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Summer's delight Mango Ice Cream

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When the first Mango I chopped yesterday it was for usual mango milk shake. But my mind was somewhere else. I was reading people posting and enjoying ice creams while I was murmuring why do all delicious things have so many calories !! Then the idea of making a healthy ice cream to treat myself popped up. I was doubtful but went ahead with my thoughts .... yes it was oats again in my mind. Not that I like it so much but I found it perfect to be the main ingredient as it gets sticky and creamy after being cooked. I knew if this worked it will be a wonderful recipe. And yes it did for me and my family has already given me 7 star. Not a single scoop is left in freezer !! It was finished when started. Mission accomplished.

Mangoes are in season and blend of seasonal fruits for ice cream is a great idea. You may try with other fruits as well... I will try soon. You must include fresh and seasonal fruits in daily diet in any form. Best is eaten raw, otherwise can be combined to make smooth…

Vermicelli Oats Idli

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Super healthy and delicious breakfast could only be ours south indian beauty _Idli. I am fond of idlies.Moreso, it is so easy and fast that every third day it is in my breakfast.
I dont indulge in sambhar every other day so steamed, warm idli alongwith mint or green chutney is just enough to energise my morning with a cup of tea or milk.
Kids favourite too, idli are so common these days in school tiffin and I dont make those regular rice dal fermented ones often.I keep trying variations in taste and texture so that we dont get bored and also it remains healthy. Ingredients I always make sure are right and nutritive. Try to includes vegetables so that kids eat without fuss.
One fine morning I found little vermicelli in container , just not enough to satisfy our sweet urge so I included it in my idli theme. Lolz. It was not only tasty but a treat to our eyes. Beautiful indeed.






Vermicelli Oats Idli Recipe
Ingredients
1 cup oats powder (dry roasted) 1 cup vermcelli ( dry roasted) 1 tsp f…

Beans Parupu Usiyal

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When I first read it I thought it would be messy and cumbersome process but then thanks to my friends who tried this recipe before me... atleast I got the courage to go ahead. Sorry that I thought it would b messy actually it was super easy and just little oil used for tadka. What a healthy meal !  I could have never imagined this combination of beans and dal. So relishing and fresh taste. Steaming the lentils adds to the flavour. That crunchiness is just awesum. Originally recipe is of Chitra di who is an expert south indian cook and following her recipe is no doubt going to rock my home. Yes it did, the dish was welcomed and finished there and then. πŸ˜‹


BEANS PARUPU USIYAL( serves 3)
Ingredients

Toor dal/arhar dal 1 medium cup
Beans finely chopped 20 nos
Saboot res chilli 3 nos
Mustard seeds 1/4 tea spoon
Hing less than 1/4 tea spoon
Turmeric powder 1/4 tea spoon
Urad dal 1 tea spoon
Oil 1 table spoon
Curry leaves 10 nos
Salt as per taste.
Grated coconut 5_6 tbsp

Method
Soak toor da…

Green Mango Masoor Dal

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Green Mango Masoor dal is simple yet delicious preparation of red lentils with raw mango which adds tangy flavor to the dish. Raw mango is highly rich in vitamin c besides pectic, acids like citric and succinic. Raw mangoes have more nutritional value than ripen one.
This wonderful dish is a great accompaniment to plain rice and is a quick dinner or lunch. The tanginess of green mango combined with sweetness of coconut makes it a irresistable dish.  One of my keralite colleague taught me this dish and told to add drumsticks which were not available so i replaced it with potato. Drumsticks would definately taste yum and is a healthy option. I will add it next time for sure. 



Recipe
1 cup masoor dal (presoaked for half an hour) 1/2 big raw mango chopped in small chunks 1 small potato chopped or few drumsticks  Haldi big pinch Hing pinch Salt Red chilly powder 
Give 3 Whistle the above ingredients with 3 cup water on medium flame. Let it cool.
Grind 1/4 fresh coconut with little water a…

Oats Vegetable Idli

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Idli a south indian breakfast item since ages were purely limited to rice dal batter. With time we have realised good qualities of other grains like oats, broken wheat, barley, ragi etc which are now equally popular and included in meals.
Oats as widely known for its health benefits makes umpteen number of delicious recipes for breakfast or evening snacks. Oats idli was one of my early experiment which became an instant hit.
Quick and easy to prepare. What more One can ask for_ its so healthy !

