Friday, May 26, 2017

Sundaikaai Podi/Turkey Berry Rice mix powder

Rice mix podi's and thogayals(chutney's) are indigenous part of south-indian kitchen. Rice mix podi's(powder's are life-savers in many house-holds. Bored to cook, wife gone for vacation, no mood to cook for one, these podi's come for our rescue. I have quite a list of podi's in my kitchen and i m never bored of trying a new one. Somewhere in the net, i came across dried neem flower podi, that gave me the idea for sundaikaai/turkey berry powder. 
I had salted turkey berry and so i haven't added any salt to the final podi. If you are using unsalted berry, then add salt accordingly.
1/4 cup urad dal
3 tbsp chana dal
1 tbsp coriander seeds
1 tbsp white sesame seeds
1 cup dried turkey berry (salted ones)
3/4 cup dried coconut powder*
10-12 red chilies
*If the berries are not salted,please add salt to the condiment 
  • Heat a wide pan, dry roast each ingredient except salt(if adding) separately. All the ingredients must be golden brown in color. Keep the flame simmer and roast. 
  • After roasting, let the ingredients cool completely. Take the roasted ingredients in a mixer jar and grind it to a coarse powder. 
To make mixed rice 
1 cup of cooked rice
2 tbsp of sundaikaai podi/Turkey berry powder
1 tbsp oil
1/4 tsp mustard seeds
1/4 tsp each urad dal and chana dal
1 red chili

  • Heat a tbsp of oil in a tadka pan, spluter mustard seeds, add chana dal and urad dal and red chili.
  • Pour the sizzling tadka over a 1 cup of steaming hot rice, mix 2 tbsp of powder to it and mix well. Serve hot with some crisps by side.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Cucumber Mint Cooler

I can't get enough of summer coolers! I m making a new one everyday and enjoying the flavors. Today's drink, cucumber-mint cooler, i remember having this drink in a restaurant. Loved the taste and tried recreating it at home. Voila loved it! It might not be the exact same what they served in the restaurant, but it was a close match. I once made it for a gathering too, it came out good. 
There is always a trial and error in balancing the taste of the drink, i prefer my drinks to have a bit strong taste of lime/lemon. Some might not prefer it that way. If you are in the later half, then start with half the quantity of lemon juice given here and increase accordingly. 
Ingredients (serves 1)
1 small lebanese cucumber
10-12 nos fresh mint leaves
juice of half a lime
a pinch of black salt
1-2 tsp sugar
200 ml sparkling water or soda, chilled
ice cubes, mint leaves and lemon wedges to garnish

  • Wash and chop the cucumber roughly. Take it along with mint leaves and sugar in a small blender jar. Blitz it to puree.
  • Add this to serving glass, top it with sparkling water, black salt and lime juice. Garnish with mint leaves, lemon wedges and serve immediately.
  • I have made it using both club soda and sparkling water. The glass with froth is made using club soda. Personally i prefer sparkling water. If you want your drink to be smooth, then strain the juice before serving.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Kuluki Sharbath/Kuluki Sarbath - Spiced shaken lemonade

