Sunday, 15 June 2014

Instant Lemon juice or Nimbu Sherbet

A Summer drink Instant Lemon juice or Nimbu Sherbet is very easy to prepare with few ingredients. Instead of buying lemonade from the store to prepare this juice, we can prepare it using fresh Lemons or by using home made lemonade.

Ingredients for Instant Lemon juice or Nimbu Sherbet :

Lemon : 2 no's
Water : 4 glass
Sugar : 4tsp
Honey : 2 tsp
Cardamom : 2nos powdered
Ice cubes : 4 to 6
Salt a pinch

To prepare Instant Lemon juice or Nimbu Sherbet :

1. In a bowl take water, Squeeze out the lemon juice from lemons.
2. Add Sugar, Honey, Cardamom powder and salt and mix well till sugar dissolves in the water.
3. Instant Lemon juice or Nimbu Sherbet is ready to serve. Serve it with Ice cubes and for children serve it without Ice cubes.

Health Benefits :

Many of the benefits of lemons are lost or reduced if lemons are heated, so for maximum benefits eat or drink them fresh and raw!

Benefits of raw lemons includes:
1. Richest source of vitamin C of all the citrus fruits.
2. Naturally antiseptic and anti-bacterial.
3. Cleans the blood. Strengthens weak blood vessels.
4. Home remedy for colds and flu, sore throats, coughs, asthma, and bronchitis.
Lemon juice is an excellent anti-oxidant, and as part of a healthy diet will help protect against heart disease, cancer, viruses and allergies.

Caution: Which lemon juice is highly beneficial it is not advisable to take lemon juice if your stomach or intestines are inflamed.

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Karnataka style Vegetable Bath

This is how my mom makes the Authentic Karnataka style Vegetable Bath, which is cooked with  spicy coconut paste and combined with mixed vegetables. The addition of vegetables to the bath makes it a complete nutritious meal which can be had as a filling breakfast, lunch or even dinner.. Basmati rice is not a good match for this spicy masala, which has it's own aroma so for this recipe I am using Sonamasuri Rice. 

Ingredients for Authentic Karnataka style Vegetable Bath :

3 cup Sonamasuri rice
6 cups water
3 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp ghee
2 bay leaves
2 nos cinnamon stick
4 nos cloves
3 green Cardamoms
2 onions sliced lengthwise
1 to 1&1/2 tsp Sambar powder 
1/2 cup each Carrot, Capsicum, Potatoes
1/4 cup frozen piece
1 cup thick buttermilk / 1/2 cup curd
Salt as per taste
2 tbsp lemon juice

Masala to Grind
1/2 coconut chopped
1 no small Onion
1 no Tomato
5 to 6 Green chillies
2 inch Ginger
4 to 5 Garlic cloves
1 inch cinnamon stick
4 nos cloves
2 green Cardamoms
1/4 cup Coriander leaves

To prepare Authentic Karnataka style Vegetable Bath :

1. Soak the rice for 30 min, drain the water and keep it aside.
2. Take a pan add a tbsp oil and roast the masala to grind items except Coriander leaves. Switch off the stove and bring it to room temperature. Make a coarse paste using mixi and keep it aside.
3. In a pressure cooker put 2 tbsp of oil and ghee, add bay leaves, cinnamon sticks, cloves, cardamoms then add onions and fry until onion turns dark golden brown colour. Add sliced veggies and Sambar powder and sauté for10 min then add ground masala, buttermilk/curd and sauté till raw smell leaves.
4. Add rice and fry for 5 min then add water, salt, lemon juice and mix well. Close the lid and pressure cook for 2 to 3 vishal.
5. Authentic Karnataka style Vegetable Bath is ready to serve. Decorate with Coriander leaves and serve it with Raita and Salan.

Tips / Notes:

  • Coconut masala can be prepared early and keep in the fridge for at least 2 days to fasten the cooking process.
  • U can add any vegetables as per your preferences.
  • U can adjust the water quantity as per rice condition.
  • U can use socked piece instead of frozen piece.
  • U can add boiled Soya chunks to this recipe to enhance its mortician values.
Health Benefits :

1. Most vegetables are naturally low in fat and calories. None have cholesterol. (Sauces or seasonings may add fat, calories, or cholesterol.)
2. Vegetables are important sources of many nutrients, including potassium, dietary fiber, folate (folic acid), vitamin A, and vitamin C.

For more health Benefits and nutrition values information about veggies click choosemyplate

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