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April 6, 2020

Turmeric Milk Recipe – Manjal Paal For Cold, Cough

Turmeric milk
 In my house, we used to drink milk with turmeric powder and pepper powder at night during initial stages of cold and cough to get a good relief. Apart from this, we also inhale steam twice in a day, do salt gargle, drink hot water, consume everything hot throughout the day to curb cold and cough in the initial stages itself.

As per my ayurvedic doctor’s advice, every night before going to sleep, I give turmeric milk adding a pinch of pepper powder for Raksha as she is prone to get cold and cough very often. Addition of pepper powder helps to absorb curcumin from turmeric powder. My mom and MIL has also insisted me to give manjal milagu paal (also known as Golden latte) at night and some tulsi leaves in morning when she was a kid to build her immunity, get rid of cold, cough, allergies and to improve overall health.

Now when I heard about this Corona virus ( Covid-19 ), we all started to consume this manjal paal everyday at night. So I thought of making this post for beginners to know about our traditional turmeric milk and its health benefits. Drinking a cup of milk adding a pinch of turmeric powder + pepper powder everyday has so many amazing health benefits.
  • It is loaded With Antioxidants
  • Helps to boost immunity
  • Induces good sleep
  • Helps to Reduce Inflammation and Joint Pain
  • Improve Memory and Brain Function.
  • Curcumin in Turmeric helps to Improve Mood
  • Protect Against Heart Disease.
  • Lowers Blood Sugar Levels.
  • Reduce Risk of Cancer.
  • Has Antibacterial, Antiviral and Antifungal Properties.
  • Some articles have mentioned that turmeric milk helps in weight loss too. 
As far as I know turmeric milk doesn’t have any side effects in general. But over consumption or over dosage for some people may experience nausea, stomach upset problems. If you want to give turmeric milk for babies or kids below 3 years, please consult your doctor.

Every year my MIL used to give me a pack of homemade turmeric powder using the raw turmeric we buy during Pongal festival. I add a pinch of turmeric powder in milk, boil for few minutes and then consume it. You can also use good quality store bought turmeric powder. Ok, lets see how to make turmeric milk at home with step by step pictures and video.

manjal paal

Turmeric milk / Manjal paal recipe

Turmeric milk / Manjal paal recipe Turmeric milk / Manjal paal recipe for cold and cough

Cuisine: Indian
Category: Drinks
Serves: Serves 3
Prep time: 2 Minutes
Cook time: 10 Minutes
Total time: 12 Minutes

1 cup = 240ml
  • Milk - 500ml (1/2 litre)
  • Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Pepper powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Sugar or palm candy or organic jaggery - as needed

  • In a pan, boil milk. Reduce the flame to low. Add turmeric powder, pepper powder and sugar or palm candy. Turmeric milk
  • Boil for few minutes and switch off the flame. Strain the milk through a cloth strainer or mesh. Transfer to the glass.. Drink hot ! Turmeric milk  Turmeric milk
  • For variations, you can also add a pinch of dry ginger powder, a pinch of cinnamon powder too. If you are using jaggery, add powdered jaggery or jaggery syrup after switching off the flame. This helps to avoid curdling of milk.
  • Enjoy !


  • Usually I add 4 tsp of sugar for 500ml milk. Add 2 tbsp of palm sugar candy if using.
  • Do not add more turmeric powder and pepper powder than the mentioned quantity. Over dosage may result in stomach upset problem for some people.
  • Drink the milk hot when you have cold and cough. It helps to give a good relief from cold and cough during initial stages.

Try this healthy turmeric milk at home and enjoy !

Turmeric milk for cold cough

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March 10, 2020

Homemade Badam Milk Powder Recipe – Badam Drink Mix Without Sugar

Badam milk made using ready made badam drink mix must be the favorite of many people. In my house Sendhil loves to drink it hot whereas I love chilled/ cold badam milk. I used to buy MTR or AACHI badam mix powders. I never thought homemade badam milk mix is so easy until I tried at home recently. It can be prepared easily with very few ingredients. Homemade badam milk mix powder is always healthy and hygienic when compared to store bought ones.

Here I have made this badam milk powder without sugar. You can add cane sugar or white sugar while mixing with milk. Though the shelf life of this instant badam milk powder is less, homemade ones is a cheap and best option. Friends, do check out the recipe for homemade badam milk mix and enjoy this healthy, delicious beverage at home.

Homemade Badam Milk Powder Recipe

Homemade Badam Milk Powder Recipe

Homemade badam milk powder mix recipe using easily available ingredients.

