Thursday, April 28, 2011

Lime and Mint to beat the heat

Tried and tasted by Nivedita
Hi All,
Summer is here, time to keep us cool and hydrated. 
Here is a very common and simple drink which can be made at home easily. 


Ingredients: (To make 1 glass)
Water - 1 glass
OR
LIMCA or SEVEN UP or SODA - 1 GLASS
Lime - half +half
Salt  - 1 tsp
Fresh Mint - 4 to 6 leaves
Pepper powder - 1/4 tsp(optional)
Ice cubes - 3 to 4

Method:
  • Cut the half lime into thick ring to garnish
  • Crush 4 mint leaves
  • Pour the water or Limca in a serving glass.
  • Add salt, lime, pepper and fresh mint.
  • Mix thoroughly. 
  • Add the ice cubes, garnish with fresh mint leaves and lime ring.
  • Serve chilled.
Sending this glass to Radhika's event
Keep Smiling,

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Grated Vegetable Soup

Tried and tasted by Nivedita
Hi All,
Last week, I went to my cousin's house to stay for 2 days. May be because of change in weather, water, Phalguni fell ill. When I came back I had to rush to the doctor. She had high fever with severe infection. Doctor prescribed antibiotics and told to keep her on liquids.Now it was my testing time, yes!! I get nervous when kids fall sick. I go blank.. 
I wanted to give her something like soup which keeps her full and which is healthy. As usual, without planning, I entered the kitchen to check what I have and what I can do.
I got Carrot, Potato, Cabbage, Beetroot,  Peas. 
That was it, but no time to boil the vegetables as I had to finish before she got up. So thought of grating the vegetables.
Here is the recipe:

Ingredients:

Cabbage :- 1/4 cup
Potato - 1 medium, peeled
Beet root - small, peeled
Carrot - 1 medium, peeled
Baby corn - 1 small
Peas- 8 to 10(you can add more, I just wanted to give colour to the soup)
Corn flour - 1 tbsp
Oil - 1/2 tsp(You can use butter also)
Ginger and garlic - 1/2 tsp, finely chopped
Salt to taste
Pepper powder - a pinch
Lime juice - 1/2 tsp 
Water to make the soup

You can add
Soya sauce - 1 tsp
White vinegar - 1 tsp

Method:
Grate all the vegetables.(Except peas)
Mix cornflour in 1/4 cup water and keep aside
Heat oil or butter in thick bottomed kadai.
When hot, add ginger and garlic, saute till light brown.
Add all the grated vegetables and saute for some time till the raw smell goes(it takes 3 to 5 minutes)
Add 2 cups of water and boil till the vegetables are almost cooked. (It takes 8 to 10 minutes)
Add the salt, pepper powder and cornflour.
Mix well and adjust the seasoning and the thickness of the soup. You can add more water if you feel its very thick.
Boil for  few more minutes for the cornflour to get mixed well.
If you are adding vinegar and soy sauce, its the time.
Remove from the fire and add lime before serving.
Great and healthy soup for any one. ( it was enough for 4 people)
My daughter enjoyed it luckily.
Now she is feeling better. (magic of mamma's soup!!!)

Keep Smiling,

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