from the seed within the fruit.

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Next, cool this concoction completely at room temperature. Place it in the refrigerator once cooled for at least 1-2 hours to let it macerate well.

Once it’s cooled in refrigerator, mash the fruit and the syrup through a sieve over a large mixing bowl.

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Add the cumin pwd, salt & lemon juice to this sieved juice. Mix well. Add ice cubes and serve.

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This is one of the most refreshing drinks I’ve had all summer!

Jamun Panna | Indian Java Plum Cooler

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 2 hours

Total Time: 2 hours, 5 minutes

Yield: makes 4-5 servings

Refreshing cooler made with Indian Java Plums or commonly known as Jamun Ka Panna.

Ingredients

  • 250 gms Jamun/ Indian Java Plum (I used the larger, plump variety)
  • 5-6 tbsp sugar (or to taste)
  • 2 +1/2 cup water
  • 1 tsp roasted cumin powder
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp salt (or to taste)

Instructions

  1. Wash the jamun well.
  2. Add water in the saucepan along with the jamun and sugar.
  3. Keep them to boil over medium heat until all the jamun turn very soft and mushy.
  4. The flesh should be falling apart from the seed within the fruit.
  5. Next, cool this concoction completely at room temperature.
  6. Place it in the refrigerator once cooled for at least 1-2 hours to let it macerate well.
  7. Once it's cooled in refrigerator, mash the fruit and the syrup through a sieve over a large mixing bowl.
  8. Add the cumin powder, salt & lemon juice to this sieved juice.
  9. Mix well. Add ice cubes and serve.
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Indian Java Plum Cooler | Jamun ka Panna
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Fruity Green Tea Cooler

Summers have arrived and how!? The heat kills me and all I want to do is sip on something chilled. But my hubby & I, we are both teetotallers, so I  try to make some healthy, non-alcoholic drinks when at home..😍 

Last summer too, I had shared some easy to do mocktail recipes over at Summer Siesta.  You may even find some of the most delicious ice creams there! 👌

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As I have said above, that we are a teetotaller couple….well that’s not entirely true because…I don’t even drink tea or coffee!! Yes, that’s right, I DON’T! Never have needed the kick from caffeine to wake me up every morning or to get rid of a bad headache. When most people learn this fact about me, they are surprised and try to convince me otherwise and stuff…LOL!! Makes no difference to me 😝

But I always make a large mug of tea and that’s just for my hubby…who loves his ‘chai’, proper with ginger and lots of milk! To be honest, he’s the one who taught me how to make a ‘decent cup of tea’. I’d never be told to make any at Mom’s as I never drank any so nobody trusted me to make it well! Hahahah…and I never complained😹😹

So coming on to my Fruity Green Tea Cooler, it’s delicious with a hint of grassy flavour that it gets from the green tea…but it’s dominated by the fruitiness it gets from one of my favourite fruits! 😋 Besides, it’s too easy to make and will compliment everything summery…🍹🍹🍹

Let’s see how….

Serves: 2

Equipment: a blender, a saucepan, measuring cups/ spoons.

Ingredients:

2 cup chilled de seeded & chopped watermelon

1 nos. green tea bag (I used Lemon & Honey)

1 + 1/4 cup water

1/2 tsp lemon juice

honey to taste

ice cubes as needed to serve

Method:

Brew the green tea with warm water. Let cool down completely. Then chill this green tea for about 30 mins.

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Once this is chilled, add the green to the blender along with lemon juice, chopped watermelon & honey. Blend all these for a minute until everything is blended well. That’s it, add ice cubes if you like & enjoy!

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Now, doesn’t that look absolutely charming! I guess having something as healthy as this is much better than grabbing a can or two of cola!!

Love,

Shreya❤️

Adapted from The Busy Baker

Aam Panna | Indian Mango Cooler

Aam Panna | Indian Mango Cooler is synonymous with summers in most Indian homes. Heaps of raw mangoes are washed, wiped dry, boiled and turned into this yummy sweet, salty & spicy concoction. Although, it is very common, but every household has some variation in the recipe which makes this drink so famous and irresistible!

