Pineapple Lemonade Punch

Pineapple Lemonade Punch

This punch is perfect for a hot summer day. It is sweet and refreshing. You can add  more sprite as you run out of punch. Making it the perfect party punch. Kids and adults will enjoy this drink.


  • Country time lemonade mix – 2 cups
  • Pineapple juice – 64 oz , chilled (I used Dole)
  • Cold water – 2 cups
  • Sprite – 2 liter bottle, chilled ( you can buy more and keep refilling the punch)


  • Combine lemonade mix, pineapple juice and cold water together in a drink dispenser or punch bowl.
  • Add sprite just before the guests arrive.


  • You can keep topping the punch with sprite.
  • Garnish the punch with slices of lemon.

Badam Milk

Badam Milk 1

Badam milk was one of my favorite drink when I was growing up. When ever my dad used to buy sweets from Sri Krishna Sweets, he used to buy us this drink. Pretty easy to make and tastes great. The recipe below serves two. This recipe was formulated based on Vah Chef  Sanjay Thumma’s recipe. I used 1 % milk to make this drink. It is not necessary to use whole milk.


  • Almonds – 20
  • Milk – 2 cups ( I used 1% milk)
  • Saffron strands – 2 pinches
  • Sugar – 10 tsps
  • Cardamom powder – one pinch
  • Almonds or Pistas chopped – for garnishing (optional)


  • Boil almonds in water for 2 minutes.
  • Drain the water and fill it with cold water.
  • Pop the skin of the almonds.
  • Badam Milk 2

  • Grind it to a very fine paste with 1/4 cup of milk.
  • Mix the rest of the milk with the almond paste and bring it to a boil.
  • Place a ladle with saffron and heat it with the steam from the boiling milk.
  • Badam Milk 3

  • Crush them and add them to the milk.
  • Badam Milk 4

  • Turn off the heat.
  • Add sugar and cardamom powder to the almond milk.
  • Mix till the sugar dissolves.
  • Serve the drink warm or cold.
  • Garnish with saffron strands and chopped nuts.


  • To cool the drink faster, prepare an ice water bath with water and ice.
  • Let the badam milk cool in it.

Watermelon Drink

Watermelon Drink

Cool off the summer with this watermelon drink.The lemon and ginger adds a very slight twist to it.If the watermelon is sweet,there is no need for sugar.A healthy and natural drink to stay cool.


  • Seedless watermelon  pieces- 4 cups
  • Lemon juice – 4 tsps
  • Ginger pieces – 1//2 tsp
  • Sugar – optional,if the melon is not sweet


  • Blend the watermelon,lemon juice and ginger together.
  • Strain it using a fine mesh strainer.
  • Serve cold or at room temperature.

Madras Filter Coffee

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I was not a big fan of filter coffee before I came to the US.My husband introduced me to filter coffee and I loved it.So during our India trip,we shopped for the dabara(or davara) and coffee filter.There were various sizes of filters from small to big. Dabaras also comes in different sizes.We went dabara hunting and found the right size. We went shopping the whole day and finally forgot to get the coffee filter(which we realized while packing).We had the davara set and coffee powder,but forgot the coffee filter. So my dad went shopping on the day of our departure and got us a coffee filter.

I started experimenting with the coffee.I got two brands of ground coffee from India,Narasus and Bru roast and ground(mix of coffee 53% and chicory47% ).Decided to stick with bru roast and ground,because it is available here.I tried making coffee with skim milk,which turned out watery.So I got a small bottle of 2% milk(same as Aavin standardized milk) for the next trial.The consistency was right after a few tries.The coffee powder used also plays a vital part.It is through experimentation that you can get the right taste.

Below is the image of a traditional coffee filter.It has four parts.They are:

  • The bottom chamber- that holds the decoction (concentrated coffee and water)
  • The upper chamber – it had small holes on the bottom,for the coffee to percolate.
  • An umbrella shaped filter.
  • A lid to close the filter.

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  • Bru roast and ground coffee powder – 2 Tbsp + 1/2 tsp
  • Water – 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp
  • 2% Milk – 2/3 cup + 1 tsp
  • Sugar – 1tsp+ 1/4 tsp for each cup of coffee


Makes two tumblers of coffee.

  • Place the upper chamber on top of the lower chamber of the coffee filter.

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  • Spread  coffee powder on the lower chamber and press gently with a spoon.

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  • Place the umbrella filter on top of the coffee powder.

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  • Boil  water in a small saucepan and pour it over the umbrella filter.

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  • Place the lid on top and close immediately .

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  • Let the coffee drip overnight or for 20 minutes.
  • Remove the upper chamber of the filter and set it aside.

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  • Add the decoction little by little to the milk in a small saucepan and mix till combined.
  • The darker the coffee looks,the stronger it is.
  • Turn on the heat (medium) and let the coffee heat up till you see small bubbles appearing on the top.
  • Prepare the davara by adding sugar to the tumbler and pour the coffee into the tumbler.

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  • Do not mix the coffee and  sugar using a spoon.
  • Place the tumbler on the davara and serve hot.

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  • Let the person who drinks the coffee  swish it using the tumbler and davara.

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  • Different brands of coffee powder can be mixed,instead of using a single brand of coffee powder.
  • The decoction you get also depends on how you place the coffee powder in the filter.
  • Try pressing the coffee powder gently till they are well packed.On the other hand,a loosely packed coffee powder will yield a watery decoction.