Showing posts with label Beverages. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Beverages. Show all posts

May 6, 2014

Onion Juice

My first experience with Onion juice was weird and unusual because of it strong and pungent smell. We normally use onions in cooking for its taste and flavor. But I never taught of including raw onion juice in my diet. Recently, I was unwell due to cold, chillness and cough. My mother-in-law made a concoction of raw onion juice with honey and gave 50 ml of this juice for 3 days. I felt a lot better without taking any medications.

It not only helps to reduce chillness, cold and cough but after researching it further , I came to know that prevents graying of hair and has anticancer properties.  You can use any variety of onions to make this juice. Red onions and shallots are quiet spicy. If you cannot take the heat, then you can use white or yellow onions.

For adults 50 ml of this juice can be given and for kids upto 5ml can be given per day.


1 Onion (red/yellow/white), cubed
1 tsp Honey
1/2 cup of Water


  • Grind onion into a smooth paste using a blender
  • Add water to it and use a strainer to extract juice
  • Add honey and well.
  • Serve immediately

Note: Do not throw the left over onion after straining. You can use it to make curries or soups

Apr 9, 2014

Majjige Neeru | Spiced ButterMilk | Masala Majjige

"Majjige Neeru" or "Spiced Buttermilk" is a traditional beverage made during festivals especially for Sri Rama Navami festival, celebrating the birth of Lord Rama. It is also a summer refreshing drink. It helps to cool off body on a hot sunny day.

I learnt this recipe at my maternal grandparents house where I spent my summer vacations here. Me and my cousins used to help our mothers in kitchen in making lemonade and buttermilk in mid mornings. We learnt how to make butter and buttermilk in traditional way using rope and a butter churner tied to a pole. I miss those days, just leave behind our memories. 

The recipe is simple and very easy.


1 cup yogurt
2 cups water
1 Green Chili, minced
1 sprig of Curry leaves
1 sprig of Cilantro
1 small piece of Ginger, grated
1/2 tsp Salt


Method 1 -
  • In a pot , mix water and yogurt. Use a butter churner to churn. Churn for 2- 5 minutes
  • Crush green chili, curry leaves, cilantro, & ginger. Add it to the buttle milk. Adjust salt as per taste and mix well
  • Strain the butter milk and discard if any thing is left in strainer
  • Refrigerated for 1 hour. Serve chilled

Method 2-
  • In a blender, add water, yogurt, green chili, curry leaves, cilantro, ginger, cumin seeds and salt. Blend for 1 or 2 pulses
  • Strain the butter milk and discard if any thing is left in strainer
  • Refrigerated for 1 hour. Serve chilled

Panaka | Panakam | Panangam

"Panaka | Panakam | Panangam" is a sweet drink prepared on Sri Rama Navami festival. Sri Rama Navami is a Hindu festival celebrating the birth of Lord Rama. This festival is celebrated on 9th day of Chaitra month according to Hindu calendar. 

 It is also a summer beverage made with jaggery, pepper, cardamom and lemon.


3 cups water
6 tsp Jaggery | Gur | Brown sugar
1/4 tsp Cardamon
Pinch of pepper powder (optional)
3 Lemons
1/4 tsp Ginger Powder


  • In a pot, mix water, jaggery, cardamom, pepper powder, ginger and juice of 3 lemons. Stir until jaggery completely dissolves
  • Refrigerate for 1/2 hour and serve cold

Apr 3, 2014

Carrot - Celery Juice

An amazing weight loss recipe to start in morning. Its not only nutritious but also delicious. 
When I was watching a show in food channel, the chef mentioned that 24 stalks of celery is equivalent to 200 calories. This stuck me up to make this juice recipe with 2 ingredients.


2 Carrots, finely chopped
2 Stalks of Celery, cut into squares
Orange Juice, (as needed)


  • Puree carrots first in a electric blender or a food processor. Then add celery and puree
  • Add orange juice to adjust thickness
  • Chill until needed
Also, check for more juicing recipes - Kale - Carrot Juice

Mar 18, 2014

Kale - Carrot Juice

Are you on Juice cleanse? Try this new juicing recipe "Kale - Carrot Juice" made from fresh veggies such as carrots, kale and ginger.

This recipe is a powerhouse of antioxidants, high fiber, great anti-inflammatory  food, rich in calcium, vitamins A, C, K and off course great detox food.


1 Carrot, chopped
3 Stalks of Kale (also include tender stems)
1 inch piece of Ginger
1 Cup of Water or Orange Juice


  • Grind all these ingredients in a blender. If have a juicer, works good.
  • Serve immediately or chilled

Aug 25, 2013


Beat the heat with homemade fresh lemonade with just lemons, sugar and water!! 

Summer is almost coming to an end and I always wanted to add another thirst quenching recipe in Shruchi Kitchen. I made this lemonade almost everyday. So here's the recipe !!


3 Glasses of water
2 Lemons
6 tsp Sugar
1/4 tsp Cardamon powder


  • In a pitcher, dissolve sugar and water with constant stirring
  • Squeeze fresh lemons and add cardamom powder
  • Serve chilled

May 21, 2013

Strawberry - Watermelon Juice

Healthy smoothie recipe made with freshly cut watermelon and strawberries.  Beat the heat with this sensational summer beverage !!

Servings : 2


2 cup watermelon cubes
6 Strawberries halved
4 Ice cubes (optional)


  • using a blender, blend watermelon, strawberries and ice cubes until smooth
  • Serve immediately

May 8, 2013

Indian Ginger Tea | Adrak Chai | Inji Tea | Shunti Tea

Packed with invigorating blend of spicy ginger, black tea, milk and sweetened with granulated sugar. 

A cup of chai is a must in my household. I serve chai with biscuits or usli in evenings. On a raining day, I serve it with piping hot bhaji or pakodas and trust me this is the best combination. 

Ginger tea has many medicinal properties like- it helps in digestion and relieves stress. Also, it helps to ward off cold and cough.

I use skimmed milk to make tea. And I like tea to be little watery.  

Servings : 2
Cook Time : 10 minutes


1 cup Regular milk | Skimmed milk 
1 cup Water
1 tsp Black tea powder
1 small piece of Ginger, crushed
1 1/2 tsp sugar


  • In a pot, add water, milk, and tea powder

  • Add Crushed Ginger. . Bring it to boil

  • When it starts to boil, turn heat to low heat setting. Add sugar
  • Again turn to medium - high heat setting and stir continuously until tea changes to deep hue red

  • Strain tea using strainer 

  •  Serve hot with pakodas, biscuits or coffee cakes