Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Passion fruit- two ways

K I admit it, I have a slight obsession for passion fruit going on :)
It all started when I discovered a brand of exotic fruit juices and there was no looking back. Passion fruit and mango are my current favs and once I was done with the mango obsession, I jumped to passion fruit. I'm sure the next is lychee, but till then I'm gonna over do the passion fruit juice a bit. Bear with me

I have been experimenting with a few cocktails and loving the outcome. Made passion fruit mojitos for the ladies when we had some family over last weekend, and it was a hit (If I may say so myself). And then this Indian Mojito which I came up with, after Ro taught me the only way to eat the fruit- slice it in half and onto it add some sliced green chillies, sprinkle loads of salt and using a spoon mix it all in and eat to your hearts content. Believe it or not, while I'm typing this, I'm drooling.
Apparently that's how he used to have it when he was younger..and one whole afternoon we spent eating passion fruits with salt and chillies. The combination is just so awesome, I wondered how it would be as a cocktail. Whipped it up one evening and I wasn't wrong. Its sooo good, I'm thinking I should patent it ;)

Indian Passion (Mojito with an Indian touch)- makes 1
Vodka- 50 ml
Lime wedges- 3
Mint- a few sprigs
Sugar- 3 tsp
Jal jeera mix- 1 tsp
Crushed ice
Passion fruit juice
Soda water
Green chilli- 1, half slit
Passion fruit- one half (optional)
Salt- for the glass rim (optional)
Take some salt in a saucer. Rub a lemon wedge lightly around the rim of a glass to moisten it and then turn it upside down and dip the rim in the salt. Slightly shake it, so all the excess falls off. You don't want it to be too salty.
Then into the glass add vodka, lime wedges, sugar and jal jeera mix along with about 4 or 5 sprigs of mint.
Muddle well to give out the lemon and mint flavours and then top with loads of crushed ice.
Pour enough passion fruit juice to fill about 3/4th of the glass and then top the remaining with soda water.
Using the slit chilli, slightly stir the contents and leave it in or take it out if you don't want it too spicy.
Spoon out the passion fruit pulp and seeds and add it to the drink, sprinkle some more jal jeera mix on top, garnish with mint and drink away.
Notes: Rimming the glass is purely optional. I have tried it both ways and it's really a personal choice.
Crushed ice is available to buy, but you can also make your own by putting some ice cubes in a freezer bag, wrapping it in a towel and then whacking the hell out of it using a mallet or rolling pin. Store it in the bag itself.
I ran out of crushed ice when I made the drink, so used ice cubes, which was absolutely perfect as well
The jal jeera mix also can be avoided if you are not that big a fan. In that case, rimming the glass is a must for that salt kick.
Go ahead and do a non alcoholic version without the vodka, and I'm sure it would be just as nice.

Passion fruit Iced tea
This was the outcome on one of those Saturdays the heat wave took over UK. Ro had somehow managed to sleep in spite of the dreadful heat and I was getting pretty agitated by that, and to keep myself sane, I whipped up this iced tea. It turned out pretty decent and although I may not really have to make them for the next 6 months, here I am adding it to the passion fruit madness.

Makes 3 to 4 tall glasses, recipe from here
Tea bags- 4
Boiling water- 1 litre
Caster sugar- 3 to 4 tbsp (adjust according to taste)
Lemon juice- 1/4 cup
Passion fruit juice- 3/4 cup
Lemon, 1 thinly sliced
Place the tea bags in a pitcher and pour in the boiling water.
Let it steep for about 3 minutes and then remove the tea bags.
Stir in the sugar till dissolved followed by lemon juice and passion fruit juice.
Refrigerate for at least half an hour.
When ready to serve, add the lime slices and pour into a glass filled with ice.
garnish with mint leaves and drink away.
Notes: Add some orange juice as well for more flavour.
I like it pretty sweet so I ended up adding more sugar. You can use honey as well.
Don't keep the tea bags in for long, it could turn out bitter


turmericnspice said...

loved the click....the color of iced teas is AWESOME !!!!!!!!

Alpana said...

Beautiful recipe with amazing clicks..........I feel like grabbing those glasses from the screen.....wish I could.

Swathi said...

Adipoli passion fruit recipe. when i get fresh sure going to try them.

Suja Manoj said...

Both looks refreshing and yummy,love the clicks dear..

MyKitchen Flavors-BonAppetit!. said...

