Rooh Afzah Drink

RoohAfza is a thirst quencher and a great addition for mocktails and desserts. Apart from cooling, it possesses many health benefits. There are no artificial elements used in this syrup. Made with all natural ingredients like flower, roots, herbs, fruits, veggies, RoohAfza have a very energetic and refreshing effect in hot summer.

So, today in our Ramadan Special segment, glittercut.com brings to you a very commonly consumed drink, especially in Ramadan. RoohAfza.

Ingredients: Serves 3

RoohAfza syrup 4 Tbsp

Sabza seeds (sweet basil seeds / falooda seeds / tukmaria seeds) – 2 Tbsp soaked in water for around 2 hours.

Lemon juice 2 tsp

Sugar 1 Tbsp

Chilled water 3 glass

Method:

In a pitcher, add water, RoohAfza syrup, sugar and lemon juice. Stir well until the sugar is well blended. Drink is ready

For serving:

In the serving glasses, evenly distribute the soaked sabza seeds then pour the drink chilled.

Enjoy the refreshing, easy-peasy-to-make drink and stay hydrated.

Tips:

RoohAfza is equally delicious when prepared with milk. Only drop the lemon juice and instead add chopped almonds.

Garbanzo Bean Snack – Kabuli Chana Chaat

Any snack if made right, could prove to be a beneficial catalyst in your struggle for weight loss along with many other enhancement to your health.

Chickpea chaat / Kabuli Chana Chaat / Garbanzo Bean Snack comes to your screens by glittercut.com in its Ramadan Special segment, making a valued addition to your many easy-peasy recipes.

Chickpea chaat loaded with protein and fibre is decadent and dripping delicacy which can make anyone go weak in the knees.

So, here it is:

Ingredients:

Chickpeas (soaked overnight) 250 gm

Yogurt 250 gm

Cumin powder / zeera powder 1 tsp

Salt to taste

Sugar 2 – 3 Tbsp

Apple 1/2 cup (chopped)

Pomegranate 1/2 cup arils

Mint leaves 1/4 cup (chopped)

Garnishing:

Coriander leaves

Tamarind Chutney / Imli ki chutney (optional) for recipe, click here.

Method:

Wash and soak chickpeas in water overnight. Boil the chickpeas with some salt in a pressure cooker till tender. It should take around 15 -20 minutes to pressure cook. (NOTE: The cooking time may vary.). Once done, drain the chickpeas and set aside.

In a bowl, take yogurt add sugar, salt, cumin powder and mint leaves – mix it all well.

Just before serving, add the mixed yogurt to the chickpeas along with the chopped fruits.

Garnish with coriander leaves and top it off with tamarind chutney.

Tips:

Do not add fruits to the yogurt well before time, as it might become soggy and might end up looking dreary.

You might want to add black pepper powder, red chili powder and coriander powder to the dish to make it more spicy and give it a more desi taste.

Sizzling Fried Ice Cream

Yes, you read it right. glittercut.com, in its Ramadan Special segment, brings to you your very own recipe of ice cream which is fried: fried ice cream :-p

This enticing recipe, I had first tried it at a sea side restaurant in the city of Athens, Greece. The hot and cold jolt of the dish was as hypnotizing as I found its name to be attractive on the menu card. And, the dish was beyond our intrigue and expectations, it was just outstanding.

However, over the years after the trip, I have now mastered the knack of fried ice cream.

So, here’s the trick..

Vanilla ice cream trickling out of its shell.

Ingredients (3 servings):

Vanilla ice cream 3 scoops (chilled)

Cornflakes 1/2 cup

Bread crumbs 1/2 cup

Cookie of your choice (optional) 4 – 5

Egg 1

Oil for deep frying

For garnishing:

Chocolate syrup / whipped cream

Method:

In a blender, blend cornflakes and bread crumbs or any cookie of your choice until a fine powder is formed.

In a plate, empty the cornflakes / cookie powder mix. In another dish, take a well beaten egg.

