High Five’s for the Summer !! 121

We are proud of our countries, rich variety of landscape, flora and fauna and of course seasons. We enjoy all along with the food, spices and herbs associated with them. The summers are here and so is the ever increasing temperature and the wide variety of tropical fruits. Every house has its own share of summer recipes. Out of many, sharing here some simple effective cool drinks.

Love of Mango Man- Aam Panna
Mango is a synonym of summers. Everybody loves mangoes irrespective of age! Raw mango or kacchi keri is relished in many forms. Here is a cool mango drink made by raw mango to beat the heat.

• Green mangoes 1 kilogramme
• Roasted cumin powder 4 teaspoons
• Roasted fennel(saunf) Powder
• Black salt (kala namak) 2 teaspoon
• Sugar 3 cups
Method
1. Wash and boil the mangoes. Let them cool. Peel, mash and strain the pulp.
2. Add five cups of water and mix well.
3. Add the cumin powder, powdered fennel seed, black salt, and sugar. Mix well till sugar is dissolved. Chill in the refrigerator.
4. Pour into glasses as required and dilute with chilled water as per your taste.
5. Serve immediately.

Tadka Chaach – Tempered Buttermilk
A very humble recipe from the villages of India. A guaranteed coolant. Rustic India still relies on this one since ages and nothing can beat the cooling effect it has.
Ingredients
• Curd
• Cumin seed roasted
• Ginger 1 inch
• Chili 1
• 1 tbsp black salt
1. Mix the curd, cumin seeds powder, ginger-green chili paste, black salt and salt in a deep bowl and mix well.
2. Add 4 cups of chilled water and whisk well.
3. For the tempering, heat the oil in a small pan and add the cumin seeds.
When the seeds crackle, pour the tempering over the buttermilk.
4. Garnish with chopped coriander and mint. Mix and serve.

Lemony Melon

Ingredients
• 1 Medium size watermelon
• 2 tablespoon mint leaves
• 1 tablespoon black salt
• ½ tablespoon chaat masala
• 1 lemon

Method
1. Cut and deseed watermelon into cubes.
2. Blend all ingredients in the blender.
3. No need to add water.
4. Serve cool in a tall glass.

Childhood memories-Yummy Jal jeera

Ingredients
 ¼ cup packed chopped mint leaves (pudina)
 ¼ cup packed chopped coriander (hara dhania)
 1 tablespoon chopped ginger (adrak)
 1 tablespoon cumin seed dry roasted and powdered (bhuna jeera)
 Pinch of asafetida (hing)
 1 teaspoon salt
 1 teaspoon black salt (kala Namak) available in Indian stores
 3 tablespoons lemon juice
 1 tablespoon tamarind seedless (imli)
 2 tablespoon sugar adjust to taste
 4 cups water
 1 cup crushed ice
Method
1. Blend all the spices into the paste using enough water needed to blend.
2. Strain the spice mix and squeeze all the spicy water out. Discard the roughage.
3. Add the water, mix it and serve over the ice.

Tropical Fun
Ingredients
• 1 Glass of Pineapple Juice
• 1 Glass of Orange Juice
• Few Mint Leaves
• 1 teaspoon of Ginger juice

Method
1. Mix the juices.
2. Crush the mint leaves along with the ginger juice.
3. Add crushed ice.
4. Pour Juice mix. Stir and serve.

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A real wonder fruit – Banana. 195

Banana is the most commonly available fruit all over the world. Yet many are ignorant about the loads of benefits that this wonder fruit has to offer.

It is an instant energy booster and can help you relieve from the sudden hunger pang. So if you are going to have a super busy day, don’t forget to pack a banana in your bag.

This fruit is super rich in two important nutrients- Potassium and Magnesium. Both are equally good for keeping our heart healthy.

Want to know other health benefits of this fruit?