Idli is anytime energy saver recipe for me. Lol. I mean, not much efforts required. Can make batter in mins and then put to steam. Thats it. No mess. No cumbersome process. Not really required to stand besides.
I usually make idlies with lots of veggies whichever is available to save my morning precious time, energy and yet get healthy breakfast



Recipe

Ingredients
1 cup oats
1/3 cup suji
1/2 cup thick curd
1 cup water
Salt as per taste
Red chilly powder 1 tsp

For tadka
Oil 1 tsp,
hing pinch,
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Beetroot raita

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As I already emphasized on its health advantages in my previous posts, Beetroot has number of benefits to offer us. Besides its rich colour the nutrient value under the skin is so high, it not only helps to boost our immune system but can produce new blood cells. We must include this beautiful vegetable in our meals.
Beetroots can be easily made part of your salads in raw form, or could be a savory soup! Can make number of lip smacking dishes _ cutlets, sweets, juice or even raitas, yes you heard it right. I prepared beetroot raita and believe me this is just awesum. Kids who dont like beetroot would like this dish of course. Try my simple and easy recipe.

Ingredient
1 beetroot grated
3_4 bowls of curd
Salt 1 tsp
Hing pinch
Rai 1/2 tsp n 1 tsp oil for tadka

Method

In a pan add 1 tsp oil. When hot add rai. When splutters add hing and grated beetroot. Cook until little soft. Switch off the gas.let it cool.

In a bowl whisk curd. Add beetroot and salt. Mix well. Serve chill.

Cabbage kofta

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Kofte are everyone's favourite in north india. Though when we say kofte its usually lauki k kofte we refer to but this time I thought why not try sumthing different.
I had cabbage at home which no one was ready to eat. We usually make simple cabbage peas or I use cabbage in oats upma, salad or even cabbage parathas. I thought to try koftas out of it and result was awesome.
Tangy curry of tomatoes added flavour to this dumplings.


Cabbage Kofta Recipe
Ingredients:

for Koftas (dumpling):

2 cup shredded cabbage
3/4 cup gram flour or as needed
1/2 teaspoon cumin seed
2 teaspoon chopped cilantro
1 teaspoon shredded ginger
1 chopped green chili
1 teaspoon salt
Oil to fry

for Gravy:

3 medium tomatoes
1/2 inch ginger
1 green chili
2 tablespoon yogurt
2 tablespoon oil
Pinch asafetida
1 teaspoon cumin seed
1 tablespoon gram flour
1-1/2 tablespoons coriander powder
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 teaspoon salt (adjust to taste)
1/2 paprika
1/4 teaspoon red pepper
2 tablespoon finally chopped cilan…

Banana Cake

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Since childhood we are having home made cakes. The aroma of cake when baking is so mouthwatering .. my goodness. I had been baking cakes with my mom in childhood but lateron could not continue when went for higher studies and lost the unique recipes my mom use to bake.
After almost two decades I baked this banana cake when my friend Lily Mitra encouraged me and shared this recipe. And there I baked one.. and it started all over again. This cake is made up of refined flour though I am health freak ... but now I moved on to my healthy ingredients. Will share my other bakes soon as well.

This is very simple banana cake but yummy and kids favourite.

Ingredients
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1and 1/2 cup maida /refined flour
3/4  cup sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 pinch salt
2 over riped banana mashed
1/2 cup cooking oil
1 tsp vanilla essence
1 cup curd

Method
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1# Sieve maida+baking powder+baking soda+salt.. twice..keep a side
2# mash banana wid potato masher or fork..
3# whisk …

Multigrain Corn dhokla

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Once upon a time Dhokla was only a besan preparation dish but now with time we have put dhokla under so many experiments ...lolz 😝 thanks to new age we have come up with many variations. Not only others infact I keep trting making dhokla with new twist and taste as well with different flours !
This time I made dhokla with multigrain flours. Yes, it was quiet interesting and twist of mint flavour and corns crushed in it turned out delicious too as much expected. πŸ˜‚ Originally a gujarati its now global snack. 