OMG!,Recipes and the clicks r terrific.Wonderful recipe and awesome clicks.Luv it dear.

Sravs said...

So refreshing and beautiful clicks !! loved them !!

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the Junkie book said...

ahem...passion fruit obsession?? afternoons spent on a passion fruit binge?? driven by passion fruit madness to create recipes??...mebbe you're pregnant ;P

the fashion fruit (i grew up saying "fashion" fruit!!) we get in kottayam are hell sour...but have had some yum squash made of it..ne ways am flagging both.

these splendid photos are such a zing in this horrid heat here. ty!

Reshmi Mahesh said...

Refreshing drinks...Lovely color and clicks..

Pavithra Elangovan said...

Mmmmmmmmm I love passion fruit and this looks sooooooooo refreshing ..feel to eat right away... with chaat masala mmm yumm :)

Julie said...

lovely recipe!! Tempting!!
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Vineetha Sush said...

Maybe u shud patent it..Lovely colour ...love the colour of iced tea.

Plateful said...

I have a weakness for passion fruit too. Infact, I bought a bag full of them from my sister-in-law's garden when I came back from vacation. The one's we have back home have these yellow skin and are too sour but they make great juices when blended with orange juice or orange flavored tang. I wanna try eating it with chili and salt and I don't have any left. It's darn too expensive here!

Sonia said...

Superb... Lovely colors & Flavors, very creative !!!!

marymsabu said...

what an awesomely entertaining blog you have here nisha. have been hooked onto it ever since i stumbled upon it. it is highly addictive all thanks to your writing, the clicks and the amazing recipes. have tried out your paella and fish pie and both turned out well. reading ur blog is like listening to a long lost friend's adventures. i hope you never get tired of it and you will keep us entertained for years to come.

Torviewtoronto said...

delicious looking drink love the presentation Nisa

Suhaina said...

the clicks looks so stunning..i too love passion fruits a lot...love both ur recipes...great job done dear..

Unknown said...

wow! Can't wait to try this!

Manju said...

oooh gorgeous! I was waiting for this post after seeing the pic on facebook :)

Sarah said...

simply superb! And what luck I have some at home to try out :)

Lifewithspices said...

lovely mojito.. wonderful pics n color..

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful, colourful and novel idea! Looks completely tasty and refreshing.

Rekha shoban said...

beautiful pics!! refreshing drink!

Anonymous said...

Both drinks looks amazing, but my attention is really drawn to eating the passion fruit with salt and chillies... Sounds like a devilishly tempting combo!

Ali said...

The juice looks so refreshing. The pic where you mixed the passion with chilli got me salivating too :) nice post.

Priya Suresh said...

Both drinks looks absolutely incredible, the clicks itself tempts me a lot..

Prathima Rao said...

A fabulous & refreshing passion fruit drinks!! Loved the indian touch :)
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Nithya said...

First of all, I have fallen for the pics.. they are AWESOME :)

I love the color of the iced tea.. too damn attractive :) yummmmy as well.

Anonymous said...

looks amazing... beautiful pictures... very inspiring

Jaisy James said...

wow nice drinks thanks for sharing n amazing clicks

Indian Khana said...

Love e idea...looks so refreshing

Nitha said...

Love ur ideas. But I am not a great fan of passion fruit except for the store bought juice cans..

Anonymous said...

Nisha, gorgeous colors and lighting, love the first pic...
Haven't found passion fruit in my part of the world.. hope I get to try sometime..

Shabs.. said...

Looks Fabulous!And lovely clocks!Hey Nisha, I think your font is a bit light, a bit difficult to read...check with others too.

Paula @ Blooms 'n' Spades said...

How delicious and refreshing these drinks look. I love passion fruit and will give that tea a go :-)

Monet said...

Thank you for sharing another dose of delicious. I've missed visiting your blog...but I'm glad to be back (and that my arm is on the mend!) I'm sending you love and blessings from Austin.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing this! I'm having passion-fruit cravings now :-) Might just head to the supermarket and pick up some passion fruit juice after seeing this.

TheYummyMorsel said...

I have not tried passion fruit...the drink looks refreshing...will try now :-)

Kajal said...

Passion fruit is an amazing fruit! i just saw this post of yours, i have a passion fruit two ways on my blog too!! :D thats with bacardi white rum and vodka though. More power to Passion fruit and food/drinks made of it! :)