Thanda Mela Round Up!

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Time stands still for none! I felt it was only yesterday I announced an event to celebrate my blog’s third birthday and days just flew. It was also a right moment for me to get another Mela going. This being the summer, Thanda Mela was really apt. And a mela it has been, a gallery of cool, cool dishes coming our way!
I got about 120 entries, some bloggers sending more than 10 entries. Thank you everybody!

Lets check out some fruit juices first!

Aruna makes a non alcoholic drink with different fruits to a punch called the Saudi Champagne

Get ready for a delightful Mosambi Juice from Avanthi Rao

Denny was in search for the Pomegranate, which unfortunately were not in season. Finally found the perfect solution for the quest by making this Pomgranita which sure is a great healing drink!

Jyothi makes this Watermelon Crush to handle the heat.

Jyoti sends in two cool cool drinks, one is the Amras, which was her favorite the other Sweet Lime Soda

Kiran comes out with two different fruit drinks that were chosen by her kids, check out these healthy Juices

Nisha sends in a Pink Lemonade & Strawberry Basil Lemonade

After a week at mom’s place, Padhu feels refreshed and enjoys glass of this Watermelon juice

Prani makes Tropical Juice to enjoy in the hot climate!

Premalatha makes this simple juice with Apple Aloevera for a refreshing feel.

If you are interested to read how Rajani and her accomplished traded mangoes for ice cream, then you got to read her post, while we can sip on her heavenly Aam Panna

Or how Sharmila spins another tale around, head on staight to her Aam Pora Sharbat / Aam Panna

While Simran enjoys one hot summer weekend Pina Colada

Finally we have Smitha sending us two wonderful treats, a Orange Berry juice and a Strawberry Mango Pops


I don’t actually remember the first time I had Lassi, but I only remember that I have forever fallen in love with the taste. Imagine being introduced to the fruit based. Come mango season, you will find me making this one too many times.

Lets see the different ways our entries have come.

Very innocently I asked my fellow bloggers on Facebook on their choice of lassis, bang comes back Aru with a sinful Strawberry Lassi ‘cos she had a basketball of strawberries lying with on her story to see how she made it!

Then we have Avanthi Rao sending us Mango Lassi

Followed by Jyothi, who true to call sent us three different versions for all, a Rose Lassi, a Mango Lassi and if not enough a Sweet lassi for others!

Ok this has both milk and curds, so lets put it under lassi, for Jyoti made a Mango Lassi

Then we have another Strawberry Lassi from Priti

Followed by another glorious displays of mango Lassis from PS , Richa Agarwal & Smitha

Swapna sends in added with strawberry for a Mango Strawberry Lassi

Finally a Sweet Lassi & a Mango Lassi from Vidhya

I am sure none of us will ever complain for lack of lassis, will we?

If there was one thing that captivates all, I am sure it is Ice creams. The varieties that have come our way surely pays ode to it.

For a double dose of sinful dessert Jaya offers us this Double Chocolate Ice Cream

Then we have three traditional Indian Ice creams coming our way, you are welcome to take any or all of them! Head to check yourself from Jyoti, Priyadarshini & Lavi
Else if you want to go banana over ice cream, Prani has the answer with her Banana Ice Cream
But if you must insist on some pops, how about priya’s Orange & Yogurt Cheese Pops & Strawberry Granita tries her hand at making a favorite childhood fantasy by making milk ice at home, but this Saffron~Cardamom icecream looks more divine than what I remember!

To beat the hot days Soma makes this beautiful Strawberry Sorbet. Her picture says all!

Then we have Strawberry Ice Lollies from Sukanya

and finally we have Usha making a Mango Popsicle


Then we move to relish some delicious milkshakes.

Avanthi Rao sends us Apple Milkshake and Badam Milkshake

Bharathy dones her creative cap to send us a inviting Papaya Milk Shake. Being a papaya hater, this turned her to love this!

Wanting to make some ice creams Champa ended up with a shake a Chikkoo Milk Shake, no worries we love shakes too!

Curry leaf sends us a Mango Milkshake

While Nithu Bala makes a clean shot of Jackfruit Milkshake

Priyanka lighten’s kiddo’s meal by giving this Mango Milkshake

We have PJ combining a threesome delight by making a milkshake with Choco Oats Banana

We have four different varieties to choose from Priya Mitharwal, who sends in Badam Milkshake, Chikoo Milkshake, Kaju aur Pista Ki Thandai and Kesariya Thandai

On the other hand if you love choco, then Priya Srinivasan has the prefect Cocoa-Chocolate Shake and another Crunchy Berry Shake

Then we have Priya Suresh sending us Strawberry & Quinoa Granola Shake

Rajee enjoys her weekend while sipping on a delicious Aamras

If left over carrots is what you have, then I am sure Sangeetha’s Carrot coconut almond milk is just right!

Sayantani makes this wonderful treat for an afternoon and is determined to repeat all through the summer. I am sure her family feels elated hearing that! Thandai for a day, keeps the sultry day aay! sends in two delightful Badam milk and a Banana milkshake

Vidya sends a Choco banana shake

Finally we end the shakes with a drink from Swathi who sends a Pineapple Milk Shake

Not wanting to crib on the raging heat, Arundati makes a Lemon and mint iced tea and beats the heat right back!

