Remember that story about the fox who tried to jump up to get some grapes hanging from a tree, and couldn’t reach them? And how he consoled himself by telling himself that they were probably sour anyways? Well, for a long time down in my part of South India, the only grapes we did get at the markets
The Tecnora Cremiere is a fully automatic, well-built and compact 1250W coffee maker with a powerful 15 bar pump. The machine has one touch buttons and can make both Espresso and Cappuchino and can make two coffees at a time. There are 4 pre-set options for different strengths of brew. It also has an additional hot water spout which can be used for making tea, long coffee or even pre-mix soups if you make them and a frother to froth milk.
Lassi is more popular the world over in its mango avatar, but the original and traditional Lassi is savoury and made with plain yogur that is watered down a bit with water, flavoured with toasted and powdered cumin. This savoury version is more popular in the villages and is more of a thirst quencher than the sweet one.
In the sweet version of Lassi, the salt and cumin are replaced with sugar and usually flavoured with cardamom and even saffron sometimes. Traditionally, Lassi is kept chilled in earthenware pots and drunk out tall steel glasses to quench the thirst that comes only with a hot summer.
The one other thing about the summer is that you need no excuse to indulge in summer coolers, whether the traditional Indian summertime drinks, ice-creams, milk and fruit shakes, cold coffees, iced tea or more exotic stuff like a frappé
I always thought that a frappé was some sort of a cold coffee until I discovered that it was just a cold blended drink, which could have different ingredients depending on the region where it was made. It turns out that what I call a milkshake (ice-cream et al) also qualifies for a frappé in some parts of the US.
Apparently, frappé means “to chill” in French, and for a drink to qualify as one it must be chilled before it is served or made with cold ingredients. A frappé usually is made with ice cubes or crushed ice and often whipped in a blender of some sort which created a foamy or frothy layer on the top of the drink.
Here is yet another antidote for the heat of the summer. Along with mangoes, this also the season for various varieties of thirst quenching cucumbers, musambi (sweet lime), and watermelons. We do get two varieties of watermelon here, a lighter green one which
I have found this to be the easiest way to have one’s quota of some fruit and milk. My daughter has a few favourites when it comes to fruit. You could count her favourites on the fingers of one hand and still have a couple of fingers to spare! While milk is not exactly on her list of favourites eith
Thandai means “that which cools” in Hindi and is a cold milk based drink made with sugar, almonds and spices. The spice mix used in thandai can vary quite a bit from one recipe to another, but mostly contain saffron, cardamom, fennel seeds, black and/ or white pepper and melon seeds (sometimes a mix