Ingredients  1/3 cup each oatmeal, cornmeal and semolina.
1/4 cup each ragi and gramflour 1/3 cup running curd (sour preferably) Water approx 3/4 cup  Red chilly powder 1 tsp Salt 1 tsp Corns kennels 1/2 cup crushed  Mint leaves few crushed Eno sache 1/2 
Tadka Oil for greasing n tadka Rai, hing n kari patta few
Method 
Mix all ingredients, except eno and tadka ingredients and keep d batter for 10 mins. After 10 mins chk batter should be of idli batter consistency. Grease the ve…

Microwave Khandavi

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Life has become so hectic these days that we dont have time to pay attention to ourselves. Thank god microwaves were invented to save our time and energy πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
Cooking food has become more easier with todays electronics items. One of my instant snacking after a tiring day is microwave khandavi.

Khandavi is again a famous gujarati snacks item. Normally dessicatd coconut is used as filling.


Ingredients

1 cup besan
1 cup curd
2 cups water
Salt
Haldi pinch
sugar pinch
chilli  and ginger paste

Method

Mix everything and microwave it high for four mins
Stir n mix and again micro it high for 4 mins.
Spread the batter on greased plain thali's back.
sprinkle grated coconut and chopped corriander leaves.
Roll them and add temper.

Temper

In oil add mustard seeds.when crackle add curry leaves hing and red chilli powder.

Cornmeal oats semolina cake

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This delicious cake I tried sometime back in winters when cornmeal and strawberries were easily available. Nevertheless they are still available in big stores now a days.

I always try to make healthy treats so cakes and pastries with unhealthy ingredients or white refined products are a big No. I dont encourage sweets in my home though all of us have sweet tooth😝. But once in a while a healthy dessert is welcome. Try and see the amazing blend of ingredients used in this cake.



Ingredients

1/2 cup each of oatmeal, cornmeal, semolina n almondmeal.
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp b. soda
1 tsp b. powder
1.25 cup milk
Oil 1 tbsp
Strawberries fresh 4_5

Method for cake

Churn in mixie milk sugar oil n strawberries.
Mix dry ingredients well.
Mix milk mixture with dry ingredients slowly.
Grease baking pan. Sprinkle wheat flour and tap n remove extra.
Pour this batter and bake in oven for 25 mins at 180° ( it was preheated for 10 mins)

Method for pan cake

Batter preparation is same as above. You may add…

Pomegranate Potato raita

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Surprisingly high in fiber, one of the most important nutrients for sustainable weight loss , pomegranate is a healthy and refreshing fall treat, but there are plenty of other tasty ways to incorporate this delicious fruit into your diet. One of the delicious way is to include it in raitas. Recently learnt from a friend this preparation as we read wont actually be convincing but try it... reality is totally different.This recipe is fantastic. Awesum combination of potato and pomegranate one cant even think of, turned out to be a delightful dish. Now every other day we end up making it as it is so quick and easy to make.

Ingredients 400 gm thick curd1/2 cup milk3 medium size potatoesOil to deep fry potatoes (can saute instead or airfry it)Half bowl pomegranate seedsGreen coriander leaves n mint leaves few choppedJeera powder, kala namak, laal mirch powderMeethi chatni (sonth) _ optional
 METHODBoil potato and chop into small chunks. Deep fry or air fry or saute in little oil.Keep aside t…

Banana hung curd tikkies

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I always search for those Green maharashtrian banana to make the delicious side dish but this time I thought to give a try on cutlets. The idea of making cutlets of banana is not new though but I didnt follow anyone else recipe but my instinct which was bothering me for quiet sometime. This is purely my experiment with this green beauty and outcome was mouthwatering.  If I had to describe it in just one word I would say _"Wow" !!😁😍

Coming back to my experiment I tried with very little quantity so if you follow my recipe please increase the quantities accordingly. This made me 5 no.s of cutlets.





You require  1/2 green banana 1 medium boiled potato 2 tbsp hung curd 1 tsp red chilly powder 1 tsp salt Oats powder 3 tbsp for outer covering Little oil to grease palm  Oil 3 tbsp
How to make
In a big bowl mash banana with a fork or back of a spoon. Add grated potato to it and hung curd. Mash the three together n mix to make it a smooth texture. Add red chilly powder n salt to it.…

Oats upma

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Upma is a very popular and easy to make South Indian dish. It has fabulous taste and fresh vegetables makes it more healthier.Going with my oats fever I made upma one day which turned out so delicious that i dnt miss regular suji upma anymore. It is a power house of vitamins, proteins, minerals, amino acids, and essential fatty acids and if you are not having it then you are surely missing out on a tasty way to good health.