Cuisine: Indian
Category: Sweet
Serves: 3/4 cup
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 10 Minutes
Total time: 20 Minutes

1 cup = 240ml
  • Almonds / Badam - 1/2 cup
  • Milk powder - 2 tbsp
  • Saffron threads - Few
  • Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Cardamom seeds - 5
To make badam milk
  • Hot milk - 1 cup
  • Badam mix - 1 tbsp
  • Sugar - 2 tsp
  1. Boil 1 cup of water. Add almonds and boil for a minute.
  2. Soak for 5 minutes. Drain the water and wash under cold water.
  3. Peel the skin easily and blanch the almonds.
  4. Spread the almonds in a cloth and pat dry them.
  5. Dry roast the almonds for few minutes. Cool down completely.
  6. Grind the roasted almonds, cardamom, saffron threads and turmeric powder to a smooth powder.
  7. Add milk powder, mix well and transfer to a box. Badam milk powder mix is ready.
  8. To make badam milk, take hot milk in a cup. Add sugar, badam milk mix and mix well.
  9. Serve hot and enjoy !
  • Blanch the almonds/ badam. To quickly blanch the badam, boil 1 cup of water and add the almonds. Boil for few minutes and switch off the flame. Soak for 10 minutes and drain the hot water. Run it under cold water and peel the skin easily.

  • In a cotton cloth, spread the blanched badam. Pat dry and make sure badam is dry.

  • Heat a kadai and dry roast in medium flame till the badam till brown spots appear here and there. Switch off the flame. Let it cool down completely

  • Do not grind when the badam is hot or warm. It should be in room temperature else badam becomes sticky after grinding.

  • In a mixie jar, add badam, saffron threads, turmeric powder and grind for few seconds at regular intervals to powder it finely. Remove in a bowl and add milk powder. Mix well.

  • Store in an air tight box. Use a clean spoon to handle. Its shelf life is 15 days without refrigeration.
  • To make badam milk, take 1 cup of hot milk, add 1 to 2 tsp sugar. Add 1 tbsp badam drink mix. Mix well and enjoy. For kids, you can also filter the milk and drink. Enjoy !


  • I did not add sugar in badam mix powder. You can grind along with badam if you like.
  • Adjust the quantity of badam mix while adding to hot milk.

Try this yummy, easy homemade badam milk powder recipe at home and enjoy !
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April 17, 2018

Apple Chikoo Milkshake Recipe - Queen Palace Milkshake

Apple chikoo milkshake recipe
 Recently I saw this Apple chikoo milkshake/ Apple Sapodilla milkshake recipe in the milkshake menu of Salem Lakshmi hotel. When I saw it titled as Queen palace milkshake, I got tempted to try at home. The combination of apple, chiku/ sapodilla / sapota , ice cream, milk, vanilla and honey sounds new, healthy and interesting as well. I know many kids would refuse to eat whole fruits. For those fussy kids, fruits milkshake is the best option. As we add ice cream to it, it gives a thick, creamy taste with a nice flavor. Raksha never touches sapota fruit even though she had read its health benefits like its good for eyes, bones, develops immunity etc. But today she had a small glass of this milkshake without any complaints. We too liked it very much. Its so easy to make. Just combine all the ingredients and blend it. Tasty apple chikoo milkshake would be ready in minutes. Friends, do try this Queen palace milkshake recipe and let me know your feedback. Ok, lets see how to make it with step by step pictures.

Check out my musk melon milkshake, Avocado milkshake, Sharjah shake, Fruits & Vegetables Milkshake.
Apple sapota milkshake

Apple Chikoo Milkshake Recipe

Apple Chikoo Milkshake Recipe Apple chikoo milkshake recipe with ice cream and honey
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Milkshake recipes
Serves: Serves 2
Prep time: 5 Minutes
Cook time: 5 Minutes
Total time: 10 Minutes

1 cup - 250ml
  • Sapota / Sapodilla Fruit - 2 nos
  • Apple - 1 no
  • Boiled, Chilled Milk - 1 cup
  • Sugar or honey - 1 tbsp ( I used honey)
  • Vanilla essence - 1/4 tsp
  • Vanilla ice cream - 2 scoops
  1. Wash and peel the fruits. Cut and remove the seeds. 
  2. Blend the chopped fruits with other ingredients till smooth.
  3. Transfer to a glass, garnish with nuts if you like and serve immediately.
  • Wash and peel the skin of apple and sapodilla/ sapota using a peeler. Chop into big cubes and remove the seeds.
  • apple chikoo milkshake

    apple chikoo milkshake
  • In a big mixie jar, take the chopped fruits, honey, vanilla essence, ice cream and chilled milk. Grind till smooth.
  • apple chikoo milkshake

