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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Purple Delight | Black Grapes and Pomegranate Cooler | Summer Cool Drinks



Colours are an important spice of life.  Imagine your life without colours – boring right? I believe it is the same with our food – it should be colourful and pleasing to eyes. When I was thinking about all the cool drinks I was indulging in this summer, I realized they were all of different colours. My Kairi Panna is a soothing shade of green as I use a lot of mint in it; the Masala Chaas is as usual white, my Herbal Iced Tea was a bright shade between orange and brown. That’s when I thought of creating a different coloured drink to sip on.

I had lots of black grapes and pomegranate in my refrigerator and with these two star ingredients; I set on to make a drink. When I was done, I was pleased with the result at hand, so much so that I took it to a friend’s place for her to taste. She has become my unannounced official taster for most experiments in my kitchen. When she okay-ed it, I made it again the next day and while sipping on it, this name – Purple Delight came to my mind.

The other day when I met her and amidst our usual banter, I told her I have named the drink – Purple Delight and she was into a riot of laughter.... which reminds me of another spice of life - laughter. Laugh as often as you can and be with friends who can make you laugh out loud.

The pomegranate juice typically has a slight bitter note in the end which compliments beautifully with grapes juice which is sweeter. A dash of lemon juice adds a subtle tang to the overall flavour and the spices adds some earthiness. If you want to try something different from your regular lemonade, try it for sure.



Purple Delight

Serves 4
Ingredients:

1 cup black grapes
1/2 cup pomegranate pearls
2 tbsp sugar syrup (optional)
1/4 tsp black salt
1/4 tsp black pepper powder
1/4 tsp roasted jeera powder
Soda water to top up
Lots of Ice cubes
2 tbsp Chopped grapes and pomegranate pearls for garnishing

Process:
1. In a blender jar add the grapes and pomegranate pearls and churn till pulpy. Sieve the mixture to extract the juice.
2. Add the juice to a large jar; add sugar syrup, black salt, black pepper and jeera powder. Stir well. Add this to 4 medium glasses.

3. Add some ice cubes to each glass. Top up with soda water. Garnish with chopped grapes and pomegranate pearls. Serve chilled.


Notes:
1. The black grapes I used were quite sweet. If you are using grapes that are tart, adjust sugar syrup quantity accordingly.

2. It is best to consume it fresh and chilled.

Thank you for stopping by. Cheers!

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Herbal Ice Tea | How to Make Herbal Ice Tea from Scratch | Summer Cool Drinks





I have never been an ice tea person. I do order it some times at food joints, but it has never been one of my go-to cool drinks.

But, after trying this recipe I am a convert. I wouldn't mind saying that this herbal ice tea has become one of my latest favorite chilled drinks to beat the heat this summer. 

Long ago, I had tried a fruit punch recipe that used tea decoction and it turned to be a super flop. Since, then I was wary of trying any drink recipe with tea decoction in it. But, when I chanced upon a herbal ice tea recipe in one of the cookbooks I own ( did I tell you I am a hoarder of cookbooks?) I decided to give it a try.

The recipe involved making a herbal decoction first - a combination of lemongrass, ginger and mint. The recipe did interest me; but I had an even better reason to try it. Sometimes back I had planted lemongrass and mint in my terrace garden and I was delighted at the idea of using my garden produce.



The best thing about this recipe is that you can prepare the herbal decoction in bulk and freeze them in ice trays and use them when needed. You can play around with the ratio of the herbs, depending on which herb flavor you want to be prominent.

Here is how you can prepare the herbal decoction:

1/2 cup ginger, washed, peeled and grated.
1/2 cup lemongrass leaves, washed and chopped
1/4 cup mint leaves
1" cinnamon stick

Process:

1. Add all the listed ingredients in a saucepan and add 500 ml water. Bring it to a boil and then simmer it on medium heat for 15 to 20 mins.

2. Turn off the heat and cover the saucepan. Let it cool completely before straining. Strain and set aside the herb extract.

3. You can add another cup of water to the residue and simmer it for 15 mins. The decoction prepared the second time will be milder in flavor. You can combine both the extracts thus prepared or you can store them separately. If you do not need to use the entire decoction in one go, freeze them in ice cube tray. When frozen fill them in a zip-lock bag.




Herbal Ice Tea

Makes 2 tall glasses

Ingredients:

2 teabags 
100 ml boiling water
10-12 herbal ice cubes or about 60 ml of the herbal extract
3 tbsp simple syrup ( sugar syrup prepared by mixing and boiling equal quantity of sugar and water till the sugar is dissolved)
300 ml chilled water
Ice cubes, mint leaves and lemon slices to garnish (optional)

Process:

1. Add the tea bags in boiling water and let it steep for 10 mins. Take the tea bags out and set aside the tea decoction.
2. If you are using herbal ice cubes, add them to the warm tea decoction so that they melt faster. Else add the herbal concoction equally into two glasses. Pour prepared tea decoction. Add simple sugar syrup and top with chilled water. 
3. Add ice cubes, mint leaves and lemon slices as desired. Stir and serve chilled. 





Notes:

1. Add a squirt of lemon juice for Herbal Lemon Ice Tea.
2. You can add the herbal ice cubes to your regular lemonades for added flavor.

Thank you for stopping by. Cheers!

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Kairi Panna - Green Mango Mint Cooler - Summer Recipes


Summers are here. The mercury doesn't show any signs of relenting. What can come to our rescue in such times are obviously chilled drinks.

This summer shun the cola and other such drinks are go for homemade thirst quenchers like this mango mint cooler, aka kairi panna.

How to prepare green mango pulp?

I generally prepare the mango pull by cooking the mangoes in pressure cooker for 2 whistles on medium- high flame. Once the cooked mangoes are cooled down, I scrape of the pulp from the cooked mangoes. This pulp can be frozen in the freezer section of your refrigerator for months. When needed just keep the container of the pulp outside for half and hour, scoop out the amount of pulp you need as keep the rest in the freezer again.

Here is what you will need:
Serves 4

Ingredients:

1/4 to 1/2 cup green mango pulp, depending on how tart it is.
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
1/4 mint leaves
1/4 tsp to 1/2 tsp black salt
1/4 tsp to 1/2 tsp roasted cumin
600 ml chilled water
Lots of ice cubes to serve

Process:

In a saucepan add sugar and water and boil it till the sugar melts to form a sugar syrup. Set aside to cool it down

Churn the mango pulp and mint leaves in a mixer till smooth. Strain it to remove any fibrous part.

In a tall jar add the mint and mango pulp, add the water, the prepared sugar syrup, black salt and roasted cumin. Adjust spices and sugar as per your need. Stir till well combined. Add loads of ice cubes and pour into glasses. Serve chilled.

Thank you for stopping by! Cheers!
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