Category Archives: Beverage

Sattu Ka Namkeen Sharbat[ Salted Spicy Barley Drink]

Sattu is a flour made of either roasted gram , pulses or barley.It is used in regional cuisines mainly in the state of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar & Punjab. It is commonly served during breakfast as porridge or as sweet or sour drink. It can also be used as stuffing for parathas or batti{litti}. This time I have made Barley Sattu using Oo Mugi Healthy & Tasty Barley Grains sent to me by GO India Organic in association with Plattershare.Here I am sharing a savory , sour & tangy drink which is excellent to beat the scorching sun….do definitely give it a try..

INGREDIENTS:

  • Barley[omugi] Sattu : 2tbsp
  • Fresh Green Mint Leaves: 8-10
  • Fresh Coriander Finally Chopped: 1tsp
  • Dried Mint Powder: 1tsp
  • Roasted Cumin Powder : 1 tsp
  • Black Salt : 1 tsp
  • White Salt : As per Taste
  • Green Chili Finally Chopped : As per Taste
  • Black Pepper Powder : 1/2 tsp

METHOD:

  1. Dry roast barley [omugi] on medium flame till 4-5 min stirring continuously.Grind it to a fine powder when it is stil warm.
  2. Now mix this powder in two glass of water keeping in mind there should not be any lumps formed. Now mix rest of the ingredients mentioned above. Stir well. Keep it in refrigerator till it cools.
  3. Sattu ka sharbat is ready. Serve with ice if you need it chill.

NOTES:

  • You will have to run your mixer two three times to get fine barley powder
  • In the same drink you can add little sugar too to get a sweet & sour flavor.

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Minty Buttermilk

As mercury is rising high we are switching to body coolants  from our regular teas & coffees.Buttermilk is one such coolant which when consumed is like a cold pat in the scorching sun. Mint enhances its cooling properties and also helps  in cleansing the body.You can have this drink  daily with breakfast or lunch. It helps in digestion. You can even have it when you are going out in sun or you come back home…try this..

INGREDIENTS:

  • Curd : 1 cup
  • Mint Leaves[Podina] : A hand full
  • Cumin Powder [Jeera] : 1/2 tsp
  • Rock Salt[Sendha Namak] : As per taste
  • Black Pepper Powder [Kali Mirch]: 1/4 tsp

METHOD :

Wash mint leaves & seperate stalks.Blend it with rest of the ingredients mentioned above along with a cup of chilled water. Serve cold. If you are having it with food have it at room temperature to avoid having hot & cold together.

NOTES:

  1. You can use black or white salt in place of rock salt.
  2. This will serve two people.

Chia Seeds Melon & Pomegranate Smoothie

As summer is already at its boom in Hyderabad watermelon is started showing up in every other lane. So to welcome summers I prepared this wonderful smoothie by mixing this super-cool fruit with chia seeds & pomegranate to increase its nutritive value.We all are aware of the benefits of pomegranate but for chia seeds I must say it is the most nutritious food known till today. It is loaded with fibers,proteins & omega 3 fatty acids. So take advantage of this super-food & enjoy this chilled on a hot summer morning or at room temperature on a not so hot morning. This keeps you fresh & rejuvenated for long hours…

 INGREDIENTS :

  • Water melon Cubes 2 cups
  • Pomegranate Medium size 1
  • Chia Seeds 2tsp
  • Honey to taste [optional]
  • Grated Ginger 1/2 tsp
  • Ground black pepper 1/4 tsp

METHOD :

  1. Blend everything together. I have not taken off melon seeds & used pomegranate seeds. If you don’t like solids in your smoothie strain it. Alternatively you can take melon seeds off & use pomegranate juice. But using seeds add fiber to your drink.
  2. Add crushed ice. I prefer it at room temperature.

NOTES :

  • When using seeds you have to blend it 2-3 times.
  • Consume immediately because Chia seeds starts thickening your smoothie
  • Strain before adding chia seeds else you will take this nutrition pack off your drink
 

Hemp Seeds & Musk-Melon Smoothie

Hemp seed is a comparatively newer super-food which is making its way slowly in Indian kitchens.It is packed with protein & omega 6 & omega 3 fatty acids. So it is a great addition to a vegan diet.Musk-melon on the other hand keeps you hydrated for long & is good for weight loss & its seeds are also a good source of protein. So a glass full of this smoothie not only helps you with a quick breakfast but supply loads of nutrients to your body…try this…..

INGREDIENTS:

  • Musk Melon 8-10 slices
  • Hemp Seeds Powder 1tbsp
  • Cinnemon Powder[dalchini] 1/2 tsp
  • Honey to taste
  • Musk Melon Seeds 1 tbsp

METHOD:

  1. Leaving melon seeds blend everything together with 1 1/2 glass of water in a blender.Top it up with melon seeds. Consume immediately.If you wish you can add crushed ice. However I prefer it at room temperature.
  2. If you don’t like hemp seeds husk you can mix powder in the water you are using to make smoothie & strain . use this water to blend your smoothie. This hemp powder water can be stored in refrigerator for upto 3 days.
  3. However I keep the husk because it adds the fiber content to the smoothie.

Notes :

  • Hemp seeds are still making its way to many supermarkets. However they are widely available online on amazon and flipkart.
  • Hemp seeds come with its husk on it so you need to chew it for little more time. To avoid this you can ground them to powder & use
 

Quick Irani Chai

Chai/Tea is one beverage without consuming which half of the Indians can’t open their eyes wide to welcome a new morning. And if chai is Irani then it would be their best start for the morning. In Hyderabad the old city is full of Irani cafes doing the needful but this luxury of having Irani tea is not there everywhere. Here I am sharing a quick recipe Of making this tea at home. Remember its quick not authentic . However it tastes awesome!!!

 INGREDIENTS:

  • Condensed Milk 4 tbsp
  • Water 4 cups
  • Your Favourite Tea Leaves 2tsp/As per Taste
  • Sugar [optional]

METHOD:

  1. Boil water and tea together. Reduce flame and cook untill it is reduced to half. Add Condensed milk. Mix well and cook for 2-3 min. Condesed milk is already sweetened so check if you need sugar.Strain & serve Hot .

Notes :

  • Here I am using the condensed milk available in the market. You can make condensed milk at home by reducing full cream milk on a slow flame till 40 min. 1l milk should be reduced till 40 min. Remember “Slow Flame”
  • This will make 2 cups.