  • Pour the milkshake to a tall glass. Garnish with chopped nuts if you like. (I sprinkled my homemade caramel which I made for butterscotch ice cream). Serve immediately.
  • apple chikoo milkshake

    Enjoy !
Try this easy, healthy, yummy milkshake recipe and enjoy !
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March 29, 2018

Oreo Milkshake Recipe Without Ice cream

Oreo milkshake without ice cream

 Summer vacation is started for Raksha. She requested me to make some yummy milkshakes and ice cream recipes for her. To begin with, I prepared this easy and simple Oreo milkshake recipe without ice cream. As I din’t have ice cream in hand, I added some ice cubes and chilled milk in my blender to thicken the Oreo shake. It came out well with a frothy texture. Raksha liked it very much. The flavor of Oreo cookie and cream along with chocolate syrup, vanilla extract adds a great taste to the milkshake.  But to enjoy the best taste of milkshake, you must add ice cream. Soon I will try with ice cream to make it more creamy and rich and make a post here. Ok, lets see how to make Oreo milkshake recipe without ice cream.

Do check out my Oreo microwave cake and Oreo microwave brownie.

Oreo milkshake recipe

Oreo milkshake recipe without ice cream

Oreo milkshake recipe without ice cream How to make oreo milkshake without ice cream and chocolate syrup
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Milkshake
Serves: Serves 1
Prep time: 2 Minutes
Cook time: 2 Minutes
Total time: 4 Minutes


1 cup = 240ml
  • Oreo cookies - 4 nos
  • Chilled milk - 1 cup
  • Vanilla extract - 1/2 tsp
  • Sugar – 1/2 tbsp
  • Ice cubes - 2 nos
  • Chocolate syrup - 1 tbsp ( Optional, I used Hershey’s syrup)
  • Vanilla ice cream - 1 scoop (Optional)


  1. Break the Oreo cookies into pieces and take in a blender / mixer jar.
  2. Add sugar, milk, vanilla extract, choc syrup (if using) and ice cubes.
  3. Run the mixie for a minute. Thick, frothy oreo milkhake is ready.
  4. Pour in a glass. Garnish with a piece of Oreo and serve immediately.


  • In a mixie jar/blender, break the Oreo into small pieces. Add boiled , chilled full fat milk, sugar, chocolate syrup, vanilla extract, ice cubes.
    Oreo milkshake recipe without ice cream
  • Grind for a minute till it becomes frothy. Transfer to a serving glass. Garnish with chopped cookies. Serve immediately.
    Oreo milkshake recipe without ice cream
  • Enjoy !


  • For variations, you can add a scoop of vanilla ice cream or chocolate ice cream while blending.
  • Adjust the quantity of sugar as per your taste.

Try this easy, yummy, Kids friendly Oreo milkshake and enjoy !
 How to make oreo milkshake recipe without ice cream
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May 12, 2017

Mango Frooti Recipe – How To Make Frooti At Home

Mango frooti recipe
Homemade mango frooti recipe with video and step by step pictures. Frooti is my most favorite mango drink since childhood. I guess most of you are like me. On those days, for any small functions at home like birthday party or guest visits, Frooti bottle makes its presence without fail. My mom used to serve it as a welcome drink. Even though there are many soft drinks available in the market, the craze for this store bought mango drinks like Frooti, Maaza or Slice never goes away. But once my family had a bad experience after drinking Frooti in a tetra pack. It must be an old stock I guess. So we stopped buying it and started running miles away whenever I see it in functions or parties. I restrict Raksha & Sendhil too. Last week I bought few alphonso mangoes and a raw mango to try some interesting recipes with it. When I was browsing for it, I saw few homemade Frooti recipe. I never imagined Frooti making process at home would be so easy with very less ingredients and that too without any preservatives. What else I need to try this !. I became very happy and tried it immediately with an over ripen mango which I wanted to finish off.This juice came out yummilicious in taste. It tasted very close to Frooti, Maaza or any store bought mango drink. Sendhil & Raksha loved it and gave a big thumbs up. You can make this as concentrate, refrigerate & store it, add ice cold water to dilute it and drink chilled anytime.The best part is we didn’t get any stomach pain, loose stools, cold/throat infection or fever.
 As everyone says, homemade is always the best !! Now I don’t have to buy the highly priced mango drink from shops anymore. I have tried this drink thrice so far with different mangoes and observed few points.