Take a scoop of ice cream at a time, roll it in the cornflakes plate, then roll it in egg and then again roll it in the cornflakes mix plate.

Place the coated scoops on a tray and place the tray in the freezer for overnight.

“Ready-to-eat” day, In a deep frying pan, heat oil until more than ready for deep frying.

Take one coated scoop at a time from the freezer and place it the heating oil for a few seconds, or until the coating becomes golden brown. Remove promptly.

Place it on the serving dish drizzle it with chocolate sauce or whipped cream or both and serve immediately.

Tips:

Fried ice Cream is best served immediately.

Ice cream needs to be well frozen.

If you want to make it egg free, then the egg can be replaced by the ‘cornflour-milk’ mix.

For cornflour milk mix, add 2-3 Tbsp of cornflour to 1 cup of milk and mix well until no lumps appear.

This special recipe is to mark the celebration of the 50th post on glittercut.com.. Cheers!!

Thanks and love you all 🙂

Refreshing mint lemonade

Mint as we all know is a great source of refreshment and hence is used in various ways and products as a refreshing coolant, along with its many health benefits.

Adding mint to our lemonade doubles up the refreshing gush of the drink, is a great way to beat the scorching sun and the heat on a summer day.

Glittercut.com, in its Ramadan special segment brings to you the easy-peasy recipe of a mint lemonade..

Ingredients (serves 2)

Freshly squeezed lemon juice 1/2 cup

Mint leaves 2 cups (leave aside 3-4 leaves aside for garnish)

Ice cubes 1 cup

Water 1 cup

honey (as per your taste)

Cumin powder a pinch

Equipments

Blender

Strainer

Method

Add all the above ingredients to the blender and blend until all the ingredients blend together really well.

Strain the drink into the serving glass or jug using a strainer.

Garnish with mint leaves.

It’s ready, sip it up and enjoy.. 🙂

Mango Lassi, relish

Rich in nutrients, yogurt is a dairy product which has ‘n’ number of benefits. Be it weight management to protection against osteoporosis, yogurt does it all as it improves the immunity system of the body.

Yogurt intake combined with fruits, is a bonus. It becomes the source of high quality protein and has a synergistic effect on health as it combines various vitamins and minerals.

(Lassi, a sweet or savory Indian drink made from a yogurt or buttermilk base with water.)

Today, on glittercut.com, for our Ramadan Special segment, we have the easiest recipe for mango lassi.

Ingredients: serves 3

Yogurt 2 cups

Milk 1 cup

Mango 1 (peeled and cut)

Honey 1 Tbsp

Sugar 3 Tbsp

Vanilla essence 1 Tsp

Cardamom powder 1/2 Tsp

Ice cubes 4 – 5

For garnishing

Dry fruits chopped

Cardamom powder

Equipment

Blender

Method:

In a blender, add mango, milk, yogurt, vanilla essence, sugar, honey, cardamom powder and ice cubes and blend till the ingredients turn into a thick smooth liquid.

Your lassi is ready.

Serve it in a glass and garnish it with dry fruits and sprinkle a pinch of cardamom powder at the top.

Enjoy..

Service to humanity!

All over the world regardless of the ongoing season or the weather conditions, our desires, our wants and needs pay no heed. Rising with passing time, quenching the craves becomes a task. Feasible at a click of the button for some, while, regulating for the vital supply itself gets crippling for some.

The ratio of the crippling is way more than the haves. 

Instances of both classes are spotted in our vicinity. At times, the contrast is distinct, but, many times to differentiate the indigent is confusing. 

Shielded amour-propre refrains the impoverished from imploring, while expectations soaring their speculation of acquiring aid.

While the secret desire of the deprived remains cloaked, the glare of the leisure blocks the effluent from spotting the needful.

On the contrary, the benevolent irrespective of their financial holding selflessly reach out to the needy with available means, winning the ‘philanthropist’ title. 

