Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Pumpkin juice

 
This space has been quite for a little more than a week now. I couldn't help it. For I was completely immersed in the harry potter series. Although I have been reading the book for perhaps the third time, the book still grips me like it did the first time. I can't help but loose myself in the world of witches, wizards and Hogwarts.
 
When I had started reading the Harry potter novels, I had simply assumed that pumpkin juice was a figment of J. K. Rowling's imagination. I mean, who can imagine drinking pumpkin juice for breakfast? But as I began to read the other parts of the series, I realized that pumpkin juice was mentioned too many times to be assumed as fictitious. Pumpkin juice is not only a part of the Hogwarts breakfasts or celebrations, But it is also a part of threats and plots. There is a part where Professor Snape threatens Harry that he would slip veritaserum in Harry's Pumpkin juice. There is also a part where Ron assumes that Harry had mixed Felix Felices in his pumpkin juice. So you see, Pumpkin juice was mentioned too many times for me to ignore any longer. So there I was searching for the "Magical" Pumpkin juice recipe on google.
 
 
 
 
I found the recipe for this magical concoction on muggle.net. But I have made quite a few changes to suit my taste and pantry requirements. How did it taste you ask?? If I have to put it simply, it was "delicious" and rich. Despite being sweet and rich this drink is very low in calories. Ayurveda says that pumpkin is one of the best vegetables to reduce blood pressure. It is also known as one of the best foods to clean the bladder and surrounding organs.
 
 
This drink is one of the best ways to sneak in vegetables into a fussy child's diet. I am sure that the idea of drinking Harry Potter's favorite drink will definitely appeal to them.
 
 
Pumpkin juice recipe:
Preparation time: 20min
Serves- 4
 
Ingredients:
Cubed Pumpkin pieces- 2 cups
Cinnamon- 1" stick
Star anise- 1
Cloves-3
Apple juice- 250ml
Orange juice- 150ml
Honey- 1-1/2tbsp
Sugar- 2tbsp
Cinnamon powder- 1/2tsp for garnish
 
 
 
Method:
  • In a thick bottomed vessel, combine the pumpkin pieces along with cinnamon, cloves, and star anise. Add one cup of water and cook on low flame till completely tender. Take off the heat, discard the spices and set aside to cool completely.
  • In a blender jar, combine the cooked pumpkin, along with the apple juice, orange juice, honey and sugar and blend till completely smooth.
  • Pour the juice in individual glasses, sprinkle a pinch of cinnamon powder on top and serve immediately.
Note:
I personally like this drink with a thick smoothie like consistency. But if you prefer the juice to be a little thinner, then you can increase the quantity of the apple juice or orange juice
 

13 comments:

  1. the clicks with star anise looks so beautiful dear..

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  2. looks so delectable.. And nice clicks too...

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  3. I am quite sure Harry Potter and his friends will enjoy your version of Pumpkin Juice. I am big Potter fan too...on my second round of reading the series :-)

    Aparna

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  4. wow, I am a big harry potter fan and this one sounds awesome :)

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  5. Very new juice for me, beautiful clicks..Juice sounds fantabulous with those spices.

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  6. havent tasted this before very curious to taste. can I do the juice without the spices mentioned above

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  7. First of all, glad to know you are HP fan, I agree with you that the series is addictive and holds your attention every time you read (I should know having read it more than *a few* times :-))

    That pumpkin juice looks totally inviting, it will be a surprise treat for my die hard HP fan daughter, thanks for the recipe.

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  8. Looks so delicious. never thought of making pumpkin juice.

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  9. First of all, I am a huge fan of harry potter and my reaction towards pumpkin juice was more or less the same.. but now you say its not too bad.. hmmm...maybe one day!! :) its like mrs.weasley's rock cakes.. i always assumed they were figment of rowling's imagination..but my ma clearly remembers them..and they turned out really good!!

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  10. Thanks for dropping by shushma. I wouldn't recommend excluding the spices as they lend. Swarm flavour to the drink without being too over powering. But you can exclude the cinnamon powder if you want to :)

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  11. Pumpkin juice looks great and delicious. It can be easily feeded to the children's. Some children's may not like the pumpkin especially cause it will be sweet in taste. Nice idea and the recipe. Here while searching i came across one place where it gives information's according to your mood, cuisine everything. Then what for the wait. ClickFood and explore.

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  12. Hi Nandita, I am collecting pumpkin recipes at the moment. Please do drop me a line on ca4ole@gmail.com if you are ok with me linking to your post in my blog (Carole's Chatter). Cheers

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