Thursday, 26 January 2017

Apple Orange Mocktail

Delicious and crunchy apple is one of the most popular and favorite fruits among the health  conscious. Certain antioxidants in apples have health promoting and disease prevention properties, and thereby, truly justifying the age old adage, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.”
Studies suggest that its components are essential for optimal growth, development, and overall wellness.

There is another type of apple apart from red apple which is green apple  you might have heard  or seen in departmental stores.

Green apples provide a huge range of health and beauty benefits. Green apples are more of sweet and sour type. These possess glossy skin, along with a juicy flesh. They're high in fiber and help keep the digestive tract clean and healthy.

These are used in the wine industry, in cooking, and, they are specially grown for their healthy oils.

One more constituent  in this recipe
 which I am going to explain below is orange.

Oranges are rich in citrus limonoids,proven to help fight a number of varieties of cancer including that of the skin, lung, breast, stomach and colon. 
Drinking orange juice regularly prevents kidney diseases and reduces the risk of kidney stones.

So recipe which I am going to write below is very healthy, nutritious full of vitamin C and antioxidant as well as tasty and exotica drink which can be served on any occasion. 
Recipe is too simple and easily can be prepared in 5 minutes.
Here is the recipe.

Ingredients: for 4 glass approx

  1. Apple Juice: 1/2 litre
  2. Orange juice: 250 ml (Approx half glass)
  3. Green Apple: 1 medium sized
  4. Honey : 2 tsp
  5. Lemon : 2
  6. Ice cubes: Few pieces
  7. Soda: 200 ml (Optional)

Method of Preparation:
  1. Take green Apple, deseed it and roughly grind it in mixer. You don't have to grind it into fine.
  2. Now take apple juice, orange juice and mix it. 
  3. Mix grinded green apple in it. Add lemon juice and honey. Mix it well
  4. Now take a long glass pour this mixture. Put some pieces of green apple and lemon on the rim of glass.
  5. Put some ice cubes in glass. Serve it with smile to your guests.
  1. Add lemon juice and honey as per your taste. If you want little sweet taste, add little more honey. Orange juices are little sour in taste so add lemon juice as per your  taste.
  2. You can add soda in this too. It also gives a good taste and flavour to mocktail. I didn't use it here in my recipe. This is purely optional. If you have to serve it in party then serve it with soda. It will be great pleasure for your guests.
  3. If you want to make it little tangy taste then you can add on pinch of salt or chaat masala in it. This is optional. I didn't use it.

Saturday, 21 January 2017

Baingan Bharta

Baingan which is also called eggplant or brinjal in English is well known vegetable and this Baingan bharta dish is very popular in  India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.

This dish is generally prepared by grilling eggplant on charcoal or direct on fire. This grilling gives a smoky flavour to eggplant.There  are also so many ways to cook Baingan Bharta.  Some people grill over charcoal then add onion and tomato and spice but some people after grilling baingan over charcoal, fry minced Baingan in pan. It tastes good either way you cook. This dish is generally eaten with chapati and daal.

One main cuisine in Eastern India is  litti chokha where this baingan bharta is called chokha and is accompanied by litti. This litti chokha (baingan bharta) is deadly combination and eaten by everyone with interest.

I will explain here the way of cooking of Baingan Bharta in which onion tomato and spice are added in grilled smoky eggplant.
Here is the recipe. You give a try to this recipe.


  1. Eggplant : 1 medium sized
  2. Potato: 1 medium sized (boiled)
  3. Onion : 1 medium sized
  4. Tomato: 1 medium sized
  5. Coriander leaves: few bunches
  6. Garlic: 3 - 4 pods
  7. Green chillies: 2
  8. Chat masala: 1 tsp
  9. Red chilli powder: 1 tsp( Optional)
  10. Salt: as per taste
  11. Lemon: Half  piece (Optional)

Method of Preparation

  1. Take eggplant and wash it. If you have charcoal stove then grill it on that. Keep it turning after 5 to 6 minutes so that it is properly grilled. When it would be properly cooked then its skin would starts leaving it's pulp and turning black. A smoky flavour would start coming. This is sign of properly grilled and cooked eggplant (Baingan).  Now a days generally charcoal stove are not found in home specially in metros and big cities. So other option is grilling eggplant on gas stove. Keep the Eggplant on gas stove flame and keep on turning every after few minutes. The process is same as above.
  2. When eggplant (baingan) grilled and cooked properly then switch off gas and keep this in a plate. Leave it for few minutes to cool down. 
  3. When it is cooled down then peel off its skin. It might be that some juice ooze out from eggplant. Keep it like this in plate.
  4. When all skin have been peeled off then cut its tail from knife and mash eggplant.
  5. Take now boiled potato and mash it properly.
  6. Now add mashed potato, fine chopped onions, tomato, green chilli, ginger garlic paste, red chilli powder, chaat masala powder and salt in mashed eggplant and combine all ingredients well,
  7. Garnish it with coriander leaves and lemon. It is ready to serve.


  1. One medium size mashed boiled potato can be mix it mashed eggplant. It enhance its taste but this is purly optional.
  2. Ginger Garlic can be grated and mix in mashed eggplant instead of making paste.