To make a perfect homemade Frooti recipe, you must follow this.

1. Use only Alphonso mangoes. It works the best ! Taste differs for Badami, malgova or Banganapalli mangoes.2. Mango should be over ripen. Make sure it doesn’t have sour taste. You can clear off the over ripen ( about to decay) mangoes by making this drink.3. The ratio of ripe mango & raw mango should be 2:1 based on the size of raw mango. Raw mango is just to give mild tanginess.4. Quantity of sugar differs as per the sweetness of mango.5. Color of the juice also varies based on the color of mango.

Now I can confidently prepare this mango juice for my guests.  You too try this recipe in this summer vacation for your kids and family. I am sure your kids will sing  “ Mango Frooti Fresh and Juicy”.

Ok, Lets see how to make Homemade mango Frooti recipe with step by step pictures and a video !

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March 25, 2017

Masala Chaas Recipe – North Indian Masala Buttermilk Recipe

masala chaas recipe
When we think about thirst quenchers for summer, the simple and the best coolant that strikes our mind is buttermilk. Its an awesome summer drink that provides lots of health benefits to our body. In South India, Tamil nadu we never fail to make neer mor during summer. Sendhil & Raksha likes to have spiced buttermilk instead of taking curd rice. But I love to eat creamy curd rice with raw mango or baby mango ( Vadu mangai) pickleLove Struck. So I make South Indian neer mor almost everyday in summer just for them. Recently I tasted this North Indian style spiced buttermilk (“Chaas/Masala Chaas” or masala taak in Hindi ) in a lunch buffet. As it was kept in a mud pot and served chilled, I loved it very much and had 3 servings even after having a tummy full lunchWinking . I wanted to try this simple and yummy chaas at home for a change. I browsed for the recipe and tried at home. Roasted cumin seeds powder( Bhuna jeera powder) and black salt are the star ingredients of this basic plain chaas recipe apart from fresh yogurt/curd. To make a spicy masala chaas, green chilli, ginger, coriander leaves can also be used along with cumin powder and black salt. For variations, mint leaves/Pudina, hing and even black pepper powder can be used. A pinch of chaat masala can also be added for that extra punch. Ok, lets see how to make this North Indian special summer drink, Masala chaas recipe with step by step photos !
Check out my Summer Recipes in THIS LINK !

Masala chaas Recipe - North Indian Chaas recipe

Masala chaas Recipe - North Indian Chaas recipe How to make North Indian special summer drink - Masala chaas/ Chaas recipe
Cuisine: North Indian
Category: Beverages
Serves: Serves 2-3
Prep time: 5 Minutes
Cook time: 2 Minutes
Total time: 7 Minutes

1 cup - 250ml
  • Fresh Curd / yogurt - 1 cup
  • Small green chilli – 1 no
  • Roasted cumin seeds powder/Bhuna Jeera powder - 1 tsp
  • Black salt - 1 tsp OR Regular salt - as needed
  • Coriander leaves - 1 tbsp + to garnish
  • Sugar - a pinch
  • Ice cubes - Few
  • Ice water or plain water – 2 to 3 cups
Optional ( to grind)
  • Ginger - 1/2 inch piece
  • Mint leaves - 1/2 tbsp 

  • In a mixie jar, take the green chilli, washed coriander leaves, roasted cumin powder, black salt and curd.If you wish, u can add 1/2 inch ginger piece, 1/2tbsp mint leaves while grinding. Grind it to a smooth paste. If you don’t have mixie, use a whisk and beat well.
    masala chaas recipe
  • Transfer the ground paste to a bowl. Add 2.5 to 3 cups of ice cold water.Mix well. Check for taste and add more salt and cumin powder if needed. Garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves and sprinkle a pinch of cumin powder.
    masala chaas recipe
  • Serve immediately or refrigerate it till use and serve chilled. Enjoy !
    masala chaas recipe

  • Adjust the quantity of cumin powder and black salt as per taste.
  • Adjust the quantity of water based on the consistency and taste.
  • You can skip grinding coriander leaves ad use it just for garnishing
  • For variations, u can grind a small piece of ginger too.
  • You can also add a pinch of chaat masala at the end before serving.
  • Always serve it chilled to enjoy its best taste.
Try this easy, North Indian style masala chaas at home and enjoy after a heavy meal. It helps in quick digestion !
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March 16, 2017