Ingredients 

1 cup oats ( I keep ready to use pre roasted 2 mins n stored) 3 cups water ( warm water is always handy to me)Salt to tasteRed chlly pwdrRed chilly whole dry 11 tsp chana dal1 tsp urad dalKri patta fewRai 1 tsp
MethodIn a pan give tadka of rai n kari patta, dry red chlly chan dal n urad dal in 1 tsp oil when hot.
Add oats ( if u dnt hv roasted oats, roast it now for 2 mins). Add salt n red chlly pwdr. 
Add water n cook covered for 2 mins. Uncover pan n mix with a spatula and check how thick u wnt the upma. Add water little if u want soupy type. Else its rea…

Multigrain boondi raita

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Multigrain flours are in these days. People are educated now about its benefits. Eating right is first step towards healthy food habits. We often use multigrain flours for chapaties or bran or cereals but have you ever heard of multigrain boondies. I am sure you had not.
It was an instant idea which came out so well that old time besan boondi failed !! πŸ˜‚

Here's my style of making boondi
Recipe

In a bowl mix powders _ suji, ragi, oats _ 3 tbsp each.
Salt 1 tsp ,red chilly pwdr 1/2 tsp,
Enough water to make it a dropping consistency.
Take puriwala channi n with a spoon put this mixture on channi over oil. Let it drop fast in oil.
Fry golden n take out on paper napkin to absorb extra oil.
Whisk curd n add seasoning of your choice (i added black salt, black pepper n roasted jeera powder) n add this boondi.
Crunchy boondi raita is ready

Oats moong dal tikkies

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Considered one of the healthiest foods on earth, oats has high nutrition value. Being very low in saturated fats, sodium and cholesterol it is very low in calorie and helps in weight loss and maintenance of optimum health.In India, oats is known as “Jaei” in Hindi and is grown widely in states of Punjab and UP. 
Oats being part of my daily meal is often subject to my experiments and trials.☺ This time I thought of trying tikkies out of it but instead of potatoes I took healthy moong dal to combine and the result was just awesum. Ingredients :Quick cooking oats 1/2 cup + 1/4 cup extra for coating.Yellow moong dal 2/3 cupOnion 1 choppedCarrot 1 gratedGaram masala 1/4 tspRed chilly powder 1/4 tspCoriander leaves fewOil 3_4 tbspMilk 2_3 tbspSalt to taste
METHOD:Dry roast Oats  in a pan for 5 minutes, without getting it burnt.When it is cool make into a fine powder.
Cook the yellow moong dal till it becomes soft.  (If you soak it for 10 minutes in water and cook in open flame it will be done …

Oats Handvo

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There's nothing quite as fulfilling as waking up to a bowl full of steaming hot oats. Not only are they considerably low in calories and great for weight management, but can also help combat lifestyle diseases like breast cancer, type-2 diabetes, heart diseases and blood pressure.One of my gujrati friend taught me a regular handvo made up of semolina. I liked it but then the idea of mixing oats came to my mind. I knew the result wont disappoint me but it would be so amazing was unexpected. My oats handvo recipe is now my signature recipe. Lolz.



Recipe

Suji 3/4  cup
Oats 3/4 cup
Curd :1/2 cup
Water: 1.5 cup approx.
Fine chopped veg _ i used pre blanched carrots, capsicum, corns, beans  ½ cup.
Baking soda one big pinch.
Mustard seeds: 1 tsp
Dry red chilly: 2 cut in small pieces
Green chilly: 2 slit them fine
Curry leaves: 4,5
Salt to taste
Oil: 3 tsp
Instructions
In a bowl mix together sooji, oats, veg, curd, red chilly pwdr and salt in water.
Keep it aside for 15_20 mins.

Now adjust water and make …

Navratri special Kanjake prasad

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Kanjak festival is a popular occassion in North India of ashtami or navmi festival.Little girls are been worshipped as goddess durga avtar and given gifts alongwith prasad.

