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August 19, 2021

Sambaram Recipe | Moru Vellam | Kerala Style Spiced Buttermilk


Every year during Onam Sadya, I try to make Sadya at home. I have shared nearly 5 different Sadya menu and posted in my blog. Pleasec check the links below. Dishes like Puli inji, avial, ada pradhaman, pazham, papadam are mandatory in every Sadya be it simple or elaborate. Similarly sambaram i.e Kerala style spiced buttermilk should be in the Onam sadya menu for sure.

Onam sadya will be incomplete without this sambaram. Its fondly known as moru vellam in Malayalam language. Spices like ginger, green chilli (Kanthari / Bird’s eye chilli), curry leaves and small onions is crushed coarsely and added to churned buttermilk. It gives a super flavor to the buttermilk and makes it more healthy. Sambaram is served at the end of the meal as it helps to digest the sadya food. 

Lets see how to make this tasty Kerala special spiced buttermilk / Moru vellam / Sambaram at home easily in 3 steps with video.

Sambaram recipe

Please check out my other Onam Sadya menu below :

Kerala Sambaram

Sambaram recipe | Moru vellam | Kerala buttermilk recipe

Sambaram recipe | Moru vellam | Kerala buttermilk recipe

Sambaram recipe | Moru vellam | Kerala buttermilk recipe for Onam sadya

Cuisine: Kerala
Category: Drink
Serves: 4
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 30 Minutes

1 cup = 250ml
  • Curd - 1 cup
  • Water - 2 cups (adjust)
  • Salt - as needed
To crush coarsely
  • Bird's eye green chilli (Kanthari) or green chilli - 3 or 2
  • Ginger - 1/2 inch piece
  • Curry leaves - 1 sprig
  • Small onion - 6
  1. Take curd in a bowl. Add water, salt and churn it.
  2. Grind chilli, onion, ginger and curry leaves coarsely.
  3. Mix with buttermilk and serve it. Enjoy !
  • Take curd in a wide bowl. Add water and required salt. Churn well with a whisk. Check for taste and add more water if necessary.
  • Sambaram recipe
  • Grind green chilli, small onion, curry leaves and ginger coarsely using pulse option in your mixie. (Alternately, you can chop everything finely and add to buttermilk).
  • Sambaram recipe
  • Add to the churned buttermilk. Mix well and serve. Enjoy !Sambaram recipe


  • Quantity of water differs based on the sourness of curd.
  • You can add more green chilli if you like spicy taste. I made it less spicy.
  • Instead of grinding in mixie, you can use mortar and pestle and crush it coarsely.
  • Some people add the spices finely and add to buttermilk without grinding.

Healthy and tasty Kerala style spiced buttermilk Sambaram is ready !

 Sambaram recipe

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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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May 14, 2019

Mango Mastani Recipe Pune Style – Mango Recipes

mango mastani
Mango mastani is a popular dessert drink and a street food in Pune, Maharashtra. Mastani is basically a thick mango milkshake topped with vanilla ice cream or mango ice cream and nuts. Recently I watched an YouTube video from Sujata mastani shop, a popular outlet in Pune which sells mastani in different flavors. I got tempted to try at home and blog it as I didn’t post any mango recipes this year. 

Even though its my first attempt, it came out really tasty. You can use either vanilla ice cream or mango ice cream on top. In Sujata mastani recipe, they used mango ice cream. So I too followed the same. Its a must try recipe during this mango season. Friends, forget about the calories, try it and enjoy. Don’t forget to share your feedback with me. Ok, lets see how to make Pune style mango mastani recipe with step by step pictures.

Do check out my other MANGO RECIPES too !

mango mastani pune style

Mango mastani recipe in Pune style

Mango mastani recipe in Pune style

Pune style mango mastani recipe

Cuisine: North Indian
Category: Drink
Serves: 1 to 2
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 30 Minutes

1 cup = 240ml
  • Ripe mango - 1
  • Sugar -  1 to 2 tbsp (adjust as per the taste of mango)
  • Boiled, chilled Milk - 1/2 cup
  • Mango ice cream - 2 scoops
  • Chopped Almond, Pista, Cashews, tutti frutti - a handful
  • Glazed cherries - 2 (to decorate)
  • Chopped mango – 2 to 3 tbsp
  1. Wash and slice mango skin. Chop it.
  2. Grind to a thick, pourable milkshake adding milk and sugar.
  3. Pour the milkshake to a glass. Top it with a scoop of mango or vanilla ice cream.
  4. Garnish with nuts, tutti frutti chopped mango and a cherry !
  5. Serve immediately !
  • Wash and slice the mango skin. Chop into small cubes. Boil milk and cool down.

