Pear smoothie aka Pear custard

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Pear is a wonderful fruit to use in various dessert. It is juicy and has a divine taste. Pear smoothie is ideal for children who do not like fruits.

We are living in an era where an additional hour would always be welcome. Running between errands and deadlines, we just try to do our work in an easy way. I love easy and fuss free recipes. Elaborate method of cooking is usually for weekends or pre planned dinner.

Serve it along with breakfast  or as an evening after school snack for kids.

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pear smoothie

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pear smoothie

Ingredients :

  • 1 litre milk
  • 150 grams sugar
  • 1 tablespoon custard powder
  • 2 pear


  • Boil milk. Keep one-fourth cup of milk aside in a bowl.
  • Add sugar. Give a stir.
  • Mix custard powder in milk. Add it to the milk and stir well. Let boil for two minutes.
  • Remove the skin of pear and cut into cubes.
  • Blend to a purée.
  • When the custard is cool mix the purée into it. Chill and serve.
  • Pear Smoothie is ready to serve.
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Pear Smoothie aka Pear Custard

A tasty, healthy and easy to make recipe which is ideal along with breakfast or as mid snacks.

Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 560 kcal
Author jayashree


  • 1 litre milk
  • 100 grams sugar
  • 1 tbsp custard powder vanilla flavour
  • 2 pear


  1. Boil milk. Remove one- fourth cup milk and keep it aside.

  2. Add sugar and give a stir. Continue to boil for sometime.

  3. Mix custard powder in the milk kept aside.

  4. Put this mixture into the milk and stir. Let boil for sometime.

  5. Turn off the gas and allow to cool.

  6. Peel the skin of pear and cut into chunks.

  7. Make a puree of it.

  8. On cooling, mix with the prepared custard. Serve chilled.

Recipe Notes

  • Peeling of skin is optional. If you are a health freak, use with the skin. It has many anti oxidants.
  • Consistency of custard should neither be too thick or thin.

My other pear recipes can be viewed here

Pear Icecream



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Methi Khakra

I love Gujarati food. The snacks that they make are varied and yummy. Khakra, fafda, dhokla and kachori are some of their popular ones. Khakra are made of various kinds. They can be used as a snack or for breakfast.They can be stored for a long time and ideal to carry during travelling.

The affair with khakra started long back at home. Children loved these when they were young and I always had a stack of these in my pantry. Methi , Jeera, Masala, Garlic, so many varieties were available in the bakery.

As we planned to make Gujarati dishes, I thought of trying my hand at Khakra.  Yes, they did turn out good and glad that I ventured into this one. Presenting to you all Gujarati’s popular snack Methi Khakra today.

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methi khakra

Methi Khakra
Recipe Type: Snacks
Cuisine: Gujarati
Author: Jayashree @ evergreendishes
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 8
Crispy and spicy, these snacks can be binged anytime.
  • Wheat flour 1cup
  • gram flour 1tsp
  • kasuri methi 2tsp
  • chilli powder 1/2 tsp
  • amchur powder 1/2 tsp
  • turmeric powder 1/4tsp
  • asafoetida 1/4tsp
  • salt to taste
  • oil 1 tsp +extra
  • water for kneading
  1. To make the dough:
  2. Take a bowl and add the wheat flour.
  3. Add all the dry ingredients. Mix well.
  4. Put one teaspon of oil and mix in the flour.
  5. Add little water and knead to a firm dough.
  6. Keep it aside for ten minutes.
  7. To make the khakras:
  8. Take a small ball of the dough and roll it into a thin circle.
  9. Heat a skillet.
  10. Put the rolled disc on the skillet, leave it for a few seconds, until the air pockets are visible, then flip it over.
  11. Apply some oil and press it on the edges with a potato masher. let cook on a low flame.
  12. Flip over and drizzle some oil. Dark spots should be visible and it should turn out crisp.
  13. Remove and keep aside
You can do various varieties here. Palak paste, garlic paste, chopped coriander, roasted cumin powder and one with punjabi flavours too can be prepared.


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dry ingredients

Put the dry ingredients in a bowl and mix them thoroughly. Wheat flour, gram flour, amchur powder, kasuri methi, chilli powder, turmeric powder and asafoetida

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kneading the dough

Add a teaspoon of oil and mix it. Put little water and knead to a dough.

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Dough is ready. The dough should be firm. Keep it aside for ten minutes.

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dough balls

Make small balls of the dough.

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dough rolled into circle

Take a ball and roll it into a thin circle. Khakras should be made as thin as possible.

