I never believed that a holiday in a heavenly place would be for me and me alone.
Its not that I have not been on a holiday,but a holiday alone-without any family member.That was the magical bit.
A magical holiday and an even more magical experience.
This five day holiday thanks to #TourismMalaysia was a godsend.
Suddenly I know ,serendipity is not an accident.
My favourite drinks in Penang,Malaysia were Nutmeg Drink and the Ice teas with Black Pearl/Basil Seeds/Coconut Jelly.
This tea truck was waiting for us out side the Blue Mansion in Penang on that hot summer day. And it was just what we needed.
|coconut jelly and black pearls|
Since I could not recreate the nutmeg juice, the Ice tea had to be done.
The Black Pearls are not available here in Mumbai,neither is the coconut Jelly,but I had to try this. For you guys.
|All of us had different flavours|
This is my attempt to recreate my Malaysian Holiday.
Coconut Jelly and Basil Seeds
200mils coconut milk- I use Dabur Homemade
1/2 cup water
3 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp gelatin
2 tsp basil seeds-sabza dana in India
Boil the water and sugar till the sugar dissolves. Allow to cool and then sprinkle the gelatin over.
Once the gelatin has blossomed,mix well and pour in the coconut milk.
Pour into a wide plate or tray and allow to set.
You can add food colour,but coconut is naturally a pale white ,so I avoided the food colour.
Once the jelly sets,run your knife in lines and chop into small pieces.
Place the pieces in water and keep in the fridge till you need to use them.
Soak the basil seeds in water and use after an hour.
Peach ice tea-for 2
two tea bags-green or regular
1/2 cup sugar
juice of 2-3 lemons
Water and ice as needed
Use store bought.
Or do what I do when peaches are in season. Or for that matter any stone fruit.
|stone added to stewing fruit. What aromas…|
Steep the two tea bags-green or regular in 1 cup boiling hot water till cold. Squeeze all tea liquor .
Chop 2 peaches and boil in a cup of water and 1/2 cup of sugar till the peaches are soft.
|The homemade peach tea has fruit pulp and fibre-hence cloudy|
Cool and Puree.
Add to this cold steeped tea and add ice and lemon juice to taste.
|Sneha,Shonita with Passion fruit and Peach and Jayanti with Caramel Milk Tea-the scapegoat|
The tea truck had many flavors on offer and a caramel flavoured Milky ice tea too. The girls made Jayanti try it and nice guy that he is, he pretended to thoroughly enjoy it. The girls enjoyed the glee more.
Back to Mumbai.
The coconut Jelly and the basil seeds into the glass with a couple of cubes of ice.
|Store bought ice tea is crystal clear and has more sugar.But the jelly shows through.|
And the ice tea poured over.
Sip this golden drink and you will be pleasantly surprised when the straw pulls up bits of coconut jelly. Soft and coconut-ty…almost like the nariyal pani with an explosion of flavour.
Healthy and exotic all rolled into one.
You may -of course change the amount of sugar to suit your health needs and taste.
The Peach you know is good for you, coconut-excellent and the lemon juice and basil seeds or sabza dana are fantastic in this heat.
So what are you drinking today???