Black jamun known as Navvar pazham or Navaapazham in tamil is a seasonal fruit packed with loads of health benefits. These are good source for diabetic patients, relieves stomach pain, diarrhea, good for digestion, and controls menustral disorder for women.
Recently we have been to Jungle Retreat, Masinagudi and there was a big jamun with loads of jamuns, thought of collecting it on the day we were about to leave, but unfortunately a bear ate most of the jamun which are easy to reach and the next morning I got to collect only the leftovers.
As it was farm fresh, it tastes divine to eat. But apart from eating stored few of them for developing recipes, and here comes my Black Jamun / Indian Blackplum / Navvar Pazham Mocktail. Let me share the recipe…
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Jamun Fruit / Navvar Pazham Mocktail
- Black Jamun – ½ kg
- Granadine – 3 tbsp
- Lemon juice – 1 tbsp
- Castor Sugar – 4 tsbp
- Black salt – ¼ tsp
- Salt – a pinch
- Mint leaves – 2 sprigs
Deseeding the fruit
Jamun Fruit / Navvar Pazham Mocktail
- Wash and deseed the jamun fruit.
- Take out the flesh and skin of the jamun, blend them well by adding little water.
- Strain the juice, add in 2 tbsp of strained flesh to the juice.
- Pour in the lemon juice, granadine and mix well.
- Add in the castor sugar, black salt and salt, mix well.
- Crush 3 to 4 mint leaves, add it to the juice.
Refrigerate and served chilled, by topping it with a small mint sprig.
Note: Granadine available in stores, will soon update the recipe, it’s nothing but similar to Pomegranate Squash.
Already I have shared Lassi during last summer and now for this summer thought of trying something new with lassi. This year I feel that I am getting roasted when I was cooking around 1 p.m for my lunch and I wanted to have something chill chill cool cool. Thought what to cook, when I saw my balcony garden found my beautifully grown mint leaves and thought of trying out a drink with mint leaves and really I am bored of Mojito. Here resulted my idea of Mint Lassi. A perfect coolant for Indian summer.
Mint Lassi was too delicious, the only thing I felt in this drink was I should add little more mint leaves for more flavor, but kids would love only this quantity of mint leaves. Let us move on to the recipe…
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- Mint leaves – 1 fistful
- Yogurt/Curd (Chilled) – 3 cups
- Milk (at room temperature or chilled) – 1 cup
- Sugar – 4 tsp
- Salt a pinch
- Separate the mint leaves from the stalk, wash them well and keep it aside.
- In the mixer, take sugar, milk, salt and mint leaves and blend them well.
- Pour in the half the quantity of yogurt/curd, whip it for few seconds.
- Now pour in the rest of the yogurt/curd, whip it for two seconds.
- Transfer it to a glass.
Garnish it with mint leaves and serve chilled or at room temperature.
As of the VALENTINES DAY – I want to prepare something special for my cooking class with kids, which would help them prepare it easily at home and serve for their parents.
Moreover I love the taste of pomegranate and lemonade, when combined as pomegranate lemonade it was too delicious. So prepare this simple Lemonade for this Valentine’s Day and enjoy up to the sky. Let us move on to the recipe…
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- Pomegranate seeds – 2 cups
- Lemon – 3 nos
- Powdered sugar – 4 tsp
- Take the pomegranate seeds in a mixier after reserving a handful of pomegranate aside for later use.
- Grind it for just seconds. Drain the juice and remove the residue from the juice.
- Cut the lemon into equal halves take out the juice and keep it aside.
- Take a glass, pour in pomegranate juice for almost half of the glass.
- Pour in the lemon juice for almost quarter of the glass.
- Fill the glass with water. Add in 2 tsp of powdered sugar, stir it well.
- Add in few pieces of pomegranate seeds to the juice and let it settle at the bottom of the glass.
- Add in a lemon slice, slit the lemon wedge in a corner and insert it in the glass.
Serve chilled or at warm temperature.
Note: You can use chilled water or can top with ice cubes. Do not grind the pomegranate for long time, so that the seeds would get grinded and would taste little sour.