The toughest theme in our Blogging Marathon, is the bookmarks theme! Duh! As a foodie, anything that catches your eyes and thrills your senses, you bookmark it, pin it, yum it! This happens almost every day, every hour! Thanks to FB intelligent feeds and google intelligent algorithms, they identify our pattern so well, our feeds are filled with 1 minute food videos, which is  also getting saved and FB reminds me, every now and then, you have so many unopened saves!!
To choose 3 posts from that huge bookmark ocean is such a pain, my mind was like a kid in a candy store, but with a strict mommy by my side!
Finally i chose 1 for today's post, i haven't decided what i m going to make tomorrow and the day after, let us cross the bridge when it comes.  
So, going to today's recipe, the word kuluki is the reason i m dragged to this recipe, yeah, like that word kuluki, meaning shaken, like how a bartender shakes the drink!
It was interesting to read the story how the sharbath became so popular in God's Own country - Kerala.  Few tourists, taught a street vendor shaji - fondly called shajika how to make this sharbath and he sold it for just 5 rs and that simple drink became a rage. Do check this page and read about the sharbath that shook the world
It is a simple lemonade recipe, some recipes i came across in the net,  use basil seeds,and some don't. I don't claim mine to be an authentic kuluki sharbath. I love the basil seeds in the lemonade, so i have added them. Also the chili and ginger adds a nice zing to the drink , if you don't prefer the slight tinge of spice, omit them. It is a fantastic drink to enjoy on a summer day.
juice of one large lemon (approximately 2-3 tbsp of lemon juice)
2 cups of ice cold water
2-3 tbsp of sugar/honey/agave
1 tsp sabja seeds/basil seeds
1/2 tsp freshly shredded ginger, optional
1/2 a green chili, finely chopped, optional
a dash of salt and pepper
Ice cubes and lemon rinds for serving
  • Soak sabja seeds/basil seeds in 2-3 tbsp water for 10 minutes. It will absorb the liquid and swell up beautifully.
  • In a large pitcher, add lemon juice, flowered basil seeds, 1.5 cups of cold water, add shredded ginger, chopped chili, sugar, salt and pepper and shake to mix well. i used my immersion blender jar with lid for spill-proof shake.
  • Taste the lemonade, adjust water according to your taste. The chili and ginger adds a nice a flavor, but if you don't prefer avoid them.
  • To serve, fill tall glasses with lemonade, add a lemon wedge, few ice cube and serve it chill.

Check out this delicious Shikanji , if lemonade's are your favorites

Monday, May 22, 2017

7 Fresh juices/Mocktails to keep you hydrated this summer

It is just May and we are already feeling the heat. Sun at morning 9 am is so hot, i can't imagine how it will be around noon. The moment i enter home after my yoga, i want to drink something cold and soak myself in a tub full of water. The later is though unimaginable, the former is definitely 100% possible.
To avoid myself buying juices off the grocery shop shelves, i try to make fresh juice before leaving for my workout, so when i return i have something to quench my thirst. I know eating fresh fruit is more healthy than juicing, but then in this heat, all you want is to drink! Like fresh fruit and veggies which are regular part of our meal, fresh juices too has become one.
You might think, why am i glorifying juices here? it is because, i have always made smoothies, milk smoothies, yogurt smoothies,so for me to come out of my comfort zone and try some drink that is not dairy base, feels awesome.
Here is a list of 7 different Fruit juices (mocktails) to keep you refreshed this summer. Make them part of your suhoor/iftar meal for a healthy start this ramadan. 
And last but never the least
Fresh Grape Mocktail, the best i ever made.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Peach and Pineapple Coconut Water Popsicle

How come no Popsicle for a summer cooler theme? Popsicle brings a wave of nostalgic memories,  sucking a orange kuchi ice(popsicle) from the ice-carts outside school gate, is such fun. We were never given any pocket money while growing up, it will be like once in a blue moon we get few coins, we guard them like gems to spend during occasional outings with our friends. 
kuchi ice is a must whenever we come  to the beach, after playing endlessly in the water and sand walking towards one of the many carts and searching  through  the menu and buying a orange or a mango stick is customary. Never knew making one is very simple, today I bring you a zesty, tangy popsicle.

 Today's  recipe is one which i made few weeks before, when i had some fresh pineapples which were a bit tart for us to snack, so i decided to blend it with some peaches and make this zesty popiscle. Instead of water or milk, i chose to blend it with coconut water, do not miss the lime juice in the recipe, it adds a amazing flavor. You can even add some crushed fresh mint to take it a notch higher. 

Ingredients (makes 8-10 popsicles)
2 well-ripend peaches
4-5 rings of pineapple
300 ml tender coconut water
3-4 tbsp of sugar (optional)
juice of a lime

  • Wash and remove the pit from the peaches, chop it roughly. Chop the pineapple rings roughly.  Take them in a blender add coconut water, lime juice, sugar and blend smooth.
  • Pour the juice into  Popsicle moulds and freeze 6-8 hours. To serve, just run the mould under cold water, to remove the popsicle and enjoy.


This is for Srivalli's Kid's Delight event, guest hosted by Amara, themed on Summer Coolers

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