Iced Green Tea With Orange And Mint

Iced green tea with orange and mint.
Weather is too hot these days. We want some refreshing drink to stay hydrated and feel energized. So here is a delicious refreshing chilled drink . Make and keep it in refrigerator and enjoy whenever you feel low.

I have used orange juice but you can use watermelon, grape juice, pomegranate juice, mixed fruit juice or any other fruit juice of your choice. If you are using sugar use sugar syrup. Because sugar takes more time to dissolve. Or you can use honey or any artificial sweetener.

Our this week’s 153 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is tea. And my humble contribution is this chilled refreshing iced green tea with orange mint and cinnamon.

I don’t like milk tea. Love black or green tea without milk and very little sugar. But in this hot weather refreshing and chilled iced tea is a good option to cool us down. So get ready to beat the heat.
Flavour of orange, lemon and cinnamon made this drink super yummy. Just add lots of ice cube and enjoy.

Recipe

Orange juice – 1 cup

Green tea – 2 bags

Mint leaves – a fistful, Finley chopped

Cinnamon powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Water – 2 cup

Lemon juice – 1 & 1/2 tablespoon

Sugar syrup or honey to taste, optional

Ice cubes – as require

Few mint leaves and lemon wedges to garnish

Method

1. Boil 2 cup water. Remove from heat and tea bags and cover for 10 minutes.

2. Now add chopped mint leaves and cinnamon powder.
Stir and let it cool down completely.

3. Keep it in refrigerator for at least least 2 hours or until chilled. Squeeze and discard the tea bags.

4. Strain the mint mixed tea with a sieve.

5. Add orange juice and lemon juice. Add sugar syrup or honey to taste.
If you like light sweetness omit sugar.

6. In a glass place some ice cubes and few mint leaves.
Pour iced tea over it.

7. Garnish with lemon wedge.
Serve chilled.

Notes

1. If you don’t like cinnamon then you can omit it.

2. You can also make it with black tea instead of green tea.

3. You can use watermelon, grape juice, pomegranate juice, mixed fruit juice or any fruit juice of your choice instead of orange juice.

4. You can use artificial sweetener instead of sugar syrup or honey.

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Spicy Pineapple Virgin Margarita

Spicy pineapple virgin margarita.
A chilled delicious refreshing alcohol free drink.
Sweetness of pineapple, flavour of cumin and mint, hint of chilli and pink salt and tanginess of lemon makes the drink super yummy ūüėč

Pineapples are rich in vitamins, enzymes and antioxidants. They may help boost the immune system, build strong bones and aid indigestion. Also, despite their sweetness, pineapples are low in calories.
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So you can call it a healthy drink. Diet conscious people can enjoy this guilt free delicious drink.

I made it with or without sparkling water. Both are superbly delicious. You can serve it as a party drink. I didn’t add sugar in it. But if you like you can add sugar or sugar syrup according to your taste. I love this drink with the natural sweetness of pineapple.

Recipe

Pineapple – 1 heaped cup, chopped

Mint leaves – 7 – 8

Water – 1/2 cup

Black salt – 1/2 teaspoon or to taste

Chilli flakes or red chilli powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Cumin powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Lemon juice – 2 tablespoon

Method

1. Blend pineapple and mint leaves with water in a blender.

2. Strain the juice with a strainer.
Add pink or black salt, chilli flakes or powder, cumin powder and lemon juice. Blend again. You can add some ice cube with it.

3. Taste and add more salt and lemon juice if require.

4. Rub lemon on the rim of the glass. Now dip the rim in pink salt.

5. Place some ice cube in the glass. Pour pineapple mixture over it.

6. Garnish with lemon wedges and serve chilled.
Enjoy…….

Notes

1. You can add sugar or sugar syrup if you like.

2. I didn’t use sparkling water but if you want add it just before serving.

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Aloo Chutney Pulao Or Spicy Green Rice With Potatoes

Aloo chutney pulao. Or Spicy tangy delicious green rice with potatoes. One pot meal to serve in a jiffy.
After Gujarati cuisine now a dish from Hariyana.

