Indonesian Tea Punch
“This summer my family and I took a vacation to the beautiful country of Indonesia as well as the island of Bali. While there, we discovered the most refreshing and delightful ice tea. The typical way Indonesians make this tea is with green tea, however I used black tea since it was readily on hand and the taste was spot-on. Bright coloured oranges, fresh mint and zesty ginger are the secret to this exotic drink.” -Noor
• 2 cups boiling water
• 6 regular sized tea bags
• 3/4 cup white sugar
• 6 cups cold water
• 12 sprigs fresh mint
• ½ inch piece of fresh ginger
• 1 orange, sliced
• ½ lemon, sliced
1. In a 2-quart saucepan boil 2 cups of water and ginger.
2. Meanwhile, add cold water to a pitcher with the mint, orange and lemon slices.
3.Remove pan from heat and place tea bags inside. Allow to steep for 15 minutes. Discard tea bags and add sugar, stir until dissolved.
4.Pour tea mixture into cold water in jug and mix well. Refrigerate.
Easy Falooda Milkshake
“A lovely drink to end off a fiery meal, it is also a very popular drink to break the fast with in Asian countries, as well as South Africa…” -Fatima
• 1 cup cold water
• 2 tbsp sugar
• 2 tbsp rose syrup
• 1 tsp agar agar powder (available at Indian grocers)
• 2 tbsp falooda seeds (basil seeds)
• ½ cup water
• 1½ litres cold full cream milk
• 3 scoops vanilla ice cream
• ½ cup rose syrup (less or more depending how sweet you like it)
• ½ tsp ground cardamom powder
• Sugar to taste
1. Boil the cup of water with the sugar and the two tbsp rose syrup. When it begins to boil, add the agar agar powder and stir until it thickens.
2. Remove from the heat, pour into a bowl and refrigerate until firm like jelly.
3. Place the falooda/basil seeds in the half cup of water and let stand till they swell. Strain and set aside.
4. Once the jelly has set, grate and put at the bottom of your jug.
5. In a blender, add your milk, ice cream, rose syrup, cardamom powder and sugar if using. Blend till frothy and well mixed. Pour into your jug and stir.
6. Divide your falooda seeds (basil seeds) between your glasses and top it with your falooda milkshake.
7. Ensure that each glass has some of the grated jelly.
8. Add slivered almonds if desired.
“This drink is very popular in Saudi Arabia where it is served in most of the restaurants. If you prefer a less sweet drink, club soda can be used instead of lemon soda.” -Fatima
• ¼ cup Grenadine syrup
• 4 lemons sliced into thin circles
• 4 cups ice cubes
• 1¼ litres lemon soda soft drink e.g. Sprite
• ¼ cup pomegranate seeds
1. Pour grenadine syrup into jug
2. Place lemon slices over the syrup
3. Throw in the ice cubes
4. Pour the lemon soda over the ice
5. Add the pomegranate seeds
6. Stir and enjoy
Fatima Shah is a wife, mother of two and an avid foodie. She dreams of having a fully halal cordon bleu restaurant one day.
Noor AlQahtani is a freelance food writer in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and creator of www.yasalamcooking.com, a Middle Eastern cuisine website with more than 500 recipes drawing on her interest in cooking, writing and photography.