In North India, temperatures in summer can
reach 110° and stay there for some time. India has devised many chillers to stay
cool like lassi, Thandai, shiquanji, cold coffee and other nut shakes with cardamom the
Indian answer to vanilla. So next time you want to reach out for a cola try one of
India's exotic coolers.
If you are entertaining we suggest our canned Mango and Lychee syrup, from our store, for
making a Lychee or Mango drinks or lassi. They are tasty and convenient to make.
Sweet Lassi Recipe
Ingredients: 1 Serving
Plain yogurt- 1 cup
Sugar- 2 tablespoons
Ice Cubes- 4
Blend all the ingredients in an electric blender. Serve cold.
Mango Lassi Recipe-
Mango lassi is a favorite at Indian restaurants. Now you can make some in
your own kitchen.
Ingredients: 2 Serving
1 cup plain yogurt
1cup peeled and chopped ripe mango or 1/2 cup mango pulp
sugar or to taste (less if pulp is used)
1/4th tsp. cardamom powder (optional)
Combine all ingredients and blend until smooth in a blender.
Strain through a sieve, pushing as much liquid as possible. If the pulp has been
used there is no need to strain.
Pour in glasses and serve.
Cold Coffee Recipe-
Indian cold coffee is sweet and refreshing. Use the Bru instant coffee with chicory
and the hot coffee to the milk and ice to the coffee, allowing it to cascade through.
5 cups cold milk preferably whole
1/2 cup boiling water
6 tsp. instant coffee powder
3 tbsp. sugar crushed ice
Dissolve instant coffee powder and sugar in boiling water and allow to cool .
Blend the the coffee mixture and milk in a blender for few seconds.
Add cream and crushed ice. Blend for another few seconds till it becomes frothy.
Nut Milk or Thandai Recipe
When North India is bristling under its hot summers and one is not inclined to cook or eat
much families enjoy Thandai. It is both a healthful and refreshing drink. It
is also popular for festive occasions and served while entertaining guests. It is a
popular drink at elaborate Indian weddings.
2 glasses of whole milk
1 cup water
1 tablespoon blanched almonds
1 tablespoon Pistachios
1 tablespoon Poppy Seeds
6 cashew nuts
Powdered cardamom, Cinnamon, Nutmeg- a pinch each
Honey as per taste
Bring the water to boil in a small sauce pan. Add the spices. Remove from heat
and set aside to cool for 10 minutes.
Make a fine paste of all the nuts and poppy seeds along with the heated spices. Pour
into a strainer lined with a damp cloth and set over a clean bowl. Squeeze all the
milk out of the nuts by tightening the cloth by wringing it. You may use the nut
pulp for thickening Indian curries or in baking.
Mix this paste with the other spices into the milk and stir well. Mix the honey and chill.
Serve in glasses with crushed ice.
Mango Milk Shake Recipe
2 cup mango pulp from a can or flesh of 3 ripe mangoes
6 cups milk
3 Tbsp. sugar for canned mango pulp. More sugar if fresh mangoes used.
10 crushed ice cubes
Blend all the ingredients in a blender. Serve cold.
The "mango nectar" that is widely available in American grocery stores does not
have nearly enough mangoes per unit volume to make this drink. Try the mango pulp
from our store for best result
Lychee Juice - In our store we have a wonderful lychee drink syrup called
Lychica Syrup. It makes a refreshing lychee drink.
Mango Juice - We have ready made mango juice in our store. If you prefer
mango juice may also be made out of mango pulp available in our store.