Jaljeera Recipe With Video –Jaljira – How To Make Jal Jeera At Home

Jaljeera recipe / Jaljeera - Jaljira recipe
Jal Jeera / Jaljira is a healthy summer drink that is most popular in North India. In Hindi, Jal means water and Jeera means cumin seeds. This drink is prepared with special spice mix masala powder that is mixed with water or soda. Jal jeera spice powder is made of roasted cumin, pepper, mint leaves, black salt, ginger, amchoor powder and lemon juice. So it has lots of health benefits. Basically it helps to improve digestion and aids for weight loss too. I have tasted this jaljira several times in “The Village” restaurant and in some other hotels as well. Mostly it is served as an appetizer in restaurants whereas I like to have this drink after a heavy meal. I love this drink very much and I don’t mind drinking at any time or any season of the yearWinking. So I bought a packet of jaljeera powder from the shop and prepared this drink at home for the first time. We loved it very much. Then I started serving this to my guests as a welcome drink. Everybody liked it so much and asked me the recipe tooWinking. Even though I make it with store bought powder, I used to tell the ingredients roughly and ask them to buy this jal jeera powder from the marketTongue. Yesterday I was thinking to start summer recipes in my blog. The most refreshing summer drink jaljeera flashed in my mind. I tried it this morning by watching Sanjeev Kapoor’s YouTube video and made it from scratch. I altered the recipe slightly by looking at the ingredients list of store bought jaljira packet. It came out very well and tasty. Traditionally tamarind is used in jaljeera but have used lemon juice instead. So lets check how to make this refreshing, fresh, yummy, healthy, easy Indian drink for this summer – Jal jeera recipe with step by step pictures and a video. Do try it and enjoy !
Check out my other summer recipes in THIS LINK

Jal jeera recipe

Jal jeera Recipe - Jaljira - How to make Jal jeera at home

Jal jeera Recipe - Jaljira - How to make Jal jeera at home Jal jeera Recipe - Jaljira - How to make Jal jeera at home
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Summer Drink
Serves: Serves 3-4
Prep time: 5 Minutes
Cook time: 5 Minutes
Total time: 10 Minutes

1 cup - 250ml
  • Mint leaves - 1/2 cup
  • Coriander leaves – 1/4 cup
  • Ginger - 1/2 inch piece
  • Pepper corns – 1/2 tsp
  • Roasted cumin seeds – 1/2 tbsp / 1.5 tsp  ( Dry roast)
  • Black salt - 1 tsp
  • Powdered white salt – 1/2 tsp  ( Regular salt)
  • Sugar or grated jaggery -  1 to 2 tsp ( adjust)
  • Chat masala powder Or Amchoor powder - 1 tsp
  • Lemon – 1 no
  • Cold Water -  3 cups
To Serve
  • Ice cubes – Few
  • Kara Boondhi – To garnish ( as needed)

  • Dry roast cumin seeds in a hot kadai for one minute. Do not burn the jeera. It tastes bitter and spoils the taste of jaljeera.
  • Take all the ingredients given in the list in a mixie jar. Add the roasted cumin seeds. Grind to a smooth paste adding required water. I used 1/2 cup water to grind it.
    Jal jeera recipe
  • Transfer the ground paste to a bowl and wash the mixie jar with one cup of water. Add the washed water to the paste.  Place another bowl, keep a metal strainer and filter the drink. Press it with a spoon to filter well and discard the residue.
    Jal jeera recipe
  • Add 1.5 - 2 cups more water and mix well. Check for taste and add more salt, sugar or lemon juice if needed. If you need more cumin flavor, add 1/2 tsp readymade cumin powder if u have in hand.

  • To serve : Take a tall glass, add some crushed ice or ice cubes, top it with 2 tsp of kara boondhi and pour the jaljeera till the rim. sprinkle a pinch of cumin powder if u wish. Serve immediately. Refrigerate the remaining drink for later use. Stays fresh for 2-3 days in refrigerator.
Enjoy !

  • You can add more black salt, amchoor powder , sugar and lemon juice at anytime after making the drink. Adjust them based on your taste. 
  • Jaljeera tastes the best when its served chilled. So always use ice cold water for preparation or refrigerate it  / add ice cubes while serving !
  • Never try this recipe without black salt and chat masala or amchoor powder.It adds a unique taste to this drink.
Try this easy drink at home and have it after or before a heavy meal. It helps to improve digestion and increases appetite !
Jaljeera recipe - How to make Jal jeera
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