Haryana is a state in Northern India.
Haryana became one of the most economically developed regions in India with its agricultural bloom. The state enjoys a blend of urban and rural population and boasts a rich culture and tradition. If we talk about Haryana’s cuisine, it evokes simplicity. Haryanvi cuisine is just like the people in Haryana – simple, grounded and inevitably linked to the land. You will not find people opting excessively for restaurant food, especially in the smaller towns, as home-made meals are most cherished, using ingredients grown mostly in their own land.
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This month in Shhhhh cooking secretly challenge
facebook group we are sharing different dishes from Hariyanvi cuisine. In this group members are paired up every month. And the pairs give each other two secret ingredients. This month my partner is a very talented blogger Priya Satheesh. Who blog at Priya’s menu.
Priya gave me two delicious ingredients potato and coriander leaves. And I gave her moong dal and bajra. Check out her blog for the amazing recipe she shared with these ingredients.

I have made this rice according to my taste , if you want to make authentic recipe you can omit cumin powder, green cardamom and lemon juice. But these ingredients enhance the taste. I like tangy taste but if you don’t like your rice tangy use less lemon juice or skip it.

Recipe

Rice – 1 cup

Potato – 8, small sized

Black Cardamom – 1

Green cardamom – 2 – 3

Cinnamon – 1 inch piece

Cloves – 3

Bay leaf – 1

Coriander or cilantro leaves – 1/2 cup

Mint leaves – 1/2 cup

Ginger paste – 1 teaspoon

Garlic paste – 1 teaspoon

Anardana or pomegranate seeds – 1/2 teaspoon

Fennel seeds or saunf – 1/2 teaspoon

Green chilli – 3 – 4 or to taste

Lemon juice 1 – 2 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Black pepper powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Ghee/clarified butter or oil – 2 tablespoon

Water – 3 cup

Method

1. Wash the rice and soak for 15 minutes.

2. Peel the potatoes. Wash, drain and prick allover the potatoes with a fork. Keep aside.

3. Grind coriander or cilantro leaves, mint leaves, green chilli, fennel seeds and anardana or pomegranate seeds. Make a smooth paste. Add ginger garlic paste and blend again.

4. Crush the green cardamom, cinnamon and cloves. I have used my mortar pestle to crush.

5. Marinate the potatoes with half of the ground mixture.

6. Heat oil or ghee in a pressure cooker. I have used half oil half ghee or clarified butter.

7. Add black cardamom and crushed green cardamom, cloves, cinnamon and bay leaf.

8. Then add the marinated potatoes, remaining ground mixture, salt, cumin powder and black pepper powder. Saute for 4 – 5 minutes.

9. Add the drained rice. Mix well. Saute for few seconds.

10. Add water and lemon juice. Close the lid.

11. Switch off the heat after 3 whistle.
Don’t try to open the pressure cooker immediately. Let the pressure settle down on it’s own.

12. Open the pressure cooker. Fluff the rice gently.

I have microwave the cooked rice for 3 minutes on full power before serving. But this step is optional. You can serve immediately.
Serve hot with any raita.
Happy cooking!!

Notes

1. You can make it in your rice cooker with same process.

2. Add chilli according to your taste. If you like more spicy then you can add more green chilli and pepper powder.

3. If you don’t like your rice tangy use only 1 teaspoon lemon juice or skip it.

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Watermelon Cantaloupe Mint Smoothie

Watermelon cantaloupe mint smoothie.
Watermelon is easily available in this season. This refreshing fruit has mostly water and full of nutrients.
I love chilled watermelon juice in summer. And tried this juice with many other ingredients to make different delicious dishes.

Today sharing a smoothie with it. Pairing it with another summer fruit cantaloupe or muskmelon or Kharbuj. Lightly flavoured with mint.
If you don’t like mint you can use cinnamon or any other flavour of your choice.

I didn’t use any sweetener in it. Watermelon and cantaloupe made the smoothie perfectly sweet.
You can get some more watermelon recipes here. Click on the name to get the recipe.