  • In a mixie jar, take the chopped mango, sugar, 1 scoop ice cream and milk. Blend to a smooth, thick puree.
  • mango mastani recipe
  • Pour into a medium length glass till 3/4th of it. Top it with a scoop of vanilla or mango ice cream. Garnish with chopped nuts, mango pieces and tutti frutti (If you like). Place a glazed cherry on top. Serve immediately ! Enjoy ! mango mastani recipe


  • For variations you can add some chopped mango pieces in the bottom of glass and then pour the milkshake.
  • Tutti frutti is optional.
Try this easy, yummy mango mastani and enjoy !

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July 15, 2018



Recently people from TE-A-ME Tea brand approached me to review their newly launched ice brews. TE-A-ME is a growing tea brand in India. TE-A-ME Teas ( is a part of Madhu Jayanti International, launched in 2014. Madhu Jayanti International Ltd is a 75 years old food and beverage company based in Kolkata. TE-A-ME Teas comes in 20 flavors within 5 ranges like Signature Black tea, Natural Green tea, Wellness Tea, Fruit and Flower Herbal infusions and Aromatic spice teas.

Today July 15th 2018, TE-A-ME is launching a range of ice brews. It comes in 5 different flavors namely Lemon, Wild Berry, Peach, Mint green and Lychee. These ice brews are a delicious blend of fruits and herbs. They are healthy, all-natural without any artificial colors, no added sugar, gluten free and Non GMO. The concept of ice brews is to make our drinking water more interesting and flavorful. Its a no boil recipe. It can be brewed in few minutes just by using cold water. You can call this as flavored tea.


They sent me a COMBO pack of all the 5 flavors to try. Packaging was so good & neat. As we are a big fan of iced lemon tea, I started with it. As mentioned in the pack, it was so easy to make under few minutes. All we need is to just dip the tea bag in cold water for 5 minutes to infuse the flavor, taste and color. You can serve it adding ice cubes as you wish. If you like, you can make this tea in hot water as well.  No sugar or honey is required for this ice brews. It tastes naturally sweet and so refreshing. Sendhil and myself loved it very much.  Sendhil wanted to carry them to office and travel to have it during teatime. If you are bored with green tea, you can have this fruit flavored tea for a change. I have tried lemon & lychee flavors. Both are good. Iam yet to try the other flavors. I will update this post whenever I make it. If you love iced tea recipes, you must try these 5 flavors of TE-A-ME TEAS. You can check out all their products in THIS LINK. Combo of all the 5 flavors ( please refer the above picture) in one packet is also available to try before you buy a specific range. As a launch offer, 10% discount is available for all theese ice brew ranges. Check it out and buy your favorite friends !



STEP 1 : Take a glass (250ml) of water.
STEP 2: Take a pack of your favorite ice brews and cut open the pack.
STEP 3: Dip the tea bag in water and stir well with a spoon. Rest for 5 minutes. Add ice cubes, garnish with mint leaves if you like. Consume immediately or serve later by refrigerating it.


You can buy TE-A-ME tea products in their website, Amazon and Big basket. 

Enjoy your tea time with this delicious, healthy, fruit flavored ice brews ! You will love it. 


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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 !
apple chiku milkshake
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April 9, 2018

Ganga Jamuna Juice Recipe - Orange Sweet Lime Juice Recipe

Ganga Jamuna juice recipe

Last year few readers requested me to share this Ganga Jamuna juice recipe that is most popular in juice shops. But I had no clue as I haven’t tasted or heard about it. Later I came to know Ganga Jamuna juice is nothing but a combination of orange juice and sweet lime juice (Mosambi) in equal quantity. Recently we had some fresh fruit juice in Salem Lakshmi hotel’s juice corner. There I clicked a picture of juice recipes given in the menu in Tamil. I have shared the picture in my Instagram page today. When I saw the recipe of this Ganga Jamuna juice in that list, I got tempted and tried it today. Its a very simple recipe but people make it in different ways based on their taste. Some people like to have a pulpy juice without sugar.It may taste slightly bitter because of grinding seeds and the skin. But I made a clear juice just by squeezing the fruits in hands, strained it and added sugar for taste. Raksha loved it a lot.I have shared both the methods below. For variations, you can mix pineapple juice and call it as Ganga Jamuna Saraswati juice. Soon I will share more juice recipes and milkshakes from that menu. Now lets see the most popular juice shop style Ganga Jamuna juice recipe with step by step pictures. Try it during this summer. Its a healthy thirst quencher drink. You will love its taste too.