Helping comes with the pleasure of its own, the realization of the wonders every good deed can do. 

Various channels of approaching the unfortunate are accessible. Charitable organizations or charitable events, they all aim to provide for the needy and deal with poverty one man at a time. 

However, we don’t need to bank on such events or organizations entirely for helping the deprived. 

Apart from dropping a dime in the charity box at the mall, or spending on a charity coupon, ways like feeding the poor, giving old clothes, distributing blankets or other essentials, setting up a water cooler in the neighborhood add to the list of admired charitable ways. 

At times, the deserving may be contiguous to us in relation or distance. Mindfulness to their needs is what it requires to make the first step forward to provide support.

Upon giving alms, the giver is not helping the needy, but, instead is helping himself to become a better person, to be more empathetic, and helps himself to be more generous while expecting null in return. However, the sanctification of giving charity and the elation of easing the misery of a soul is indescribable. Yet, some boastful individuals brag about their blessed cause and let the value of the deed go in vain.

Negligent of the scar left on the hearts of the receiver by their hurtful act.

The mortified receiver strained by the circumspect acceptance of funds, already burdened by the affliction and compromising their dignity, generally, expect the giver to be attentive of their emotions.

All form of charity is a component of many religions and culture. Hence, being taught and inculcated in the young minds from an early age, building a sense of service to humanity.

Similarly, in Islam, charity throughout the year is instigated while in the holy month of Ramadan, charity by the name of Zakat has been made obligatory. Zakat, the third out of five pillars of Islam, is a term used for the 2.5% of the wealth, investment or savings to be paid to the poor and needy. (to know more about the Zakat and its terms and rulings, click here). Economists have confirmed the fact that if each believer makes the due payment of zakat and does not withhold it, poverty will surely be eradicated from the face of the Earth. Sadly, that is not the case yet. 

There are various types of people in need depending on their situation, hence, broadening our opportunities for charity. 

Generosity could be in the form of giving wealth, clothing, essentials, groceries and many other desired objects which eases the gainers’ situation to some extent. 

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A man helping a dog.

However, it does not remain restricted to the same. If you possess knowledge of any kind, sharing it is charity. Helping any seeker in any manner without expecting any returns while not boasting is also a form of charity. To smile at someone is charity. Clearing the pathway of any obstacle to ease the passage for others is charity. Charity is also when you help a blind man cross the road. Showing directions to the lost is as well a form of charity. Helping out animals is also charity. planting trees as well is charity and the list goes on.

So, for reaching out and helping, you need not be rich or have a huge bank balance. Without these also you can be charitable and earn the rewards and be blessed. 

Abu Dharr narrated that the Messenger of Allah said :

“Your smiling in the face of your brother is a charity, commanding good and forbidding evil is a charity, your giving directions to a man lost in the land is a charity for you. Your seeing for a man with bad sight is a charity for you, your removal of a rock, a thorn or a bone from the road is a charity for you. Your pouring what remains from your bucket into the bucket of your brother is a charity for you.” Reference: Jami` at-Tirmidhi 1956, In-book reference: Book 27, Hadith 62, English translation: Vol. 4, Book 1, Hadith 1956

No good deed is small. A deed which may be minuscule for us might make an enormous difference in the life of the beneficiary. So, never belittle any act of help and seize every opportunity which comes your way, doing your part in making a life lead to a better future.

What are your thoughts on charity, and is there anything you would want to add to our post, let us know in the comments below? 

Like and share & continue to spread the sparkle.

Vincent Ehindero Blogger Award!

I am nominated for the Vincent Ehindero Blogger Award by Shweta Suresh, creator and writer of Mr Random Ramblings. Short stories, tiny tales along with her many blogging recognition add to her successful persona. Visit her blog to know more about her. You will be dazzled as well. I can’t thank you enough. ❤

Rules:

  • Thank the person that nominated you with a link to their blog.
  • Make a post of the award (with a photo).
  • Post the rules.
  • Ask 5-10 questions of your choice.
  • Nominate 10-30 other bloggers.
  • Follow Vincent Ehindero at vincentehindero.wordpress.com (to qualify for a free blog promotion and shoutout) and more blogging opportunities.