Here you go-

  • Health benefits for children: The wonder fruit is a must have in your child’s diet. The goodness of vitamin A helps in maintaining  a good eyesight among children. The rich iron content and high potassium levels give boost to a child’s mental health and keep the fatigue at bay.  And also the calcium rich food helps in the good health of bones of your child.
  • Rich in Fibre: Banana is a rich source of fibre, both soluble and insoluble. It helps in both preventing and curing  constipation and also as the soluble fibre is known to slow down the digestion process, it helps us to remain full for longer time. So add banana to your breakfast platter to kick start your busy day.
  • Good for heart: A good source of Potassium and Mangnesium and also fibre, it helps keeping the heart problems away and lowers down the risk of heart diseases.
  • Digestion friendly: The salt content present in this fruit helps in stimulating the digestive juices which further helps in digestion and builds up metabolism.
  • Extra Goodness: You will be super amazed to know that one single fruit, Banana, is rich in so many nutrients. It is a must have fruit for all ages. It is rich in niacin, potassium, mangnesium,riboflavin,calcium, protein,folate and vitamin B6. All these nutritions are required by the body for its proper functioning and growth.

Still doubt the goodness of the super power of this fruit. Check some more benefits of banana which makes it essential to be included in the diet.

  • Low in salt content and rich source of potassium makes this fruit boon for those having high blood pressure.
  • The rich iron content of this fruit makes it good to have for those who are suffering from anaemia.
  • The zero cholesterol property of this fruit makes it good for people having heart diseases. As it is rich in fibre, potassium and mangnesium this helps in keeping the heart problems under check.

Now you would love to know how to include this wonder fruit in your diet,isn’t it?

  • Grab it, peel it and have it.
  • Blend it with milk and few drops of vanilla essence and your banana milk shake is ready.
  • you can add this fruit in cake batter. Bake it and have a slice of banana cake.

Want to know about more dessert that can be made out of banana?

This wonder fruit can be used in many dessert. Add it to kheer, Malpua, halwa, Pyassam and many more.

Even the raw state of banana is used globally in many cuisines. It can be used to make curries, kebabs, wafers and pakoras. The famous Kerala curry Avial and Kaplan also have raw banana as its ingredient.

So what are you waiting for. Grab your banana today.

A Dose of Good Health and Nutrition 179

While the month of March began with a blazing heat, I felt very bored to cook and wanted some change in the routine. We decided to head out for lunch. However, I did not want to go to those regular restaurants that are heavy with spices, oil, and all the things that are rich in gluten, sugar and what not. We may enjoy the taste, but in the end of the day, it feels so heavy that we may even end up with digestion problem.

Hence, we decided to go to a restaurant that we recently noticed. This is a restaurant that boasts of fresh and nutritious food. You will note there are no much varieties of dishes here. “Vaathsalya Millet Cafe” is a place for those who are really looking for healthy, homely and nutritious food.

Sitting in their outside seating, we ordered Elaichi Malt drink and tomato soup. For the main course, we ordered Thali meals and waited. As the place is new for us, we waited anxiously to taste. Seeing fewer varieties in the menu, we were slightly put down. So waited for the food. When the drink was served, you could actually see smiles on our faces after the first sip. It was so tasty and we decided to order few more glasses. Later, the meals were served. The menu of the thali meals was, millet roti, millet (proso) kheer, sprouts curry, vegetable curry, millets (Navara) pulav, salad, buttermilk, papad. Everything was so delicious that I asked for a second serving. The serving is slow, so enjoy the malt and other health drink while your healthy food gets cooked and served freshly.

What is more? You can also buy the healthy food products from their retail millet shop such as the finger millet pop, Aralu, finger millet malt in different flavors, millets. The pleasant ambiance with bamboo chairs and tables outside, indoor seating which does not allow it to be too crowded, healthy food altogether makes it a must visit. I am definitely looking forward to my next visit soon.

If you are planning a visit to Bangalore or looking for a homely and healthy lunch or dinner, this is the restaurant you should be going. They also do home deliveries. Check out their website to know more.

Visit us at  www.vaathsalyafoods.com .

Location of the restaurant – #277, 15 Cross, 21 Main, 100 ft road, JP Nagar, 5 Phase, Bangalore -78

Contact – 9449810272

You can also check out their FB Page here.