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  • Indian Masala Chai

    A lot can be said about the Indian Masala Chai – this one of a kind, spiced, rejuvenating hot drink can jump-start your day!

    Indian Masala Chai Tutorial | Indian Spiced Tea Recipe
    You don’t NEED a recipe to make Masala Chai. What you need is a quick walk-though of the method adopted by Indians to make their daily cuppa tea.

    I’m not much of a tea or coffee drinker. But I know people who cannot live without 1-2 cups of tea everyday. This Indian Tea has a larger milk content, thus making it milder than its western counterpart. What I’ve shown here is only a sample of how we make tea. You could easily add or leave out as many spices as you like… as long as the flavors blend well together! 🙂

    Use your common sense while choosing what spices to use for your tea. Pre-made spice mixes are a no-no, since they come with salt content and other preservatives! Use whole spices like Cloves, Cinnamon, Ginger, Cardamom, Nutemeg etc… spices that you wouldn’t mind using in a dessert!   (more…)

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  • Masala Chaas

    A spiced yogurt based drink, masala chaas is usually the customary end to Indian meals… Keeps the digestive system cooled after a spicy meal! 🙂

    Masala Chaas Recipe | How to make North Indian Spiced Buttermilk | Recipe written by Kavitha Ramaswamy of www.Foodomania.com

    I  have become so used to gulping down a glass of masala chaas everyday that I don’t even see it as a “recipe”. To me, it is simply a substitute to water. It never occurred to me to pen it down for this website. And honestly, it is just so…..  easy – for the lack of an easier word! 🙂

    All you need is plain yogurt and a few additional ingredients to spice up the drink. You can make plain yogurt at home or use store bought yogurt too. Chaas (some people call it chaach / mor) is just diluted yogurt. How thick / diluted the drink needs to be is up to you.

    So really, I’m only showing you a way to make it. This is not, and won’t be the first or only variation of a Chaas. Each individual spruces up the recipe to make a drink they can enjoy. You can use this as a reference to make your own Masala Chaas!  (more…)

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  • Aam Panna

    Refreshing, slightly tangy, sweetened Aam Panna to beat the summer heat! With its natural heat resistant properties, Aam Ka Panna, or Raw Mango Juice is the perfect sugar-free cooling drink!

    Aam Panna Recipe | How to make Kairi Panha (raw mango drink) | Recipe written by Kavitha Ramaswamy of Foodomania.com Aam Panna. Aam Ka Panna. Kachche Aam ka Panna. Kairi Panha. All of these translate to a raw mango drink that originated in the western region of India.

    Summers in India are brutal. But what can help beat the intense summer heat is this delicious drink made with green raw mangoes, sweetener and spices. Known to have properties that prevent heat exhaustion and heat stroke, Aam Panna also quenches thirst and prevents the excessive loss of sodium chloride and iron during summer due to excessive sweating.

    There are a few different ways in which you can make the drink. As always, you should decide how you’d like the drink to be spiced. You can use sugar, but jaggery is a healthier substitute. You can make the Aam panna concentrate and freeze it. It stays well for a year! Another interesting way to consume this would be to turn them into popsicles!  (more…)

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  • Spiced Oats Buttermilk

    Spiced Oats Buttermilk is a cooling, protein & calcium rich drink that you can drink to keep yourself hydrated during these hot summers! Or better yet, drink it all the time for a naturally healthy and filling drink!

    Spiced Oats Buttermilk Recipe | Healthy & Cooling Drinks (Lassi) | Indian Oats Chaas or Neer More recipe | Super healthy summer drinks | Post workout healthy smoothies | Written by Kavitha Ramaswamy of Foodomania.com You know those times when you just indulge way too much and want nothing more than a quick fix to flush all that out?

    Uh huh. That happens. All.The.Time.

    What is your fix? A detox smoothie? Or some lemon juice maybe? For me, it is usually a glass of buttermilk (for you baking fanatics, this doesn’t refer to the one that you make by curdling milk with vinegar). We call it More or Chaas in India and make it by diluting plain yogurt. (more…)