Category: Mocktails

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❤

Strawberry Iced Tea

 

 

 

 

Baked Spring Rolls |How to make Baked Spring Rolls

Spring Rolls happen to be my favourite starters when ordering Chinese! But off late I’ve been steering clear of anything either fried or too oily in any way! The fried rolls have a way of making you feel so bloated in just a couple of bites….you can’t even have an entire roll. 

Hence, we bake! Takes barely 2 tablespoons of oil and we are sorted 😊

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Infact, the baked ones are far more crispier than the fried ones and there is no compromising on the taste too. A healthy option if you’re looking for snacking ideas with less calories😁 You can serve these with my homemade Schezwan Sauce. 

You can always prep the rolls and keep them frozen and then bake them as and when required (frozen rolls can be stored for a week approximately and need to be thawed for 45 mins before baking or frying). Coming to the fillings, you can go for any option…vegetarian or non-vegetarian…even just some greens like spinach or some bokchoy. The options are endless. What I am sharing here is a technique for eating healthier without much efforts 😊 The recipe for this filling is what I have learnt from my Mom.

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Let’s begin…follow the recipe and the tips too!

Serves: makes 7-8 rolls

Equipment: baking tray, cooling rack, measuring cups/ spoons, a wok, a clean plate.

Ingredients:

2 cups boiled noodles (to be cooked as per the instructions on the packet)

1/2 cup each of julienned carrots, capsicum & cabbage (you can add any fillings of your choice)

1 tsp chopped green chilli

1 tbsp ginger- garlic paste

1 tsp each of green chilly sauce, soy sauce & vinegar

salt to taste

2 tbsp oil

7-8 sheets of readymade Spring Roll sheets (or homemade, it won’t make any difference to the baking process)

1 tsp rice flour mixed with 1-2 tbsp of water to make a glue to secure the edges of the rolls

Method:

Thaw the Spring roll sheets as per the instructions on its packet. Set that aside.

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Then, heat 1 tbsp oil in the wok, add chopped green chilli, ginger-garlic paste. Sauté for a minute. Then add the julienned veggies & season with salt. Sauté on high flame for 3-4 mins. Then add the sauces and mix well. Then add the boiled noodles. Toss everything once. Turn off the flame and let the filling cool a bit.

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Preheat the oven @ 200’c for 10 mins. (Every oven works differently so set the temperatures according to your oven)

Next, keep one Spring roll sheet on a dry plate as shown in the pic below. Keep the glue ready on the side (read the instructions to make the glue above in ‘ingredients’). Keep the filling in the centre and start folding the sheet as shown below….

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Follow these steps, secure the edges with the glue.

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Roll it over and set it on the baking tray. Repeat the same with the rest of the sheets. Now brush them oil.

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Bake them at 210’c for 15 mins or until they turn golden & crisp using both the heating elements (upper & lower coils/rods simultaneously). Then remove the tray and flip the rolls over and again brush them with oil. Bake them again at 210’c for 10 min or until they turn golden &a crisp using both heating elements. (Please note that every oven works differently so adjust the temperature according to your oven).

Once done, remove the tray and cool for a minute on the cooling tray. Then serve with your favourite dip!

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You have to try this…😋

Love,

Shreya💗

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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Love,

Shreya ❤️

Indian Java Plum Cooler | Jamun ka Panna
Adapted from Instructables.

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