Answer to Shweta’s questions:

  • What’s the last movie that you watched?
    • Miracle in cell no. 7
  • What is your favorite thing to do on a rainy day?
    • Walk on the beach while getting wet in the rain.
  • What are you doing to beat the lock-down blues?
    • Workout, read, pray, cook and blog.
  • How long can you go without using your phone?
    • Only for the time I’m asleep while setting my phone on silent mode.
  • What do you most value in your friends?
    • Trustworthy and supportive
  • Do you have a favorite fictional character? What makes her/him your favorite?
    • Genie, from Aladdin has a great sense of humor while he is always by Aladdin’s side and supports him in every possible way with all his powers and charm.
  • Winter or Summer?
    • Winter
  • What is love, in your point of view?
    • Love, it can only be with a living thing, with objects, it is being merely materialistic. Love makes you want go out that extra mile and take that chance for the sake of keeping the spark burning. Love is accepting the complete package of and about the other person without any discretion.
  • What is your favorite movie or TV show?
    • Dynasty / Nailed it / 4 more shots please / Band Bajaa Bride
  • If you could time travel, where (when?) would you go?
    • I would want to go back to the time when I delivered my son and relive the moment as I really miss his initial 2 years and I feel I did not enjoy it as much I should have. Now he is growing up too quickly.

While being nominated for the award, I would like to nominate my blogging friends for the same;

Niki Noir – Take a ride on my mood swing/

Apinder – Potatosandwich

Shaheen Sheikh – Sheensbuffet

Sadogapan Govind – Pointless and Prosiac

Carol Anne – Therapy Bits

Imprinted – Running on Impty

Que Tran – dathaoqutrn

Belles Days – Life in the slowest lane, view from a wheelchair

Tony Burgess – The Burgess Blog

Grace – CtrlAltEsc

Saumya Agarwal – Randomness Inked

Dear Nominees, kindly answer the questions below:

  1. What is the best thing you enjoy about blogging?
  2. Your favorite cuisine?
  3. What makes you feel being a man / woman is a blessing?
  4. What technology or advancement of science scares you the most?
  5. What technology or advancement of science amaze you the most?
  6. What technology or advancement of science, you find to be futile?
  7. What is your biggest fetish?
  8. What makes you cringe the most?
  9. Favorite lyrics ? (mention 2 lines from the lyrics & the song name)
  10. If given a chance, would you fall in love with your first love again without the consequences changing?

Exquisite Apple Milk

‘An apple a day, keeps the doctor away’ – a quote we have been well versed with since decades.

As apples are extremely beneficial to us, being rich in fiber, minerals, vitamin C, antioxidants and potassium, it is most affiliated to cancer cures, cutting down on diabetes, helping with digestion and many more.

Keeping the same in mind, today, on glittercut.com we have prepared a light, flavorful apple milk for our Ramadan Special segment.

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Apple milk

Ingredients (serves 3)

Apples 1 (cut into cubes)

Almonds 7-8

Vanilla ice cream 2 scoops

Cardamom powder 1/2 tsp

Sugar 2 Tbsp

Milk 1 1/2 cup

Vanilla essence 1/2 tsp

Rooh afzah (a concentrated fruit squash) 1 Tbsp (optional)

Rose water 1 Tbsp (optional)

Equipment

Blender

Method

In the blender, ad the cut apples, almonds, milk, sugar, Rooh Afza, cardamom powder, vanilla essence, and rose water. Blend all the ingredients really well till the fruit and the almonds are completely mixed with the ingredients without leaving any lumps in the drink.

Your drink is ready to serve.

Tips:

If you do not have rooh afza, add sugar as per your taste. The rooh afza just adds the light pink tinge to your drink along with sweetening it.

