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Showing posts with label JUICES. Show all posts

April 8, 2013


Mulam pazham juice

Cantaloupe Or Musk melon in English , Mulam pazham or Kirni pazham in Tamil , Kharbooja in Hindi , kannada – It comes in various colors. But tastes similar..
This is my father’s most favourite summer drinks.When I was a kid , my dad used to buy this juice and compelled to me to try once. But me a stubborn girl , never touched it. Now being a food blogger, I try & taste varieties of food and juices. Earlier I used to have only black grapes and pomegranate.. But now I started to make juice with all seasonal fruits. I wanted to try this musk melon juice for a long time. Recently when I went to my in-laws place, my MIL made this juice for us. For the first time I had that juice and I loved it. Then I felt very bad that I missed this healthy , tasty juice in my childhood days. This is one of the best coolants and thirst quencher for summer. My MIL makes thick juice/ concentrate and stores it for 2-3 days by refrigerating it. She adds ice cold water to adjust the consistency at the time of drinking. Its very easy to make and tastes great.

Mozhampazham juice

  • Mulam pazham / musk melon – 1 no  (Big sized)
  • Sugar or palm jaggery or honey – 1/4 cup (adjust as per taste)
  • Water – 2 cups

  • Wash and remove the outer skin of musk melon using a knife or aruvaamanai.( we use aruvamanai) .
kirni juice1
  • Cut them in to four halves and remove all the seeds using a spoon or ladle..
kirni juice tile2
  • Now chop them into cube sized pieces. Add sugar and grind well to a smooth paste. Add the required water as per the desired consistency and store in a bottle.
kirni juice tile3
  • Refrigerate it . Add ice cold water , mix well , adjust sugar / jaggery and drink when needed !!

musk melon

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March 29, 2013


sharjah copy
Sharjah shake is nothing but banana milkshake which is commonly found in Kerala juice shops and bakeries. I came to know about this drink from my neighbour. She makes this very often for her sons during summer. She suggested me to try once. As I had some ripe banana lying in the pantry I tried this milk shake ..We loved it. It tasted slightly different from the usual banana milkshake. Not only the taste, but also the color. Addition of boost and Chikki/Cashew/Badam makes the difference here. One more important thing in this recipe is, it uses frozen milk cubes. It can be made in a jiffy and adding ice cream is optional. It comes out thick without adding ice cream. It is a refreshing and a filling drink too.. Adjust the amount of sugar based on ur liking. .Do try this Kerala Sharjah shake, you’ll fall in love with it !

sharjah milkshake


  • Frozen Milk – 2 cups (400 ml )
  • Ripe small size banana – 2 nos ( 3 if very small) ( use poovan , kadili . I used yelakki)
  • Sugar – 1 tbsp
  • Peanut chikki  or crushed peanuts – 2 small pieces/ 2 tbsp 
  • Almond or cashews – 5 nos
  • Boost / Bournvita / Chocolate Horlicks – 1- 1.5 tbsp
  • Instant coffee powder - 1/4 tsp ( optional )
  • Vanilla ice cream - 1 scoop


  • Take 2 cups of milk and freeze it well..
  • In a mixie jar, chop and add the ripe banana, sugar,  peanut chikki or crushed peanuts, cashew or badam, boost/bournvita and coffee powder (optional)
sharajah shake tile1
  • Break the frozen milk with a rod and add as small cubes to the mixie jar. Add vanilla ice cream ( optional) . Grind everything well till it becomes frothy.
Sharjah shake tile2
  • Serve in a glass !!

sharjah  - shake glass

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March 4, 2013

Pineapple Juice Recipe | Summer Drinks Recipes

I am a big fan of pineapple.I love to eat it sprinkling salt& red chilli powder.My in-laws knows it very well.Last week when i went to salem , my FIL bought me a pineapple..I had half of the pineapple Smile with tongue out..I made this juice with the remaining half for Sendhil (my husband).He liked it very much. This is a very simple recipe which u may know it.. I wanted to start summer special drinks with this simple recipe.Also i wanted to click (test) liquid pouring effect with my Dslr Winking smile.. Hope it looks good. Here u go..

 1 cup - 200ml
  • Pineapple cubes – 1.5 cups ( half of medium size pineapple)
  • Sugar – 1.5 tbsp
  • Salt – A pinch
  • Water – 1/2 cup
  • Remove the skin of the pineapple using a sharp serrated knife.
  • Please click here if u need step by step pictures of how to remove the skin..
  • Now cut the pineapple into cubes and take them in a mixer.
  • Add sugar , salt and water and grind it well.
pineapple juice tile
  • Strain the juice and serve immediately..

NOTE: Please adjust the amount of sugar as per the sweetness of pineapple..

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November 9, 2011

Vazhaithandu Juice / Banana Stem Juice Recipe - Sweet And Salt Version

I really got bored of making thogayal, pachadi and poriyal with vazhaithandu.My husband hates to eat vazhaithandu just becoz it takes so much time to chew n eat ;). I heard drinking vazhaithandu juice in empty stomach is one of the healthiest way to include in our diet. Its a hassle free job too.Last month when i went to my native ,we tasted this juice in Salem, Lakshmi hotel. We loved it.It was mild in sweet and they served it chilled. We couldn't find out its the juice of vazhaithandu .I wanted to try the same at home.I tried sweet and salt versions. Both were excellent. I dint serve it cold, I made at room temperature.Finally its your choice  !!

vazhaithandu juice sweet

  • Plantain stem /Vazhaithandu - 1 /2 no (medium size)
  • Boiled Milk - 1/2 cup (adjust)
  • Sugar - 2 tbsp
  • Water- If necessary

  • Remove the outer layer of vazhaithandu till core ( At this point u dont have layers to remove).
  • Cut into rings while removing the fibre simultaneously that comes between the rings .
  • Chop into small pieces .Grind with sugar and milk.Add more milk & sugar if necessary.
  • Strain in a double cloth filter.Pour in a serving glass.
  • Serve it chilled or at room temperature !!

  • Vazhaithandu - 1/2 no (medium size)
  • Sour curd - 2tbsp
  • Salt & water - As needed
  • Pepper powder - 2 pinches (optional)
Coriander leaves - To garnish
  • Repeat steps 1 and 2 given in the above version and cut the stem into pieces and immerse in buttermilk to avoid color change.
  • Grind the pieces along with curd and salt.
  • Add more water , whisk and strain in a double cloth filter.
  • Pour in a serving glass and  garnish with little coriander leaves
  • serve chill!! 

Vazhaithandu juice salt

  1. Drinking vazhathandu juice alone doesnot help u to shed ur weight. U have to carry on the other things like diet .excercise etc.
  2. U can prepare the juice in another way .Grind the Banana stem with salt , pepper powder and lime juice. Filter and enjoy !! Hope this method sounds easier.
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