Watermelon Pomegranate Chiller


Is everyone enjoying the extended Summer this year? Boy, it’s hot out and the last day of Summer was like a week ago or more, I don’t even know anymore. I have watered and watered my lawn but it still looks so dry that people are by now considering me a really careless gardener. The trees were confused for a week about the upcoming Autumn but they seem to be enjoying the Summer as well. Last week-end was too hot though. Some friends suggested going to the park but the others definitively said no because it was crazy hot. We ended up enjoying this Watermelon Chiller late evening in the backyard and went out for dinner. How are you enjoying these bonus Summer days? Share with me, will you?

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Rose and Cardamom Lassi


My previous post of Persian Love Cake had wonderful flavors of Rose water, Cardamom, Orange Zest and Saffron. I decided to take two of those to make this another magical creation. The Lassi is infused with delicate Rose petals and dew drenching flowery aroma of Cardamom. 



Did you know, India used to be the largest producer of Cardamom before the spice was introduced to Guatemala before World War I when Guatemala became the largest producer. It is one of those exotic spices which can be used in Sweet as well as Savory dishes.


  • Buttermilk 2 cups Low fat
  • Cardamom 2 pods
  • Rose petals about 10
  • Ice few cubes
  • Sugar 1 Tsp


  • Remove seeds from Cardamom and grind them using spice grinder or mortar and Pestle.
  • In a mixer, add Buttermilk, Cardamom seeds, Rose Petals, Ice Cubes and Sugar. Mix until Rose petals are thoroughly blended.
  • Serve garnished with Rose petals.



Mango-Coconut Smoothie

In India, Mango season is more than over but now that we live in a global village, Mangoes are still available in a lot of places. I particularly like the yellow mangoes from Mexico. They are very sweet when ripe and the flesh is not stringy either which makes it perfect for a smoothie. Since we are still in the Summer season in Chicago, I thought of bringing the Tropics home by combining Mango and Coconut in a smoothie. This is very easy to make and can be served as an afternoon refresher or even as a light dessert.



Yellow Mangoes 2 Ripe

Coconut Milk 1/2 Can

Coconut water 5 Tbsp

Lime zest 1 tsp

Lime Juice 1 tsp



Peel and deseed the Mango. Chop the mango in small pieces. Combine all the ingredients together in a blender and enjoy. You can top it with fresh Mango pieces or some fresh Coconut flesh.


Mint Tea for catching up with an old friend

Can you think of a better way to spend an afternoon than chatting up with an old friend?


One of my really good friend from India was visiting last week-end. She only had a couple of hours to stop by in her busy schedule so we decided on Saturday afternoon. I sent off my hubby with my older daughter for her French lessons, put the younger one down for her nap. We had a blissful couple of hours of catching up with all the news from India and about other friends from our group.



Since it was in the middle of the afternoon, I decided to make some cooling Mint Tea with some fruits to eat. We sat outside in the backyard in a cooling breeze and sipped tea.



Makes two cups

Mint leaves about 8 fresh leaves

Water 2 to 2 ½ cups

Sugar 2 tsp

Rose water 1 drop



Keep the water for boiling in a kettle. Add sugar and let the water come to a boil. Turn off the heat. Add Mint leaves and let them seep for 2 to 3 minutes. Remove the leaves, add the Rose water. Just before serving, add a fresh Mint leaf to the cup and serve.

If you do not like Rose scent, you can leave out the Rose water. There is a thought process that Rose ruins the freshness of Mint. You should decide which way you are inclined.

Try it out with your close friend before the summer is over and send me some pictures.




Limoncello drink with Citrus Fruits


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This yummy refresher will take right out of today’s snow and into the wonderland of spring tulips.

Very easy to make and all you need is Limoncello Liqueur on hand.


Serves 1

Limoncello Liqueur 1/2 cup

Water plain or Sparkling 1/2 cup

Few bite size pieces of oranges and Grapefruit

Couple of pieces of Basil or Mint whichever is available but not both together

Wedge of Grapefruit to Garnish

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Mix together Limoncello and water. Add Fruit and Basil/Mint and let it sit for 1/2 hour. Serve over ice. This is great drink to make ahead for a larger group of people.



Sangria Gelee

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I am going to confess that I need a glass or two of good wine on social occasions. I am more of a sweet wine person than dry wine so obviously Sangria is my favorite. So when I came across this idea of eating wine, I was thrilled. Had to try it. I made this Gelee back in the summer. It tasted heavenly when sitting outdoors, eating spoon after spoon of chilled Sangria Gelee. I think I would want to recreate this recipe just to experience that beautiful summer day for a few minutes. Try it out and let me know how you like it.


  • 2 cups wine of your choice. I used white Riesling here.
  • 2 cups water or Fruit juice.
  • 2 cups assorted fresh berries
  • 2 packets (each 7 grams) unflavoured gelatin powder

Place wine in a saucepan over medium heat. If you cook Indian food or use lot of spices like I do, make sure all the smell from spices in removed from the pan. Allow it to come to boil and remove from heat. Add gelatine powder and stir until dissolved. Add water or fruit juice.

Divide the fruits equally among your wine glasses and pour this mixture over it. Let it set for 2 to 3 hours. Mine was eaten immediately and hope yours is too. Enjoy!!wine gelee 2
Photo by: Abhijit Bhatwadekar
Recipe : Adapted from Inspired Edibles
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