Chaas or Savory Buttermilk

Chaas aka Savory Buttermilk is all I need in this hot weather. Since childhood, my mom made it especially, during summers. She used to keep saying that it cools the body and improves digestion. I love it! 🤣 In fact, I love all milk derivatives 💞 Here goes the recipe:

Ingredients: Serves 1

7oz full-fat Greek Yogurt (More the fat, frothy will be the buttermilk, and better for the gut)
1 tsp dried mint leaves, hand crush it for fragrance
1 tsp chopped cilantro or coriander
a pinch of asafoetida
1 tsp cumin seeds (jeera) powder
1/2 tsp black salt (sanchal)
2-2 1/2 cups of water

Method:

*In a blender, combine the yogurt, water, cumin seed powder, mint leaves, asafoetida, black salt and blend it for 10-15 seconds.
*Serve chilled garnished with freshly chopped cilantro.

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XOXO
Rinky


Happy Holi

Wish you a very Happy Holi to who are celebrating. It is the festival of colors, and celebration of love. In India, it marks the onset of spring and end of winter. While we have tons of desserts to celebrate this tradition with, among them we have chilled Thandai to keep our energy going. Thandai is a refreshing mocktail of some ingredients which naturally cool and soothe the body in scorching heat. Some of the traditional recipes call for rose preserves, and melon seeds. I tweaked the recipe and chose to use dried rose petals and heaps of nuts. The below recipe serves 3.
Ingredients:
2 cups Whole Milk
To be ground coarsely:
1/2 cup milk
3 tbsp Slivered Almonds
3 tbsp Cashews
1 pinch Nutmeg
1 tsp fennel seeds powder
3-4 tbsp Poppy seeds
7-8 Medjool dates
2 tsp Dried Rose Petals
For Garnish
1/2 tsp Almonds
1/2 tbsp dried rose petals
Method:
*Soak rose petals, poppy seeds, almonds, nutmeg, fennel seeds powder, dates in 1/2 cup of milk for 6-8 hours or overnight.
*Crush all the ingredients coarsely in a blender and keep it aside.
*Simmer the 2 cups milk for 3-4 minutes, and let it cool completely.
*Put 1 tbsp of the poppy seed paste in a glass, pour some milk and few ice cubes. Garnish it with slivered almonds and rose petals.
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XOXO
Rinky


“After-workout” Smoothie

I came up with this super healthy and full of antioxidants smoothie when I couldn’t stop feeling hungry after a body pump or pilates class. I usually have it after my workout and it keeps me full for a few hours, and it leaves me feeling great. I researched few workout websites for foods that keep you full and is healthy too. Below is the recipe for it:

after-workout-smoothie

Ingredients:

1 cup Berkeley Farms whole milk
1 tbsp Almond/Cashew Butter
1 Frozen Banana
1 tbsp Better Body Baobab superfruit powder
1 packet unsweetened Frozen Acai Berry
1 tbsp Hershey’s unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon

Method:

Put all the ingredients in the blender until the chunks go away. If the smoothie is too thick, add some milk and run the blender for 10-15 seconds again to mix everything thoroughly. Enjoy while it is cold!

And, by the way, I did submit this recipe for Ayesha Curry Smoothie contest. I hope I win 🙂

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XOXO
Rinky