Cucumber and mint cooler



Who doesn't love a chilled drink in this hot weather!

Cucumber and mint cooler happened over dinner last night. I made it as an accompaniment to Tandoori Vegetable Tikkas for dinner. Marinated in lush yoghurt based sauce, these tikkas burst with smoky flavour. We happily devoured these tikkas which were wrapped up in Indian style flatbreads aka chapati along with good dollop of Cilantro yoghurt sauce. As yum as these tikkas were, this cooler really stole the show last night.


Did you know that cucumber has great health benefits? Because cucumber is made of 95% water, its a great way of hydrating your body too. While in transit, if you run out of water, cucumbers come in handy to make up for water. Might I also add that cucumber is great for detoxification too. You can make a big batch of this drink sans sugar in the morning and make your own detox water to gulp all day.

So basically,  as it turns out cucumber is not just good for fighting dark circles or curing those acnes, its delicious in drinks too and has amazing health benefits.


Honestly, I never thought that boring cucumber which I have always eaten in the form of salad or as a finger food with dips could be so amazing in a drink. Its all about experimenting. There are times when they don't work but its nice when the end result is so amazing. This drink is so easy and can be made in minutes. Perfect when you have last minute guests coming over. Also perfect when you don't have last minute guests :D

This drink is a crowd pleaser and will woo your guests! It's

Fresh
Hydrating
Delicious
Natural Detoxifier
Healthy
Sweet and Sour

Ingredients

2 large cucumbers
5 glasses water
8 Tsp sugar
juice of 2 whole lemons
15-20 mint leaves
1/2 Tsp rock salt

Method

Roughly chop one cucumber and blend in a processor with mint leaves and some water.

Strain this cucumber juice.

Take a big pot/jar and add 5 glasses of water. Mix strained juice,sugar,lemon juice, salt in water and keep in refrigerator for atleast one hour.

Make sure sugar is dissolved through.

Before serving, finely chop one cucumber and add in the drink.

Garnish with mint leaves and serve chilled.


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Sunshine Mango smoothie



I have always been a fan of smoothies. What I love about smoothies is they can be made all year long. Apart from being a natural energy booster, smoothie is also a great snack at anytime of the day. I love starting my day with a big glass of smoothie, keeps me energised throughout the day. Its just very quick to make when I find myself skipping breakfast. Smoothie takes care of my breakfast, all I have to do is roughly chop fruits and put in a blender. And then I am all sorted!


Its raining mangoes right now in India. In Mumbai, we get this variety called Alphonso which I think is the yummiest variety of mangoes. Alphonso rule the fruit market entire summer. All the restaurants feature their Specials made with Mangoes in their menu. There are so many recipes you can try at home too and create your own Special Mango dish. Some of the recipes which I make often is Mango salsa which is great with chips.If you are looking to satisfy your sweet tooth, then you must try Mango Shrikhand and Mango and cream cheese ice cream, I mean they both are to die for. Another popular recipe on the blog is Mango and chia pudding which is great as a dessert and even better for breakfast.


So coming to this smoothie, its a blend of all summer fruits. Mangoes and banana helps in maintaining energy level and papaya cleanses the system. Grapes lend a beautiful sweet and fresh note to the smoothie. If you wanna take it up a notch, then top it with super foods like chia seeds,cinnamon, almond butter, turmeric and flax seeds and boost it even more.

This smoothie is creamy, hydrating and very refreshing. Give it a try now!


Creamy and healthy smoothie made with mangoes,banana,papaya and grapes.Great for breakfast or as a snack

Type: Breakfast/Snack
Diet: Vegetarian/Vegan
Serves 2

Ingredients

1 chopped Mango
1 cup chopped papaya
1 chopped Banana
1/2 cup grapes
1/2 cup coconut water/regular water
pinch of cinnamon
1/4th tsp lemon juice

Method

Blend all ingredients together and adjust according to your liking.

