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.

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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  😊

Virgin Watermelon Mojito 


Virgin mojito with watermelon and cucumber. 

A refreshing, delicious and chilled drink to keep your body hydrated. Watermelon and cucumber both have high water content. So its a perfect drink to beat the heat.

Mojito is a traditional Cuban highball. Traditionally mojito is a cocktail or alcohol based drink consist of mint leaves, lime juice, sugar sparkling water and white rum.

But alcohol free virgin mojito has lime juice, mint leaves and sugar syrup.

I have made this mojito sugar-free.  You don’t need to add sugar because this mojito has natural sweetness of watermelon. But you can add little sugar or sugar syrup if you want your drink more sweet. 

Watermelon is a most refreshing fruit of this summer season. Its low in calories but high in vitamin A, C and many healthy plant compounds. This fruit have high water content so its help you to keep your body hydrated and help you feel full.

And some benefits of cucumbers are 

Cucumbers are predominantly made of water.

Some people use cucumbers to soothe sunburn.

Early research shows that a compound found in cucumbers might help fight cancer.

Cucumbers contain lignan, which may help fight cardiovascular disease.

Cucumber is a versatile foodstuff and can be added to a variety of dishes.

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Our this week’s #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is watermelon. My contribution is this virgin mojito with watermelon and cucumber. 

This mojito is not only refreshing and delicious but healthy too. And mint, lemon and back salt makes this mojito super yummy.

Recipe 


Seedless watermelon cubes – 2 cup 

Cucumber – 1 small peeled and chopped 

Grated ginger – 1/2 teaspoon 

Mint leaves – 1/4 cup 

Lemon juice – 2 tablespoon 

Club soda – 1/2 cup

Black or pink salt – 1/2 teaspoon or to taste 

Black pepper powder – 1/2 teaspoon or to taste 

Mint leaves and lemon wedges for garnishing
Crushed ice optional 

Method 


Combine seedless watermelon cubes, peeled and chopped cucumber, grated ginger, lemon juice and black or pink salt. 

Blend in a mixer blender. Blend until smooth. 

Strain the mixture. 

Add club soda. Taste and adjust salt  pepper and lemon juice if require. You can add sugar or sugar syrup if you want your drink more sweet. 

Pour the mixture into a glass. Add some crushed ice. 

Garnish with mint string, lemon and watermelon wedges. Place a mint leaf in the glass. 

Serve chilled. Enjoy…………. 

Orange Grapes Frozen Cooler With Lemon And Mint 

Orange grapes frozen cooler with lemon and mint.

A very refreshing and delicious cooler to beat the heat. You can serve it as a dessert too. 

I have used fresh orange juice  grapes, lemon and fresh mint in it. 

A drink or dessert for this scorching hot weather. Serve it to your kids instead of fruits. I am sure they will love it.

Oranges are easily available and one of the most popular fruits in the world. Oranges are excellent source of nutrients but low in calories. And oranges are well known for vitamin C and significant antioxidant properties.

They not only promote healthy skin, also can help to prevent from many diseases.

And the queen of fruits grapes are known for numerous health benefits. Many studies proved that grapes can protect us from heart disease, high blood pressure and cancer.

You can get some more cooler or mocktail recipes here. 
Watermelon cooler with Tulsi and aloevera 
Kiwi ginger lime cooler 
 Thandai flavoured fruit punch or mocktail 
Virgin mojito 

Our this week’s #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is frozen cooler. And my contribution is this fruity frozen cooler.

A chilled drink with all the goodness of fruits. You don’t need to add sugar in it. Just enjoy the natural sweetness of fruits. A dash of pink or black salt and lemon juice makes the drink super delicious.

I have used fresh orange juice but you can make it with canned juice too. 

Recipe 


Orange juice – 2 cup frozen 

Grapes – 1 cup 

Lemon juice – 4 teaspoon 

Pink salt or black salt – 1/2 teaspoon 

Mint – few leaves 

Lemon wedge and mint leaves for garnishing 

Method 


I have frozen fresh orange juice but you can use canned juice too. Keep the juice in freezer till set. 

Combine frozen orange juice, grapes, salt, mint leaves and lemon juice in a blender. 

Blend until smooth. 

Taste and adjust salt and lemon juice according to your taste. I have used 1 lemon and 6 – 7 mint leaves. You can reduce or increase as per your taste. 

You can use any fruits of your choice instead of grapes. 

Pour the mixture into a glass. 

Garnish with lemon wedges and mint leaves. 
Serve chilled. 

Enjoy the healthy and super yummy fruity frozen cooler as a drink or dessert 😊

Virgin Mojito/Mocktail With Watermelon And Fanta

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Virgin mojito or mocktail with watermelon and Fanta.
Mojito is a traditional Cuban highball.

Traditionally mojito is a cocktail or alcohol based drink consist of mint leaves, lime juice, sugar sparkling water and white rum.

But virgin mojito has lime juice, mint leaves and sugar syrup.
And mocktail is a non alchoholic drink which consists of a mixture of fruit juices, syrups or soft drinks.

Call it virgin mojito or mocktal but taste is awesome.
Weather is too hot. And its a perfect drink to beat the heat.

I haven’t used sugar in it. I have a Fanta bottle so used it but you can use any  orange flavored carbonated drink.

You can use sparkling water or soda water too but then you have to use sugar in it. You can make it with litchi too if you don’t like watermelon.

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Recipe

Watermelon cubes  – 2 cup seedless

Lemon juice  – 2 teaspoon

Mint leaves  – 1/4 cup loosely packed

Fanta  – 1/2 cup

Ice cubes  – as require

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Method

Combine watermelon cubes, mint leaves and lemon juice. If you don’t like mint much add only few leaves. Blend till smooth.

Strain the mixture and add Fanta. You can use any orange flavored carbonated drink too.

If you are using sparkling water or soda water add sugar to taste before blending.

Keep the mixture in refrigerator for an hour to chilled.
Now place some ice cubes and few fresh mint leaves in a glass. Pour the mixture over it.

Garnish with mint spring,  lemon and watermelon wedges.
Serve chilled.
Enjoy the heavenly taste.

I would love to hear from you. Please give your feedback if you like the recipe.