Navmi prasad is been made on ninth and last day of navratri. Today it was navmi and like always I made prasad. Everyone in my home loves it _ puri, sukhe kale chane n suji ka halwa. πŸ˜† Feasting on this day is such a treat.




Recipe of sukhe kale chane

Boil 500 grams of black chane (small ones).
Drain excess water.
In a kadhayi add oil. When hot add rai, jeera 1tsp each, few kari pattas n hing pinch.
Add red chilly powder, dhaniya powder, salt as per taste.
Saute on sim for sumtime. Switch off the gas. Sprinkle chopped green coriander leaves n green chilles chopped as you may like.

Recipe for suji ka Halwa

In a kadhayi add ghee 1/2 cup. When hot add 1 cup suji and roast till nice aroma comes and its little brown or changes colour.
Meanwhile in a seperate pan bring 3 cups of water to boil. Add 3 cardomom 's powder…

Kaddu Ka Raita

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Kaddu not so famous vegetable among people. Usually its used to make khatti methi or regular side dish for meals but recently I learned in my group " Kaddu ka raita". Sounds different na?!

Kaddu is especially not kids choice but raita would definately be a hit. Try it at home. πŸ‘

Yes when i was making it for the first time even I was hesitant and in doubt but result was so tasteful n yummy that I fell in love with this. Now I know whenever this vegetable is in my fridge raita in my meal is for sure πŸ˜‚.


Kaddu ka raita
Recipe :

Ingredients :
250 gms Pumpkin (kaddu)
500 gms Curd
3/4 tsp Salt n Rock salt (adjust as per taste)
1/2 tsp roasted Cumin (jeera) powder
1/2 roasted Mustard (rai/sarson) powder
1/2 tsp ghee
1 green chilly (Slit and chopped)
Coriander leaves for garnishing

Method :
Peel and wash the pumpkin.
Cut it into pieces and boil.
Let it cool and mash it.
Whisk the curd well.
Add mashed pumpkin and all the spices.
Temper the chillies in ghee and add them too.
Lastly…

Chocolicious Horlick delight

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Summer is the time when everyone yearns for cool and yummilicious shakes and smoothies. Ice creams, coolers, juices, and what not... weight watchers also take a break πŸ˜‚.
Kids only demand milk shakes. I was also going to make regular horlick milk shake but then thought to bring a twist. I checked my fridge and could not find much in store which can serve my purpose and then there was my favourite oats !!
What a blend it was !! Brawo. I am so happy going ahead with my idea and here I was having happy people around me. Am bleaming with happiness and pride.
Recipe for Chocolicious Horlicks delight

Churn in mixie together
3 glass cold milk
3_4 tbsp Horlicks
Sugar few tsp if required
Roasted n powdered oats 2 tsp
Over boiled rice 1 bowl
Few ice cubes.

Chill it.

Now take serving glasses
Put few tsp sabja (pre soaked) _ optional
Pour in horlicks milk shake
Add a scoop of chocolate ice creams over it to float.
Sprinkle over it grated chocolate.
 Serve immediately.Can also serve with chocolat…

Multigrain Beetroot Pancake

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Multigrain breakfast is a wonderful way to start your day. Packed with nutrition , a unique blend of oats, wheat, ragi, semolina flours with beetroot makes it a healthy choice.
Multigrain beetroot pancakes 

2tb sp suji, 1 tbsp oats flour, 1 tbsp ragi flour, 1 tb sp wheat flour, salt, red chilly powder, 1 beetroot grated, 1 tbsp curd.
Mix all ingredients with enough water to make batter of idli consistency. 

Make pancakes on non stick tava with min or no oil as u may like.

Rice Dal Spinach Dhokla

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Dhokla, a Gujarati dish is usually made with a fermented batter derived from rice and split chickpeas.Very easy to make and takes less time. It can be eaten for breakfast, as a main course, side dish or snack.It has many variations but this is my healthy version of regular dhokla liked by all. 

The thought of adding more nutrition to this simple recipe made me add spinach for a change. Then the idea of layering popped. Executing it wasnt messy so tried it instantly.
This can be steamed on gas but I microwaved it.And the result was just awesum. 


