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 Sakthi's Drinks Recipes

          Instead of tea or coffee one can use herbal drink as a healthy alterative. Here are a few recipes that will cater to the needs of the habitual craving mind.

MANGO LASSI

(Scientific study on Lassi)

                                                    INGREDIENTS

                                                     Mango - 2
                                                        Curd - half cup
                                                       Sugar - as necessary
                                  Cardamom powder - 1/4 tea spoon
                                                     

                                                   HOW TO PREPARE

Smash mango in along with smashed yogurt (Curd) and sugar into it.Mix well. Add cardamom  powder. Serve cooled.

 

                                    Nannari Sherbet

Sarsarparilla or Nannari is a medicinal root. It is also extremely tasty to drink. Boil few roots of it and mix with brown sugar syrup and stored in room temperature for many weeks or in fridge, in a concentrated form. Anytime you want to drink this refreshing drink dilute with water and drink.

     This is good for children instead of giving them soda or carbonated drinks. You can take this to your work place also. Honey is also good instead of brown sugar syrup. Do not use corn syrups.  Please Click here to read about the medicinal benefits of this herb.

  AGUA DE AMAICA – Mexican Healthy Drink -

HIBISCUS FLOWER WATER

Preparation:

Soak the dried flower petals of Hibiscus in water (5 grams in 500 ml water) for few hours and then boil well for 10 to 15 minutes. Sieve and add palm sugar and store it  and use when needed.

The Mexican beverages known as Aguas Frescas are an inspiring complement to Mexico's cuisine. Super healthy and oh-so-simple to make, this drink only require three essential ingredients: fruit, water and brown-sugar. 

Dried hibiscus flowers, known in Mexico as Jamaica (pronounced hah-MIKE-ah) are used to make this refreshing, delicious drink. It’s a mild, natural diuretic and in Mexico it is often used to combat high blood pressure. 

In Ayurveda this is also praised for its health promoting benefits. It has high contents of vitamin C and anthocyanins and so a powerful anti-oxidant a protector of all body organs especially the heart. This flower extract has been scientifically been tested to lower cholesterol and triglycerides.

Instead of drinking artificially colored soft drinks that might harm your body, enjoy this sweet drink giving an anti-oxidant boost to your body.

Orange Peel Tea


Ingredients:

Tea powder 2 Teaspoon Water 1 Cup
Raw Sugar 2 Teaspoon Milk 1 Cup
Orange peel 2 Inch slice

Preparation:

Add all the ingredients to water and boil well. Sieve and drink the tea hot.

It is very good for health and keeps us fresh and energetic.

Preparation time: 5 minutes 


Coriander powder ginger Tea


Ingredients:

Coriander Powder ½ Teaspoon Water 1 Cup
Ginger Grated Raw Sugar or Honey 2 Teaspoon

Preparation:

Add all the ingredients to water and boil well. Sieve and drink the tea hot.

It is very good for health and keeps us fresh and energetic. Palm sugar is the best.

One of the most popular herbal-tea in South India is the Ginger-Coriander tea (Sukku-malli-kaappi). Coriander seeds , dried ginger (sukku is lime-treated ginger which has superior medicinal value than just dried ginger) and palm-sugar rich in vitamins and minerals combination is an excellent drink for health to aid digestion and a tonic for kidneys. This organically grown coriander and ginger have high medicinal value and you can enjoy this tea for cold weather.

Ginger is one the best known anti-inflammatory drug known to man. It is commonly used to treat motion sickness, vertigo, asthma, backache, bronchitis, congestion, diarrhea, flu, headache, poor circulation, stomach ache, suppressed menstruation and, swellings. 

Coriander is soothing to the kidneys. Coriander seeds contribute phthalides and polyacetylenes, phytochemcials, all cancer protectors. They possess blood-thinning properties, along with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds. In Germany, it's approved for the treatment of dyspeptic complaints, mild gastrointestinal upsets, flatulence, and to help stimulate the appetite.
It is interesting to know that every morning this sukku-malli kaapi prepared in Dhanwanthri shrine is the bed coffee given to the lord of Sriranganathar temple in Trichy and then given as prasad to the devotees. This ritual was initiated by the ancient masters who knew the medicinal benefit of this herbal Tea.

Preparation time: 5 minutes. 


Soy milk smoothie.

Ingredients:

Soy Milk 1 Cup Water 1 Cup
Blue Berries 1 Cup Sugar To Taste

Mix them in a blender and drink. 


Variations: Use different fruits and mixed fruits for excellent taste and combinations. Apples, grapes, raspberries, mulberries, pears, oranges, kiwi, bananas, apricots can also be used. 


PLAIN FRUIT JUICE 

Apple              one                             Kiwi                one

Water             one cup                       Honey or raw sugar one tablespoonful

Dates             A few

Mix them in a blender and drink.

Making fruit juices with banana, apricot, blueberries are also good.

KUDAVAN SAMBHAARAM

                                                                      INGREDIENTS


Bacopa monnieri ( 'kudavan' in Malayalam ) leaves - a handful
 Hog - weed leaves - a handful
 Phyllanthus niruni ( 'keezharnelli' in Malayalam )          - a handful       
   Curd - 2 table spoon
 Water - 1 1/2 cup      

   HOW TO PREPARE  

Smash the first four ingredients in the mixer together with water, filter and take.
                              Note : This drink is good for the health of kidney and liver, helps for the working of internal organs.
Drinking this is also helpful for acidity. This is extremely good for boosting memory in children. Use this once a week for children aged 3 to 18.  (Thanks to)

 

Carrot Ginger Drink

INGREDIENTS

                       Scraped carrot - 2 cup
                   Ginger, sliced tiny - 1 table spoon
                                    Honey - 1 table spoon
                                    Water - 1/2 cup

                                HOW TO PREPARE

Smash the ginger and carrot together with water, add honey and use.
                           Note : This is a juice with better taste and function.
 This can be used as a break fast for those who takes diet control.

WATERMELON - SAGO RICE DRINK

                                    INGREDIENTS

                          Watermelon pulp - 2 cup
                                          Water - 4 cup
                                     Sago rice - half cup
                               Coconut milk - 2/3 cup
                                          Sugar - as fit

                             HOW TO PREPARE

Wash the sago rice clearly and cook it in 4 cups of water. Keep aside. Mix coconut milk and sugar together. Mix the cooked sago rice in this and keep it on stove. Stir continuously for some minutes. Then remove it from stove and keep to cool. When it gets cooled, add watermelon pulp. Add enough coconut milk according to hardness you liked. Drink is ready.
                                                  You can use condensed milk instead of sugar. If you prefer condensed milk, use the second milk from coconut.