After getting hooked to the iced Tea served at restaurant Brinda recreates a Citrus Refreshing Iced Tea at home!

Having some leftover on hand, Gayathri Raj comes up with this brilliant idea of making a dessert with it, a Cool Biscuit Cake

If you thought you can prepare Curd rice only with rice, think again. For Priya suresh comes out with yet another innovative dish by making a Dahi Quinoa

Having always loved making Tiramisu, Priyadarshini is happy finding a quicker yet tastier recipe.

If you are looking for a quick dessert which is also very colourful, then Richa has the perfect one with Fruit Cream.

Imagine the tabo of not frying the Vada?..But Sowmya does just that and makes the dish in a microwave to serve a chilled Fat free dahi wada

Next on the display are puddings, Mousse, Kheers..

Apu feeling deprived of a mango mania in england makes do with a canned tin for making this delightful Mango Cardamom Cream.

Aru’s childhood memories are full of Caramel Custard, which her mom used to make often. So she had to make them again!

Champa during her non blogging days found a recipe for mousse that works out perfect. So it’s only natural she wants to share! Her Strawberry Mousse is one sure way of getting your kids eat fruits!

While Dwaipayan says there is no better way to enjoy a hot afternoons than with a cold layered Trifle Pudding

Harini-Jaya makes a Pesarapappu Payasam and a long awaited dish Mango Mousse, which she always wanted to make herself.

Jagruti loves watching a particular TV show, where most end up making a panna cotta. Finally one day she decided enough was enough and attempted making a delicious Mango Panna Cotta, vegetarian way!

Jay makes this quick Badam Payasam and says it was so easy to make which can be whip for the many festivals we have.

Jyoti loves Gaajar Kheer and is happy that she is the only one who loves this so much at home.

Lissie celebrates her blog anniversary with a special Christmas Pudding. How wonderful it is to know that, lets wish her many more years too!


Mayuri loves starting her day with a dose of this yummy Shrikhand with rotis, now who won’t tell me!

Madhurya Karthik sends us two wonderful kheers, a Badam Kheer & Dhal kheer.

Then we have Padhu making this Vermicelli Kheer for her daughter’s friends, who thoroughly enjoyed the treat!

Another panna cotta coming our way, this time it is Pari who makes this Mango Panna Cotta as it was something she was planning for a while.

Chilled Agar Agar comes from Premalatha Aravindhan

While Priya Suresh makes a Strawberry Kheer in Microwave!

We have another microwave dish this time from PJ who makes Pumpkin kheer and feels happy that she used fat free milk!

Shabs has a passion for Dark Chocolate Mousse so she makes it again in a different way!

Peach Melba comes to us from Umm Mymoonah

And finally an overdose of Shrikand comes from Shrikand, Sreelu and finally from me


Jyoti Babel had this Apple celery and pineapple Salad first time in a restaurant and has been hooked to it ever since!

Nithu Bala makes a Cold Mint and Cucumber Soup to beat the Summer heat

Shaved ice with fruits another salad from Premalatha Aravindhan

While Priya Suresh makes Quinoa & Mixed Fruits Salad on everybody’s demand for salad!

And lastly we have Priyanka making a bowl of salad with fresh fruits in cherry sauce.


We have some tempting Smoothies coming our way.

First on the list is a Nectarine yoghurt smoothie from Priya Srinivasan

Ask me what Priya Suresh hasn’t made, and I won’t seriously have an answer! Her Jackfruit Smoothie, goes just to prove that!

And another in the list is her Strawberry & Pear Smoothie.

For her work out vratham, Suma makes this Pear Smoothie to get the schedule going!

Finally from Vidhya a  Strawberry Smoothie.

Then we move on to enjoy some salty and traditional thandas from our bloggers.

First on the list is the Kadhi which is a sour-n-sweet dish made from buttermilk sent by Anamika.

Jyothivalaboju sends us a Spicy Lassi

While Kiran makes a Barley Kanji

Then we have a delightful drink from Nirmala who does a passionate trails and comes out with a Tender coconut with Toddy palm seeds

Not to be left out, we have an Avocado Buttermilk from Panchpakwan.

Two interesting drinks comes from Priya Srinivasan, one a Cucumber-Mint Lassi and another  Cinnamon Flavored Rose Milk

Cucumber you eat as such, but did you know of a buttermilk? Then check out Priya Suresh’s Cucumber Buttermilk

Matha is yet another spicy buttermilk from Priyanka.

While Smitha makes a Khara Lassi as this is their family’s favorite one!

Finally we have Suma Gandlur sending us a real new one, atleast I have never heard of it. She makes a Nannari Lassi with the Nannari roots. How Fab!


I am sure everybody enjoyed this Thanda Mela as much as I did! My apologies if I have missed out any entry. Please let me know I will update right away.

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  1. Wow! Valli..120 entries..thatz just amazing count..the roundup looks have done it beautifully in your usual way:-)

  2. Srivalli, that is one heck of a roundup. Amazing entries, wow 120. A bookmark for this summer and next one. I cannot wait for another mela from you. May you finish this 4th year very soon 🙂

  3. A great collection of summer coolers to be preserved for future reference. Thanks for composing and sharing all this with us. As always "You Rock Srivalli"
    Best wishes.

  4. Valli, thanks for ur roundup. Its really beautiful and colorful too. congrats to all participants.. will bookmark this post and forward to my friends..

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