Creating a blog was out of the question for a long time for me, as measuring everything in the kitchen was like biting into an eggshell. I enjoy cooking and don’t want to waste even a slightest bit of enjoyment in that small world of mine. But little did I know that everything will change, when my husband came home with the Oscar nominated film ‘Julie and Julia’( a real life story) where Julie Powell (part played by Amy Adams) challenged herself to make all the 524 recipes from Julia Child's cook book ‘Mastering the Art of French Cooking’ and blogging all her experiences (The Julie/Julia Project). It was an inspiring movie. A few days later when we were discussing this casually with a friend of ours over tea…everything changed dramatically…..” How about you making at least half of it in one year? Not French but your own. 262 recipes that will inspire others and present it as a blog?” For a minute my mind traveled faster than light… With an experience as a helper in my mother in laws kitchen for 6 years followed by a three year everyday struggle to satisfy the palate of my foodie husband, if I cannot do it then why should I cook? But on the other side with an experience in English literature extending no more than expanding outline stories in English grammar class when I was 18 and two small kids that come in handy at times, will a commitment for the next one year work? Anyway my ‘cook's ego’ didn’t allow me to say no...

So my friends …here I am opening my recipe book, trying to perfect and present 262 recipes in the coming 365 days….A Challenge that will of course tastes good. Come.. Have a walk with me along my journey.. Cheering and inspiring….Forgiving and tolerating…Testing and tasting….for ‘A Tasty Challenge’

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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Sharjah Shake

Recipe No: 254
Back in the days as newlyweds, we used to roam around a lot on our favorite Hero Honda… some of those recollections are already posted when I did Roasted Garlic Tomato Bruschetta
Many times while riding back home on hot summer afternoons, we stopped in front of a fruit stall in Pattom that served this thick Sharjah Shake. (I am sorry that I forgot the name) Hot summer after noon… ride on a Motor Cycle… through the rush roads of Thiruvananthapuram… a Sharjah shake in between… come on… guess how that will taste? Why old days? we did that even on our last visit to Kerala….
Ingredients                                         Serves 2
  • Cold Milk……………………..1 Cup
  • Banana………………………..1/2 Big/ 1 small (Slice and keep in the freezer for 2 hours)
  • Almonds……………………...10 (Skin removed)
  • Boost/ Nesquik…………..1 Tablespoon
  • Sugar………………………….4-6 Tablespoons
  • Frozen Milk…………………1 Cup (Keep in the freezer for at least 5 hours)
Method of Preparation
  1. Blend together Banana, Almonds, Boost and Sugar with a cup of cold Milk in a blender until smooth.
  2. Add the frozen Milk and pulse it 4-5 times to make a thick shake.
  3. Serve cold as soon as possible while it is still thick.
  • To remove the skin from the Almonds, keep it in ½ cup water; microwave for 1 minute or till the skin become loose and then peel it. (Instead of using Microwave, use boiling Water if you wish.)
  • I used the common Robusta type Banana that are commonly available in US, which is big, and hence used only half. But if you are using small ones (Plalan kodan or Reasakadhali/ Njaali Poovan, which is my favorite) use one whole Banana.
  • Instead of Boost or Nesquik, you can use any of the Chocolate powder that are used to make Chocolate Milk.
  • Break the frozen Milk slightly before putting it in the blender to facilitate easy blending.

Make it, enjoy the deliciousness and 
serve it to your family with love…


sojo said...

tan da dang..... Kerala memories!!!!

Vimitha Anand said...

Yummy shake... I love it anytime

Priya said...

Yummm!! feel like grabbing that glass and finishing rite now..

Kurinji said...

yummy and delicious shake. Bookmarked :-)
Kurinjikathambam, Event : HRH-Healthy Summer, Roundup : HRH-Puffed Rice

Sneha Benny said...

Hi Asha, I stumbled upon your blog. 262 recipes in a year. That's awesome. Keep up the good work. I enjoyed reading through your earlier entries. You have a nice collection of recipes. I am so happy to follow you.

Sumitha said...

Thank you Asha. LAst weekend my hubby had asked me to make Sharja Shake .. :) thanks for recipe

You have a great blog .. hope you will continue even after the challenge . :)

Btw.. I went through your facebook photos and realsed that I know your hubby :)

An Open Book said...

there used 2 be a point in time where i used 2 absolutely love a sharjah shake :)

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