Tuesday, April 17, 2007



About 6 cups mixed vegetables cut into julienne strips-
carrots, french beans, pumpkin, capsicum,
eggplant, cucumber, etc.
1/2 cup fresh green peas

- Spices -

1/2 cup freshly grated coconut or 3 tablespoons
desiccated coconut
1 cup water
1 teaspoon cummin seeds
1 teaspoon chopped garlic
2 fresh green chillies, seeded
1/2 cup thick coconut milk
Salt to taste
6 curry leaves

In a saucepan bring to the boil enough lightly salted
water to cover one kind of vegetable. Boil each vegetable
separately, just long enough to make it tender but not
soft and mushy. Take out vegetables on slotted spoon
and put them in a bowl. Use the same water for all
the vegetables, adding a little water at a time as it
boils away, but keeping the quantity small. Save the
cooking liquid.

In a blender put the coconut, water, cummin seeds, garlic
and chillies. Blend on high speed until the coconut is
very finely ground. Put this into the saucepan with the
vegetable stock, add the coconut milk, salt and curry
leaves and bring to the boil. Add the vegetables, simmer
uncovered for 5 minutes. Serve hot with rice.

coconut chutney-south indian style

1 cup fresh coconut, shredded
1/2 cup Toor dal dry
1/4 cup Urad dal dry
1/4 cup Channa dal dry
1/4 tsp.tamarind concentrate
1/4 tsp. asafetida
Whole red chilies as per taste upto 3
Salt to taste
2 tsp. cooking oil


Dry roast toor dhal,chana dhal,urad dhal,red chilies and
asafetida in cooking oil. Grind this mixture in water into
a thick paste. Add coconut, tamarind and salt and grind
it for a few more seconds until all the mixture blends
into a smooth paste. Serve with steamed rice or can be
served with dosa or idli.

coconut chutney-north indian style

3 tbsp. coconut, shredded
1 inch fresh ginger, chopped
1 fresh green chili
1/2 bunch coriander leaves
fresh lemon juice
salt to taste


In a food processor or blender add all ingredients into
a fine paste like sauce.

Water Melon Drink

2 cups of melon peices
100 gms sugar
Ice cubes

Method :

Take melon peices and add sugar and blend. strain
the juice.Refrigerate it and pour in a tall glass
and cover back with the cut piece.

Take out & Pour into glasses. Serve chilled


1 kg sugar
½ kg water
40-50 almonds
½ katori saunf
30 cardamom pods
¼ katori black peppercorns whole
1 tbsp khuskhus
½ tsp rose water
1 tbsp kharbooj / tarbooj seeds skinned

Method :

Bring Sugar and water to boil.
After making sure all the sugar is dissolved remove
from heat and cool completely.
Clean all other dry ingredients.
Soak each in water separately for 3-4 hours.
Drain all soaked ingredients.
Peel the almonds.
Blend all the ingredients to a very fine paste.
Place a strainer over a vessel and strain the blended
liquid, pressing with back of a spoon, extracting the
liquid into vessel.
Add more syrup, a little at a time to extract more.
Pour back husk with some more syrup and blend again,
strain and repeat till all the syrup is gone and residue
becomes dry and husk like.
Your thandai concentrate is now ready to be stored in
clean airtight glass bottles. It has a shelf life
(refrigerated) of 6 months.
Ready to serve.
Blend milk, thandai and few ice cubes and serve chilled
in tall glasses.

Sweet Lassi

500 ml yoghurt
1/2 tsp salt
2 tbsp sugar
Crushed Ice
250 ml Water

Method :

Place all the ingredients in a blender including ice

and blend until it is a bit frothy.

Strawberry Milk Shake

250 gms fresh strawberry
1 litre fresh milk
Sugar as per taste
Strawberry ice cream

Wash the strawberry and chop it finely.
In a blender put the strawberry, sugar and a cup of milk.
Blend it to a smooth paste.
Add the rest of the milk and blend it once again.
Strain it with a mesh into a large jar. Let this cool at least
2 hours. Serve it in tall glasses with a scoop of strawberry

Quick Tropical Drink

1 bottle Limca
1 tbsp vanilla ice-cream
1 tsp lemon juice
1 tbsp orange squash

For serving:

Crushed ice
Chopped fruit


Blend the Limca, ice-cream, lemon juice and orange squash in a liquidiser.
Put crushed ice and chopped fruit on the top.
Ready to serve.


1 lemon juice
6 tsp sugar
¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp powder of black pepper
¼ tsp juice of ginger

Method :

Take a glass and mix all these ingredients with a little water.
Stir well till the sugar dissolve properly.
Now add soda or chilled water in it.
Serve it chilled and decorate with mint leaves and lemon.

Health Drink

2 tomatoes
1 carrot
1 orange
a few drops of lemon juice
3 drops saccharine or 2 pills saccharine
2 pinches salt
crushed ice for serving

Chop the tomatoes and carrots into big pieces.
Put the orange segments and ½ teacup of water.
Blend it with all the remaining ingredients in a
liquidizer and strain.
Serve it with lots of crushed ice.

Badam Milk Shake

3 cups of milk
1 cup of badam
1 cup of yogurt/curds
1 cup of sugar
5 cinnamon
2 cups of water

Grind cinnamon, badam, sugar all together
After put milk & curds into the mixie, grind
well, along with the above powder.
Put water if you do not want it served thick.
Serve the chilled badam milk shake.

Iced Tea

1 tall glass
1 cup water
1 tsp tea powder
5 tsp sugar
1 lemon's juice
10-15 ice cubes

Make black tea as usual with 5 tsp sugar
Take the tall glass and fill it more than ½ with ice cubes
Cool the black tea till only a bit warm
Pour the lemon juice over the ice cubes and also the black tea
Garnish with whole pudina leaves(1-2) and a lemon slice.