Lemon iced tea

I have loved Lemon Iced tea since as long as I can remember! My first order in any restaurant is a Lemon flavoured Iced tea. Its lemony, sweet, refreshing and ice cold. It can be easily made at home and its perfect for summers!!

Lemon iced tea is a cold beverage made by brewing tea in water and mixing it with lemon juice and sugar. Not only is it an amazing thirst quencher in summer but also great as a cooler when you have people coming over. I know I will be making this Lemon Iced tea filled with antioxidant all summer to keep myself hydrated.

Its important to drink tons of water during summer for hydration. I recently shared recipe of Thandai too which is great in this weather and keeps body cool. There are other amazing recipes like Cucumber and mint cooler, Thai iced tea and Rose masala spritzer too.

Lemony and refreshing cold Lemon iced tea , perfect for summers

Type: Beverage
Diet: Vegan/Vegetarian
Serving: Makes 4-5 glasses


1 litre water
2 Tsp tea
6-8 Tsp sugar
Juice of 1 lemon


Add water and tea in a pot and bring it to boil. Turn off immediately after one boil and let it stand for half an hour.

Strain tea in a pitcher. Add sugar and refrigerate for at-least two hours.

Before serving, add lemon juice and stir with a help of stirrer.

Serve chilled.

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Eggless whole wheat chocolate pancakes

Breakfast is my favourite meal of the day. There's nothing better than starting your day with a healthy and delicious breakfast and if its easy to make then even better.

Today I am sharing recipe of these fluffy and delicious Eggless whole wheat chocolate pancakes. They are nutritious, wholesome and insanely chocolatey. Made with very little sugar and almost no butter, these are perfect for your lazy weekend breakfast.

Pancakes are traditionally made with eggs, milk and flour but I have used wholewheat flour and yoghurt in this recipe to make pancakes healthy. Toppings can be honey, chocolate sauce,maple syrup,fruits and nuts of your choice. Since strawberries are in season, I have added strawberries and some chocolate sauce for more decadence. But you can go classic route by drowning your pancakes in honey or maple syrup.

If you have ever given a look at my recipe index, you would know that Smoothie is my favourite breakfast. Strawberry Pineapple layered smoothie, Mango and Spinach layered smoothie, Peach breakfast bowl, Mango sunshine smoothie, 3 layered winter smoothie...my blog is bursting with smoothie recipes.They are creamy, healthy, easy to make and taste sensational.

Off late pancakes have become my favourite too. I have been making these on repeat. They are perfect for weekend devour. Everyone in my family seem to love them!

Eggless, chocolaty, fluffy and wholesome pancakes made with whole wheat flour.

Type: Breakfast
Diet: Vegetarian
Serving: 3-4 people


1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup yoghurt
1 tsp baking powder
1 Tbsp sugar
1/2 cup chopped dark chocolate (I used Morde)
1/4th  Tsp vanilla essence
3/4th cup water
pinch of salt


Prepare pancake batter by mixing together whole wheat flour, yogurt,sugar, chocolate, vanilla essence,salt and water.

Let the batter rest for one hour.

Now add baking powder and give a good mix.

On a hot non tick griddle/pan, pour about 1/4th cup batter to make pancake. You can make about 2-3 pancakes on big griddle but just keep enough space between them.

Cook till underside of pancake becomes golden brown and bubbles start breaking.

Using a greasing brush, apply butter on upper-side of pancake and flip with a spatula to cook for further 5 minutes.

Make more pancakes and stack them on a plate.

Garnish with chopped strawberries and drizzle chocolate sauce( I used Hersheys)

Serve immediately.

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Thandai is a traditional Indian milk based drink served cold. It is made by blending almond paste with other spices like cardamom, black pepper, fennel seeds, poppy seeds, melon seeds, saffron and mixing in milk. Holi announces beginning of summer in India and Thandai is consumed on Holi to cool off the body especially after playing with colours all day and relishing festive sweets and snacks.

I must admit that when I first tried it, I wasn't sure how it would turn out. But to my surprise, it turned out amazing in the very first trial.

It tastes much much better than the store bought thandai mixture and the best part is you can add more or less spices and modify it according to your taste. Some people like it hot and add more black pepper while others prefer more prominent flavour of fennel in it.

Having lived in Rajasthan, this delicious and aromatic thandai drink made with  cooling ingredients like poppy seeds, melon seeds and fennel kept the body cool and protected us from heat strokes. Almonds give instant energy and spices like cardamom, pepper and saffron not only increases the flavour and makes this drink distinctive and wonderfully aromatic but also increases immunity and helps in better digestion.

I am yet to come across a drink like this which is rich,energetic,aromatic and cooling all at the same time. Its a perfect drink for summers and great for entertaining guests too.

