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Sol Kadhi..or is it Soul Kadhi? :)
Chilled refreshing Sol Kadhi a perfect antidote for the soaring temperatures!
This soul pleasing, palate teasing drink is native to Goa and konkan region of Maharashtra.
Kokum the key ingredient used in this soothing drink has many culinary and medicinal uses. Dried rind of Kokum fruit known as Amsul is a regular souring agent in Maharashtrian cuisine and is used in typical Maharashtrian specialties like Usal and Amti.
Kokum also aids digestion and has a cooling effect. Kokum juice is a regular refresher in my home during summer months just like Nimboo Pani (Lemon juice). I love eating the sweet and tangy Amsul pieces as it is; settles down the stomach nicely!
One of the most popular and signature preparations using Kokum is Sol Kadhi; Coconut milk flavoured with Kokum juice and some other spices. A relatively simple preparation if you have coconut milk handy. My mom extracts the coconut milk at home, a bit laborious but homemade fresh coconut milk makes the Sol Kadhi all the more flavorful.
I used unsweetened Kokum juice (not syrup) locally known as Kokum Aagal to flavour the coconut milk. The Kokum juice apart from its flavor gives a lovely pinkish tinge to the coconut milk.
Sol Kadhi recipe
2 cups Coconut milk
~ 4 cups water
2 tsp Kokum Aagal (alternatively soak the Kokum pieces in water and grind)
½ tsp green chilli paste
¼ tsp garlic paste
Salt to taste
Cumene powder and coriander or mint leaves for garnishing
Blend all the ingredients except the garnish together.
Chill and Garnish with cumene powder/coriander/mint leaves.
Serve the chilled Sol Kadhi as it is or with rice.
And now for the quiz….
Can you guess what are these rolls? They make a scrumptious, eyecatching snack for kiddies!
Update: Nupur, evolving tastes, Deepa you are bang on target! Congrats and thanks all of you. These are indeed Spinach, Beetroot and Plain dosas layered with some Chutney podi in between (you can also use some ketchup), rolled and cut into pinwheel like pieces!
Summer is here and as I have mentioned earlier several times this is not one of my favourite months. The soaring temperatures and longer days are not for me; but I look forward to the grapes and mangoes that this season offers!
Summer is also the season to enjoy some delicious fruity salads!
This salad was accidentally discovered when I wanted to put together some leftover fruits.
The Green color of the apples (Granny Smith Apples) is very soothing in this heat. All similar coloured fruits and veggies are thrown together in this Salad with a dash of Mint, salt and pepper and some lime if you don’t mind the extra tartness.
2 Green apples washed and grated (I did not peel them)
1cucumber peeled and grated
½ Raw mango peeled and grated (adjust the amount depending on the tartness)
8-10 mint leaves
Black salt to taste
Black Peppercorns crushed
Lime juice (optional)
Mix the grated Apples, Cucumber and raw Mango.
Tear and mix the mint leaves.
Sprinkle the black salt. (I added salt to as soon as the apples were grated)
Add a dash of lime juice. (Depending on the tartness of the mango)
Mix once again and serve.
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That’s a Round up of all the Friday – summer coolers posted on my blog so far.Summer’s almost over here, we already had some pre0-monsoon showers.
Next Friday stay tuned for some Monsoon Magic here on my Blog.
Hope you enjoyed all the Summer coolers.
Regulars to my blog will know how much fuss I have been making about the rising mercury here. I am glad to tell you all that you won’t have to read about it anymore. Light pre-monsoon showers have lowered the temperature making the heat bearable, though it has become a bit sultry.
A glass of Chikoo shake in this weather is not only refreshing but filling too -forgot to mention cheap, since chikoos are quite easily available at cheaper rate. _________________________________________________________ Chikoo Shake recipe
makes: 2 glasses
Peel, Deseed and chop 2 Chikoos. In a blender add the chopped chikoos, 2 glasses of chilled milk , 1tsp drinking chocolate and honey/sugar to taste. Blend nicely and serve immediately.
Chilled Green tea infusion flavoured with Lemon, honey and some saffron is enough to rejuvenate you in these hot summer months! So dip your way to good health with this Iced Green tea. __________________________________________________________ Iced Green Tea recipe
Makes: 1 cup
Boil 1 cup water and pour it in a cup. Dip a Green tea bag (I use Tetley’s plain Green tea) in it for few seconds. Remove the tea bag immediately. Chill the green tea infusion to whatever temperature you like. Squeeze some lime juice and add to the tea, add some honey and 1-2 Saffron strands for flavour and a lovely golden yellow colour.
