Paal Sarbath ~ Milk Sarapsadilla Drink

  I never knew what Nannari syrup was till blogging introduced me to it. Trying to find how it tasted, I landed up drinking it mixed with cold water at a relative’s house and my first reaction wasn’t encouraging. In fact, I hated it! So I decided not to give it a try on my own. I am not sure what happened all of a sudden, when I asked umma to get a bottle of the syrup when coming from home. After that, I have been gladly enjoying it on and off, when I want a change from my cold mango flavored Tang! 😉 So I feel it is more of an acquired taste. The kids don’t like them, saying it tastes weird. I don’t blame them, it was my earlier reaction as well!   Nannari syrup is usually served cold, with a part of the syrup mixed with cold… 

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Coconut Water Chia Cooler

  After the Fruity Iced Tea, here is the second in line for the summery drinks in this month’s 3 back-to-back series. I don’t think I have to tell how good coconut water is in sweltering heat. It is one of the most electrolyte filled natural drinks that you will find on the face of earth. I am really not a fan of coconut water but of late, I have come to liking its taste. I know it’s strange for someone who loves coconut a lot, but somehow coconut water never appealed to me since childhood!   I must say this drink changed my perception about coconut water altogether. This drink is nothing much than lemon juice spiked up coconut water with plumped up chia seeds floating all over the glass! The drink in itself is a pretty sight to watch, and then with all ingredients that has gone into… 

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Fruity Iced Tea

  With the summers blazing now in this part of the world, there is nothing more refreshing that cold drinks. The mood is not for smoothies but for water like drinks, that will refresh and rejuvenate. Those who are in the Gulf know how the summers are here. I feel this time it has been extremely hot and uncomfortable, all throughout the day. The day begins with 37-39 degrees, peaking close to 48-50 in the afternoon, and back to around 42 degrees in the evening. It is better not to talk about the humidity. It is so energy sapping that any time you spent outside, you need to replenish your body constantly with water and electrolyte drinks so that you don’t feel giddy or faint.   Every two months, I do the three back-to-back series, so this month, it is a no-brainer – simple drinks that will refresh you after… 

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Complete Breakfast Smoothie

  I am an avid watcher of “Food Network”. We don’t get it in our cable all the time, but on special occasions, this channel comes up and I watch it continuously for hours. In fact, that’s the only channel the girls don’t ask me to change to see their cartoons. 😉 When the channel goes off, I watch the live telecast through their website, but then time is always a constraint so I don’t do it more often.   During one of the episodes of a programme called “The Kitchen”, I happened to watch this recipe of this super smoothie. The host Jeff Mauro whipped up this smoothie and called it the “Complete Breakfast Smoothie”. It stuck in my head, thanks to the banana and coffee concoction. I didn’t recreate it in my kitchen till I started my workouts a couple of months ago. This smoothie was perfect for… 

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Dragon Fruit Smoothie

  I pick up a dragon fruit once in a while. Not that I love the fruit, but at times when I see the pretty fruit, I feel like picking it up. A good way of eating it is with a sprinkle of salt and sugar. It really spikes up the fruit. Another way I like it is when it is made into a smoothie with coconut milk. Somehow I don’t like it with milk, the fruit literally spoils the milk! But with coconut milk, it tends to gel so well. The little seeds also give the smoothie a pretty look, just like how kiwis do.   If you like dragon fruit, then here are other recipes on the blog for you: Dragon Fruit Pudding Dragon Fruit Milk Pudding Off to this simple recipe…       Dragon Fruit Smoothie   Save Print Prep time 2 mins Cook time 1… 

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Orange Mango Juice

  With the summers really peaking bad, we drink a lot of fluids from Iftar time. I always make sure I make a juice, especially since the girls love some of it at times. My usual repeats are rose milk and dates lassi, since they are easy to put together and filling too.   These days, there are a lot of oranges and mangoes in the market, so obviously this is another choice. A very simple juice combining the goodness of mangoes and oranges, this is very refreshing when served really cold on a hot day. I usually squeeze out the juice off the oranges and then place them in the freezer so that they are almost hardening up. I then blitz them up with the mango, so you get a feel of a slushy. 🙂 Do try this combination if you haven’t yet!   PST: Not much of writing… 

