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Summer Coolers

Sweep the heat off its feet with our exclusive varieties of summer drinks.


Mango Lassi

MANGO LASSI

Lassi is a popular traditional dahi (yoghurt) based drink that originated in the Indian Sub-Continent. Lassi is a blend of yoghurt, water, spices and sometimes fruit.

Here we will prepare Mango Lassi…

                                                                                      

Recipe

Mango lassi is basically a yogurt based mango drink to beat the heat during summer.

This decade old recipe-base ingredients were mango pulp/fresh mangoes (150gms), milk (50ml), yogurt (100gms), sugar (as per taste), chopped mango, a dash of cardamom and ice.

  • Put mango, yogurt, milk and sugar into a blender and blend for 2 minutes.

  • If you want a more milkshake consistency, either blend in some ice as well or serve over ice cubes.

  • Sprinkle with a tiny pinch of ground cardamom and some small pieces of chopped mangoes and a mint leaf to serve

                                                                                 

Prepared By-Chef Dharmender Kanouj (Executive Chef- The Acura BMK Gurgaon)


Makhmali Murgh Seekh Kebab

Makhmali Murgh Seekh Kebab

Delicate and delicious, Makhmali Seekh Kebab is a great combination of soft-minced chicken, spices and creamy cheese. Well known kebab of Punjab (Amritsar-Wagha Sector)

Recipe

Ingredients

Quantity

Chicken Mince

200 gms

Chopped Ginger & Mint

1 tsp.

Chopped Onion Garlic

1 tsp.

Grated Cheese

2 tbsp.

Garam Masala Powder

½ tsp.

Mace Cardamom Powder

½ tsp.

Egg

2

Black Salt

As per taste

Chopped Boiled Egg White

1

Mint Chutney                                              

12 tsp

Method

  • In a big bowl mix together chicken mince, chopped ginger, garlic,onion,mint, 1 tbsp. grated cheese, garam masala powder, mace cardamom  powder and black salt.

  • Press the mince mixture on skewers and shape it like kebabs but covered with chopped egg whites. Cook in a preheated oven (475° F/250° C) or tandoor till almost done for approximately 10 minutes, while turning in between.

  • Brush kebabs with butter.

  • Serve with mint chutney

Prepared By-Chef Dharmender Kanouj


Greek Salad

Greek Salad

Salad in Greek cuisine is often known as horiatiki salad or village salad imagined as a farmer’s breakfast or lunch, as its ingredients resembles those that a Greek farmer might have on hand.

Greek salad is made with pieces of tomatoes, sliced cucumbers, onion, feta cheese (usually served as a slice on top of the other ingredients), and olives (usually kalamata olives), typically seasoned with salt and Greek mountain oregano, and dressed with olive oil. Common additions include green bell pepper slice or caper berries.

Ingredients

  • 1 lettuce – rinsed, dried and chopped

  • 1 red onion, thinly chopped

  • 1 can black olives

  • 1 green pepper , chopped

  • 1 red pepper, chopped

  • 2 large tomatoes, chopped

  • 1 cucumber, sliced

  • 1 cup crumbled feta cheese

  • 6 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano

  • 1 lemon juiced

  • Ground pepper to taste

Directions

  • In a large salad bowl, combine the lettuce, onion, olives, bell peppers, tomatoes, cucumber, and cheese

  • Whisk together the olive oil, oregano, lemon juice and black pepper, Pour dressing over salad, toss and serve.


Happy Navratri

The Navratri Festival is in honour of our ultimate feminine divine energy The Goddess Durga.  The Navratri is one of the major Hindu festivals celebrated in India. This festival is celebrated twice a year during the change of seasons. It occurs once during spring, as the winter changes to summer and second during autumn as the summer changes to winter.

Currently, we are celebrating the Navratri festival of the month of Chaitra. The last day of the nine-day festival during Chaitra is known as Ram Navami as it is believed that the Lord Rama was born on the ninth day of the Chaitra Navratri.

The legend is that all the Gods or Devas came together and created Goddess Durga or Shakti from their combined powers to overtake the demon Mahishasura. Mahishasura had become very powerful, as he was a devout devotee of Lord Shiva. His arrogance had created havoc in the Devas world. The battle between Goddess Durga and Mahishasura is said to have lasted nine days. Hence, for these nine days, Navratri is celebrated and the nine forms of the Goddess Durga are worshipped.

Praying and fasting marks the Navratri festival. The consumption of non-vegetarian food, drinking of alcohol and smoking of cigarettes is strictly prohibited for the devotees. Onion and garlic is also avoided.

According to the Hindu belief system, the Saatvik diet is adopted for the Navratri fasts. The seasonal changes that occur during this time frame cause a decline in immunity and switching to a lighter diet of Saatvik food lessens the burden on our digestive systems.

Saatvik food means pure, natural and clean food. The fasting foods include fresh fruits, yogurt, milk, seasonal vegetables like pumpkin and bottle gourd (also known as lauki) and rock salt. The flours allowed for fasting are all gluten free, such as Buckwheat flour (kuttu), water chestnut (singhara), amaranth (rajgira) and millet (saame). All these foods are not only light on the digestive systems but are also considered to increase concentration and keep the mind pure for prayers.

The Goddess Durga is majorly worshipped in three of her main manifestations during this festival. The first three days are dedicated to Mother Durga – the goddess of energy or strength, the next three days are devoted to Mother Lakshmi – the Goddess of wealth and prosperity and the last three days are for Mother Saraswati – the Goddess of knowledge and education.

The last day of the festival is marked with the kanya puja (Puja of the young pre-adolescent girl). The young girls are worshipped, their feet are washed, and Prasad in the form of puri, chana and halwa is offered to them.

The significance of Navratri and the message is of the victory of good over evil. The feminine energies are worshipped for strength and purity. These nine days are considered auspicious for all new ventures.

So, everyone has a Happy Ram Navami and may the coming year bring everyone good luck!

By Simrit Singh