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Blueberry Litchi Coconut Mocktail

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Summer is not yet over! Enjoy this mocktail made with sweet blueberries, fragrant litchis and healthy coconut water before it is too late.


Happy July to you!!

Can you believe we are already six months down in 2018? Time surely flies fast. 

While it is already monsoons in this part of the world, I know Summer is just starting for a few folks out there.

This mocktail was waiting to be made for a long time now. I watched a similar cocktail on TV and I was bowled. I had to make it. The only thing that was really stopping me was the unavailability of blueberries. And I finally got some plump sweet blueberries at Namdhari's over the weekend, that too at slashed prices. This was my first time eating sweet blueberries. Somehow, until date, I've only managed to get slightly sour ones and I had come to expect that blueberries never got sweeter as they ripened. But hey, they do get sweet. I'm yet to find sweet strawberries, but I now have some little hope that I may find it some day. 

I also chanced upon these extremely fragrant and flavorful litchis while I was out there. They grew at their own farm. I would never have picked up a bag of green litchis, but they let us try a few and they were so sweet, we could hardly believe it. I've only ever had red litchis. These litchis are so fragrant, I love opening my fridge just to catch a whiff!

Anyway, after the blueberries and the litchi, comes the coconut. This mocktail uses the tender coconut water - the best summer drink there is. I'm very lucky to have access to fresh tender coconuts, but if you don't, you can replace it with packaged tender coconut or young coconut water or just some Sprite or plain Soda or Sparkling water.

If the fruit you have aren't sweet enough, stir in some raw honey or sugar. I had really sweet fruits and tender coconut water, so I did not need to sweeten it any other way. Also, if you plan to make it in advance and serve it after a while, add a little lime juice or lemon juice so that it does not discolor. I had a brighter purple before I took the pics, but since I missed adding any citrus the color changed slightly. 

If you'd rather have this as a cocktail, you can add vodka or tequila. The original recipe from TV had vodka and lavender but no litchis. 

These paired really well with the Bread Pizza Cups that I shared on Friday. 


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Blueberry Litchi Coconut Mocktail


A non-alcoholic drink made with fresh blueberries, fragrant litchis and young tender coconut water.

Recipe Type:  Beverage
Cuisine:            International
Prep Time:     15 minutes
Cook time:     0 minutes
Total time:     15 minutes
Yield:                Serves 4

Ingredients:


1.5 cups Blueberries
10 Litchis
2 Tender Coconuts
0.5 Lime
Ice as required
Sweetner if required

Method:


1. Peel the litchis and deseed them.
2. Blend together 1 cup of blueberries, litchis and lime juice until smooth.
3. Strain if you desire.
4. Add coconut water and mix.
5. If the drink is not sweet enough for you, you can add raw honey or sugar.
6. Fill the glasses with ice and pour the drink over them. Add the remaining blueberries in each glass.
7. Serve chilled.





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Sun dried Potato Chips | Aloo Chips | Aloogadde Sandige

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Sun dried Potato Chips - potato slices that are dried in the sun and then deep fried and tossed in seasoning. Highly addictive!!

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The Sun dried Potato Chips are the BEST, seriously guys!!!

Who doesn't love potato chips? I'm sure even the Victoria Secrets models who are eternally on a diet wouldn't mind sneaking one in, once in a while. There are so many varieties of potato chips or crisps or whatever else you might want to call them, but I assure you, this is the best. Cause of course, you will make them yourself. And tell me if I'm wrong, but anything homemade tastes so much better than the preservative loaded air filled packet stuff. 

Recently, I was reading this really old article on Reddit about what surprised non Americans when they visited the USA, I was definitely surprised with the vastness of the country and the enormous food portions. But something that definitely got me crazy was the size of the Potato Chips packets. I think they are as tall as toddlers. Why are they so big? Are they meant to be family packs? If yes, how large is this family? Don't people get bored of the flavor after going through quarter of the packet? Or is it meant to last a month? I did not get that at all. I went a little nuts over the number of flavors though, you get every flavor under the sun.

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Back to the Sun, that's really the focal point today. Did I tell you how the Sun cheated us this year?We had the shortest summer ever, just ONE month. Just April. Summer came and went in the blink of an eye. Summer gets replaced by Monsoons in this part of the world and then everyday is just a dull cloudy day dotted with spells of rain. Usually, I'm a big fan of the rains, I simply love how everything turns bright green, and that fragrance when the rain hits the earth is simply divine. And rains, means deep fried deliciousness and loads of hot cups of chai. But this year I was a little disappointed. I had so many things planned for Summer, and I could barely scramble them in, in a month. But what I did manage to do , was sun dry some potatoes. 