Alternatively add 1-2 spoons of orange juice or any other juice to the infusion along with the lime juice and honey.
That’s it your healthy ‘Cuppa’ is ready.
What’s that Red wine??…………..that’s Beetroot Kanji! :)
I learnt this from my Punjabi colleague, who also taught me Makki di Roti – Sarsoon da saag.
This tangy Beetroot kanji is quite popular in North India.
Health, Nutrition, taste all in one Beetroot Kanji is this week’s Friday Cooler.
Beetroot Kanji recipe
Makes about 3 glasses _____________________________________________________
Wash, Peel and Cut Beetroot into cubes (I have used 2 Beets to make about 3 glasses of Kanji). Add about 3 glasses of water. Add ½ tsp Black salt, ½ tsp mustard powder (rye powder).Adjust this proportion to your taste. Mustard powder gives a nice punch to the Kanji.Mix nicely. Cover the vessel and keep aside for about 2 ½ days.
Separate the lovely Wine red Kanji from the beetroot ‘Chunks’ and chill in the refrigerator and serve immediately.
This Beetroot Kanji does not have a long shelf life. So finish this as fast as you can. It starts turning brown in color if kept for a longer duration. The ‘Beet chunks’ themselves are quite tasty to eat as it is. Another variation with this Kanji is the addition of equal amounts of carrot and Beetroot, instead of just beets.
This week’s Natural summer cooler is Masala Taak. Unlike the cokes and colas these coolers are natural ,with no preservatives,no synthetic colours, no synthetic flavours..100% natural.I have no idea why some people still prefer carbonated drinks to our natural coolers and you will be surprised there are quite a few of them!Anyways, a glass of Taak flavoured with spices like ginger, coriander leaves, chillies, cumene and black salt, is all that it takes to refresh you in this scorching heat!
So say no to colas and carbonated drinks and yes to Masala Taak.. J Cheers!
Masala Taak recipe _______________________________________________
Whisk together curd, some greenchilly paste, some coriander leaves ,a pinch of black salt, a pinch of roasted crushed cumene seeds and some ice cold water to make thirst quenching and refreshing Masala Taak! ______________________________________________
Pretty white flowers on the curry leaf plant in our garden
The mercury seems to be still on the rise here and the heat is becoming unbearable. A glass of Kairee Panha is like an ‘Oasis in the dessert’! :)
Kairee Panha recipe _______________________________________________
Pressure cook 2-3 raw mangoes. Cool, remove the skin and the seed if it is hard. Add about 1 cup sugar or jaggery (proportion to suit your taste) to the mango pulp. Use a blender or food processor to homogenize the pulp. Preserve this stock in the refrigerator and use it as and when required.
In a glass add 1-2 tbsps (depending on the tartness of the mangoes) of the Panha pulp. Dilute with cold water and refresh yourself with this wonderful and healthy summer cooler!
This year it looks like we are going to have an early and a very very hot summer-The mercury is already soaring to 38-39 oC and its only March end! This is not one of my favourite seasons.
Though I have a few reasons to look forward to summer: -it’s the time to enjoy luscious ,delicious ‘King of fruits’ -Mangoes and it’s the time to enjoy chilled juices, shakes, icecreams and all things cold!
Tomato cooler is a very healthy, tasty and a hassle free juice. I learnt it from one of my friends. She made it often for me when I was pregnant.Now we make it regularly and today I specially made it for JFI Tomato hosted by the wonderful RP of My Workshop.
For Tomato Cooler you need: for 3-4 glasses
4-5 Red ripe tomatoes
1 tsp sugar
1tsp cumene seeds roasted and slightly crushed
½ tsp table Salt
Black salt as per taste
Cook the tomatoes with 1 glass of water, sugar and table salt in a pressure cooker.Cool and blend the tomatoes to a smooth paste. Sieve if required. Adjust to a juice like consistency using cold water. Season with roasted, crushed cumene seeds and black salt. Serve Chilled tomato juice-to beat the heat!
Tip:You can also add 1-2 pieces of Beetroot while cooking the tomatoes for a nice red colour.
Other Tomato recipes: Green Tomato Chutney