Monday, April 18, 2011

Banana Smoothie

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The scorching sun already shows the sign of peak summer here in Chennai. Sun seems to work hard right from 9AM to 5PM and its becoming really hard to step out of the house.

Feeding on steaming hot food or beverages is not a likely choice at all for this kind of climate. So my choice is to go for more of cold milk shakes and cool drinks to keep myself hydrated.

Last evening when I was thirsty for smoothies, I just picked all my favorite ingredients and blend them together to make this delicious drink ;)

Abiruchi on E tv is one of the cookery shows that I keenly follow and I must agree to the fact that Mr.Raju is one of the most talented chefs I have come across. He rocks with different dishes and also carves a lot of creative creatures with simple vegetables.

This banana boat is one of his creations that I got lot inspired and tried :)

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Ingredients:

Banana - 1
Raisins (kismis/dry grapes) - 2 tblspn
Almonds - 2
Milk - 1/2 cup
Honey - 1 tbl spn
Vanilla ice cream

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Method:

Soak raisins and almonds in warm water for an hour.

Chop the banana roughly. Peel the almond skin.

Blend banana, soaked raisins and almonds along with milk and honey.

Serve chill topped with vanilla ice cream :)

This quantity would make one tall glass of smoothie.

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Tips:

Replace the milk with some fresh yogurt(curd) to make smoothie.

You can add dates instead of raisins to make a different version.

Banana smoothie

Banana Boat:

You will need a banana, 5 tooth picks, 1 skewer and some thread.

Take a long morris or green banana which is pretty stiff and in the shape of a boat.

Tie a tooth pic vertically to a skewer using thread. Carefully slip open a 1/2 inch width of banana peel leaving it attached to one side of the banana. Now pierce the skewer into the peel in a zig-zag manner and pierce it into the banana leaving an inch gap on the right.

Now poke two tooth picks on left end as well as right end of the banana. Tie a thread to the left side tooth pics and secure the thread to the top of the skewer and extend it to the tooth picks on the right.

Pretty looking banana boat is done :)

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Written by: Nithya
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38 comments:

An Open Book said...

how cute is that banana boat..lovely pics

Sharmilee! :) said...

Wow highly creative Nithi you are...the banana boat looks too god and so is the smoothie. Like the 4th click very much!

Raji said...

Fantastic smoothie...the banana boat is so lovely.

sanjeeta kk said...

Wish I could have that gorgeous smoothie and sail in the banana boat! Lovely click.

Lite Bite

Arundhuti said...

the banana boat looks so cute!

Zareena said...

The small banana boat is damn cute. Lovely and yummy smoothie for such a hot climate.

vidhas said...

perfect drink for our chennai climate, awesome clicks, love the banana boat

Prathibha said...

ha ha...I remember seeing this carving in his show..I do watch it,but not punctual...:)
That carving is nicely done nithi...the smoothie looks delicious..it is hotter even in mumbai..not feeling like stepping into kitchen

Prathima Rao said...

Refreshing & filling smoothie :) Love the banana boat!!
Prathima Rao
Prats Corner

lata raja said...

I am loving the creative you more by the day. That boat looks beautiful. and yes the Chennai heat needs to be attacked with such smoothies and fresh juices.

SouthIndianHome said...

Amazing clicks Nithya. Smoothie looks equally delicious

SouthIndianHome

Umm Mymoonah said...

Your banana boat is really cute nithi, perfect drink to beat the summer.

Sanyukta Gour(Bayes) said...

Banana smoothie looks damn refreshing..perfect for summer...cute boat.perfectly done..

Sanyukta
http://creativesanyukta.blogspot.com/

Aruna Manikandan said...

wow...
boat looks excellent dear..
smoothie looks delicious :)

Premalatha Aravindhan said...

Delicious smoothie...The boat is too gud dear...Beautiful clicks.

SravsCulinaryConcepts said...

wow banana boat is so cute !! Smoothie looks so refreshing !!

Kairali sisters said...

Cute banana boat and my fav smoothie...I love the choco banana combo ..yummy yumm Nithya :)

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Hi Nithya

Beautiful looking banana boat. Smoothie must have tasted great as well.

Deepa
Hamaree Rasoi

Rachel said...

Tell me about it.. the heat just gets unbearable. The banana boat is is a neat addition to the refreshing drink.

Plateful said...

That looks sooo cool and refreshing, Nits! Yours pics make it even more beautiful, as always. I enjoyed browsing through your recipes t'day and was amazed at your creativity among other skills. You are so talented and I'm so happy to have connected with you, albeit virtually! I've bookmarked a few of your recipes and I'll let you know how it turned out..:)

Vimitha Anand said...

I always love this Smoothie and the banana boat looks so cute... As usual lovely clicks.

Pavithra said...

Cute boat Nithi.. yummy smoothie and all the clicks are fabulous. The seperate boat clicks looks super good.

Priya said...

Cute banana boat, very creative Nithya, smoothie makes me drool..

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

You rock with your creativity and pictures dear, love all your pics :)

Vidhya said...

A refreshing smoothie and banana boat look so cute.

simply.food said...

Refreshing and delicious.Love the banana boat do send it to create n carve April event.

http://www.simplysensationalfood.com/2011/04/announcing-create-n-carve-fruit-and-veg.html

kittymatti said...

wow! so artistic!!
As usual awesome :)

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

Awesome pictures... Innovative presentation... YUM!

Divya Kudua said...

So cute!!

Nitha said...

Love your presentation...

Sranj said...

Oh Nitya!.. every time I get a notification about a new post here, I rush here to see how you presented it.. your food art is sooo lovely!

Shanthi said...

Wonderful and awesome presentation

Eat Hearty said...

I wonder how do u get such fantastic ideas to present!! :)
Excellent!


Ankita
http://eat-hearty.blogspot.com

Rinku Naveen said...

Wow..Real yummy smoothie and fantastic pictures.
You have a great blog..interesting posts..!
happy to follow u...
do stop by mine..when you can..:)

Archana said...

lovely smoothie but I prefer the boat.

Srivalli said...

My gosh that boat is awesome and you got my Athamma's approval who is looking at this..looks fantastic Nithi..your creativity rocks..

Nisha S. said...

Two thumbs up for the banana boat! You're too good!! :)

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