Healthy Summer Drink : Barley with Lime

May 15, 2009

It is summer time and you need something really refreshing to beat the heat. In case you are a diabetic, I am sure you want a drink  that is not only refreshing but very healthy too.

Barley with lime is an excellent combination and makes for a healthy summer drink.

Did you know that barley is a good choice for type 2 diabetes ?

Well yes, barley contains essential vitamins, minerals and is an excellent source of dietary fiber, particularly beta-glucan soluble fiber. It reduces cholesterol and so it also works very well for people on diet.

So make sure you include barley in your diet every now and then.

Ingredients (Serves one)


  • One  table spoon of barley
  • One tsp lemon juice
  • One drop of lemon essence (optional)
  • One tsp sugar free powder
  • 1/4 tsp fennel seed powder


Barli Juice

  1. Boil barley with enough water for 15 minutes.
  2. Allow it to cool.
  3. Drain the barley water by passing through sieve.
  4. Add lemon juice, lemon essence, sugar free powder and fennel seed powder.
  5. Stir well.
  6. Serve chilled.

JFI August Entry1 :Power Syrup

July 20, 2008

This my first entry to Jhiva for this month. I thank Rachna for hosting and I admire the idea of choosing edible flowers as an ingredient.

Many flowers are edible. But proper identification is essential in choosing the flowers.

Hibiscus plant is one of the most famous plant found everywhere. The flowers come in different colours and have lot of medicinal values. The chemicals in a Hibiscus flower helps for hair growth. It reduces dandruff and restores your hair colour. Moreover it gives coolant effect to the body. The juice from these leaves and flowers can regularize the menstrual cycle for women. This flower improves digestion. Tea brewed with hibiscus flowers is said to help in  controlling nausea.

Here I prepared this juice using red colour hibiscus flower and lemon.

Ingredient for making syrup

  • 10 Hibiscus flowers
  • 4 lemon
  • 1tsp sugar free powder
  • 1/4 tsp Black salt

Method for making the extract

  1. Remove the petals from the Hibiscus flower and wash thoroughly.
  2. Cut the petals into small pieces.
  3. Take an extract of lemon
  4. In a bowl, soak the petal pieces in lemon juice.
  5. Keep it in the sunlight for 3 to 4 hours.
  6. After taking from the sunlight, keep it in the fridge
  7. The next day strain the  mixture using strainer.
  8. Store the extract in a bottle in the fridge.

Preparation of Power syrup

  1. Take a glass of cold water.
  2. Add 1 to 2 tsp of extract according to the taste.
  3. Add 3/4 tsp sugarfree powder.
  4. Add 1/4 tsp black salt.
  5. Stir well and serve chilled.

Note: For non-diabetics, sugar syrup can be used for making the juice.

Jamun and Lemon Punch

June 14, 2008

The Jamun tree is found mainly in India and we can find this fruit in the market in the month of June.

Jamun can be eaten raw and good quality Jamun can be used for making sherbat. This fruit reduces the sugar in the blood and is very good in the control of diabetes.

Jamun seeds are used as a remedy for diabetes. Jamun seeds reduce urine sugar quickly and have been effective in controlling diarrhoea.

This fruit is rich in carbohydrates, minerals and vitamins.

I prepared this juice with a combination of lemon and Jamun to enhance the taste.

Here comes the recipe

Ingredients (serves1)

  • 10 Jamun
  • One tsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp sugar free powder
  • 1/4 tsp Black salt


  1. Remove the seeds from the Jamun and cut into small pieces.
  2. Grind the pieces in the mixer and strain the mixture by passing through sieve.
  3. Add lemon juice, sugar free powder and black salt.
  4. Stir well
  5. Serve chilled

Note: Sugar free powder and black salt can be added according to your taste

Summer Treat for the Diabetic

May 11, 2008

It is really hot this summer. A common sight this time is: hoards and hoards of melons and mangoes in the marketplace, vendors selling cold lemonade and butter milk on the streets and people pouring into ice cream parlors and juice corners. You just walk out and you will find lots of things to keep you cool.