Thandai, traditional Indian milk based drink made with almonds and other spices

Type: Beverage
Diet: Vegetarian
Serving : 4-5 glasses


4 Tbsp poppy seeds
2 Tbsp melon seeds
4 Tbsp fennel seeds
7-8 cardamom pods
20 whole black pepper corn
1/2 tsp saffron strands
30 whole almonds
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 litre boiled and chilled milk


Soak poppy seeds, fennel seeds, cardamom, black pepper, melon seeds for 4 hours and blend into a paste adding little water.

Strain this spice paste through a sieve and grind the remaining pulp again with the help of more water. Strain the spice paste again and discard the remaining pulp.

Soak almonds for 4 hours separately and grind into a smooth paste with the help of tiny amount of water.

Mix almond paste, saffron and sugar in spice paste.

Now add this in chilled milk.

Garnish with sliced pistachios and saffron.

Serve cold.

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No bake Chocolate tart

Love is in the air! Nothing expresses love better than dark chocolate and I have the perfect dreamy "No bake chocolate tart" for you. Its rich, creamy, indulgent and so delicious. Its perfectly balanced with buttery and slightly salty biscuit base. Such an amazing dessert with such little effort!

Express your love this Valentines Day by trying this easy No bake chocolate tart. Its the perfect Valentines day dessert!

When I tried this 6 ingredient easy No bake chocolate tart at my friend Amrita's place, I knew I had to take the recipe from her. I love desserts especially dessert like this which is chocolaty and decadent yet so easy to make. Hardly requires any effort and preparation.

And that buttery perfect digestive biscuit crust!  You will be amazed how easily you will be able to cut into it and have those perfect slices.

When it comes to dessert, I have a weakness for chocolate. Eggless Double Chocolate Banana Bread, Vegan Chocolate and banana chia pudding, Eggless Dark Chocolate cucpcakes, Eggless Chocolate and walnut brownies, most of the desserts on blog revolve around chocolate. I knew I had to share a chocolate dessert for Valentines day too!

This is the kind of a dessert you will make repeatedly when you are having friends over. Its great for hosting parties as you don't have to spend lot of time preparing it and later worry whether its going to turn out well. It's so easy to make and so so good. A total winner!


200 gms digestive biscuits
1/2 cup melted butter
1 cup heavy cream ( I used Amul cream)
1/2 cup cocoa powder
3/4th cup powdered sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla essence
strawberries for  garnishing


Take a 6 inch round springform mould.

Prepare biscuit base by crushing 200gms digestive biscuit in a food processor. Tip powdered biscuits in a bowl and mix in melted butter properly. Mixture should feel like wet sand.

Add mixture in the springform mould and press it firmly to form a uniformed layer. Chill in fridge while you prepare chocolate filling.

Add heavy cream, cocoa powder, powdered sugar, butter and vanilla essence in a bowl and place over a double boiler. Stir everything together till you get a smooth and silky consistency.

Pour the chocolate mixture over the biscuit base in the mould and give a tap to even out the chocolate mixture.

Chill in fridge for atleast four hours.

Once chilled and set, run a warm knife along the edges of the cake and release the ring.

Garnish with strawberries and serve.

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Hot Chocolate

Hot chocolate is my winter favourite. Its a total winner during winters!!

Both me and hubby are extremely fond of dark chocolate. So much that I munch on it atleast thrice in a day. Throughout my pregnancy, I had chocolate desserts on a daily basis. It might sound funny but chocolate was the little only thing I could keep down.

Dark chocolate cupcakesDouble chocolate banana breadChocolate Truffles, Dark chocolate and walnut brownie, I have so many chocolate based recipes on the blog. My Chocolate and banana Chia seed pudding is the highest viewed recipe on the blog which got published on both Huffington Post and Buzzfeed as breakfast recipes.

I like infusing hot chocolate with whole spices like cinnamon, star anise and adding some orange peel and vanilla. Takes it to a whole new level and makes it all the more fragrant and comforting.

I make mine slightly milder but you can always make it stronger and more indulgent by adding more cocoa powder and even chopped dark chocolate.

If you love chocolate, you are gonna be making it on repeat every night.

Rich and indulgent spiced hot chocolate!

Type : Beverage
Diet :Vegetarian
Serves: 2-3


500 ml milk
3 tbps cocoa powder
2 Tsp sugar
2 cinnamon stick
Peel of half orange
1/4th tsp vanilla essence


Bring milk to boil in a heavy bottomed pan.

Add cocoa powder, sugar, cinnamon, vanilla essence and Orange peel and simmer on low heat for 5-10 mins. Keep stirring in between.

Strain and serve hot.

Garnish with more cocoa powder and cinnamon stick.

Recipe notes

Stir before serving. Cocoa tends to settle down in the drink.

You can garnish with whipped cream or marshmallows. Add more or less spices depending on your taste. Add more cocoa powder and chopped dark chocolate to make it richer and darker in colour.

You can serve the same drink chilled too.

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