Beet root and Carrot juice with Thai Basil Seeds

This red juice is loaded with lot of vitamins and minerals. It not only detoxify your body but also helps in controlling weight and has many nutritional benefits.Superb energetic tonic after a workout.It contains only few ingredients but tastes awesome.
Beetroot juice

Ingredients:
4 medium carrots
1 small beetroot
2 stalk celery
1 tsp thai basil seeds
1/2 tsp lemon juice

Method:
Soak thai basil seeds for 15mins in half cup of water. The seeds will be double in size.Drain the water. If you want you can water also in juice.
Make juice either using juice blender or juicer.Add the basil seeds and lemon juice.Serve with/without crushed ice immediately.

Fresh Mint Lemonade

Summer is here. And we need to keep ourselves hydrated all the time. How about a twist on our good old lemonade? A very simple addition which is very refreshing and yummy too.

mint lemonade

Ingredients:

3 cups Water
1/4 warm water
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup honey(can substitute with sugar)
1- 1 1/2 tsp Pink himalayan salt( accordingly your taste)
20-25 mint leaves
1/2 inch fresh ginger

Method:

In a pot add warm water and honey and stir till honey dissolves. Crush mint leaves and ginger in a mortar to a fine paste with pestle.
Then in a serving pitcher add all the ingredients and stir well to incorporate everything.

Serve with crushed ice.

Aam Panna-Raw Mango Juice

 

Summer is here!

Aam Panna/ Raw Mango Juice is a very popular drink in India during summer. It is a great summer cooler to beat the scorching heat. It also has a beneficial remedy in dehydration and heat stroke. I remember when I was a kid and used to come from school on a sunny afternoon, my mother used to give me this flavorful juice. This is my mom’s recipe, but I made it in an easy way.

raw mango juice

Ingredients:

1 large Green Raw Mango

1/3 cup Sugar (you will need more sugar if the mango is too sour, it also depends how tangy you would like it)

salt to taste

2 cups Water

2 tsp lemon juice (if the mango is not sour)

Method:

Peel the mango. De-seed and cut it into pieces.

raw mango

raw mango
raw mango

In a pot, add water and mango pieces. Put it on the stove to boil.

raw mango

Boil it for 15-20 mins, it is done when it pierces easily. Switch off the gas. Let it cool down.

raw mango

Add sugar, salt, and the boiled mango pieces along with the water and blend.

raw mango

If the mixture is too thick you can add 1/4 cup water. It should not be too watery.

raw mango

Adjust the sugar and salt according to your taste. If it is not too tangy you can add lemon juice too. The juice should tastes sweet and tangy. 🙂

Chill before serving. Enjoy.

raw mango juice

 

 

 

Power Packed Orange Juice with Chia Seeds

If you are into juicing then this recipe is just for you. Very simple, healthy and refreshing.

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Ingredients:

Two medium Oranges

1 tsp Chia seeds

1 medium Apple

Method:

Soak Chia seeds in 6 oz water for 30 mins. Seeds will swell and almost double in size. Drain water.

Make juice from fruits and mix the swollen seeds. Pour into glass and serve.

Indian Espresso Coffee

Espresso means coffee brewed with the force of small amount of water passing through the ground coffee beans. It is very thick in consistency. The average serving of coffee is as of a shot glass. But Indian espresso is totally opposite. It is made of whole milk, instant coffee and sugar.

In southern region of India, every house has the brewing smell of coffee early in the morning. We Indians are very good at adapting everything. We can adjust easily or can modify things efficiently. Lets go to the past…when India was colonized by British rule. They started Tea plantations in the hilly areas of the eastern India. At that time Indians had never heard of tea– what is this damn thing? But, well, they planted it anyways.( Do not worry we are not studying history here he..he). People used to see the British madam brewing tea with water, serving their husbands in fancy tea sets. Hmmm… Maybe we should also try how does it tastes… So we came with a great idea… add little bit of milk and some spices and voila! It tastes so good, heavenly. Now, Indian chai is world famous.

Similarly we gave coffee a new uplift… Coffee was brought to India by a traveling Sufi in the 17th century from Arabia. He was said to have started the first coffee plantain in southern India. Now southern India is one of the major exporter of coffee in world. Chikmanglur coffee is one of the finest coffee in India.

I am not making coffee by the traditional method where you have to stir coffee and sugar with spoon for 10-15 mins (that requires a lot of muscle power). But now we have so many modern gadgets, bless! Don’t worry, it still tastes just as yummy!

Ingredients:

6 oz whole milk

1 Tblsp water

1-2 tsp sugar(as per taste)

2 tsp good instant coffee

Frother

Method:

Microwave water in a cup for 40-45 secs. Add coffee and whip with the frother till it’s double the amount. It should be frothy and all foamy.

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Boil the milk with sugar. Now add milk in a slow flow to the coffee mixture and with other hand keep whipping with the frother.

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When the coffee is all foamy and light, it is done. Sprinkle some coffee granules on top. Serve hot.

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Yummm!

 

My next post will be on Indian Tea.