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Avocado Milkshake | Butter Fruit Milkshake


How many of you knew that butter fruit that we get in India is actually avocado? Well, if you had asked me couple of years back I would have no idea. One of the good perks of food blogging is we get to learn so much more about food like new ingredients, recipes and cuisines. 

The other day while watching a Malayalam movie, there was a scene where the hero was relishing a tall glass of butter fruit milkshake. It brought back a wave of childhood memories. I love avocado - be it in a sandwich or as a dip. I always have avocado in stock when in season, but I don't know why I haven't made this milkshake before. The recipe is super simple - just blend avocado with some milk and sugar. You can add nuts like almonds or walnuts, make it more healthier bu substituting sugar with honey or other natural sweeteners or even banana, throw in some chia seeds or flax seeds - the list is endless. I followed the way it is made in the juice shops in India - only skipped the ice.


Avocado itself is so creamy, so you don't need to add any ice cream. The milkshake tastes almost like a vanilla milkshake. So if you can get hand on avocado or butter fruit, try this delicious and healthy milkshake.

AVOCADO / BUTTER FRUIT MILKSHAKE RECIPE

Ingredients:

1 large avocado
2 1/4 cup cold milk
Sugar as required

Method:

1. Blend the avocado, milk and sugar until smooth. If the milkshake is too thick, add more milk and belnd again.

2.  Pour milkshake into glass and serve immediately.


Notes and Tips

  • If milkshake is thick, add more milk and blend again.
  • Substitute sugar with honey or natural sweeteners.
  • You can use almond milk instead for a diary-free version.
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Varagu Arisi Sakkarai Pongal | Kodo Millet Sweet Pongal


Hello dear friends and readers. Wish you all a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!!!!! I hope you all had a good break and enjoyed your time with family and loved ones. 

I'm starting the first post of the new year with a sweet and healthy dish. Millets are becoming very popular now. As you know millets are packed with goodness and is a good substitute for rice. Pongal festival is coming up and sakkarai pongal is an inevitable sweet made during this festival. This healthy version of pongal is made with varagu arisi or kodo millet instead of rice. The taste is quite similar to rice version of the pongal. So for this Pongal festival, try this healthy version of pongal with millet.



VARAGU ARISI / KODO MILLET PONGAL RECIPE

Ingredients:

1/2 cup varagu arisi / kodo millet
3 tbsp yellow moong dal / paasiparuppu
1 cup jaggery, grated
1/3 cup milk
1/2 tsp cardamom powder
3 tbsp ghee
5-6 cashewnuts
7-8 raisins

Method:

1. In a small pan, add 1 tsp ghee and fry the cashew nuts and raisins.

2. Dry roast the dal until nice aroma comes. The dal should not change colour.

3. Wash the dal and the millet together. Add 2 cups of water and pressure cook for 3 whistles. Once cool, mash and keep aside.

4. In a sauce pan, add the jaggery and 1/4 cup water. Once the jaggery has melted, strain the jaggery.

5. To the jaggery syrup, add the cooked millet, milk, cardamom powder, ghee and mix well. Cook for couple of minutes. Add the cashewnuts and raisins.



Notes and Tips
Adjust the amount of jaggery as per your sweetness.

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