Ellu Juice / Sesame Juice:

Ellu juice is a well-known coolant drink of summer, especially in and around Mangalore and Udupi region.  As I grew up in Puttur, little away from the coastal line, never tasted this juice until my marriage. I came to know about this healthy drink very recently, may be around three years back.

Ellu juice and masala buttermilk is sold in and around coastal temples, during summer. After tasting chilled, soothing drink I asked the shopkeeper to elaborate the recipe and noted it down and tried it at home here in Bangalore. According to me, chilled juice tastes really nice in hot weather.

Sesame seeds are tiny, healthy, oil rich seeds. Un-hulled seeds are black or dark brown in colour and hulled seeds look off white and fully polished one look pure white and known as Nylon variety.

To prepare this juice, one can use any type of sesame seeds and can be used raw as well as toasted.

Here I have used raw seeds and mixed coconut milk as well as regular milk. If you want to make Vegan drink, please use coconut little more or replace milk with any other plant-based milk and proceed. Now, we will proceed with the method.


Sesame seeds – 1 table spoon (for 2 cups)

Coconut – 2 table spoon (grated)

Milk – ½ to ¾ cup

Whole Cardamom – 1 or 2

Jaggery – as needed

Water – approximately one cup


-Wash sesame, grind into paste by adding coconut, cardamom, jaggery and quarter cup of water.

-Strain and collect the sesame milk. Repeat the process by adding little water until coconut and sesame turns into small, rough fibre.

-Now, discard the roughage and use collected milk, add plain milk and adjust the consistency.

-Cool this and serve.




Barley water/Juice:

Barley is an ancient grain and a very popular grain as a healing or soothing food. In olden days, people used to have Barley water or ganji (porridge) to heal vomiting, diarrhoea or Urinary tract infection naturally. People never used to have medicines or chemicals.

It is a wonderful healing, easily digestible food, even during recuperating from any surgery.

Sipping on barley water with a pinch of salt is an excellent remedy to overcome nausea.

Other than all this goodness, barley water when combined with a dash of lime, is recommended for kidney stones.

So, all in all it has several health benefits starting from cooling down our body temperature, detoxifying by flushing toxins from the body and keeping you hydrated, to improve immunity level, to maintain gut health by high fibre content, rich in Vit B as well as E.

This year summer is very harsh, and it is our responsibility to stay hydrated and provide natural supplements to our body according to the situation or season. It is very simple to make Barley water or juice at home. Soak cook and strain. Cooked grains can be used as it is or can be used in making salads by draining.


Whole barley – 2 to 3 table spoons


-Wash, soak barley in a cup of water for overnight.

-Next day, cook this in a pressure cooker by adding very little salt for 2 to 3 whistles. When pressure releases add required amount of water. (approximately 3 big glass)

-Boil for 5 to 10 min in a low flame and switch off.

-Stain and use as plain barley water for sipping throughout the day, instead of plain water.


Make lemonade by adding lemon juice, sugar or any other natural sweetener according to your preference.

-You can add chopped Pudina or mint leaves or a tsp of ginger juice.


Mix buttermilk and can have as a low-calorie drink. In this way, diabetics or weight watchers can have. One can add pudina and grated ginger to this as well.




Carrot and Almond Milkshake:

I usually store this puree in my fridge in summer season. Whenever my kids asks for a milkshake this is such a handy option. So this option acts as a win- win situation for both. Mummy will be happy that, kids are having healthy milkshake and kids will be happy to have a really creamy, fragrant milkshake 😉

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Carrot – ½ kg (I have used Delhi Red carrots)

Almonds -15


  • Wash ,peel and chop the carrots
  • Put these pieces as well as almond in a pressure cooker with sufficient water.
  • Cook for 2 whistles, cool and make puree by using mixer grinder.

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  • This is your basic “Milk shake Puree” to prepare milkshake whenever you want.
  • You can store this “Puree” for 10 days under refrigeration.

For preparing Milkshake:

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  • Take one or two tablespoon of this “Puree”, required amount of sugar and chilled milk and Enjoy.