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Watermelon Coconut Cooler

Watermelon, coconut water with some lime juice is sure a perfect summer drink. Nice and refreshing drink for the whole family. Just mix all the ingredients in a blender with some ice and serve. This recipe goes to the 3rd day of BM 76 for week 4 under the theme " Kids Delight- Summer Coolers".

Watermelon cubes 2 cups Coconut water 1 cup Lime juice 3 spoons Hemp seeds 1 spoon Ice cubes 1/2 cup
Take seedless watermelon and cut into cubes / chunks In a blender add  watermelon chunks, coconut water, lime juice, hemp seeds and ice cubes. Blend everything well. Add 1 or 2 spoons honey if the watermelon is not sweet or you can just skip this step. Cool and refreshing juice ready to serve.

Check to see what my fellow bloggers are cooking for BM 76.

Also sending this recipe to Srivalli's Kids -Delight " Summer Coolers" event hosted by  Amara  Annapaneni for this month.

Minty Lime Juice

The Minty lime juice is just perfect for the hot climate. This simple and refreshing summer drink tastes great with freshly squeezed lime juice, mint and sugar syrup and few ice cubes. I have added club soda to this drink. If  you do not like club soda just skip it and add regular cold water. 
This recipe goes to the 2nd day of BM 76, for week 4 under the theme " Kids Delight- Summer coolers". Here goes the yummy and tasty recipe for mint and lime juice.....

Mint leaves 10
Sugar 1 cup
Water 1 cup
Lime juice of 1 lime 
Club soda 1/2 cup
Mint leaves to garnish
Crushed ice / ice cubes 4

Heat water adding  sugar and mint leaves in a  sauce pan to make a syrup.
Bring it to boil and simmer for 10 minutes.
Let cool completely.
In a serving glass add 2 spoons of mint  syrup, lime juice  and ice cubes.
Now add club soda and give it a stir.
Garnish with  fresh mint leaves  and serve immediately.

Check to see what my fellow bloggers are cooking for BM 76.

Also sending this reci…


Falooda is a cold dessert popular in Indian subcontinent. Traditionally it is made with rose syrup, sabja or basil seeds, vermicelli, milk and topped with a scoop of Ice cream. The origins of Falooda go back to Persia, where a similar dessert Faloodeh was popular. There are many versions of Falooda, some are made with noodles and blended with fruits. One of the Indian Versions consists of Kulfi, wheat starch noodles and flavoured syrup.

Sabja or  basil seeds or Tukmaria seeds are edible vegetable / holy seeds  used in many Asian countries. These seeds are soaked in water and used. They are rich in Vitamins, specially Vitamin K which kepps our skin and hair healthy. They are also rich in iron and protein. They are taste less but when you soak and add to desserts and beverages they give a nice texture  as they are gelatinous. 

So this  yummy and delicious dessert cum beverage, falooda goes to the 1st day of BM 76 for week 4, under the theme " Kids Delight- Summer coolers". Here …

Greek Honey Cake

If you like Baklava, you would definitely love this cake. This sticky and soft Greek honey cake tastes little like the popular Greek Dessert Baklava. Simple cake but tastes different from the regular cakes. This recipe goes to the 3rd week and 3rd day of BM 76 under the theme  "Flavors of Greece".

All purpose flour 1/2 cup
Baking powder 1/2 teaspoon
Sugar 1/2 cup
Vanilla extract 1/2 teaspoon
Butter 1/3 cup
Eggs 3

For Honey Syrup:
Honey 1/4 cup
Sugar 2 spoons
Water 1/4 cup
Lime juice 1 spoon
Almond slices 3 spoons
Pistachio powder

Preheat oven to 400 F.
Beat eggs, sugar and vanilla extract  in a mixing bowl.
Add melted butter and mix well.
Now add baking powder and flour and stir it well.
Grease the baking tray and pour the cake mixture in it.
Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until done.
Remove the cake from oven  and let cool down.
Now make honey syrup by adding sugar and water to honey
Boil for 10 minutes and add lime juice.
Remove from flame and add sliced almonds
Mix and spre…

Fakes~~Greek Lentil Soup

Fakes is full of nutrients, simple, traditional Greek one pot meal / soup. With very few ingredients you can turn this soup into a filling meal. Drizzling very little Olive oil before serving gives a nice flavor to the soup.This is one of the most popular dish made specially during winters in Greece. Lentils are a great source of protein. Fakes soup is high in protein, vitamins, iron and fiber. My kids who are very picky eaters loved this dish. Why not try with your family too? 