Check out my Orange mocktail and other juice recipes.

Ganga Jamuna juice

Ganga Jamuna Juice Recipe

Ganga Jamuna Juice Recipe

How to make Ganga Jamuna Juice Recipe

Cuisine: Indian
Category: Juice Recipes
Serves: Serves 1
Prep time: 2 Minutes
Cook time: 5 Minutes
Total time: 7 Minutes


1 cup = 250ml
  • Mosambi / Sweet lime - 1 no
  • Orange - 1 no
  • Water - as needed (based on sourness of fruits)
  • Sugar - 1 tbsp
  • Ice cubes - 2 nos
  • Salt / black salt – a pinch (optional)


  1. Wash and cut the fruits into two parts.
  2. Squeeze the juice. Add sugar, mix well.
  3. Strain the juice and discard the seeds and pulp.
  4. Check for taste and add some water if needed.
  5. Serve in a glass adding ice cubes.Enjoy !


  • Method 1 : Wash and cut the fruits into two as shown in the picture below. Remove the seeds.
    Ganga Jamuna juice
  • Squeeze the fruits using your hands or in a citrus juicer. Collect the juice in a bowl and add sugar to it. Mix well till sugar dissolves completely. Filter the juice in a glass. 
    Ganga Jamuna juice
  • Serve fresh adding few ice cubes ! Enjoy !
  • Method 2 : Wash and peel the skin of orange and sweet lime. Separate the segments and remove the seeds, fiber part.
  • Grind in a mixie adding sugar and little water. Transfer the juice to a bowl, strain it and enjoy in a serving glass adding few ice cubes.
  • If you like to have pulpy juice, no need to strain the juice.
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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: 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 !

Mango Frooti Recipe

Homemade Mango Frooti Recipe - How to make Frooti drink at home

Homemade Mango Frooti Recipe - How to make Frooti drink at home Mango Frooti Recipe - How to make mango frooti drink at home without any preservatives and very less ingredients !
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Drinks
Serves: 4 glasses
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 30 Minutes

1 cup - 250ml
  • Over ripen Alphonso mango - 1 no  (1 cup chopped)
  • Raw mango - 1/2 no (If small sized mango or 1/4 part of big mango) (1/2 cup chopped) 
  • Sugar - 1/4 to 1/2 cup (Adjust)
  • Water - 3 to 4 cups
  • Ice cubes – while serving

  • Wash and peel the skin of raw mango & ripe mango. Chop into pieces.
    Homemade Frooti Recipe
  • In a pressure cooker, take the chopped mango pieces, add 1/3 cup sugar and 2 cups of water ( If you want to make thick concentrate, add 1 cup of  water). Pressure cook in very low flame for 2 whistles or till mango cooks soft.
    Homemade Frooti Recipe
    Homemade Frooti Recipe
  • Open the cooker after the steam is released.Strain it and filter the cooked water. Keep it aside till use.

    Homemade Frooti Recipe 
  • Grind the cooked mango to a pulp without adding water. Mix this pulp with the cooked mango water. Mix well and strain it again to remove the fiber part of mango. Discard the fiber part.
    Homemade Frooti Recipe - How to make mango frooti at home
    Homemade Frooti Recipe
  • Mix the mango juice well and check for taste and thickness. If you want to store as concentrate, pour in a glass bottle and refrigerate it. If serving immediately, add 1/2 to 1 cup water and adjust the consistency. If sugar is less, add little more sugar and mix well. Refrigerate for 3-4 hours till chilled.
    Homemade Frooti Recipe -How to make mango frooti at home
  • Put some ice cubes in a glass and pour the drink. Serve immediately ! This drink stays good for 3 days if refrigerated !

    Enjoy !
  • Use over ripen alphonso mango for best taste.
  • Adjust the quantity of sugar and water as per taste and desired consistency.
  • Some recipes suggested equal quantity of ripe mango and raw mango. But I feel 2:1 ratio would be fine.

Enjoy yummy, juicy homemade Mango Frooti !
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