LOQUATS JUICE

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Loquats are originally native to southeastern China, but were introduced to Japan and the Indian subcontinent so long ago that they have become naturalized there. They grow in the Punjab province of Pakistan and in Khyber-Pakhtoonkwa (formerly the North West Frontier province). They grow in Greece and Turkey where they are called Yeni Gun or New Day. In Pakistan they are called lokat. The name comes from the Cantonese, luh kwat which literally means “rush orange”. Chinese immigrants are believed to have taken them to Hawaii.

The fruit are rich in potassium, iron and calcium and the seeds contain amygdalin which is also in the skin, linoleic, palmitic, and oleic acids. The leaves contain traces of arsenic, tannins, triterpenes, vitamin B and ascorbic acid, and the young leaves contain saponins. (You should use these in tisanes so that they will help lift your mood.)

The fruit acts as a sedative and can stop vomiting and prevent thirst, while infusions of the dried, powdered leaves, relieve diarrhea, depression, and counteract intoxication from alcohol. You can make hot leaf poultices for swellings such as tennis elbow and sprains. The tisane can be used for skin diseases, or a paste can be made from the leaves and applied to the skin to get rid of rashes, pimples and irritation. However the main uses of the tisane are to relieve coughs, warm the body and help ease sore throats.

(courtesy of Google)

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INGREDIENTS:

Loquats10 nos
Sugar2 tbsp (to taste)
Saltpinch
Lemon juice1 tbsp
Black salt (optional)1/4 tsp
Water1 glass.

METHOD:

  • Peel the skin of Loquats and discard seeds, add all ingredients in blender  and blend them for few minutes.
  • Add ice and blend for few seconds.
  • Serve immediately.

 

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CHOCO CARAMEL LATTE

IMG_9908mainToday my post is not about Coffee and a little bit of chocolate and a little bit of caramel stir in it 🙂

The rich enticing spice-like aroma
that sends jolts of energy through your spine.

A cup of comforting warmth
held in your hands
as the steam trickles up to your nose.

The flavorful liquid energy,
an addiction you crave
throughout various parts of your day.

In the mornings, we reach for a pick-me-up
and the pure caffeine high.

Upon the lunch hour,
we share the little cup
as a social gathering with friends.

And once the evening turns black,
the cup of comfort settles us in
so that we can relax.

Although this cup of comfort
is available in a variety of flavors,
the effect still remains the same….

That special little black bean-
Coffee is its name.

BY Ariana R. Cherry

 

INGREDIENTS:

Hot espresso1/4 cup
Steamed milk3/4 cup
Caramel sauce2 tbsp
Chocolate syrup ,Hershey's1 tbsp
Cocoa powderas needed.

METHOD:

  • Mix freshly brewed coffee in milk ,then add all ingredients in it.Sprinkle cocoa.
  • Serve hot.
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Kashmir…..A land of beauty… lakes…. mountains and mountain streams, lush, green valleys and glorious culture. A most perfect place to visit, you can say a “Heaven on earth”.

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Kashmiris, are known for their hospitality, loving nature and for their slow-steeped milk tea, known to non-Azad Kashmiris simply as “Kashmiri Chai.”
I visited RAWALAKOT (5 years ago), Known as the ‘Pearl Valley of Azad Kashmir’ one of the beautiful cities of Kashmir. With the breathtaking view and enchanting waterfalls, the town has big markets providing all essential commodities.I got the opportunity to spend time and interact with Kashmiris,I fell in love with the Kashmiri hospitality which was showered on us as if we were the visiting presidents.

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The main purpose of the visit was to attend my husband’s friend wedding.It was a great opportunity to see a wedding ceremony and traditions. There were several unique features that make Kashmiri wedding traditions quite distinctive from the traditions of other provinces of Pakistan.
Along with other traditional dishes at wedding lunch we got the famous Pink Tea (Kashmiri Chai). Although it was a saltish and they called it Salooni Cha….:)
Its a concoction that works wonders in winters…Enjoy this nutty and aromatic pink tea with me…lol

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INGREDIENTS:

Milk2 cups
Water1 cup
Sugarto taste
Saltpinch
Kashmiri tea leaves1 tbsp
Baking sodapinch (to enhance the color)
Cardamom2 nos
Pistachio and almondsas needed
Red food color(optional)few drops

METHOD:

  • In a cup of water add tea leaves and cover with a lid let it simmer for 15 minutes.
  • After 15 mins add cardamom and soda and let it simmer for 10 minutes.Meanwhile with a small ladle or spoon whisk it constantly.As soon as a brownish pink color appear add other ingredients.You can add food color for a beautiful pink color also (if you like)
  • Add sugar and salt ,again mix and add milk.
  • Let it cook on low flame for 5 mins and then serve with thinly sliced nuts.
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Every winter, I become obsessed with hot chocolate and drink some every night.It scents your kitchen with the loveliest aroma.The recipe i am sharing is my all time favorite…. It is everything and everything is it…:)
My niece Laiba Noor is also a great chocolate lover(like me) and when they were visiting us a few days ago I gave her this “treat” that I make for my kids and myself,She Simply loved it and the look on her face was priceless….:)

INGREDIENTS:

Dark chocolate1/4 cup
Milk chocolate1/2 cup
Milk1 cup
Cream1/2 cup
Vanilla essence2 drops

METHOD:

  • Heat the milk and cream in a saucepan on low flame.
  • Add both chocolates and stir with hand whisk till melts.Add vanilla also and mix.
  • Serve hot.Can add marshmallows too.
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FAT REDUCING DRINK

IMG_0749mainGive this fat burner drink a try…It just may work for you! My Friend Rabia ,who is using this drink ( now a days i am using this daily) is really impressed with the result.
She has not changed any of her eating habits or exercise routine in addition to drinking the lemon juice and honey remedy for weight loss. She is taking this twice a day, just after waking and just before she goes to bed and she lost 5 kgs in a week.
Isn’t it amazing.So i have decided to share this with you all too.

