Milk Shakes

Make your own Panneer Soda at home!!!

Anybody who has lived in Tamil Nadu would know what I mean by Panneer Soda. Its a very sketchy colloquial usage of a sweetened carbonated  drink mingled with the aroma and essence of rose. On a hot thirsty day in Madras I would anyday wash my parched throat with Panner Soda than any Pepsi or Coke or Fanta. Memories of this drink are etched in my memory all through my childhood. My days of post graduation at Madurai were filled with memories of Maggi in the nights during long periods of study, steaming hot Idlis from the idli kadai near my hostel, Chilli Parotta from Hotel Guruprasad and Hotel Anna Meenakshi in downtown Madurai, very close to the bus stand. Hot afternoons would always nearly be endured with cold Mapillai Vinayagar Panneer Soda which was available for a rupee in any “potti kadai” !!!

                                                                               – Image Courtesy – Fitz`s.

In my recent trip back home, I took  on every opportunity to have this drink, but hardly had any time.  I was craving for panner soda last weekend and TH bought this little crate of Premium Fitzs Cream Sodawhich is locally made. Normally the cane soda varieties have saccharin which is an artificial sweetner but this particular brand has sweetening from cane sugar. Many times  I am of the opinion that real cane sugar is better that so many chemical based artificial sweetners. This is how I made my own Panneer Soda at home! It was almost like back home….as if I were standing in a crowded bus stand, under the hot summer sun, sipping ice cool pannneer soda and quenching one`s thirst!

INGREDIENTS:

1 Bottle of Fitzs Premium Cream Soda.

A few drops of Rose Essence.

PREPARATION:

  • Take a bottle of chilled Premium FItzs Cream Soda and add a few drops of edible Rose essence.
  • Give it  a quick spin and mix with the stirrer or a straw.
  • Drink in and enjoy refreshing Panner Soda at home!
  • It`s very addictive so don`t tell me I didnt warn ya!
  • Try this easy quick drink at home, on a thirsty day and relive memories of back home!!!
Chutneys / Thogayals & Podis.

Mint & Cilantro Chutney for Dosa & Idlis.

Mint chtuneys make an interesting combination with breakfast preparations like Venn Pongal,Oats  Idlis, Dosas etc. Mint adds a refreshing zing to any drink especially a summer drink. When infused with mint leaves that are crushed, it makes it extremely fresh and adds zing to the drink!  In its natural form, mint aids in indigestion and also aids in relieving respiratory blocks. This recipe is inspired by Rak`s version and is definitely a keeper!

INGREDIENTS:

1 Bunch Cilantro.

1 Bunch Mint.

1 Medium Onion.

1 Tangy Tomatoe.

2 Tbsp Coconut Grated.

Salt.

Roast in Oil:

2 Tbsp Channa Dhal.

1 Tbsp Urad dhal.

3 Red Chillies.

Seasoning:

Oil.

1 Tsp Mustard Seeds.

1 Tsp Urad Dhal.

Curry Leaves.

PREPARATION:

  • In a kadai add about a spoon of oil and roast the channa dal, urad dhal and the red chillies with one or two fresh curry leaves. Transfer contents to a mixer and set aside.
  • Now to the same kadai, add the onions and let them saute well., Now add the chopped tomatoes, turmeric and salt and let them saute well.
  • Add the roughly chopped cilantro and mint leaves and allow them to wilt. Switch off the stove and allow contents to cool.
  • Now transfer to the same mixer jar and give it a quick pulse.
  • Pulse to a near smooth paste adding as little water as needed and transfer to the serving bowl.
  • Temper with the specified ingredients and serve with soft hot idlis!