Here goes the recipe for day 2, week 3 under the theme " Flavors of Greece".

Brown Lentils / Whole Masoor dal  2 cups
Tomato paste 2 spoons
Onion 1 small chopped
Carrots chopped 1 cup
Bay leaves 2
Oregano 1/4 spoon
Minced Garlic 1 spoon
Ground black pepper 1/2 spoon
Salt to taste
Olive oil 2 spoons
Water 4 cups


In a deep sauce pan add oil, add crushed garlic and chopped onion.
Saute for a minute and add lentils, 
Add chopped carrots, bay leaf,  Oregano, pepper , tomato paste and salt to tast…

Spanakorizo ~~ Greek Spinach & Rice

Greek cuisine is a Mediterranean Cuisine  makes  wide  use of  Vegetables, olive oil, fish and meat.  Spanakorizo or Greek Spinach rice is one of the traditional  Greek vegetarian  recipe. Squeeze some lemon juice on the rice and serve as it is or with feta cheese or Greek yogurt. This is one of the nutritious and delicious recipe as the dish is filled with lot of fresh dill, spinach and lemon juice.

Today we are starting  with 3rd week of BM 76. My theme for the week is " Flavours of Greece". For next 3 days I will be posting 3 delicious dishes of Greece. For day 1, am here with delicious and simple one pot dish Spanakorizo. Here goes the recipe...........


Spinach chopped 2 cups
Fresh dill leaves 1/2 cup
Long grain rice 2 cups
Chopped garlic 2 spoons
Crushed red pepper 1 spoon
Olive oil  3 spoons
Salt to taste

Wash and soak rice with 3 cups water for 30 minutes.
In a presser cooker add oil and chopped garlic.
Saute for few seconds and add crushed red pepper.

Coconut Burfi with Rose Syrup

For the final day of Week 2 of BM 76, am here with a quick and easy coconut burfi. Make it with freshly grated coconut or store bought frozen and grated coconut its for sure the burfi is going to turn tasty and yummy. I remember my mom used to make coconut ladoo either with sugar or jaggery, specially during festival season. Because that is when we used to have lots of coconuts at home, as we offer it to god. I remember mom  grating the coconuts, me and my sisters used to add some sugar and eating as it is even before mom made some dessert with it. Those are the happiest and beautiful day of our childhood. 
So this dish goes to 3rd dish under the theme " Mother's Day sweets". Dedicating this sweet to my mom and all the beautiful and wonderful mom's around the world. Here goes the recipe.....
Grated fresh coconut 1 cupSugar 1/2 cupRose syrup 3 spoonsCashew nuts 10 choppedRaisins 10Butter 4 spoons


Heat on stick a pan and add butter.Now add chopped …

Bellam Jalebi ~~ Jaggery Jalebi

Jalebi has been mine and my mom's all time favorite sweet. In most parts of the India fried jalebi is dipped in sugar syrup. In very few places it is dipped in Jaggery syrup. Unlike sugar, jaggery is rich in minerals specially iron. Me along with  my mom and sisters used to visit my Grandma's place during summer vacation. Grandma or my mom used to get this sweet from a roadside sweet shops, which are very popular  for sweets and snacks specially Kaaja and Jaggery Jalebi. 

Jaggery / Bellam Jalebi goes tot he 2nd day of BM 76 under the theme Mother's Day sweets.


