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Panaka (Musk Melon Drink):

It’s summer time again and I see the vendors on my street selling all kinds of summer fruits like watermelon, musk melon, oranges and lovely green grapes. Musk melon is not one of my favourites as very rarely I get to taste some sweet ones, most of them are bland. Though musk melon is excellent for summer, I somehow can’t get myself to eat it. I can only have this fruit in the form of ‘Panaka’. This panaka is made on the occasion of Ram Navami. Ram Navami is the festival where we celebrate the birth of Lord Rama. We generally serve people with panaka and kosambari (cucumber-moong dal salad) on this day. This panaka when served chilled is very refreshing and is very easy to make.

You’ll need:

Water: 1 cup

Jaggery powdered: 2 tablespns(add according to your taste)

Musk Melon pieces: 1/4 cup finely chopped( you can also mash 2 teaspn of musk melon to mix with the juice)

Elaichi powder: a pinch

lime : 1/2 teaspn(optional)- to add some tanginess, I haven’t added any.


Stir jaggery powder and water till the jaggery dissolves. Add mashed and chopped pieces of musk melon and give it a stir. Add some elaichi powder and a dash of lime if required and refreshing panaka or musk melon drink is ready to be served. Do Serve it chilled.

This panka goes to wish ‘ Tickling palates‘ a very happy birthday and for the event ‘Fun and Sun’.


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My mother in law generally prepares this drink and its very refreshing during these hot summers. just the mention of the word butermilk or cucumber is so refreshing and soothing. With soaring temperatures in Bangalore, drinks like this are a real delight and can be made and stored in the fridge. I’ve added pudina or mint to it to give that extra twist to the taste. So go on and beat the Heat!!!

You’ll need:

Buttermilk: 1 cup (chaas)

cucumber: grated: 1/2 cup

Ginger: 2-3 slivers

Mint leaves: 2-3 nos.

salt: to taste ( you could also try black salt/kala namak)

Jeera powder: a pinch

Corriander powder: a pinch

Green chilly: 0.5 or half (optional, if you need to make it spicy but I haven’t added)


In a Blender, add all the above ingredients and blend to form a homogeneous drink. Refrigerate it and serve chilled.

Thanda..Thanda ..Cool..Cool..

This drink also finds its place in Madhuri’s Event: Serve Me Some Juices, Shakes and Smoothies of cookcurrynook.

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Banana Smoothie with a Dash of sin..

Well, whats in a name!! I could have called this  ‘The Holy smoothie’:))..I got this idea from the holy panchamrutha you get in a temple. Panchamrutha is mix of five ingredients to worship God. It’s also called as nectar of Immortality. It contains, milk, honey, yogurt, sugar and  ghee. This mix is used to worship God. I love having this panchamrutha any time of the day. I don’t need any reason to make one. So, here’s the smoothie with a dash of chocolate sauce and it tasted heavenly. I’m sure the Gods would love it too!!! sinfuullll….

You’ll need:

Banana: 1 no.large variety

Milk: 1 cup

Yogurt: 1 tablespn( make sure, it’s not sour)

Sugar: to taste (check out the sweetness of banana before adding)-2 teaspns

Honey: 2 teaspns

Chocolate sauce: as much as you like!!!- 1 tablespn

Vanilla Essence: 2-3 drops

Chocolate powder: a pinch to sprinkle on top

crushed ice


In a blender add all the ingredients except the chocolate powder and serve in a tall glass. Dust  some chocolate powder and serve it chilled. Ideal treat for hot summers and for me, an ideal treat anytime!!.I’m sure the kids will love it too.

This is my contribution to Madhuri’s event Serve Me Some Juices, Shakes and Smoothies of cookcurrynook

As this is her first event, I wish her All the Best and will keep looking forward to many more interesting events from you dear.

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I had tasted this drink at one of the continental restaurants and immediately fell in love with it. It has a Caribbean feel to it. I loved it so much that I approached the chef for the recipe. I have served this drink as a welcome drink to my guests when I had invited them over for dinner. It was a big hit with them too.

For this drink, choose the tender coconut in which the coconut inside is still creamy.

coco jumbo

coco jumbo

You’ll need:

Tender coconut water: 1 glass

Coconut cream: ¼ cup

Honey: 1 teaspn

Mint : 2 leaves

Dash of lime juice.


In a mixie, grind coconut cream, honey and mint leaves to form a paste. Take a tall glass of coconut water; add about 2 teaspoons of this mix with a dash of lime. The most refreshing drink to beat the summer is ready.

This recipe is reaching soups n juice event hosted by Sireesha.

This recipe is reaching Madhuri’s Serve Me Some Juices, Shakes and Smoothies of cookcurrynook

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