Monday, March 30, 2009

Cucumber Coolers

These are simple drinks made from cucumber and are healthy and very easy to make and a must for the extreme hot summer.First is the pomegranate cucumber cooler and other is cucumber dill smoothie (soup).


Pomegranate Cucumber Cooler

Pomegranate cucumber cooler is a simple drink that combines both cucumber and pomegranate along with flavour enhancing mint and lemon juice and sugar.I have seen pomegrante and cucumber together in a salad and wanted to see what happens when they come together in a juice.The result was much ,much better than expected-it has taste of both and the light rose colour.The combo though unusual is tasty and healthy and cooling and definitely worth a try.

Ingredients:
Pomegranate: 1 big (almost 1 cup when deseeded)
Cucumber: 1/2 cup peeled,deseeded and chopped
Mint :few
Lemon Juice: almost 1 tbsp
Sugar Syrup: 1/4 cup or sugar as per taste


Preparation:
Add all the ingredients in the blender and blend to obtain a thick puree.Strain and serve chilled.Sugar can be added later.But since little water is needed for grinding I made a sugar syrup and then cooled and added it while blending.


You can increase or decrease the pomegranate and cucumber as per taste.If you like either cucumber or pom,you are sure to like this drink.The taste is a combo of both pom and cucumber and colour is that of pom.


The cooler is off to FIC:Rose/Pink an event started by Sunshinemom of TongueTicklers and currently hosted by Priya of Easy and Tasty Recipes.



Cucumber Dill Smoothie


This is not exactly a smoothie as smoothies are made from fruits and contain sugar.This has got yoghurt and cucumber and dill and the word smoothie suits finely rather than soup.So taking liberties I am calling it smoothie.

Ingredients:
Cucumber: 1 peeled,deseeded and chopped
Dill leaves: few(1 tbsp+)
Plain Yoghurt/Curd: 1/4 cup +/-
Salt & Pepper: as per taste
Ice cubes/crushed (optional)


Preparation:
Blend all the ingredients to obtain a thick puree.The thickness depends on the amount of yogurt used or as per taste.Serve chilled if ice cubes are not added.This is very refreshing on a hot summer noon.



Both the cucumber coolers are off to AFAM:Cucumber ,an event by Maheshwari of Beyond the Usual and currently hosted by Neha of Tasty Recipes

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