Ginger Lemonade

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Now that it is actually feeling like summer and memorial day is almost around the corner I want to share this recipe with you. Its my favorite lemonade recipe with a kick of fresh spicy and aromatic – ginger. My memories of Indian summers are hot and lazy days, off from school, hanging out with friends and cousins. Growing up, it was a ritual at my home, everyday, to make a giant jar of lemonade in the morning. We would then serve it to the family and friends that would visit us during the day! No one ever refused the offer of fresh homemade lemonade when they arrived from the scorching sun outside. My mom, always added ginger and for me lemonade always must have fresh ginger. The first time when my husband, Ravi tasted it, he related it to the fresh sugarcane juice in India. Only then I realized that there was something very different about this lemonade. It was the freshly grated ginger, with its aroma and spicy kick, that made it – oh so refreshing and delicious!

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Ginger tamarind brussels sprouts

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Since I started blogging just over a 6 months ago now, I have discovered some amazing food blogs and recipes. I love how each one of us has a unique style. I recently came across a beautiful blog – abrowntable.com– where the author Nik has stunning photography and lovely recipes. One of his recipes that caught my attention right away was the ginger tamarind brussels sprouts. Ginger is my latest love in cooking, for the most part when I see ginger as one of the main ingredients I want to try the recipe right away. One of my recent post – Beet Salad -A celebration recipe also uses ginger and I love the spice and flavor it creates to the dish. I usually roast my brussels sprouts or make a cold salad by shaving it thin. I was happy to see this recipe and the photos made my mouth water wanting to make this asap!

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Homemade Paneer{Indian cottage cheese}

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Back to basics today. I have to confess that it took me literally years before I tried making paneer at home. Still, at times, I use the store-bought paneer, of course only after checking that it does not have any extra additives or preservatives. Homemade paneer by far has the freshest taste and beautiful soft texture. It is super easy to make with just 2 basic ingredients! So if you have time or can plan ahead homemade paneer is the way to go.

Paneer is fresh unsalted white cheese used in Indian cooking, that can be made at home with just whole milk and lemon juice! It has a very mild creamy flavor and crumbly texture that goes well with many curries and desserts!

Fresh paneer can be grilled on skewers for some fun kebabs and also used in sandwiches, wraps and pita pockets! It is a very versatile ingredient to use in Indian curries like Palak Paneer , Matar Paneer or Paneer Tikka Masala. Homemade paneer can also be used in making many Indian desserts, I love making delicious homemade Rasmalai!

Here is a step by step recipe:

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