INGREDIENTS:

Water1/2 cup
Honey1 tbsp
Lemon1 small.

METHOD:

  • Take 1/2 cup of water and microwave it for 20 seconds.
  • Squeeze lemon in it then add honey and stir well.
  • Drink it before taking breakfast and then at night before sleeping.
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CARAMEL CREAMY MILK

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I simply love to make hot chocolates and flavored milks for kids and here is the recipe of very easy and very tasty CARAMEL creamy milk. I have used home made caramel sauce in this recipe….Hope you will try this.

INGREDIENTS:

Milk1 cup
Caramel sauce1 tbsp
Cream1 tbsp

METHOD:

  • In a saucepan pour milk and heat it.
  • Let it heat up and add caramel sauce in it.
  • Mix it and just before serving add a spoon full of cream, stir and serve.
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FAT BURNING DETOX DRINK


My last detox drink was a body fresher now I am posting another detox drink recipe but this time this is a fat burning magical drink.

INGREDIENTS:

Water1 glass
Apple cider vinegar 1 tbsp
Lemon juice1 tsp
Cinnamon powder1/4 tsp
Honey1tsp

METHOD:

  • Mix all ingredients in a large glass and drink it.
  • Try to drink it every day.

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If you like the flavor of lemon juice in your beverage, you will appreciate this drink.

Lemon is a strong antibacterial, antiviral, immune booster, digestive aid and liver cleanser. It is a citrus fruit rich in vitamin C, it also contains vitamin B, riboflavin and minerals like calcium, phosphorus, magnesium as well as proteins and carbohydrates. Generally, lemon is consumed in the form of juice or lemon water. In our country lemon water/lemo pani/shikanjabeen is a popular summer drink. Very simple but full of nutrition….:)

INGREDIENTS:

Lemons4-5
Sugar1 cup /to taste
Salt1 tsp level / to taste
Black salt1/2 tsp (optional)
Mint leavesfew for garnishing
Lemon slicesfew for garnishing.

METHOD:

  • Squeeze lemons to extract juice and then after removing seeds mix in water, add sugar a and salt also .
  • Stir till sugar dissolve .
  • Can add black rock salt also.
  • Serve chill with few mint leaves and lemon slices.
  • Enjoy this easy Lemonade recipe…:)
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CHERRY PIE

CHERRY PIE
This refreshing and healthy drink/smoothie is truly sublime. Cherries are now in season and blend of fruits will boost up your energy.

INGREDIENTS:

Orange juice350ml
Cherries3 handful
Banana1 small
Ice cubesas needed

METHOD:

  • Place all ingredients in a blender and whiz until smooth.
  • Pour in to glasses and serve immediately.
  • You can serve with vanilla ice cream scoop, if you want to give a twist to your drink…:)

ORANGE AND CARROT JUICE

ORANGE AND CARROT JUICE
Nothing is more nutritious then citrus fruits and juices and what about giving some boost to citrus juice by adding carrot juice in it. Honestly speaking I do not like carrot juice so I thought I should add any other juice in it. I choose orange juice and found it so yummy. Hope you will agree with me after trying my experiment.

INGREDIENTS:

Fresh Orange Juice 1 cup
Fresh Carrot Juice 1 cup
Black Salt ¼ tsp
Salt ¼ tsp

METHOD:

  • Combine all ingredients and stir to dissolve salts.
  • Serve immediately, because what I think after ½ hour juices starts to spoil taste and color.

PEACH MOJITOS

I prefer to make juices at home instead of buying from the market. Normally I use seasonal fruits and peach is my family’s favorite fruit. Combination of peaches and lemon is awesome, you will surely like it.

INGREDIENTS:

Peaches (peeled n sliced) 2
Lemon Juice 1 lemon
Salt pinch
Sugar as desired
Mint Leaves 6-7
Water 1 glass

METHOD:

  • Add all ingredients in a blender and blend till its smooth.
  • Pour in a glass and serve with ice 🙂

FRESH GRAPES JUICE


In Ramadan, this year 2012 I have tried this refreshing drink , as i mentioned  that i always try to make fresh juices so i experimented and found it so delicious .You can make this with red grapes too.

INGREDIENTS:

green grapes  2 cups(washed n clean)

lemon  2  medium size

sugar  to taste

METHOD:

In a blender add all ingredients and blend them ,then strain the juice and serve with crushed ice and lemon slices……enjoy the great taste of fresh juice..:)

BANANA COCONUT MILK SMOOTHIE


Those who like coconut milk will definitely like this because the flavor of coconut along with banana is divine. I like to give this to my kids but my son…huh, he do not like milkshakes and smoothies. This drink is rich in nutrition and good for growing kids.

INGREDIENTS:
banana   2
coconut milk    1/2 cup
milk   2 cups
sugar    to taste
honey   1 tbsp

METHOD:
In a blender add all ingredients and blend them……serve chill and immediately, you can add vanilla ice cream scoop as well, your kids will love it…..:)

POMEGRANATE JUICE

As we all know about the famous proverb “aik annar saao (100) bemar” ,this is 100% correct ..this is my experience that if you are suffering from blood deficency then take annar regularly ,it will increase your HB in few days.Its my energy bomb in a red skin…lol

INGREDIENTS:

pomegranate    1(take out seeds)

salt pinch

honey   as required

water  1 glass

METHOD:

In blender add water,seeds and salt ,blend them for 5 mins …now with strainer ,strain it , discard seeds … add honey to your taste…..enjoy this highly healthy drink.