Dates and Coffee Milkshake

During summers, you crave cool and refreshing drinks. If that craving is satisfied with a feel-good ingredient combination like dates and coffee, it gives you an upbeat mood. The best part is that you can spin off a milkshake in less than 15 mins, and it does not feel like a lot of work. During one of my visits to Mustafa, I stopped at the dates section and was amazed at the variety they had in stock. I decided instantly that I wanted to use them in some form of drink or dessert. For this Dates and Coffee milkshake, I have used Khudary dates from Mustafa. They ended up being a perfect pick for this aromatic and amazingly refreshing drink.
Recipe Details :
Serves: 2 pax
Time: 15 mins
Difficulty: Easy
Ingredients :

  • 12 de-seeded dates (6 dates per glass)
  • 1.5 tsp instant coffee powder
  • 6 cardamom pods
  • 4 ice cubes
  • 330 ml milk

Dates and coffee milkshake

Dates and coffee milkshake


Method:

  • Split the cardamom pods and powder the seeds using a mortar and pestle. Freshly pounded cardamom is better since that imparts a pleasant aroma in the drink.
  • Put the cardamom seeds, de-seeded dates, coffee powder, milk and ice cubes into the blender and blend it till the dates and ice have broken down into a smooth drinkable texture. The blending process should take maximum 2 minutes.
  • Dates and coffee milkshake

    Dates and coffee milkshake

  • Serve immediately. This drink can also be made in advance and stored in the refrigerator. In that case, before serving, stir the drink well to redistribute the dates.

Tips:

  • For those who don’t like caffeine, you can substitute coffee powder with hot chocolate powder. I have tried a version of this drink using Hershey’s Hot Chocolate and its equally amazing and refreshing.
  • You can also soak your dates in warm milk before you put them in the blender for 10-15 mins. This is an optional step in case you want a very soft texture.
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Rhubarb Juice

Rhubarb is a welcome sign of spring. More often than not we have heard of rhubarb being used in pies. Baking, however, is an activity that requires some focused time. Staying in Singapore, I am always game for trying out thirst quenchers to beat the heat. If you are a regular reader of my blog, you would know by now that I love to try out new ingredients and rhubarb perfectly hits the intrigue factor. They look like red celery sticks and translate into a lovely ruby coloured juice. You can create alcoholic as well as non-alcoholic beverages with rhubarbs. With respect to health benefits, rhubarbs are full of fiber, potassium and Vitamin C. The thing to bear in mind is rhubarbs are highly tart and hence adding appropriate amounts of water to this juice is imperative. You can mix it with lemonade as a variant. At the end, seeing the pleasing colour of the juice was definitely satisfying. The best part about this juice is that no sugar is required for preparation!

Recipe Details :
Makes: 3-4 glasses
Time: 30 mins
Difficulty: Easy

Ingredients :

  • 4-5 stalks of rhubarb, without leaves
  • 1 split vanilla bean / 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 4-5 cups water

Rhubarb juice

Rhubarb juice


Method:


    Rhubarb pieces

    Rhubarb pieces

  • Wash the rhubarb in cold water, cut off the leaves and trim the ends. And then cut it into 1/2 inch pieces.
  • Rhubarb pieces in water

    Rhubarb pieces in water

  • Place the cut rhubarb stalks in a pot and cover it with enough cold water till they are just floating.
  • Cover the pot with a lid. Bring the water to a boil on low flame, stirring occasionally.
  • When all the rhubarb stalks have broken down to uniform soup kind of consistency, switch off the flame. This should take around 15 mins.
  • Once the mixture is cooled to room temperature, strain it through a mesh strainer.
  • If the pulp becomes a mass, you can press the strainer with a wooden spoon and drain off the liquid.
  • Once the liquid is drained, refrigerate it immediately. Your light pink colored rhubarb juice is ready.
  • To serve, dilute your juice with water, lemonade, and / or ice and serve!

Tips:

  • Do not boil the rhubarb stalks for a prolonged period, they can get bitter.
  • With the rhubarb pulp, you can add it to yogurt and get a sweet high.
  • For those staying in Singapore, rhubarb stalks can be found in Fairprice Finest.