Aam Panna | Indian Mango Cooler

Aam Panna is famous for it’s heat-resistant properties besides being delicious! My Mom says it’s great for digestion and insists we have it daily.

It is served as an appetizer too during summers which tastes best when served chilled! I usually don’t add ice cubes as it dilutes the flavor and the tartness of the drink but stick to using chilled water.

Aam Panna | Indian Mango Cooler

I follow my Mom’s recipe, which goes like this,

Wash the raw mangoes & wipe them dry.

Pressure cook them with 2-3 cups of water without peeling them for about 2 whistles.

Let the steam release on its own.

Then, once the boiled mangoes have cooled, squeeze out the pulp from the peels and the seeds.

Add some water in which the mangoes were boiled to the pulp but not too much.

About 1/2 a cup is enough to make the correct consistency.

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Then add sugar, mint leaves, Himalayan pink salt, salt and roasted cumin powder to the pulp.

Purée them all together in a blender or using a hand blender.

Taste the mixture and correct the salt or sugar to your liking.

Store this concentrate in a bottle in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 weeks.

Mix 1 part of chilled water with 1 part of the concentrate, stir and serve!

Aam Panna | Indian Mango Cooler

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 750 ml approximately

The perfect summer cooler made with delicate Indian spices and raw mangoes. A little sweetness and the freshness from mint adds to the final flourish!!

Ingredients

  • 6-7 nos. raw mango/ kairi
  • 1+1/2 cup sugar (adjust it as per preference)
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves
  • 1/2 tsp Himalayan pink salt (kala namak)
  • 2 tbsp. roasted cumin powder
  • a pinch of asafoetida (hing)
  • salt to taste
  • 2-3 cup Water to boil the mangoes

Instructions

  1. Wash the raw mangoes & wipe them dry.
  2. Pressure cook them with 2-3 cups of water without peeling them for about 2 whistles.
  3. Let the steam release on its own.
  4. Then, once the boiled mangoes have cooled, squeeze out the pulp from the peels and the seeds.
  5. Add some water in which the mangoes were boiled to the pulp but not too much.
  6. About 1/2 a cup is enough to make the correct consistency.
  7. Then add sugar, mint leaves, hing, Himalayan pink salt, salt and roasted cumin powder to the pulp.
  8. Purée them all together in a blender or using a hand blender.
  9. Taste the mixture and correct the salt or sugar to your liking.
  10. Store this concentrate in a bottle in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 weeks.
  11. Mix 1 part of chilled water with 1 part of the concentrate, stir and serve!

Notes

You can use any variety of non fibrous raw mangoes. You can choose to add more sugar if you like a sweeter version of Aam Panna.

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Absolutely delicious and it’s the best thirst quencher…beats a Cola for me!

Love,
Shreya❤️

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Aloo ke Bhature Khatte Chole aur Masala Chaas

My birthday was due in less than a week…I must have been 8-9 yrs old..and I was all excited like any little kid would be about their birthday! 🎂 🍰 🍭🍭🎊🎁 I was never really big on birthday parties and stuff… But I always waited for my mom’s special cooking. She always made such an effort to make us sisters so happy on our birthdays…   💕
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So, coming back to a week before my birthday…my mom asked me like she did every single year….”what do you wish to eat for your birthday dinner!? 😊😊😊😚” (I had so many things in my mind …countless dishes that I absolutely love when I mom makes them! She’s a magician! I don’t mean only while cooking…but everything…she’s got a way to make everything seem so easy for all of us. I guess that’s what all moms do for their family 💓….) ….