You can peel the apples and almonds if your like it that way, however, I did not peel any of them and yet, the drink turned out to be delightful.

Do let us know in the comments below, if you have a new recipe to share with us.

Banana-Choco Shake

Bananas when combined with milk is loaded with amazing nutrients, minerals, fiber and basic sugar. As bananas are a rich wellspring of nutrient B6, folate, nutrient C, magnesium, potassium and sugars. A glass of banana shake is sufficient to keep the stomach full for quite a while. Moreover, it comes with additional beauty enhancing benefits for our skin and hair.

We add chocolate to our banana shake as it makes it more delightful and is a treat for our taste buds.

So, today glittercut.com brings to you a very tempting, yet an easy recipe for Banana Shake.

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Banana shake

Ingredients (Serves 1)

Bananas 1

Milk 1/2 glass

Vanilla ice cream 3 scoops

Ice cubes 3 cubes

Vanilla extract 1/2 tsp

Rose water 1 tsp (optional)

Date honey / Honey 1 Tbsp (optional)

For garnishing (any one of these would do)

Dry fruits (chopped)

Chocolate syrup / chocolate sauce

Chocolate (of your choice)

Equipment

Blender

Method

To the blender, add milk, banana, ice cream, ice cubes, vanilla extract, rose water and date honey, and blend it all until the banana and all other ingredients form a tempting smooth drink.

For garnishing

In the empty serving glass / jar / mug, drizzle the chocolate sauce to the sides of the jar from inside and then pour the drink in it. Top it off with dry fruits, and finish the look by fixing a chocolate bar / piece into the shake sticking out a shown in the image above.

Is this the way you have your banana shake? let us know in the comments below.

Fusion Fruit Salad

As we all are well aware of the benefits and nutritional value of various fruits, we are also aware of the fact that many of our kids detest the same.

In order to let our little ones enjoy the fruits and making it more interesting for ourselves the fruit salad is best way for the required nutritional intake.

For Ramadan, the best way to open our fasts is the fruit salad as it boosts our energy while leveling the body temperature.

Here is the easy-peasy recipe for the tempting fruit salad only on glittercut.com.

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fruit salad

Ingredients (serves 4-5)

Apples 1 (chopped)

Banana 1 (chopped)

Orange 1 (chopped)

Mango 1 (chopped)

Grapes a small bunch (cut into halves)

Dates 3-4 cut

Milk 1/2 cup

Condensed milk 4 Tbsp (optional)

Cream 4 Tbsp (optional

For garnishing

Pomegranate 1 (peeled)

Dry fruits chopped: (almonds, pistachio, cashew nuts)

Vanilla ice cream

Rooh afzah (concentrated squash)

Method:

In a bowl add all the chopped fruits, mix well while making sure you do not smash the fruits in the process. (you wouldn’t want to end up making a fruits puree out of all the vigorous mixing :p)

Once the fruits are mixed well, add the half cup of milk along with the cream or condensed milk. Dry fruits can also be added to the dish as per your preference.

Your fruit salad is ready.

For serving

Serve the fruit salad in the serving bowls or dishes, then top it off with a scoop of Vanilla ice cream, drizzle 1 tspn of Rooh Afzah syrup and on top of it all drop the pomegranate arils (seeds) and dry fruits. This makes the fruit salad look tempting, colorful and irresistible.

Tips:

In your fruit salad, you can add any fruits, but, you can avoid watermelon, as it will make the fruit salad very watery and loose its authentic taste. Also, avoid guava as its seeds can be an impediment in relishing the dish.

Adding milk to the fruit salad keeps the apples and the bananas from turning black.

You can add condense milk or sweet cream depending how much more flavor you prefer to add.

Ice cream need not necessarily be vanilla, it can be any ice cream of your choice, but, it goes best with vanilla ice cream.

Fruits salad is best enjoy when had immediately, it can however refrigerated for a day or two.

Do let us know if you are a fan of fruits and how do you like to have your fruits, in the comments below.