Berry-root mix

I love to go on my weekly fruits and vegetables shopping expeditions to the Kotla market. This is one job I refuse to outsource simply because just the sight of fresh produce gives me an absolute high. Variety of berries, good source of Vitamin C and anti-oxidants, on the carts these days. Though usually called vegetables, tomatoes and cucumbers too are botanical berries. So are grapes. Carrots and beats, like all other colourful fruits and vegetables, have pigments like carotene which boost Vitamin A assimilation in our system. Make a morning drink out of these for a healthy start of the day. It’s not a ‘dil-mange-more’ tasty drink, but an agreeable way to put good stuff in.


  • Goose berry
  • Cape gooseberry
  • Tomato
  • Black grapes
  • Cucumber
  • Lemon juice
  • Carrot
  • Beat


Dunk them all, or any of these you can find in your fridge, in a blender with some water and run on frappe. Strain in a soup strainer. You can drink it without straining too, if you mind a grainy and pulpy texture in your drink. Just takes care of your roughage daily intake too. Add some tang of lemon juice and zing of mint leaves. Customize your drink with salt, honey or chat masala.

What’s shown in the picture above gives you a small jugful to serve a family of 4-5.

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