Saturday, September 5, 2015

Lemon Ice Tea

Are you an ice tea lover? Do you face the problem that you have to go either to a Cafe Coffee Day or Starbucks or the nearby shop in order to satiate the thirst for your favourite drink?
Don't worry, this Ice Tea recipe will help you prepare your drink in just five minutes!

Quantity: 200 ml of Ice Tea

3 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp tea powder
1/2 tbsp lemon juice
3-4 mint leaves
Ice cubes as required.

1. Take 200 ml water in a vessel and add tea powder to it.
2. Boil the water + tea powder. Once the mixture heats and comes up to the surface of the vessel shut off the heating.
3. Now add sugar to the mixture in step two and stir for some time.
4. Strain the mixture. 
5. Let it cool for sometime outside till it attains room temperature and then add lemon juice.
6. Refrigerate it for a few hours.
7. Serve it in a juice glass. Add ice cubes as per your requirement and garnish it with mint leaves.
Your cool and tasty Ice Tea is ready!

Tip for ice cubes:
Usually adding ice cubes made of just plain water changes the taste of any liquid it is added to, because when the ice cubes melt they turns into water and reduce the taste of the liquid.
Hence, what Jayshree Shah suggests is to make "Ice cubes of ice tea flavour"!
The method for making them is very simple. All you need to do is to take the liquid prepared in step five above and put it into the ice tray. When it solidifies, you have your ice cubes ready. Add them to your Ice tea and your drink will taste better.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Tomato Basil Soup

Serves 4

3 big tomatoes
1 carrot
1 onion
1 potato
2 tbsp tomato ketchup
2 tbsp cornflour
5-7 leaves of basil
1/2 tbsp pepper
Salt to taste

1. Peel Onion and Potato skin and cut them into big pieces. Cut the carrot and tomatoes also into big pieces. Put all the four vegetables into pressure cooker along with water (4-5 cups). Wait for 3-4 whistles.
Alternatively, if you do not have a pressure cooker you can put all the pieces of vegetables in a vessel filled with water and let them boil till they become soft.

2. Bring out the vegetables from the cooker and drain the water in a vessel. Preserve that water.

3. Crush the vegetables in a hand mixer or a normal mixer till they are completely mashed and make a smooth form. Strain them and discard the particles which remain in the strainer.

4. Now mix the strained mashed vegetables from step 3 and the water that you have preserved from step 4. Use your judgement to see if the mixture is not too thick. If it is then add some water to it.

5. Take the mixture that you have prepared in step 4 and heat on the gas. Add salt, pepper, tomato ketchup and corn flour in it. Heat it till the mixture rises up and then shut off the gas.

6. Add basil leaves to your soup and there you have it! Freshly prepared Tomato Basil Soup!