When my husband is back home from a stroll, all he needs is a refreshing glass of drink. He is a diabetic and cannot have the usual stuff.

So I make him a quick healthy juice that is not only refreshing but also very healthy.

I am sure many other diabetics would want to know what they can drink to beat the heat.

So here is a list of juices that a diabetic can have.

Tomato Juice (Serves 1)


  • One ripe tomato
  • 1/2 tsp sugar free powder
  • 1/4 tsp black salt
  • 1/4 tsp chat masala


  • Wash tomato in a clean water
  • Grind it in a mixer with all ingredeints
  • Strain the juice by passing through sieve
  • Serve chilled

Jaljira Pani (Serves 1)


  • One tsp of mint paste
  • One tsp of coriander paste
  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp sugar free powder
  • 3/4 tsp of jaljira powder ( here i used everest brand)


  • Mix all the ingredients in enough water
  • Strain the mixture by passing through sieve
  • Serve chilled

Plantain Stem Juice ( Serves 1)


  • One piece of plantain stem
  • 1/4 cup fresh curd
  • 1/2 tsp roasted jeera powder
  • Salt to taste


  • Cut plantain stem into small pieces by removing the thread like fibre
  • Put it in a bowl containing 1 table spoon butter milk to retain the colour of the stem
  • Remove the pieces from the butter milk
  • Grind it in the mixi with curd, salt and enough water
  • Strain the mixture by passing through sieve
  • Add jeera powder
  • Serve chilled

P.s. You can add few drops of lemon juice to give your juice a sour taste

Cucumber Juice (Serves 1)


  • Half cucumber
  • 1/4 tsp hing
  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/4 tsp pepper powder
  • Mint leaves for garnishing


  • Peel off the skin of the cucumber and cut it into small Pieces
  • Grind it in a mixer with enough water
  • Strain the mixture by passing through sieve
  • Add hing, salt, lemon juice and pepper powder
  • Garnish with mint leaves and serve chilled

Amla Juice (Serves 1)


  • Half cup of butter milk
  • Half amla
  • 1/2 tsp chat masala
  • Salt to taste


  • Grind amla in the mixi to a smooth paste
  • Add butter milk, salt and chat masala to the ground paste
  • Add enough water and strain the mixture by passing through sieve
  • Serve chilled

Spicy Masala Butter Milk( Serves 1)


  • Half cup of fresh curd
  • Half cup of water
  • A small piece of green chilli
  • A small piece of ginger
  • 1/2 tsp hing
  • 1/2 tsp roasted jeera powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice
  • Few curry leaves
  • Few coriander leaves


  • Grind green chilly, ginger, salt, hing and curd in a mixer
  • Add enough water and jeera powder
  • stir well
  • Garnish with curry leaves and coriander leaves
  • Serve chilled

Bitter Gourd Juice For Diabetics

April 12, 2008

Bitter gourd is a green vegetable with a bitter taste . In India it is used as a household medicine because of its medicinal and curative properties. It is a very nutritious vegetable. It contains a hypoglycemic substance which helps in lowering blood and urine sugar levels.Intake of bitter gourd in any form will be of immense help in controlling the blood sugar level.

Ingredients (for 1 glass)

  • Half piece of bitter gourd.
  • Half lemon.
  • A pinch of salt.
  • Half teaspoon turmeric powder


  1. Wash the bitter gourd thoroughly.
  2. Cut it into small pieces.
  3. Soak the cut pieces in water with little salt and half teaspoon turmeric powder for 15 minutes
  4. Remove the pieces from the water and grind it in the mixer with enough water.
  5. Remove the fibres by passing the juice through sieve.
  6. Add lemon juice and stir well.

Drink the juice in the morning on empty stomach daily.

Some Quick Tips

  • Soak the pieces in water with little salt and turmeric powder for 15 minutes to remove the bitter taste
  • Instead of lime amla can also be used along with bitter gourd