Strawberry Milk Shake

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When you hit a grocery store now, you are sure to find some good strawberries and somehow the color of strawberries always tempt me to buy some. During summer, you always look forward to some chilled beverages and drinks that can cool your body. Some of the natural drinks that could cool your body are buttermilk, tender coconut water or watermelon juices like this one here πŸ™‚

Better than drinking store bought juices, is to make some ‘easy-to make’ fresh juices, milk shakes or smoothies at home and have it fresh. Atleast you can be sure of the amount of sugar thats in it 😐 One such easy drink is Strawberry milk shake. It would hardly take 5 mins of your time to come up with this simple yet delicious milk shake. Top it with some generous amount of whipped cream and your kids are gonna love it too πŸ˜‰

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INGREDIENTS:
Note: Cup used for measurement is US measurement cup, 1 cup = 237 ml

Strawberry – 15 nos
Milk(chilled) – 1.5 cups
Whipped cream – 5 tbsp
Vanilla extract – 1/4 tsp
Sugar – to taste(apprx. 5-6 tsp)
Ice cubes(optional) – 5-6 nos

METHOD:

1. Wash and clean the strawberries and slice them into halves.
2. In a blender/juicer, put all the ingredients and blend it till there are no more strawberry chunks in the milk shake.
3. Serve chilled Strawberry milk shake topped with some whipped cream(optional).

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Sambaram(Flavored Buttermilk)

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Sambaram or Morumvellam, as we call it, is a perfect drink on a hot summer day. Sambaram is nothing but seasoned buttermilk. There is nothing like tender coconut water or buttermilk that can cool down your body in summer. And both of these things are very commonly found in Kerala. I remember when we were kids, we would buy the sambaram pouches that was supplied by β€˜Milma’ on our way back from school πŸ˜€

Samabaram or moru can also be used to mix with rice when you don’t wanna make any curry specifically. For any feast(served for occassions like onam, weddings or b’day), there is an order followed for the dishes served on the leaf. Parippu/Dal followed by Sambar is given in the 1st serving. Rasam followed by sambaram is usually the 2nd serving. Usually since both rasam and sambaram are good for digestion and is very liquidy, people tend to take it in glass and drink it at the end of the meal. Try sambaram this onam and end your meal with this cooling agent πŸ™‚

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INGREDIENTS:
Note: Cup used for measurement is US measurement cup, 1 cup = 237 ml

Yogurt – 1/2 cup
Or
Buttermilk – 2 cups
Green chilli – 1 no
Ginger – 1/4 inch
Curry leaves – 4-5 leaves
Shallots – 2 nos
Salt – 1/2 tsp

METHOD:

1. If using yogurt: Mix the yougurt and 1.5 cups water in a bowl and whisk it well. It shouldn’t have any lumps. Else, take the buttermilk in a bowl. Add salt to this and mix well.
2. In a mixie/blender, pulse the remaining ingredients couple of times.
3. Put this in the buttermilk and mix well.
4. While serving, you could strain the sambaram, to filter out the solid ingredients πŸ™‚

Watermelon Crush

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Summer is at its peak and everyone is thinking of how to cool their body. Last couple of weeks was sooo hot that I just couldn’t bear it. I soo wanted to drink something that would give some relief. That’s when I went and bought watermelon. As usual, the ‘cook’ in me couldn’t settle on eating the fruit just as it is. I just had to come up with something ‘new’. I had some mint leaves and some lime in the refrigerator. So I thought I should crush it all together and drink like a juice or something. And so I did πŸ˜‰

There, I came up with Watermelon Crush with a twist of mint and lime. Mint is also a cooling agent and goes very well with juices or mojitos. I put some ice cubes to it and wow, such a refreshing drink it was!!! We really enjoyed it and finished it in no time πŸ˜€

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INGREDIENTS:

Watermelon – 250 gm
Mint leaves – 4-5 nos
Lime – 1/2 no.
Sugar(optional if watermelon is really sweet) – as per taste

METHOD:

1. Peel off the skin of watermelon(apprx. Quarter of a medium sized watermelon) and cut it into medium sized cubes(apprx. 2 inch sizes).
2. Put the pieces in a bowl. Using a masher or ends of a sharp steel glass, crush the watermelon. Crush till the juice comes out nicely and yet there are small bite size chunks of watermelon.
3. Lightly crush with mint leaves and add it to the crushed watermelon. Also squeeze the lime into it. Give it a good mix.
4. If the watermelon isn’t sweet enough, add sugar and mix well.
5. Pour into serving glasses and serve chilled!!!

Fresh Lime Soda

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Whenever summer kicks in, you feel like having something really refreshing. And for me, it is the fresh lime soda that always does the trick. I remember in my childhood days, this was one drink we had discovered and would treat ourselves with after returning back from school. Me and my brother were so fond of it that we actually had bought a Mr. Butler’s Soda maker at home πŸ™‚ And I can say, that money was well invested πŸ˜‰ We utilized that soda maker to its best.

Making a fresh lime soda is so simple, yet usually everyone has it only in restaurants. If you have never tried to make it at home, trust me, this is one thing you should try. Because usually when I get Β fresh lime soda from restaurants, I find it lacking that 1 pinch of salt or sugar. And I would always wish that it could be just ‘perfect’ in terms of the salt or sugar(usually that is what I find missing. The ‘correct’ amount of salt or sugar).

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INGREDIENTS:

Club soda/Sparkling water – 1 glass
Lime juice – 2 tsp
Salt – 1/4 tsp or to taste

If you prefer sweet lime soda:
Sugar – 1/2 tsp or to taste

METHOD:

Note: I am going to write down the instructions for just one glass of lime soda. You will have to repeat the same for as many glasses you want to make.

1. In a glass, take the lime juice.

2. Add the desired amount of salt or sugar to it and stir well to dissolve it. You could make a sweet and salty lime soda too if you prefer. To your sweet lime soda, add a pinch of salt and it tastes yummy.

3. When you are ready to serve, pour the chilled club soda/sparkling water to the glass. You could put ice cubes if you prefer.