Kiwi Mint Cooler
Ingredients: Serves 2
8-10 mint leaves
2 tbsp lemon juice
Water or soda or sprite (as required)
Fill a glass with crushed ice and add few mint leaves.
Peel and slice kiwi.
Blend kiwi, mint and lemon juice with some water or sprite or soda.
Add more water or soda as required.
Stir in sugar syrup as per taste (more if you are using water or soda)
Pour over crushed ice and serve.
Note: add small cubes of kiwi in the glass and serve with larger straws.
The introduction of this juice in restaurants and wedding parties made a lot of buzz in Kerala many years ago. People wondered how to remove the seeds and keep the pulp in the juice.
It’s not difficult at all, though it’s a ‘little’ time consuming. But the end result is all worth the effort and the colour of the juice…amazing!
Indian Grape Juice
1 kilo black grapes
1 cup sugar
3 cups water
Wash the grapes and separate each grape from the bunch.
Place all the grapes in a large pan and heat on medium fire for 3-4 minutes. Stir once in a while.
Take off the fire when the skins start to break open. Don’t overcook.
Let it cool a bit to handle with your hands.
Now comes the time consuming part….
Pick each grape and separate the skin, seeds and pulp.
Put the skins in the same pan it was cooked and put the pulp in another bowl.
Add the sugar and water to the skin and boil for 5 minutes.
Let it cool and strain to pulp bowl.
There might not be an Indian home where mango lassi is not prepared. During mango season, this is a regular in every home. You can add little cardamom and saffron too and they complement mango lassi very well.
I added chia seeds to my glass of lassi as these are my latest craze. Chia seeds /sabja seeds are a complete source of protein providing all the essential amino acids in an easily digestible form.
Chia seeds are said to have:
*2 times the protein of any other seed or grain,
*5 times the calcium of milk, plus boron which is a trace mineral that helps transfer calcium into your bones,
*2 times the amount of potassium as bananas,
*3 times the reported antioxidant strength of blueberries
*3 times more iron than spinach
*copious amounts of omega-3 and omega-6, which are essential fatty acids
(taken from naturalnews.com)
Just add a tsp of chia seeds to half glass of water. It will swell in no time.
Mango Lassi with Chia Seeds
1 mango peeled and cubed (approx. 1 cup)
1 cup yogurt (cold)
¼ – ½ cup cold water
1-2 tbsp sugar if required
¼ tsp Cardamom powder (optional)
1 tsp chia seeds (optional)
Blend mangoes, yogurt, ice cubes and water till smooth.
Add sugar if required.
Serve in long glasses.
Add milk and instead of yogurt to make mango milkshakes.
For a change from regular watermelon juice…..
2 -3 cups Watermelon pieces seeds removed
2 tbsp honey
2 can plain soda
Few ice cubes
Blend watermelon, honey and ice cubes till smooth.
Pour into a long glass and pour soda.
Add few mint ice cubes.
To make mint ice cubes, place one or two mint leaves in an ice tray and make ice. Take out and store in a ziplock bag for future use.