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Green Goddess Smoothie

Why this name? Simply because this is my absolute favourite green smoothie…

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I started having smoothies for breakfast way before the whole trend kicked in. The reason being, I dislike having breakfast. I know, it’s not meant to be ideal from a health perspective but I simply can’t bring myself to eat anything in the morning.

Since I dislike breakfast and couldn’t be forced to eat anything, my mom used to serve me rice gruel. It’s light and usually made from broken red rice so I could just drink it straight from the bowl. When I moved out of home for higher studies and then marriage, the initial idea was to skip breakfast which I did too for a while. But when I realised that this was not great for my health, I started looking for liquid breakfast ideas. And thus my relationship with smoothies took off…

Even the term ‘smoothie’ was a bit foreign, I would call it a milkshake as I often used milk as the liquid base to blend with the other ingredients.

Years have passed and I still have a smoothie for breakfast almost every single day, especially weekdays. I often post about my daily smoothies on my Facebook page as each one does not require a detailed blog post. So if you are looking for ideas, check out my FB page. Also if you are a smoothie fan like me, do share some of your favourite combinations too.

While I do make other green smoothies, this one has to be my favourite because it’s so delicious. Usually green smoothies have a bad reputation when it comes to the taste department but this one is packed with nutrients and flavourful at the same time.

Green Goddess Smoothie

Green Goddess Smoothie - thespiceadventuress.com

The reason why this green smoothie is so delicious is the addition of ginger, pear and lemon which really adds sweetness and a spicy citrusy zing. I like to add a handful of nuts to most smoothies; sometimes the nuts are on rotation and sometimes a handful of mixed ones. For this green smoothie, I added a paleo mix that I picked up from Aldi which has nuts, seeds and dried coconut flakes.

Usually milk is my preferred liquid base for most smoothies, but I used yoghurt for this green smoothie as it requires that extra creaminess with the slightly sour edge which adds to the deliciousness.

While I have provided a recipe, it’s important to adjust measurements depending on your taste preferences. Play around with the quantities till you get your favourite Green Goddess Smoothie.

Ingredients:

  1. 1 cup kale; chopped
  2. ½ cup baby spinach
  3. 1 small pear; diced
  4. ½ Lebanese cucumber; deseeded and diced
  5. ½ tsp grated ginger
  6. Juice of ½ lemon
  7. ½ cup plain yoghurt
  8. A handful of paleo mix (nuts, seeds and dried coconut)

Method:

  • Blend all the ingredients in a blender till smooth. Add more yoghurt if you like a creamier texture.

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Punjab de Beer!

Before you start getting ideas, this is the modern Anglicized name for the humble chaas…..

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Chaas is a traditional refreshing buttermilk drink served at all restos or dhabas serving North Indian cuisine but is more popular in Punjab, Gujarat and Rajasthan.

I had my first glass of chaas at the ‘much famed’ Gyan Vaishnav Dhaba in Vellore, Tamil Nadu. It was served in tall dark beer bottles and hence the name. This rustic, refreshing, chilled drink that the serving boy recommended (I asked for Pepsi!) went amazingly well with hot buttered tandoori rotis, paneer butter masala and roasted pappads. It was love at first taste…..so much so that I had this same meal combo every Thursday for 2 years of my college life (why Thursdays? Because we had the worst dinner in our mess on that day – oily soggy baturas and bland chole).

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Though it is lassi (sweet buttermilk preparation) that gained global recognition, for me it will always be chaas. Though I love the South Indian equivalent of this drink (that’s a whole different post), my first preference will always be chaas.

Basically, chaas is a refreshing buttermilk drink which is subtly spiced with chat masala, cumin, black salt and asafetida. The chat masala and black salt is what gives this drink its unique flavour. It is extremely simple to prepare and is one of the healthiest and cooling drinks to combat the summer heat.

Recipe Courtesy – Tarla Dalal

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Ingredients:

1. Fresh plain curd/yoghurt – 2 cups
2. Cumin seeds/jeera powder – ½ tsp
3. Ginger paste – 1/4th tsp
4. Green chilli paste – 1/4th tsp
5. Black salt – ½ tsp
6. Salt – to season
7. Vegetable oil – 1 tsp
8. Cumin seeds/jeera – ¼ tsp
9. Asafetida/hing – a pinch
10. Water – 2-3 cups (depends on thickness of curd)
11. Coriander leaves – for garnish

Method:

• Blend curd, cumin seed powder, ginger paste, green chilli paste and black salt along with water.
• Temper cumin seeds in hot oil. Remove from flame and add a pinch of asafoetida.
• Add this to the buttermilk, mix well and season with salt.
• Serve chilled with finely chopped coriander leaves as garnish.

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Apple Tropics

Like I have mentioned before, I hardly own any cookbooks. I always tend to note down recipes in my little black diary from books, Internet, blogs, television etc…. After moving to Melbourne, I enjoy the free library service offered here, viciously attacking the cookbook section (I am sure I will not be able to go through each of these in this lifetime).

The only cookbook I actually own is one gifted by my husband – a random act of love that sweeps me off my feet every time I lay eyes on the book. Nothing rare or unique, the book is titled ‘101 Fantastic Juices and Smoothies’ by Natalie Savona – a collection of fresh fruit juices and smoothies with information on nutrients contained in each drink.

The book is a health freak’s delight! I am no health freak but I am a juice freak and I love the innumerable combinations detailed in this one. Though the book has been in my possession for over 5 odd years, I have actually not tried anything before. But recently, happened to bring it out from my storage with a vow to make each of the 101 drinks outlined in the book.

So the first one in the list is Apple Tropics – a tangy, tropical delight perfect to beat the scorching heat.

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This drink is an energy booster and great for immunity and digestion. Contains a myriad of nutrients like vitamin C, beta-carotene, phosphorous, calcium, magnesium, folic acid, sulphur and potassium.

Ingredients:

1. Ripe, red apples – 3, washed and cubed
2. Ripe pineapple – ½, cubed
3. Passion fruit – 1/2

Method:

• Blend the apples and pineapple well. Do not pass through a strainer to retain the fiber content.
• Scoop out passion fruit flesh into the drink and stir before serving.

Note – No extra sugar is needed and if you prefer it sweeter, add honey which is a healthier option.

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Do you prepare fruit juices and smoothies at home? What are your favourite combinations?

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