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roast on a skillet

Heat a skillet, put it on it, when air pockets are seen, flip it over, and then drizzle some oil and press with a potato masher

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press it with a potato masher

Press the edges and flip it once or twice. They need to be crisp, not soft.

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methi khakra is ready

Methi Khakra is ready.

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methi khakra

A few khakras for you ! And do check out my other recipe Puffed Rice Balls aka Gujarati Mamara na Ladoo 

Here are the links to other Gujarati dishes of blog hop girls !

Dal Dhokli by Shubha, Gujarati Summer Thali, Fajeto and Bitter Gourd Curry by Padma, Trevti Dal by Shobana, Muthiya by Parvathy, Khandvi by Poornima, Surti Locho by Piyali, Sukhadi by Vani and Cabbage Muthiya by Anu

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Instant chocolates

It’s holidays for most of the school children, time to enjoy and have fun. But, it’s so weird to see them bored or glued to that TV or mobile  all the time. A real task for the mothers to keep them engaged. Here is an instant  chocolate recipe, I am sure you all will love them.

The kids can be taught to do this one  as a fun and learning activity. My daughter keeps doing these atleast once during her holidays. Here is another recipe.

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instant chocolates

Ingredients :

  • marie biscuits 1 packet
  • milk 1/2cup
  • castor sugar 4tbsp
  • cocoa powder 2tbsp
  • cashew pieces a few

Method :

Crush the biscuits in the mixer. It can be done by hand, but needs time.Take milk and mix the ingredients. Shape them into square shaped chocolates. Keep them in the refrigerator for an hour.

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banana and fig milkshake

Bananas are an wonderful fruit, those reading me will know that I cherish this humble fruit. It’s packed with nutrition and the one fruit liked by all at home. It is available all round the year unlike other fruits. But there are times, when this fruit goes unused. I use it along with figs for a nutritious packed drink.

I love making milkshakes. These are delicious and loved by all ages. You can substitute the ingredients accordingly.
Banana and fig milkshake is a tasty and healthy drink. It is ideal for kids who do not have breakfast in the mornings. I have used fresh figs here. Figs are rich in natural sugar, minerals and solution fibre. It consists of minerals such as potassium, calcium , magnesium, iron and copper along with Vitamin A and E. Thus , the blending of these two fruits makes it a healthy drink.

This is an ideal way for fussy kids who do not eat figs.

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banana and fig milkshake

Ingredients :

  • bananas 2
  • figs 4
  • milk (skimmed ) 1/2 litre
  • sugar 2tsp
  • vanilla ice cream 1tbsp (optional)
Method : 
Cut the fruits and churn all the ingredients together. Serve chilled.

My other milkshakes :

Rajbhog milkshake

mango milkshake

strawberry milkshake

banana and dates milkshake


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Corn chat for the weekend

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Chats have always been close to our heart. They are tasty, spicy sweet and  sour, chatpat ,much enjoyed by one and all. It is simply out of the world. A favourite of teenagers, now with corn kernels this “corn chat” is simple and easy to make. Moreover, it is nutritious, filled with veggies. (more…)

Strawberry milkshake

Strawberry are luscious red berries with a sweet taste. The bright red colour is just irresesitible. It is called as the queen of fruits. Although, grow in cold climate, today it is available in all places. Thanks to the super markets which bring these fruits. With summer approaching soon,giving children a glass of strawberry milkshake is good for health and quite easy !



I love this month, pleasant climate, many celebrations and holidays. It’s that time of the year where we bake goodies and make new resolutions. We look forward to new beginnings again. As usual, my favourite recipe for you with seasons greetings to all of you. May the year ahead be filled with immense joy and happiness.  (more…)

Rajbhog milkshake

Milkshakes are an all time favourite of kids.  I find it a good remedy for stubborn kids who refuse to drink milk. They are ideal for working men as it is healthy and filling. It is an ideal breakfast menu.

It was during the summer holidays, we visited a new restaurant and this caught my attention. It was simply  amazing and the kids loved it. One  day I thought I should give it a try and it not only turned out well but awaited !

Ingredients  :

  • Milk 2 glasses
  • ice cream 2 scoops
  • dates 6
  • almonds 4
  • cashews 6
  • banana 2
  • sugar 1tsp ( optional)
  • vanilla essence a few drops
  • ice cream for topping

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Method :

Soak dates, almonds and cashews in half a cup of hot milk for half an hour. Grind them together. Now add bananas,ice cream  and milk and blend together. Add sugar if needed .  Chill and serve with a topping of ice cream.

Handy hints:

Freeze the bananas before hand. It gives a good texture.