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Chia brekkie bowl with fresh seasonal fruits


It's been a while since I shared any recipe. This has obviously been a very long pause from blogging. All those who are wondering if I have stopped blogging, I have not. Manish and I have been blessed with a beautiful baby girl. We have named her Hridanshi(part of our heart). Our lives have been pretty much about her since the time she has been born. Between changing diapers,feeding her and putting her to sleep, I haven't been able to find time to hold camera in my hand.


I honestly don't know when my day starts and when it ends! I might be little inconsistent with my posts in the beginning but will try to post as often as possible.

So, coming back to this post. Being an Indian, you tend to eat a lot of ghee laden food during your resting period after delivery. Since I have just started to make an effort to loose weight, this chia bowl is a fab and healthy start to the day. It comes together easily and has my favourite seasonal fruits- strawberries and figs. If you know me, you also know how much I love strawberries and mangoes. Considering strawberries are in season right now, I had to share this easy breakfast recipe. This recipe is amazing for working people too coz it gets ready in minutes,hardly requires any preparation.



Start your day on a healthy note with this breakfast recipe.

Type: Breakfast
Diet: Vegan
Serving: 1

Ingredients

1 cup coconut milk
pinch of cinnamon
2 Tsp maple syrup
3 Tbsp chia seeds
4-5 strawberries(pureed)
7-8 sliced strawberries
1 sliced banana
2-3 sliced figs
1/4th cup pomegranate kernels

Method

Mix honey and cinnamon in coconut milk.

Soak chia seeds in coconut milk overnight and refrigerate.

Next day morning before breakfast, puree 4-5 strawberries in a blender and mix through in chia pudding with a spoon.

Pour pudding in a serving plate.

Garnish with sliced strawberries,banana,pomegranate and fresh figs and serve.

Notes:

You can add other fruits like pineapple,kiwi,apple,papaya,grapes and oranges too.

Throw in some dried fruits like almonds,raisins,pistachios and walnuts for added benefit.


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Strawberry,beetroot and feta cheese salad with candied walnuts


The thing about salads are they make you feel so good. You can put tons of vegetables and fruits and mix them with exciting dressings. Its all about the dressing. Ingredients like mustard, apple cider, balsamic,extra virgin olive oil do wonders and take salads to another level. Herbs also play an important part and get that extra freshness throughout the salad.

Honey and mustard dressing is one of the most popular dressing and I reckon its popular for a reason. Its mustardy,tangy,sweet and so delicious! Strong flavour of mustard packs an amazing punch even in your least favourite vegetable. This all purpose dressing makes for a great marinade too for barbecuing vegetables,meat or fish.


This is one of those salads which has all kind of textures running through it. Sweet and juicy strawberries, crisp lettuce, crunchy onion and soft boiled beetroot lightly tossed in honey-mustard dressing. I must say that my most favourite part about this salad is spicy candied walnuts which just crackle in mouth making you wanting them more. And they go so well with feta cheese!


Delicious and refreshing strawberry and beetroot salad tossed in honey-mustard dressing

Type: Salad
Diet: vegetarian/gluten free
Serving -1

Ingredients

1 boiled beetroot-sliced
1 cup Strawberries -sliced
1 thinly sliced onion
1 cup torn lettuce
feta cheese
Salty and spicy candied walnuts

Dressing
1/2 Tsp mustard sauce
2 Tsp apple cider vinegar
1 Tsp honey
2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1/4th tsp black pepper powder
salt

Candied walnuts

5 Tbsp sugar
8-10 walnuts
Small non stick pan
pinch of salt
pinch of salt red chilli powder

Method

Spread lettuce leaves on a salad platter.

Arrange beetroot, strawberries and onions over it.

Heat 5 Tbsp sugar in a small pan and turn into caramel till it looks amber in colour.

Dip walnut in caramel and take out with the help of fork. Spread on an oiled tray.

Immediately sprinkle salt and red chilli powder over walnuts.

Crush candied walnuts over salad. Crumble feta cheese too.

To make the dressing, add all the ingredients in a small air-tight jar and give a good shake. Pour dressing over the salad and serve.




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