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
Cubed Pumpkin pieces- 2 cups
Cinnamon- 1" stick
Star anise- 1
Apple juice- 250ml
Orange juice- 150ml
Cinnamon powder- 1/2tsp for garnish
- 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.
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