It’s summertime in the US. Shakes are a perfect way to beat the heat! And what better than a chilled strawberry shake 😊, which my kids simply love. With fresh strawberries, scoops of strawberry ice cream, and a whole lot of love, it’s easy peasy and a classic treat!
Strawberry ice cream – 4 scoops
Milk – 1 cup
Fresh strawberries – 2 cups
Sugar – 2 tbsp (optional)
Blend the fresh strawberries and strawberry ice cream along with milk in a blender. You can add sugar if desired according to your taste. Make sure you use half the ingredients first. Blend it to make a smooth shake. Then use the other half of the ingredients and do the same.
Cinco De Mayo Or the 5th of May is a holiday to celebrate the victory of the Mexican’s Army over with the French at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. Mexicans celebrate this day with their traditional and authentic recipes.
I love Mexican food and trying new recipes just like mom. Here’s a recipe of my version of Lamb Tacos.
Hard Taco Shells – 8
Minced Lamb / Kheema – 500 gms
Finely chopped onion – 1 medium sized
Finely chopped tomato – 1 large
Ginger-Garlic paste – 1 tsp
Taco seasoning – 3 -4 tbsp
Taco Sauce – 1 cup
Lettuce chopped – 2 cups
Cherry tomatoes – 12 -15
Grated cheddar /mozzarella cheese – 1 cup
Oil – 2 tbsp
Salt as required
Heat 2 tbsp oil in a kadai / wok
Add finely chopped onions and fry till slightly brown
Add ginger-garlic paste and fry until golden brown
Now, add the finely chopped tomatoes and cook till soft
Add the kheema and fry well for 2 minutes
Add the taco seasoning about 3-4 tbsp and salt as required
Cook on medium flame until kheema is done
Meanwhile, pre-heat the oven at 350 degree Fahrenheit. Place the tacos on a baking tray and bake for about 5 minutes. This is done just to heat the tacos.
Add some kheema/ minced lamb mixture to the taco
Add some taco sauce, lettuce, tomatoes, and gated cheese. I also like to add some Mayo.
You can also add an array of toppings like avocado, sour cream, mustard sauce, jalapeño, guacamole, cilantro, olives and list goes on.
Those of us who grew up in Bangalore, must be familiar with set dosa 🙂 A hearty breakfast, the spongy and fluffy dosas are delicious when paired with chutney or sagu.
Here’s a simple recipe on how you can make set dosas.
Dosa rice/ Raw rice – 2 ½ cups
Parboiled rice – 1 ½ cups
Methi/Fenugreek seeds – 3 tsp
Urad/ Black gram Dal – 1/2 cup
Puffed rice – 1 ½ cups Soda – a pinch
Salt as required
Making the dosa batter:
Take dosa rice, parboiled rice, and methi in a big bowl; wash them thoroughly and soak.
In another bowl, take urad dal and wash it thoroughly. Add the puffed rice and soak.
Make sure to soak ingredients in 1 & 2 points separately for at least 5 hours.
Mix all the soaked ingredients into one bowl after draining all the water.
Grind into a smooth paste in batches using a wet mixer grinder or just a mixer. If you are using a mixer, make sure you use ice cold water little by little while grinding. This is to keep the mixer cool, and it helps in fermentation too.
Cover the container of the batter. Allow it to ferment in a warm place overnight or for at least 8 hours.
The batter doubles up. Add salt as required and a pinch of soda and give a gentle mix without disturbing the air bubbles.
Heat a griddle or tawa and pour a ladle full of batter in the middle. Drizzle a few drops of oil on top.
Cook for a few minutes and flip using a spatula. Cook for a few more seconds. Make the rest of the dosas in the same manner.
Take a small onion and poke it with a fork. Dip it in water and rub it on the griddle each time you make the dosa. This prevents the dosas from sticking to the griddle; it also makes it golden brown and crispy and adds a nice flavor.
Serve the Set dosas hot with vegetable sagu and chutney.
• Button Mushrooms – 500 grams
• Finely chopped Onions – ½ Cup
• Finely chopped Garlic – 9-1- large cloves
• Olive Oil – 3-4 tbsp
• Extra Virgin Chili Pepper Olive Oil – 1-2 tbsp (optional)
• Fresh Thyme – 1 tbsp
• Finely chopped Parsley – few springs
• Black Pepper Powder – 1 tsp
• Salt as required Method:
• Wash the mushrooms thoroughly, strain the water and immediately pat dry. This helps the mushroom from blackening. I like to remove the stems completely. You can just trim them.
• Heat 3-4 tbsp of olive oil in a pan.
• Add finely chopped onions and saute for a minute.
• Add the finely chopped garlic and saute for another minute.
• Now add the mushrooms and fry well until they are lightly roasted.
• Once they are lightly roasted, add salt and black pepper powder.
• Continue to cook them until they are done on low flame for about 10 minutes uncovered.
• About 5 minutes into cooking, add the fresh thyme and finely chopped parsley. You can add more and any herbs you like.
• Lastly, add in extra virgin chili pepper olive oil depending on your spice level and mix.
• Serve hot with some Alfredo pasta and a piece of chicken or with some rice and fish or any other combinations you may like.