Refreshing drinks are the need of the season

now in Chennai.

Fizzy drinks and bottled drinks is a big ‘No‘ in

my home.It’s always fresh fruit,vegetable,lassi,

or buttermilk.

So, I keep mixing and matching fruits and

vegetables to make juices .( at times I don’t

have time for photos, and not able to upload).

Well,for today’s absolute refreshing lassi.

Before I go any further I would like to enlighten

the word lassi for those who don’t know .

It relates to a pet name for some ,but in India

it means thick curd whipped with salt or sugar .

It is really a great refresher served with fruits

nuts or served plain with its uniqueness !

Healthy and excellent body coolant.

You could use your favourite fruit to make this!

To the recipe now


1 cup curd

2 oranges

A pinch of salt

2-3 tblsp palm candy sugar (use sweetness of your choice)


Blend the oranges ( remove seeds) with sugar

and salt.

Add the curd and whip up smooth.

Serve chilled.


Summer is dawning in Chennai , so cold drinks

are the need of season.

Got the idea from yesterday’s post on coffee

jelly pudding.

Who doesn’t love ice coffee?Everybody does,

and that too with a scoop of ice cream is

irresistible . Yesterday’s post and this post is

interlinked,so do try this and post in your

comments and suggestions!Those who love

liquor , can add a tsp.of brandy or rum!


1 cup ice coffee

1 cup cut pieces of chocolate jelly pudding

1 tblsp chia seeds ( soaked)

Few nuts ( optional)

1tsp.brandy/ rum

A scoop of vanilla/coffee/chocolate/mocha ice



Mix all together,top it with your favourite ice

cream and serve!


Do not be confused with the title of the drink .

It’s christened by me as I have added banana,turmeric to this healthy pinacolada


As Coconut milk is used widely, nowadays due to the enlightenment of it’s health benefits

i bring this recipe to you.


1 -2 bananas

1/2 of a ripe pineapple

2-3 cups of fresh coconut milk

1/4 tsp turmeric

1 cup coconut water ( optional)

A pinch of salt

A pinch of cinammon powder for each serving ( optional)

Sweetner of your choice .( I did not add any sugar as the sweetness in the fruit is enough for my folks)


Blend the fruits together fine and smooth .( You could strain if you like)

Add coconut milk and mix well.Serve chilled with a sprinkle of cinammon powder .


I’m really excited to share this healthy recipe with you all.

As I told you earlier I always see health related programs and when I get an idea and

have tried it too ,I always love to share it.

The rose flower is not only a beauty but also has loads of health benefits .

In India the famous ‘ Gulkand’ is prepared with these Rose petals.Many people consume

this concoction in milk or as it is stored, because it consists properties to strengthen the


Now pointing to the benefits of the natural rose milk drink .”

Coconut milk and rose petals have simultaneous benefits.

They help to remove toxins from the body and strengthening the heart intestines .

Blood flow is regulated in the body thus keeping your arteries strong.

This does not taste like the Common Rose milk we make at home or served commercially.

This is non- chemical natural drink, tasty and healthy.So… do take these drinks


For the recipe now


3 cups coconut milk

1 cup rose petals

1/4 tsp.cardamon powder

Honey to taste

1 tblsp palm sugar/ jaggery

Soaked chia/ falooda seeds


Grind the petals to a fine paste and add to the milk with the rest of the ingredients.Serve


You can add jelly pieces of you like.



The recipe called for golden syrup,and I had to get it quick within a day.Checked online shops

as no stores closer by ,had this.Hmm…it would take minimum 2 days.I thought to hit the

google search for home made golden syrup….and there it was …was too zealous to make it

right away and I succeeded.The only flaw I did was…just allowed to simmer and went away

from the kitchen trusting it will not flow over the limits…but NO..quarter of the syrup was

overflowing.So …please have a wide eye on the pot,or use a wide ,and bigger

saucepan.The only change I made was, I used cane sugar for the first boil,and regular sugar

for the next.I liked to try the cane sugar version to get a darker colour.Anyway let’s now move

to the recipe …Do try as homemade has no preservatives….and the process is easy..

INGREDIENTS (200-250 gm syrup)

100 gm cane sugar (you can use normal sugar too)

3 tblsp.water

500 gm sugar

300 ml boiling water

1/2 lemon


Heat the first set of ingredients till sugar melts.

Add boiling water gradually.