Watermelon sandesh

Watermelon muffins

Watermelon cooler with Tulsi and aloe vera

Litchi watermelon dates peach smoothie

Virgin mojito / mocktail with watermelon and Fanta

Virgin watermelon mojito

Sending this post to the 144 #Foodiemonday bloghop yoghurt based theme.
I was thinking about a yoghurt based curry to share today. But this time I want to share my breakfast with you. Yes in summer smoothie is a best breakfast option. Chilled, refreshing, filling and yummy.

If you are a regular reader of my blog then you know that I have shared different smoothie recipes in every summer.
Today I have used cantaloupe in it. But you can use one banana instead if you want.
Keep it in refrigerator or add some crushed ice cubes and enjoy the chilled glass of healthy fruity smoothie.

Recipe

Thick yoghurt – 1/2 cup

Watermelon juice – 1 cup

Kharbuj /cantaloupe /muskmelon – 1/2 cup, chopped

Or

Banana – 1, chopped

Lemon juice – 1 tablespoon

Mint leaves – 1 tablespoon, torned with hand

Black salt – a pinch

Method

1. In a blender blend cantaloupe, torn mint leaves and thick yoghurt.

2. Now add watermelon juice, black salt and lemon juice.
Blend again.

3. Taste and add little more lemon juice and black salt if require.

I didn’t use any sweetener in it because my watermelon and cantaloupe both are sweet. But if you want you can add a teaspoon of honey or sugar if require

4. Pour the mixture in your favourite glass. Garnish with watermelon and mint leaves.

5. Keep in refrigerator or add crushed ice cubes.
Serve chilled.

Enjoy the delicious refreshing chilled smoothie.

Notes

1. You can use cinnamon powder instead of mint leaves or any other flavour of your choice.

2. If you don’t like cantaloupe use one banana instead.

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Green Tea Grape Mocktail

Green tea grape mocktail.
Summer time again. And here is a chilled and refreshing drink for you.
A perfect drink to beat the heat. This non alcoholic drink is perfect for your party. A delicious mocktail for kids and non drinkers.

You can make the drink and store in refrigerator. Mix soda water and ice just before serving.

This week’s 137th #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is mocktail.
And I am sharing this green tea grape mocktail.

You can get some more drink recipes here. Click on the name to get the recipe.

Virgin watermelon mojito

Kiwi ginger lime cooler

Thandai flavoured fruit punch

Watermelon cooler with Tulsi and aloe vera

Virgin mojito with watermelon and Fanta

Refreshing flavour of green tea, mint, ginger and lemon, sweetness of grapes and cooling properties of cucumber makes this drink superbly delicious.
I have added little ginger in it but if you don’t like you can omit. Or you can increase the amount of ginger if you like.

Recipe

Ingredients

Green tea – 1 cup

Grape – 1 cup

Cucumber – 1/2

Grated ginger – 1/2 teaspoon

Mint leaves – 8 – 10

Lemon juice – 3 tablespoon

Sparkling water or soda water – 1/2 cup

Black salt – 1/4 teaspoon

Lemon wedge, mint and thin lengthwise slice of cucumber to garnish

Method

Make one cup green tea and let it cool down.
Wash the grapes. Peel and chop the half cucumber. Taste the cucumber before using. It shouldn’t be bitter.

In a blender blend grapes, cucumber, mint leaves, black salt, grated ginger, lemon juice and green tea.
Blend till smooth and frothy.

Strain the mixture. Press with a spoon on strainer to get all the juice.
Slice thin lengthwise piece of cucumber.
Place the slice in a glass. Press on the inner wall of the glass.

Place some crushed ice in the glass.
Pour the strained juice over it. Top with sparkling water or soda water.
Garnish with lemon wedge, mint and grape.
Serve chilled.
Enjoy……

Notes

1. I like natural Sweetness so I didn’t add any sweetener. You can add honey or sugar if you want.

2. You can add little more black salt if require.

3. You can increase or decrease the amount of mint and ginger as per your taste.

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Mint Rice Or Pulao 


Mint rice or pulao.

A very flavourful and spicy one pot meal. Goes well with any veg or non veg curry. Or serve it with simple onion cucumber raita or fruit raita. You can make this delicious rice for tiffin too.

Whenever we have to cook lip-smacking dish in a short notice one pot meal is the best option.

