Come monsoon and one wants to try delightful gourmet. This season, satisfy your monsoon cravings with these easy-to-make beverages, snacks and desserts.
Be versatile during the summer parties and create some super-refreshing drinks and trendy cocktails that go the extra mile.
Thai Basil No-Jito
Give an exotic twist to the classic summer beverages with mint. If you are unable to find Thai basil, opt for regular basil for a wonderful taste. Muddle eight leaves of basil, eight leaves of mint, and half teaspoon of sugar in a glass until the herbs are fragrant and mashed together. Add some crushed ice to the glass to bring the temperature and squeeze in some lime juice for a tangy taste. Top it with the carbonated water and garnish with the one stalk of trimmed lemongrass.
This is no conventional martini. The non-alcoholic version of the martini is not just a refreshing option but the elegant version is packed with plenty of antioxidants. For two, shake one cup of pomegranate juice, one-fourth cup of fresh lime juice, two tablespoon of ginger syrup and two ice cubes in a cocktail shaker. Once you finish shaking, you are all done. Just garnish it with lime twists and pomegranate seeds, the drink is ready to be served.
Ginger Green Tea-Ni
When martini meets the energising effect, you are served with Giner Green Tea-Ni. A thinly shaved ginger-root to garnish is something which works well for the look. Three fourth cup of brewed green tea, two tablespoon of chilled ginger syrup and half cup of ice are put together to be shaken in a cocktail shaker. The drink is ready to be served with a slice of ginger on the top.
Coconut Mango Crush
A perfect celebration is incomplete without a tropical drink in a tiki glass and a paper-umbrella garnish. Take two highball glasses with one cup of crushed ice. Divide one cup of coconut water, 3/4th cup of mango nectar, half cup of carbonated water and some lime juice between the two glasses. Shake it well and garnish with a slice of lime.
Summer Fruit Daiquiri
From fresh peaches, strawberries to mango and watermelon, the daiquiri has it all. In a blender combine the three cups of fruit, the limeade concentrate, orange juice, and powdered sugar. Cover and blend until smooth. While blender is running, gradually add ice cubes until mixture is of desired thickness. Serve in glasses and garnish with fruit pieces threaded on wooden skewers.
Let’s get Snacking
Try these easy-to-do monsoon snacks that will tickle your taste buds.
Sweet Potato and Ragi Snocchi
Ragi, the new super grain, makes great gnocchi with sweet potatoes. A healthy dish of gnocchi is coated with lemon sauce and mixed with braised leaves. The dish can also be made with sweet potato leaves.
Avocado Papdi Chaat
A fusion of traditional Indian street food is made with crisp, fried flour discs (papdi) topped with spiced chickpeas, yogurt, mint and tamarind chutney. It is served with a garnish of feta cheese and Mexico’s most popular fruit avocado.
Mezze Platter served with Pita Chips
A spread of appetizers or small bites is a must for all Mediterranean feats. A popular Middle Eastern mezze includes tzatziki, baba ganoush, hummus, muhammara and toum along with pita chips, olives and pickled vegetables.
Thin French crepes are made with buckwheat flour. They are stuffed with roasted vegetables and topped with parmesan fondue and make for a great gluten-free dish.
Moo Shu Chicken
An iconic American-Chinese appetizer, Moo Shu Chicken is tortilla served with Chinese-style chicken filling. It is a perfect blend of taco-style eating with classic Chinese flavours.
The yummy desserts are an indulgence you wouldn’t want to miss.
Falooda-inspired Rose Chia Pudding
The Turkish inspired chia pudding is a wonderful option for breakfast. If you have guests at home, this will surely impress them. The dish is also inspired from falooda and is served with rose syrup and topped with nuts and pomegranate.
Dark Chocolate Fondant with Raspberry Jam
The perfect last-minute dessert is the best to rustle up for unexpected guests. It is chocolate pudding with a gooey-centre topped with a generous amount of raspberry jam.
Tiramisu-style Nutella Mousse
The dessert is an ultimate spin on the traditional tiramisu. It is a mix of mascarpone cheese and chocolate flavoured coffee mousse dusted with cocoa powder and chopped hazelnuts.
It is a sweet, crumble meringue topped with whipped cream and tangy green fruit. The sweetness of cream and meringue is perfectly complemented by the acidity and sourness of kiwi.
The cottage cheese dessert is a delicacy of Odisha and literally translates into burnt cheese. In the dish, cottage cheese is kneaded with sugar and dry fruits. The dough is then baked until it turns golden brown. It is crisp on the outside and soft and gooey inside.