You may have only heard of sun dried tomatoes, but believe me sun dried potatoes are even better!! And people have been doing it for ages, just not me though. This was my first and definitely not my last attempt. Potatoes barely take 3-4 days to dry and the drying makes them intense and all the more potatoey (if that were a word). 

So...

STEP 1 - Wash, peel, and slice the potatoes. 
STEP 2 - Soak the slices in salted boiling water until they are just about done.
STEP 3 - Lay them out on a cloth to dry in the sun.
STEP 4 - Deep fry them and toss them in salt and chilli powder.

Step 4 can be done months later. The chips can be stored for 3-4 months easily if stored in a clean dry air tight container. The good thing here is, you can decide how much to fry, you don't need to fry the entire batch at once and worry about them going soft, however, I assure you, that is not a problem, coz like all potato chips, these are irresistible.

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Some tips to make sure your potato sun drying turns out to be the best...

1) Do not slice the potatoes very thin like you would for regular chips. These need to be around 2mm. 
2) As you slice the chips, put them in water so they don't darken due to oxidization.
3) The chips are soaked in boiling water until they are just about done. If you take them out too quickly, the chips will darken while drying. If you leave them in there too long, they will be completely cooked. So you need to drain them out in 5-8 minutes. Squeeze a chip in between your thumb and index finger and the chip should give when you apply a little pressure. If it does not, it still needs to be cooked, if it gives too soon, it is overcooked.
4) Dry on a cloth, not a tray or plate or paper. The chips will stick to whatever you have placed under it, and removing them from a tray or paper can be difficult. Preferably, use a white cloth or a light colored one as you don't want color running onto the chips.
5) If the chips turn black on the edges or in small spots, you can still use them, just make sure these are the ones you fry first.
6) If you don't have enough sun, place them in the shade, they will dry there as well, but will take much longer.

And last, you can flavor these chips with whatever flavor you like - curry, mint, oregano etc. Just do it immediately after frying while the chips are still hot so the flavor sticks to them. Or you can just salt them and enjoy the potato flavor to its maximum.

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Recipe Type:  Snacks
Cuisine:            Indian
Prep Time:     3 days
Cook time:     10 minutes
Yield:                Serves 4-5


Ingredients:


3-4 medium sized Potatoes
Salt to taste
Red Chilli powder to taste
Water as required
Oil for deep frying

Method:


Wash and peel the potatoes.
Slice the potatoes to about 2mm thickness and immerse in water to prevent them from browning.
Boil water in a large pot, add salt.
Once it comes to a rolling boil, lower heat and add the potato slices to it. Boil for 2-3 minutes then turn off the heat.
Let the potato slices soak for 5-8 minutes. Squeeze a slice between your thumb and index finger and it should give slightly after you apply a little pressure. If it does not, allow it to soak longer. If it gives too quickly, it has overcooked, remove from water immediately.
Drain the potato chips and lay them out on a white cloth in the sun. Cover with a light muslin cloth to prevent dust from settling on to the chips. You can dry them in shade as well.
Leave it in the sun for 3-4 days or until completely dried.
Store in a clean dry air tight container. It can be stored for 3-4 months.
When you want to eat the chips, deep fry them and toss with salt and chilli powder immediately.


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Grilled Cauliflower Summer Bowl

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Summer in a bowl - Spicy grilled Cauliflower, chewy Black Rice, fresh vibrant summer salad all tossed with a mint coriander oil. What are you waiting for? Dig in!!

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I love one bowl meals, so convenient. You spoon all that you want in one large bowl and then you mix together all the bits and pieces as you eat. Bowl meals are popular in so many cultures - Asians have bibimbaps and a variety of other bowl meals (I'm not sure what they are really called), there are Mexican Rice Bowls - I really really love this, I can never have enough of it. And I'm sure there are thousands more that I've never even heard of. What's your favorite bowl meal?

So while Summer hit its high notes, the weather had mercy and a few drops of rain in patches brought down the temperature a few degrees. Yay! Now I at least don't drag my feet to the kitchen. It was beginning to get so hot that I had almost wanted to give up cooking. Standing in front of a hot stove when the air around you is so hot, was definitely more unappetizing than take away food. 

