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Chill and sip

With the heat in full swing it is time to quench parched throats with some natural drinks.


COOL CONCOCTIONS: Coconut water, mint and others combine to bring the mercury down. - Photo: K. Ramesh Babu

WHEN ONE feels thirsty one heads to the refrigerator for water or any of the artificial drinks flooding the market. Any day a glass of fresh juice or milkshake will stand you in good stead. If you cannot think beyond the traditional nimbu pani here are some drinks using fruit juices which can be churned easily.

Mehfil-e-phal-rus

Ingredients:

Grape juice - 100 ml

Orange juice - 100 ml

Watermelon - 100 ml

Black salt - 5 gms

Chopped mint - 5 leaves

Lemon juice - a dash

Watermelon slice - for garnish

Method: Mix all the three juices together. Add black salt, chopped mint and dash of lemon. Mix thoroughly. Garnish with a slice of watermelon and serve chilled.

Green goddess

Ingredients:

Coconut water - 150 ml

Mint leaves - 10

Khus syrup - a dash

Soda - 1 bottle

Method: Take all the mint leaves and puree them with coconut water. In a glass put a dash of khus syrup, add the coconut and mint mixture. Top with soda. Serve chilled.

Watermelon fizz

Ingredients:

Watermelon juice - 150 ml

Mint leaves - 2

Vodka - a dash

Chilled Sprite/7up - 1 bottle

Method: Churn little watermelon juice and the mint leaves together and add a dash of vodka to it.

Pour this mixture and rest of the watermelon juice in a glass and top it up with chilled sprite or 7up.

Khus and fennel

flavoured milk

Ingredients:

Milk - 250 ml

Khus - 5 gms

Rose petals - 5 gms

Cardamom powder - 5 gms

Sugar to taste

Almonds - 5

Melon seeds - 5 gms

Fennel - 8 gms

Method: Soak all the ingredients in water a day in advance (except sugar and milk). Remove the skin of the almonds and then make a paste of it. Heat the milk and add the paste and mix well. Then strain it through a muslin cloth. Chill the flavoured milk. Before serving add sugar to taste.

O.P. KHANTWAL

The writer is executive chef at ITC Kakatiya Sheraton Hotel and Towers.

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