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Sago Rose Milk

  Sometimes I peek back and wonder, where did the month go? We are almost finishing the second ten days of Ramadan and moving towards the last ten days of the month, considered to be the best days of the year itself. Somehow days are flying in full speed, just like water slipping through the fingers. It makes me feel very uneasy, making me think if I am taking full advantage of these blessed days. May Allah accept our little deeds done by the best of our capacities… Aameen…   Meanwhile, I will leave you with this delicious drink, which I had make when I saw this post. I love anything with sago, though I don’t cook very frequently with it, since it can be very tricky. This drink is basically an adapted sago payasam, cooled and sweetened with rose syrup, but unlike payasam which is usually served warm, this… 

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Carrot Lassi ~ Carrot Yogurt Drink

  We had a long weekend this time due to the holiday of Israwal Miraaj being pre-poned. We have guests staying at our house so we took the opportunity to go around Abu Dhabi and showing them around. Whoever goes to Abu Dhabi, a visit to the magnificent Sheikh Zayed Mosque is a must, so that was our last stop before returning back home. I had gone there early February with my parents on a very chilled, blowing day. I had forgotten my watch at the ablution area and remembered about it only halfway on our drive back. By then, I had no way to go back to get it. I normally keep my watch in my bag during wudu, but this time, I don’t know what had happened. This time, I took a chance and asked the security regarding the watch. My habit of taking clicks helped me trace… 

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Vegan Strawberry Mango Smoothie

  It is the end of the month and it is time for the Shhh Cooking Secretly Challenge of the month. With the summers looming in this part of the world and back home already under a heat spell, it wasn’t difficult finalizing the theme for the month. The theme for the month is “Summer Coolers” and my partner for this month is Shailaja, whom I am dealing for the first time and am glad to be partnered with. 🙂   She gave me mango and ice cream as my secret ingredients. Mango is coming into season and who doesn’t get excited about this delicious fruit! I am not very fond of ice creams in my smoothies or drinks, so decided to only utilize mango for this challenge. What I did was pair it up with another seasonal fruit that are available now in the market, which is strawberries. This… 

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Vegan Papaya Blueberry Smoothie

  Even though I am very well away from my vegan diet, at times, I do go back to them when I feel really bloated. 😀 I am of the belief that our body needs a little of everything to survive and pull on, so you will never see advocating one type of eating habit. Yet, when we go a bit overboard with eating, a raw vegan diet for a few days does really calm your system down. It is only based on my experience and not necessarily it works for everybody. We have to see how each of our bodies react and eat accordingly. I may brag about it but always end up being the last person to do it, though off late I am trying to really watch out what I am eating.   Sharing with you today, a delicious vegan smoothie, that is one of my favorites… 

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Kiwi Green Grape Juice

  After the Coriander Chutney, here is the second one in line. A totally green juice, filled with fruits and the goodness of coconut water – that is how I would call this. Kiwi and green grapes are normally not a combination that you would see juiced together. So I combined it more to see how it would fare. I am also not a fan of coconut water – yeah, something surprising considering I love anything with coconut, but don’t seem to like the water! All in all, I must say it was a very refreshing drink. The chia seeds though optional, adds an extra kick to the whole drink. I feel blessed to stay in a country like UAE, where you get fruits of various kinds all throughout the year coming from various countries. Alhamdulillah, we can survive on a bowl of fruits if I feel lazy to cook… 

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Piyush ~ Thick Yogurt/ Shrikand Lassi

  I normally don’t like to admit that I am tired. Actually speaking, I AM tired. Sleep is totally a limited business these days. With parents around, the kids are taking full advantage of the fact that I won’t be able to yell at them as much as I would when they aren’t there. Even though umma tells me to go off to sleep, I feel uncomfortable if the kids are not around or the thought is in my mind that they haven’t slept. No wonder they say that it is all in your mind. If I really want to sleep, I can just go off. On top of that, even though it is not even cold – I can’t believe we are almost at the end of January and winter is still playing peek-a-boo! 🙁 – it is so nice to sleep. So I just don’t feel like waking… 

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