Sunday, 12 March 2017


Rose Syrup Punched Zafrani Flavoured Orange - Pomegranate Baraf Gola Topped with Choco-Vanilla Ice-cream .... uff so big a name but I bet you will enjoy doing it thoroughly because it is just one, two, three steps and done. Even my fingers are paining writing the name. Instead 'lau ghonto' that is a dish with bottle gourd  sounds so sleek..... but do not go by name. Today morning I did it which takes about 40-45 minutes to be done while this cooler took less than thirty minutes. Yes Bengalis are more into slow cooking at low heat rather than stir fries. I do not wish to get into any fight on which one is a healthier method, it is more of a habit. Our generation or the next or next to next may try to get healthier, like  at times I do not fry the cauliflower florets and potato pieces while doing a curry with it, they do taste good while so less oil is consumed. People like my mother or my grandmother will never accept it. They say "bheje, na koshaley kisher ranna".... if we do not fry and slow cook, it is not cooking. The more healthier me could never make her understand mani frying enhances the taste but may lose the necessary nutrients.... do not always go by "Dharmendra's way of jail mein chakki pissing pissing pissing" kind momci.... I do follow her when it comes to authentic Bengali cooking. When it comes to Bengali cooking she is too proud and believe she and her mother are the ultimate in Bengali cooking. I am a liberal who believe one cannot be a Jack of all trades.... each one of us have our own limitations.

It is a Sunday and I do not usually post ..... but today is Holi / Dol Poornima..... I may not play with colours except only with my ladoo Gopal. Thandai or Coolers are an integral part of Holi celebration and I tried to prepare a cooling drink that can be accepted globally paying due respect to a larger section of people. My coke-a-holic son did not touch it but I am sure it can be a healthy, happy and yum choice for the "only messiahs of the Almighty" on this earth. My senior indeed had a glass full of when I presented it singing "salam-e-ishk meri jaan jaara kabul kar lo".... he calls me drama queen but complies too at times. My rebel son is too vocal about his likes and dislikes and I am not the kind who can handle, really need a right kind of "Olive Oyl" for him.

Do you see a Piyali Muthha touch in this glass of Rose Syrup Punched Zafrani Flavoured Orange-Pomegranate Baraf Gola topped with Choco-Vanilla Ice-Cream? Yes, you are right because I do not accept to take so long a break, she worships her blog. Summer is approaching, come let us pamper ourselves with this healthy baraf gola done with fresh fruit juices. Later when I do other flavours of baraf gola, I will associate some childhood memories with it.

Orange : 2
Pomegranate : 1/2 of a medium sized
Rose Syrup : 1 small cup
Sugar : 2tsp
Black Salt : 1/4 tsp
Saffron : 8-10 strands
Ice Cubes : 2 big cups
Ice Cream : 1 scoop per glass. [I used store bought, use your choice of flavour]

Soak the saffron in warm water. My ingredients are ready to be used.

Peel the orange and pomegranate, wash the pips and get the juice in a juicer. Strain the juice through a strainer.  Add black salt, sugar and mix well. Take the ice cubes in a blender.

Blend to get a crushed form. It looks as below.

Arrange the glasses with crushed ice, top them with the juices, rose syrup, pour little of saffron infused water in each of them and  top each glass with a scoop of your favourite ice cream. It is ready to sip.