Thursday, 16 July 2015

Shakkar Teti / Kharbooja Panna

So we did moan and groan that week, so what, can't blame anyone (include me) ! This summer, mercury kept rising and temperature reached a record breaking almost 37C. We wilted, we melted and we were baked and struggled in stifling heat even though fans were going flat out in the house.

Generally most Brits always welcome sunshine, brightness and pleasant summers but this time we wished for rain and cooler breeze as we couldn't face that hot week. Sooo many people took the mick out of Brits and called us sulky, but that's only because they can tolerate above 45C! They forget that generally the UK doesn't face this type of extreme weather and this country is not ready for it. We are comfortable with classic British summer: 3-4 days sunshine and rest of the days are thunderstorms!

Especially extreme hot conditions are risky for very young children, pregnant women and elderly people and sometimes it brings fatal injuries to these groups. People with medical conditions such as asthma, hay fever and allergies suffer a lot, and I know because my two babies are victims!

Also most of the UK houses are without AC as we don't need them, maybe one fan is enough and that too keeps collecting dust in the loft most of the time, so once in a while when we come across unexpected changes in the weather, don't blame us Brits! No one says anything when foreigners are wearing thick coats and scarves in our 25 degree heat.

Because we were gasping in the heat, and making every effort to stay cool, our appetite collapsed. For me it was far too hot to cook, automatically cut down on hot meals and craved for fruit, cold salads and sandwiches that combine minimum cooking time with full taste on hot days. We decided and agreed that only one hot meal will be sufficient for us. Along with pots of yogurt my shopping bag was full of summery and colourful fruits and vegetables, especially I adore any kind of melons during hot days.

While I was talking to Dad on the phone telling him about those 'HOT' days, same time I was gorging on juicy and sweet cantaloupe.

I was telling him, how I went crazy and bought plenty of melons, he asked me 'have you ever made teti panna over there ?' As soon as I heard about teti panna, my mind flooded with memories during my childhood in India. I thanked him for reminding me about this dish and promised that definitely that same evening I will prepare Kharbooje Ka Panna.

Mum used to prepare Teti Ka Panna during those scorching summers, especially when in the markets there is little fresh vegetables available. We siblings were always happy to eat this as we wanted to avoid those summer vegetables like Okra, Karela and lauki ( Indian summer squash ). So instead of sabji, panna with Paratha, a delightful combination was keeping us cool and happy.

ShakkarTeti Panna, Cantaloupe in sweetened milk is a light, refreshing and satisfying dish. This can be made in a jiffy and can be prepared as light summer dessert.  This dish ticks all the boxes, when you desire to have fresh, summery flavours with maximum taste!

So that evening family was treated with Teti Panna, everyone was delighted to have such a yummy dish and finished big serving bowl in one sitting. I prepared this dish how my mum used to, only one change I made, white sugar out and palm sugar paste in, taste-wise no difference at all!

Shakkar teti panna, Teti Ka Panna, Kharbooje ka panna
Dessert, snack
Yield: 6-8 SERVINGS



Teti Panna, Cantaloupe in sweetened milk is light, refreshing and satisfying dish. This can be made in a jiffy and can be prepared as light summer dessert. This dish ticks all the boxes, when you desire to have fresh, summery flavours with maximum taste !
prep time: 40 Mcook time: total time: 40 M


  • one medium cantaloupe melon
  • 400 mls Milk -
  • 100 mls cream - optional 
  • 3-4 tbsp. palm sugar paste or regular sugar
  • 5-6 leaves fresh mint leaves or chopped nuts - optional



  1. Combine milk, cream and sugar in one bowl and chill in the fridge.
  2. Use a melon baller to scoop out the flesh from cantaloupe or just use a knife to cut and cut into bite-size. 
  3. Leave it in the fridge to cool.
  4. When ready to serve pour chilled milk mixture over cantaloupe and mix everything.
  5. Top it up with mint.
  6. Enjoy!


For a vegan version use dairy-free milk and cream.
Garnish is optional.
Instead of sugar one can use honey, maple syrup or agave syrup.
Once both ingredients are combined, serve straight away.
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Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Event Announcement - My Legume Love Affair {MLLA} #85

Lately I have been caught up in an unexpected emergency in the family and was wrapped up in constantly running around the place that I completely avoided my baby and had no intentions of posting anything for a while.

But then, an email from Lisa of Lisa's Kitchen reminded me that I am the host of the MLLA for the month of July 2015. I quickly picked up my laptop after almost four weeks, wiped the dust from it and I was delighted to be drafting a post for my blog.

It has been ages since I have hosted an any event on JCO, and I am excited and honored to host the most popular event in the food blogger world - My Legume Love Affair for the July 2015. As known as MLLA, this event which spotlights on Legume, has been running since 2008, created by Susan of The Well-Seasoned Cook.  Currently this event is successfully running by Lisa of Lisa's Kitchen and for the month of July I am thrilled to host the 85th edition.

As we all know, this event centered upon Legume, and that can be beans, pulses, lentils, tofu or chickpea flour. There are a variety of types of lentils and beans used and different styles they are made in. So, let's start our love affair for Legume and start cooking with them. To make this event successful JCO needs your help and support, I am inviting you to take part in this event. 

Rules and Guidelines for this event 

  1. Cook and post a vegetarian or vegan, sweet or savoury dish on your blog, as long as the main ingredient is the Legume,  in the month of July 2015.
  2. Please link my this event announcement page , Susan's page and Lisa's page ( It's a compulsory
  3. One entry per blogger.
  4. This event closes on 31st of July 2015 .
  5.  If you already have suitable entry archived, please update, repost and send it along linking back to this event page and also Susan's and Lisa's page too.
  6. Any queries please mail me 
  7. Please link your entry below.

Thank you for stopping by and reading this post :)