Add 500 gm sugar and mix till sugar dissolves.

Add the slice of lemon into the boiling water and cook on a low fire for 45 minutes.

The sugar syrup will not be thick at this stage.Once it starts to cool it will thicken like syrup.

Remove the lemon and strain into a glass bottle and allow to cool.

I will update the shelf life soon.(As on November 16-11 2018 the syrup is lovely and i hope to use in the baking this time .I did not refridgerate.)

You can store in the refrigerator and use in your cakes and desserts.


As the summer is taking full control ,in Tamil nadu ,i think it’s best to keep hydrated with

cool and healthy drinks,avoiding fizz or aerated ones.Today i’m going to share with you

woodapple nectar or dimbul kiri called in Srilanka,In Srilanka this fruit is widely

available and also consumed raw like a  spicy sambol,and the ripe ones are either eaten

in the shell with sugar or made into a drink.This fruit with a hard wooden shell has loads

of health benefits.It is good for diabetic patients,nursing mothers,fights bacterial and

viral infections ,a  good blood purifier,good for respiratory problems as it eases out the

phlegm in the system.So now i’m getting into the benefits of coconut milk..why?As it is

part of the drink.

Coconut milk rich in fibre,and highly nutritious with  minerals like iron,calcium

,magnesium,..and Vitamin group of C,E,B1,B3,B5,B6.Unlike cow’s milk,it is lactose

free.Consuption of coconut milk (medium chain saturated fatty acid) may protect the

body from infections,and viruses.

So let me close the healthy part and get into the recipe.Simple recipes got big write up….


2 ripe woodapple pulp

1 cup coconut milk

sugar to taste.

a pinch of salt.


Blend the pulp,coconut milk and the rest of the ingredients.Chill in the refridgerator and

serve.Those who like it thin may add more coconut milk or water.

Serve with vanilla ice cream for the extra richness.Even chocolate ice cream can be

served with,but i like it with vanilla ice cream,

Without ice cream itself it tastes excellent,so its your choice .



The Dandelion flower is not only pretty,but very nutritious.So here’s a traditional recipe for dandelion wine!

9 cups of dandelion flower petals

3 bottles of water

rind of 1 lemon and orange

1 lemon

1 inch piece of ginger

24 oz.sugar

a tiny piece of bread

7 gm yeast

Boil the water,allow it to come to the warm stage,and then pour over the petals.Cover with a cloth,and leave for three days,stirring now and again.Then strain the water into a pan and boil for half an hour with the rinds and ginger.Then slice the lemon into it,and the sugar.When cool ,add the bread and the yeast,and leave for a day or two. Strain through a cheese cloth and allow the wine to be at least a month old for good flavour.


1 plums

1 kg.sugar

30 gm.dry yeast

25 gm.wheat

1/2 tsp.meta-bi-sulphate

3 bottles water

Wash and wipe dry the plums.Crush them.Boil water and let it cool.Pour the water in a big jar.Put the crushed plums,sugar,yeast,wheat and meta-bi sulphate  into it.Stir till sugar is dissolved.Cover the jar and keep it aside for 3 days.Stir daily for 18 days,crushing the plums well.Let it stand for 1 night and then strain through a fine cloth.Repeat the process.Allow to settle for 10 days.Pour out clear and clean portions into bottles.Tighten with stoppers.



2 kg.sugar

1 kg.grapes

1/2 kg.wheat

6 bottles water

1/2 tsp.yeast

Wash grapes and without crushing,add them to the sugar ,wheat and yeast.Allow to ferment for 15 days.Then stir and crush the grapes well.Keep for another week.Stir and crush again thoroughlly.Strain after a week.Strain again after another 3 days and use.

Note:When you wash grapes,always allow to stand in water for 10 minutes for the third rinse,and then use.


1.5 kg.beetroots

1.5 kg.sugar

1 lime

15 gm.ginger crushed(3 tsp.)

15 gm.yeast.

10 cloves powdered

1/2 tsp.meta-bi-sulphate

4 bottles water

Wash and slice into bits.Add crushed ginger,cloves and thinly peeled rind of lime to the water and bring to a boil.Add the chopped beetroots to the water and simmer till beetroot changes color.Strain and add sugar and lime juice.When lukewarm add yeast and meta-bi-sulphate.Leave the vessel covered for two days.Strain into a jar and keep aside to ferment.Bottle after 14 days.