Blueberry Strawberry Spiced Cooler/Smoothie! Vegan

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What do you do when you get organic fruits and 2 days later they start to go bad? Well, I make a cooked cooler/smoothie out of it.

Based on the very loved Raw Mango Panna from all the summers while growing up in India. This drink can be cooked and kept in thick smoothie form in the refrigerator for a few days. It can also be frozen for a few weeks! The thick smoothie can be thinned to a light juice consistency with addition of cold water, when you just want some hydration on a hot day.


A recent problem I have developed, is not being able to digest most raw fruits. I have no clue why, but some raw fruits and veggies give me an instant bad stomach, which gets better as soon as the fruit is out! Its a waste of fruit really! But slightly cooked fruit gets digested just fine. So I have started cooking the fruits and veggies a bit, spicing them with different spices and herbs and making cooked smoothie/juices instead.
Some other coolers posted earlier Mango Strawberry, Beet Mango and Apple!

Serves 3-4
Ingredients:
  • 7-8 strawberries
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 3-4 basil leaves or to taste( or 8-9 mint leaves)
  • 2-3 cups of water
  • 2 Tablespoons raw sugar or jaggery or sweetener of choice (or no sweetener for a mildly sweet smoothie)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon rock salt(kala namak) or 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon powder(I usually use cumin, which goes very well with sour fruits)
Directions:
  1. In a deep pan, add the strawberries and blueberries, mint or basil leaves, salt, sugar, rock salt or lemon juice, cinnamon powder, and water enough to cover the fruit.
  2. Boil for 10 minutes or till fruits soften.
  3. Blend the mixture when cool and adjust salt, sugar and rock salt(rock salt adds a sour flavor).
  4. Add more or less water according to preference. Keep it thick and smoothie like for a filling breakfast or add more water for a light drink.
  5. Serve chilled topped with fresh mint leaves! Or add a splash of your favorite liquor in the evening!
  6. Have a fantastic Monday. A Very Happy Independence day to all fellow Indians! Our generation was born in a free country. Lets use the freedom wisely!



11 comments:

  1. wow awesome drink...very rich in antioxidant and colorful too!

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  2. i love how you added spices to your smoothie! blueberry and strawberries are awesome. i'm sorry that your tummy can't handle raw fruits anymore, gasp! i can't eat a few myself either (mangoes, peaches, cherries, etc.).

    i would love for you to join our #cakelove party! please do!!!

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  3. The color is so beautiful and with those berries . it will taste awsm.
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  4. Thanks Anu, Priya, Junia and Kankana!

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  5. the drink looks gorgeous. It has a great appealing color. love this post

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  6. Great post. This is my first time on your blog and I love it!

    I am happily following you now.

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  7. Thank you Camille, marie and Donna!

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  8. Wow, this is very nice drink. I like the looks of this drink. I want to try this one.. Keep it up. Ocean Frieght

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  9. So interesting, I would not think to add cumin to a fruit smoothie. Like the herbs too. So glad you figured out you could have cooked fruit instead of eliminating them completely.

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