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Being a food blogger, I cannot "not" cook food. What will I write about? Life of a food blogger, especially a part time one like me is not at all rosy. Full time office job that pays me a salary takes up all of my day and a good part of my evenings and nights. I'm either travelling or in meetings or on a call. It's not that I hate it, in fact I enjoy a lot of it, but all that leaves me with very little time for cooking. So most of my kitchen experiments or as I call it "Delicious Exotic Cooking" happens only on the weekends. Weekdays are for simple non spicy dinners like this Tendle Bibbe Upkari with chapati. 

Today was a relaxing Saturday. I had planned to not cook anything. Breakfast was at Gee's place where she made this awesome Sabudana Khichdi. And when Sabudana Khichdi is there, I always over-eat. So we were in no mood for a regular heavy lunch. Binged watched movies on TV all day. All that lazing is doing wonders for me!! I finally feel like cooking.

But today we were in no mood for regular heavy spicy weekend lunch. We both wanted something fresh yet filling. Not so sure if he wanted filling, but I definitely am not cooking any snacks with evening tea, so lunch had to keep us full till dinner. So presenting, my Saturday kitchen experiment, *drum rolls* - Grilled Cauliflower Summer Bowl!!

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This Grilled Cauliflower Summer Bowl has 4 main components - the spicy grilled cauliflower ( of course), black rice (I told you I cook exotic food), mint coriander oil (ah! so easy) and a fresh summer salad (so refreshing). 

Start by making the mint coriander oil. It is the simplest part of the entire bowl, but also the thing that ties it all together. The mint and coriander need time to infuse into the oil. So I'd start with this. 

Then comes the black rice. Why black rice, you ask? Because I had it!! You can use brown rice or even regular white rice. I loved the play of black and the other colors, plus I had to use the rice, so I used the sexy black rice. Black rice is very similar to traditional brown rice, it needs quite a bit of soaking and it takes time to cook. It also has that bite to it that's generally missing in white rice. Cook the rice you have just the way you want it and it should be good. 

The Cauliflower - marinate it with olive oil, red chilli powder, cumin powder, garlic, lime juice, turmeric powder and salt. I love this marinade, and I use it for all sorts of things - Paneer, Tofu, Chickpeas etc. Let the marinade soak in, then grill the cauliflower until it is done. I did mine in the oven. 

The salad is just a basic salad of raw vegetables with a light dressing of lime juice, olive oil, salt and pepper. I just mixed together colorful peppers / capsicum to brighten up the whole dish. Use whatever you feel like adding to the salad.

Finally just spoon everything in a bowl and enjoy!! I preferred eating it at room temperature as it was a warm day. You can serve it at any temperature you like.

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Recipe Type:  Main
Cuisine:            International
Prep Time:     60 minutes
Cook time:     45 minutes
Yield:                Serves 2

Ingredients:


For the Grilled Cauliflower:


2 cups Cauliflower Florets
1.5 Tbsp Olive Oil
1 tsp Red Chilli Powder
0.5 tsp Turmeric Powder
1.5 tsp Cumin Powder
1 tsp Garlic paste
1 tsp Lime Juice
Salt to taste

For the Summer Salad:


1 Cucumber
1 small Onion
1 large Tomato
1/2 cup diced Capsicum (mixed colors)
1.5 Tbsp Olive Oil
1 Tbsp Lime Juice
Salt to taste
Pepper to taste

For the Mint Coriander Oil:


2 tbsp finely chopped Coriander leaves
2 tbsp finely chopped Mint leaves
3-4 Tbsp Olive Oil
1/2 tsp Sugar
Salt to taste
Pepper to taste

For the Black Rice:


1 cup Black Rice
2 cups Water
1/2 tsp Salt

Method:


To make the Mint Coriander Oil: 


Mix together all the ingredients and keep aside until assembling.

To make the Black Rice: 


Wash and drain the black rice.
Add water until covered and soak for 1 hour.
Drain the water.
Pressure cook the rice with 2 cups of water and salt until done but not mushy. You can cook it in a deep pot as well. Black rice takes longer to cook just like brown rice.
Fluff the rice with a fork and keep aside.

To make the Grilled Cauliflower: 


Mix together all the ingredients except the cauliflower to make a marinade.
Add in the cauliflower and rub the marinade. Keep aside for half hour.
Lay out on a baking sheet and grill in the oven for 12-15 minutes until the cauliflower is done.

To make the Summer Salad: 


Roughly dice the cucumber, onion and tomato.
Add the lime juice, olive oil, salt and pepper. Mix well.

To Assemble the Summer Bowl: 


Spoon the rice equally into bowls. Pour the mint coriander oil over the rice.
Place the roasted cauliflower and the salad over the rice.
Serve at room temperature or warm.

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