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Jack Fruit Wine/ Chakkappazham Wine

This time while returning from our Kerala trip, my MIL sent almost 2 kgs of jack fruit. With J, leaving for Delhi the next day, I felt that we won’t be able to finish off …

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Aam Panna (Raw Mango Drink)

Summer is here. A cool refreshing drink is what we yearn for, during this season. D’s request for refreshing drink always keep me on my toes. With the easy availability of mangoes, I prefer to make …

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Orange Wine

?Even though I don’t consume wine, lately I have making different varieties of wine. My latest attempt is Orange Wine, a recipe which was given by Lilian aunty, our family friend. The oranges used in this wine are small, loose jacket oranges. The picture you see above were taken soon after bottling. Hence the cloudy look. As it rests, the wine will get clarity.
Here are a few pointers one needs to keep in mind. The jars and bottles used for wine making should be sterilised and free from moisture. Always use coloured bottles to store wine.?

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Product Review of Tecnora Avatar 550 FP

Gone are the days where one had to resort to the good old grinding stone. Mixer-grinders play an inevitable part in our day to day life. From basics like making a juice to grinding for the gravy, they have a very important role in our kitchen. When the Tecnora asked me to write a product review, the first thing I enquired was if they’re expecting an honest review. Thankfully that’s exactly what they wanted. That itself was a big positive aspect for me. On receiving the product, Mr Rajesh from Tecnora called up to give a run through on operating…

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Rice Wine

?Couple of weeks back we had been to Coorg, where we stayed at a friend’s Coffee Estate. While talking to Lilian aunty, our hostess, the conversation veered towards cooking. She told me that she had a Rice Wine recipe and that she would share it with me the next morning. I was pleasantly surprised when she handed over her recipe book, first thing in the morning. Such a wonderful gesture !! She recommended a few more recipes from her book and asked me to write them down.
Once back home, the first thing I did, was to make sure I had all the ingredients for the Rice Wine.
Here are a few pointers one needs to keep in mind. Any white rice can be used for this recipe. The jars and bottles used for wine making should be sterilised and free from moisture. Always use coloured bottles to store wine.

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Beetroot Squash

Since my childhood, I never really liked having juices of any kind. Therefore, I never took interest in learning the process of making squash at home. Things have changed now. D always require something “refreshing” to drink when he’s back from playing. Hence I am always on the lookout for some new

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Pineapple Wine

I look forward to the 1st of December to start decorating the house for Christmas. Setting up the tree and hanging the ornaments…What better way for family bonding? Cake and wine are synonymous with the Christmas season. Having received a lot of requests from the readers for Pineapple Wine, I deci

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‘Otai (Coconut Watermelon Refresher)

Trying to keep up to D’s request for “refreshing drinks”, I have been on the lookout for a drink that was different. This landed me on ‘Otai, a Polynesian drink, from Tonga. The meaning of the word “Otai is “go-to-ocean”. For those who are looking for something different from the usual watermelon ju

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Non-Alcoholic Fresh Plum Mojitos

Ever since D has come up with the request for refreshing drinks, I am constantly looking for ways to keep him happy. Serving him with a different drink each day ! The recipe I am sharing with you is a non alcoholic drink which can be easily whipped up at home. The original recipe calls for strawberr

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Thandai (Chilled Almond Drink)

Here’s a lesser known fact about me. I do not take juices or any beverages except tea or coffee. So it was always challenging for me when it came to serving guests any drinks. It may sound funny, but even mixing Tang seemed to be a dreadful task. Thankfully D would help me with the taste test and ma

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Chikkoo/Sapota Milk Shake

Being a lazy Sunday, I wanted to put up a quick breakfast on the table. Uggani was the first thing that came into my mind. Once that was made, I felt that I needed to make some drink that would be filling. A quick look around and found some Sapotas lying around. Aah !! Chikkoo Milk Shake !! Nice way

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Custard Apple Milk Shake

Custard Apple season is here !! Just as I was wondering how to use the custard apples piled up on my pantry, I saw a facebook post wherein someone had posted a picture of a Milkshake he had at a nearby juice shop. Well…that was it…Custard Apple Milk Shake it is…The big smile on J’s face as he

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Italian Hot Chocolate – Cioccolata Calda

Last Sunday, as soon as Dwoke up he said ” Mama, can you please make Italian Hot chocolate for breakfast today??”. Oh yes, he was specific about the name. As he had bookmarked the recipe, I didn’t have to search for it. He volunteered to help me out as well. Now how could I possibly say No to my lit

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Desi Espresso aka Beaten Coffee

We got married while J was doing a course. ‘Calling On’ friends was a routine affair. During one such visit to a colleague’s house, the lady offered to make some coffee, to which we agreed. I was surprised to see her returning from the kitchen with a cup and spoon and beating away. I couldn’t help asking what she was doing and pop came the reply, “I am beating the coffee powder for the coffee”. Huh??? Have heard of filter coffee, instant coffee etc..but Beaten Coffee???? Naturally I was intrigued. The result was a frothy light coffee that I thoroughly enjoyed That was years back, and in all these years I never really bothered to try my hand at making our Desi Espresso. A recent visit to our dear friends, the Mahajans, triggered my urge of attempting to make one. When I asked them the technique, they coached me and even offered to give me a little practice in beating the coffee.I must say they were good teachers The measurement given below makes enough espresso for 3-4 cups of light co

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Masala Chai (Spiced Tea)

Last week, while I was down with fever, my household help offered to make some “Masala Chai” for me to relieve my throat ache. Though I always prefer tea without any additives, I reluctantly gave in as I wanted some relief to my pain. My apprehensions had more to do with the taste of this Tea than i

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Mango Smoothie

It’s Mango season again and my fruit basket is overflowing with this yellow fruit. I have been pondering for a while as to how I could present it on the table for my boys. I wanted to make something without sugar so that I too could indulge in it without any guilt of extra calories. Smoothies….. w

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Homemade Ginger Wine

Here’s the recipe of Homemade Ginger Wine, a mildly hot and sweet wine which can be made in just 3 days!!!! Homemade Ginger Wine Source: My Mom 🙂

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Homemade Coffee Liqueur

Take a heap of child-like wonder That opens up our eyes To the unexpected gifts in life Each day a sweet surprise Mix in fond appreciation For the people whom we know; Like festive Christmas candles, Each one has a special glow Add some giggles and some laughter, A dash of Christmas food, (Amazing

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