All purpose flour  1 cup
Rice flour 3 spoons
Bicarbonate soda 1/4 spoon
Jaggery 3/4 cup
Sugar 1/4 cup
Oil for deep frying


Add water to all purpose flour and a smooth batter. 
Batter  should not be too watery or too thick.
Rest aside for 24 hours.
Now add rice flour and bi carbonate soda to the dough add very little water to make a smooth batter.
Again batter should not be too watery or thick.
If you like a…

Pistachio Gulab Janum

Mother's day is a  celebration honoring the mother of the family, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds. According to Wikipedia  Mother's day was first celebrated in 1908, when Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother at ST Andrew's Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia. Her campaign to make Mother's Day a recognized holiday in the United Stated began in 1905, the year her mother died.  International Mothers Day is celebrated on the second Sunday in May. 
I haven't  celebrated this day with my mom ever staying with her but hoping to be with her and celebrate this day in near future. As my mom's birthday  falls in the same month of Mother's day its a month of double celebration for all of us. For next 3 days I will be posting my mom's 3 favorite sweets recipes. For this virtual Mother's day celebration am here with one of my mom's  favorite sweet " Gulab Jamun". 
To make some thing different from  the regular Gulab Janum, I have ad…

Grilled Veggie Sandwich

Summer is almost here and its time to grill some of  your favorite veggies and make simple and healthy sandwich to serve  for a simple summer lunch or dinner.  Cut the veggies, marinade with simple vinaigrette made with salt, lime juice,  olive oil and crushed  black pepper. Grill and assemble on the toasted bread, serve.  This yummy sandwich goes to the 3rd day of BM 76 under the theme " Grilled Vegetables".

Whole grain / white bread 6 slicesBell pepper (red and yellow ) 1
Chinese eggplant 1
Zucchini 1
Tomato 2 large
English Cucumber 1
Red / yellow onion 1
Lime juice 2 spoons
Olive oil 2 spoons
Salt to taste
Black pepper powder 1 spoon
Green chutney 4 spoons

Preparation:In a small mixing bowl add olive oil, lime juice, salt and pepper powder.
Cut onions  and tomatoes into circles.
Cut English cucumber into 2 inch thin slices.
Slice Zucchini  and eggplant also into thin slices.
Make sure after slicing the eggplant rest them in water.
Cut bell pepper also into thing circles.
Add al…

Grilled Vegetable Kabobs

Grilling is not just for meat but you can make colorful, flavorful and great recipes with vegetables too. Kids loved assembling the veggies to skewers and grilling them. You can use any vegetable of your choice, just make sure they are colorful. So that, this dish will be the  eye catcher  or the super attractive dish on the dinner / lunch table. This dish goes to 2nd day of BM 76 for week 1 under the theme " Vegetarian Grilling".

Baby corn 5
Red Onion 1 small
Bell pepper red / green / yellow  1
Cherry Tomatoes 10
Cucumber slices 10
Wooden Skewers 5
Olive oil 2 spoons
Chopped garlic 1 spoon
Red chili flakes / ground black pepper  1/2 spoon
Lime juice 2 spoons
Salt to taste


Soak the wooden skewers in water for 15 minutes.
Cut baby corn into1/2 inch length.
Peel skin of onion and cut into bite size pieces.
Peel skin of cucumber and cut into 1/4 inch rounds or bite size pieces.
Cut bell pepper into bite size pieces as onions.
In a separate mixing bowl  boil  add olive oi…

Grilled Vegetable Fajitas

Grilling is a form of cooking that involves dry heat applied to the surface of food from above or below. Grilling is usually done outdoor on charcoal grills or gas grills.  Grilling may also be performed using stove top grill pans which have raised metal ridges for the food to sit on. Grilling is fun during summers, specially in places like parks and beaches.  Most of the parks have grilling machines already placed, you might need to carry gas cylinder or charcoal,  grilling kit and some marinaded vegetables or meat or fish. It is so much fun......

Coming to today's recipe this week I will be posting 3 "Vegetarian grilling" recipes which is my theme for this week. Today we are starting with 76th Edition of Blogging Marathon. So my recipe for week 1, Day 1 is Grilled Vegetable Fajitas. 

Last month kids had Spring break and hubby dear too took off from work. We visited couple of places during the break, where we had  Chicken Fajitas for lunch. They were  served with couple o…