This post is going to be a part of 95th #Foodiemonday bloghop one pot meal theme.

You don’t have to spend lots of time in the kitchen. Just grind the spices and and make it in a pressure cooker for one whistle. You can add whole spices as tempering. But I have ground them to make the rice more flavourful.

Recipe 


Rice – 1 cup

Onion – 2 sliced

Garlic – 4 – 5 cloves

Ginger – 1 Inch piece chopped

Mint leaves – 1 cup

Coriander leaves – 1/2 cup chopped

Green chilli – 2 – 3 chopped

Green cardamom – 3 – 4

Cloves – 3

Cinnamon – 1 inch stick

Mace or javitri – 1 string

Star anise – 1/2

Tomato – 1 chopped

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Black pepper powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Oil or ghee/clarified butter – 2 – 3 tablespoon

Lemon juice – 1 tablespoon

cumin seeds – 1 teaspoon

Sugar – 1/2 teaspoon, optional

Water – 1& 1/2 cup

Fried cashew nuts – 2 tablespoon

Method 



Wash the rice well. Drain and keep aside.

Grind mint leaves, coriander leaves or cilantro, ginger, garlic, green chilli, cardamom, cinnamon, mace or javitri, star anise and tomato. Make a smooth paste.

Heat oil or ghee in a pressure cooker. Add cumin seeds and let them splutter.

You can can use cardamom, cinnamon, cloves  mace and star anise as tempering. I have ground them to make the rice more flavourful. If you want to add as tempering crush the whole spices and add with cumin seeds in hot oil or ghee. Grind only mint leaves, cilantro, green chilli  ginger, garlic and tomato.

When cumin seeds starts to crackle add sliced onion. Fry until onions becomes translucent.

Add the ground mixture, salt, black pepper powder, sugar, coriander powder and cumin powder. Adjust chillies according to your taste.

Saute until oil leaves the side.

Add the rice. Mix gently. Saute for few seconds.

Add 1 and 1/2 cup water and lemon juice.

Mix well.

Close the lid. Remove from heat after one whistle.

Don’t open the pressure cooker immediately. Let the pressure settle down on its own.
Fluff the rice gently.

Garnish with fried cashew nuts.

Serve hot with any veg or non veg curry. Or onion cucumber or fruit raita.

Savoury Cucumber Smoothie Or Chhach 


Savoury cucumber smoothie or chhach. 

Do you love chhach or butter milk?  Then you will love this delicious cucumber chhach.  Butter milk is called the nectar of earth. And in Ayurveda its categorised as satvic food. 

This chilled refreshing low fat and low calorie drink help in weight loss. Apart from that its helps in digestion. A best accompaniment to meal. 

Its an excellent source of many nutrients and boost your calcium intake.

Not only that research shows its helps to reduce blood pressure, prevent cancer and lower cholesterol.

And this savoury smoothie has cucumber too. Low calorie vitamins enriched cucumber keeps us hydrated and cool. Its helps in digestion, stabilize blood pressure, good for diabetic and lowers the uric acid levels and keep the kidneys healthy. 

Apart from that cucumbers are a source of several compounds that fight inflammation and aging. It can resolves many skin problems and ensures healthy and younger looking skin and also have anti cancer properties.

Coming to the recipe. You can make it without cucumber too. But cucumber made the drink more delicious and healthy. 

Recipe 


Yogurt – 1 cup 

Cucumber – 1 peeled, grated or chopped 

Sea salt or black salt to taste

Black pepper powder to taste 

Roasted cumin powder – 1/4 teaspoon 

Lemon juice – 1 teaspoon 

Mint leaves – few 

Ice cube – as require, optional 

Mint string, grated cucumber, lemon and cucumber wedges for garnishing

Method 


Combine everything and blend until smooth. 
Taste and add more salt, pepper  cumin powder and lemon juice if require. 
I have used sea salt but you can use black salt or normal salt too. 
Pour the mixture into a glass and keep in refrigerator until it becomes chilled. 

Or

Place some ice cubes in a glass and pour the mixture over it. 
Garnish with mint string, cucumber and lemon wedges and little grated cucumber. 

Serve chilled.

Stay healthy stay happy  ūüėä