This Summer Pasta Salad is loaded with pineapple, cucumber, olives and a light creamy dressing. We love eating this pasta salad for lunch or dinner. It is good for any summer meal. After all, the Delhi heat is almost killing us and we are sticking to no-cook, easy to prepare D-I-Y meals such as this summer pasta salad. You can make it in advance and let it sit in the fridge. During the hot summer afternoon, it is so comforting to have a light pasta salad for lunch along with a glass of chilled iced tea or mint lemonade. This creamy summer pasta salad takes my favorite summer ingredients and turns them into a delicious meal.
Aam Panna is a traditional Indian summer drink. A delightful, natural coolant prepared with fresh mango pulp, sugar, spices, and mint leaves. Aam Panna is a conventional drink which is not only refreshing but also energizing. It helps you get hydrated in an instant and aids in battling the scorching heat. When we talk about heat and summer then I must warn you against the brutal Indian summer. It is hot, dry and requires a lot of energy to deal with. In such scenario, homemade drinks like aam panna help beat the heat with so much deliciousness. This aam panna recipe is quick and requires only 25 minutes of your time.
Raise your hand if you love the classic pineapple raita served at Indian restaurants. Oh God, it is one of my favorite side dishes when I am ordering spicy curries for the main course. It is sweet, savory and has the right note of tanginess from the pineapple. Restaurant Style Pineapple Raita is my attempt to re-create the same magic of flavors in my kitchen. And I am happy to announce that this Pineapple Raita Recipe is as good as the one served at restaurants. With this pineapple raita recipe in hand, you can churn this delicious, summer goodness anytime in your kitchen. No need to wait for your next visit to an Indian restaurant.
Popsicles are the new buzz this summer in my kitchen. And the mint and pineapple popsicles are topping the flavor chart so far. The sweetness and tartness of pineapple combined with a notch of chaat masala and mint create a flavor bomb. One bite and you will be reminded of kala khatta – a familiar Indian flavor which is hard to describe in words. A flavor so close to my heart. But this one is not exactly like kala khatta making it even more exquisite. So for anyone else who loves the combination of sweet and sour or who might need a little boost in the afternoon. I’m happy to report that these mint and pineapple popsicles are both tasty and energizing. And just basically delightful.
Kheer and the sweet dish season is back. We have officially entered the festive season in India. An array of festivities lined up in the upcoming months and they come to the halt with the year ending. Samavat Rice Kheer is one of the old school puddings that make a perfect dessert for the festive feasts. Simple, no fuss making process and the conventional creamy texture are the highlights of this gluten-free pudding. The only twist we have introduced in the Sama Rice Kher Recipe is adding a layer of fruits before serving. We love our puddings and custards chilled. Winter season as well is no exception for this rule. And the combination of chilled, thick and rich kheer layered with sweet and ripe mangoes, is definitely a gratifying experience for the food senses. If you thinking where to get mangoes in the month of October, then take a look around surprisingly it is still available. At least, it is still here in Delhi.
What is a cold-pressed juice? Cold-pressed juice is nothing but the regular juice extracted in a most healthy and organic manner without damaging the nutrient value of the juice. It is a slow and gentle method to extract juice from your favorite fruit or the vegetable. How a cold-pressed juice better than the convention one? The regular juices are extracted using a high speed spinning juicer or grinder which generates excess heat. The heat reduces the potency and breaks down essential nutrients and fibres of the fruit/vegetable. Hence, there is minimal retention of fibres and nutrients in the conventional juices. I have recently discovered my love for cold-pressed juices, all thanks to Kent Cold Pressed Juicer.
The charm of summer in Delhi is the lack of inspiration around. We miss the enticing last summer. We were in hometown, Nainital, far away from the rest of the world, where summer is for perfect family picnics, trekking expeditions, local berries and seasonal fruits. But by the time winter came, we started missing the urban civilization and buzzing lifestyle. And to experience that, we shifted our base to Delhi – the heart of the nation. Summer in Delhi is deserted – the only sound is of an occasional bird cuckooing in the garden or a slow, rusty leaf falling from the tree. As described by the famous writer Ahmed Ali, Delhi summer is the season of ‘unending noon’. But even in the midst of such dullness, the beautiful hue of Jamun (Java Plum) inspired me to step ahead and play with the flavors of the fruit. Hence, the result is Jamun (Java Plum) frozen Yogurt.