I simply said “Chole Bhature”…I didn’t really think. It just popped out of my mouth. She was like..it’s easy! Say something else. But I didn’t. I wanted her to be able to enjoy the evening with me instead of staying in the kitchen prepping for the meal! I wanted her to be there when I cut the cake 😊 …when I opened my presents which she so carefully packed for me! Simply said…I wanted her to have an easy evening and have some fun! I guess I had realised that food didn’t matter to me that evening. The time spent with family did… From that year, if I am spending my birthday with mom, I only ask for one Chole Bhature…it’s become kind of a ritual for me..

So, this last weekend..was looking at some childhood photographs..some from my birthday celebrations and I was thinking about how time flies. And then just like that…the foodie in me craved for some Chole Bhature. But, clearly it was too late to make any. However, the next day didn’t seem so bad after all so soaked some chickpeas, smiling to myself 😉tomorrow would be a good day…

As I didn’t have my mom’s recipe for the Aloo Bhature, one of my favourite variants of Bhature, I called her and quickly noted everything down, deciding alongside to serve some refreshing Masala Chaas to go with my meal 😛😁..lets get started with the recipe!

Yield: serves a meal for 2-3

Equipment: a pressure cooker, a large wok, a large mixing bowl, a slotted spatula, a rolling pin, a rolling board, a few bowls, measuring spoons/cups.

Ingredients for the Khatte Chole: (serves 2-3)

1 cup Chole (garbanzo beans), washed & soaked for 8-9 hrs

1 nos tea bag

salt to taste

1/4 cup tamarind pulp

1/2 tsp turmeric pwd

1/2 tbsp red chilli pwd

2 tbsp ginger garlic paste

1 nos large onion finely chopped

2 tbsp chopped coriander leaves

1tbsp Garam masala

1 tbsp roasted cumin pwd

1/2 tbsp roasted coriander pwd

A pinch of asafoetida (optional)

2 nos sliced green chilly

a pinch of sugar

3 tbsp oil

1/2 tbsp ghee

1/2 tsp lemon juice

1/2 tsp cumin seeds

Method:

Boil the soaked the Chole in the pressure cooker with the tea bag & some salt for about 4-5 whistles. Turn off the gas and wait for the steam to settle on its own accord. Drain the Chole and save the water in which it was boiled for later use. (Tea bag is used only to get a good brown colour, skip it if you’re not comfortable using it, it’s taste won’t alter much)

Next, heat the oil & ghee together in the wok. Once it’s hot enough add the cumin seeds & asafoetida (if using). Let them splutter a bit. Then, add the chopped onions, slit green chillies & ginger garlic paste. Sauté on medium flame until the onions get a light golden colour. Next, add the cumin pwd, coriander pwd, red chilli pwd & turmeric pwd. Sauté until these spices & the onion are cooked well and some oil gets separated from them. Add the drained Chole into the masala base and mix well. Season with salt but carefully as u had seasoned the Chole while boiling it too.try mashing a few of the Chole with the back of the spatula. Add a pinch of sugar.

Next, add the Garam masala into the Chole and sauté again for 5 mins on medium flame. You can adjust the consistency at this point using some of the water that we saved from the pressure cooker and mix well. Also add the tamarind pulp and mix well. Cover and cook for 7-8 mins on low flame. Open the wok after that and add chopped coriander leaves and lemon juice. (I don’t use any ready made Chole masala, however feel free to use some while frying the onions, it’s up to you. Also adjust the amount of tamarind pulp as per your taste, I like the extra punch it gives)  ☺️ serve it piping hot! Tastes great even with my Masala Puris.