Recipe

1.5 cup rice and 1 cup yellow moong dal (soaked for 4 hours)Grind it with 1/2 inch ginger, 1/2 tsp jeera, little red chilly powdrer n salt using water. Consistency to be like dosa batter. Keep it aside for 6 hours to ferment.Divide the batter into two portions.Churn one portion with 1/3 cup chopped spinach in mixie. Grease the vessel for steaming. Pour spinach batter first. Then slowly pour the other half batter over it as layer. Micro it on…

Rose Lassi

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Summer is when you enjoy it the most not that it is not welcome in any other season.
Sweet lassi is a delicious summertime drink that, if taken when the sun is at its extreme, keeps you cool. It is also fortifying with its protein and calcium content. You can make sweet lassi in a variety of different ways using the same basic curd stock. Here is how to make sweet lassi.
In a mixie put 3 tbsp curd, 3 glass chilled water n few spoons of ruf ahza or rose syrup. Sugar as required. Churn n serve!

Beetroot Pomegranate juice

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Beetroot has many advantages. Further beet juice is reported to be excellent in healing gout, kidney and gall bladder. It lowers homocysteine, improves production of stomach acid, reduce serum cholesterol and normalize blood pressure.When blended with pomegranate it makes a wonder juice. Sharing one of my gem juice recipe. Healthy n nutritious.
Beetroot Pomegranate juice
Ingredients
Beetroot - 1 cup peeled n choppedPomegranate - 1 cup of seedsLemon juice - 1 tbspSugar or Honey - 3 tbsp
Method
Take both the beetroot chunks and the pomegranate seeds in a blender.Blend them together to a smooth puree adding little water.
Strain it using sieve into a large bowl. You can repeat this step once again by blending the strained remains with another half cup of water.
Mix in the lemon juice, sugar and cold water with the juice. Taste it and adjust the sweetness.Serve immediately with or without ice cubes.

Fruit punch

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Fresh fruits and milk, a delightful blend of colours and flavours making it a great summer cooler which is kids friendly too. The blend of fruit juices with milk balances flavours and makes it soothing too. Usually scoops of ice creams are added to enhance the taste and texture but I have skipped to make it more healthy.It can be a great welcome drink for your get togethers and parties. The enticing aroma of fruits refreshes not only your taste buds and senses, but makes it a worthy drink on any dull day.You may like to serve this refreshing drink with starters like Spinach kebabsOats moongdal tikkiBanana hungcurd tikki.

Fruit punch
Makes 3 glass
Ingredients 
Fistful black grapesHalf apple2 big roundals of pine apple2 tbsp honey or sugar whatever you wish or skip it. 2 glasses of chilled milkFew ice cubes.
Method
Churn all fruits in mixie.Strain it.Add honey or sugar and milk. Again churn in mixie with ice cubes.Serve immediately.

Mint buttermilk

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Mint buttermilk is nothing but mint flavoured chaas.A great refreshing summer cooler of Punjab _ pudina chaas.Mint is a great appetizer and it promotes digestion.It is more than just a garnish.  Plain or flavoured buttermilk makes a great summer drink which not only helps in digestion but is a great escape from dehydration. In my home chaas is a must in afternoon after lunch. Here is my one of my favourite flavour in chaas. Blend of pudina in buttermilk gives a unique taste and refreshes. Vry simple recipe.In a mixie churn all or in a jug whisk all
4_5 tbsp curd3 glass chilled water1 tsp jeera bhuna powder3 tbsp mint chutney or crush mint leaves 1/4 cup.Green chilly half.Ginger 1/2 inchBlack salt
If you want you can filter, I dont. Serve chilled.

Beetroot buttermilk

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Beetroot not only make the buttermilk more pretty but it also taste yum and of course added nutrition of beetroot.Here is one of my fav chaas variation I learnt recently and just loved it. This is a great summer drink. Beetroot buttermilk Ing :1 beetroot (medium)
8/10 mint leaves5 tsp Rock salt 1 greenchilly 1/2 bowl curd 2 bowl water Mint leaves for garnishing 
Method : In a mixy grind a paste of beetroot , chilly ,water , rock salt n mint leaves . Now pass through strainer n take in bowl .Add curd and water n whisk it . If required adjust salt .garnish with mint leaves . Your summer healthy cooler is ready .