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Ingredients for the Aloo ke Bhature: (makes 8-9)

2 cups wholewheat flour

1 cup APF (Maida)

3/4 cup sour curd (I used homemade curd which was a day old)

1/2 tsp baking soda

Salt to taste

1 nos small potato (boiled, peeled & grated)

1 tsp sugar

2 tsp oil + extra to grease the dough

water as needed ( I used about 1/2 a cup)

oil to fry

Method:

Take all the above ingredients in a large mixing bowl except the water. Mix everything well. Using little water at a time, make a medium hard dough. Use some oil to the smoothen the dough. Cover the dough with a wet napkin and let it rest for 2hours. ( even if it rests a little less than 2 hrs, it’s ok)

After resting the dough, just punch it down a bit. Make equal 8-9 balls of the dough. Using a rolling pin, make a round puri / flat bread of diameter approx 4-5″, and thickness should be a bit more than that of the puris/ flat bread. Do the same for the other balls as well. Set aside. Heat oil in a wok, once it hot enough, fry the bhaturas one by one in the oil, careful not to keep the heat too high as it will be undercooked from within. Keep for a min on the first side, when it fluffs up well, turn it over and fry for another 45 secs. That should be enough! Drain them on absorbent kitchen napkins. Serve hot!  😉

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Ingredients for the Masala Chaas : (serves 2-3)

400 gm curd

salt, red chilli pwd, roasted cumin pwd, Himalayan pink salt (kala namak) to taste

2 tbsp chopped coriander leaves

chilled water as required.

Method:

In a large mixing bowl, whisk the curd. Season with the above mentioned spices. Adjust the consistency with some chilled water. Serve immediately or you can keep it refrigerated as well for up to 5-6 hours. 👌😀

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Now that’s what I call a soul-satisfying meal! Don’t you? Try these, you will end up making them often….

Love,

Shreya 💞

Iced Green Tea Limeade

I believe in keeping myself hydrated ..especially in these relentless summers! I keep on drinking water and somehow I end up feeling even more thirsty. I am sure it happens to all of us out there. 

So, we, meaning my hubby and myself choose healthy drinks over aerated ones. Not that we don’t like them..it’s just that we tend to avoid the sugar laden drinks. I believe in sipping on some coconut water, Jaljeera or a glass or chilled Kokom Sherbet is healthy as well as delicious! 😀 You’ll know what I mean when you have a look at my Minty Pomegranate Mock Mojitos or Tropical Iced Tea… These drinks are easy make and total party pleasers!❤️

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Green Tea is a regular feature in my household…its loaded with health benefits..keeps you energetic while it flushes out all the toxins! What better could one ask for?! 👌I am no dietitian…so I don’t exactly know how much does it help in weight loss..but have heard people saying it aids weight loss. We usually have a cup or two in a day..not more as we have it as a refreshing drink.

So, yesterday was a hot day as usual.. And I wanted to make some chilled & refreshing drink for my hubby to have once he’s back from work 💕 hence thought of doing something easy and quick with Green Tea. I know he’d like it even before he’d taste it!  It goes like this…

Yield: 4 servings

Equipment: a sauce pan, a strainer, a stirrer, measuring cups / spoons, a knife, a grater.

Ingredients:

4 cups water

2 tbsp fresh mint leaves

1 tsp freshly crushed fennel seeds (saunf)

honey to taste to sweeten the tea (sugar can be used as well instead of honey as per your taste)

zest of 1 lemon

4 Green Tea bags (I used Tetley)

Juice of 2 lemons (add more if you wish to but the lemons I used were very sour hence didn’t need anymore)

Method:

In the saucepan, boil water, mint leaves, crushed fennel seeds & lemon zest (use the grater to zest the lemons) and sugar (if using) until the sugar dissolves. If you are not using sugar, then boil the water with all the other ingredients for 5-7 mins and remove from heat. Dip the tea bags into the water for 10-12 mins. Remove the tea bags. Let the warm concoction sit until it comes to room temperature. Strain the concoction into a jug or a large bowl to eliminate the residue from the mint leaves, fennel seeds & the lemon zest, add the honey to taste and the lemon juice. Stir well. Chill the tea for 2-3 hours. It’s done! Simply pour over ice cubes in your favourite glasses and serve!!

Shelf life: the tea keeps well for a day in refrigerator…not that it will last that long 😛

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Love,

Shreya 💖

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