Citrus Delicacies For The Perfect Summers With Chef Kaviraj Khialani

Learn how to make delightful recipes with citrus fruits with our Celebrity Chef Kaviraj Khialani.

Chef Kaviraj Khialani
citrus fruits recipes with chef kaviraj khialani

Citrus is a genus of flowering trees and shrubs and the plants in the genus produce citrus fruits, including important crops such as oranges, lemons, grapefruits, pomelos, and limes. The genus Citrus is native to South Asia, East Asia, Southeast Asia, Melanesia, and Australia. Various citrus species have been used and domesticated by indigenous cultures in these areas since ancient times. From there its cultivation spread into Micronesia and Polynesia by the expansion and to the Middle East and the Mediterranean via the incense trade route, and onwards to Europe and the Americas.

Citrus fruits contain many compounds that can help keep your heart healthy. Their soluble fiber and flavonoids may help raise healthy HDL cholesterol and lower harmful LDL cholesterol and triglycerides. The fruits may lower high blood pressure, another risk factor for heart disease. Many citrus fruits, such as oranges, tangerines, grapefruits, and clementine’s, are generally eaten fresh. They are typically peeled and can be easily split into segments. Grapefruit is more commonly halved and eaten out of the skin with a spoon. Special spoons (grapefruit spoons) with serrated tips are designed for this purpose. Orange and grapefruit juices are also popular breakfast beverages.

More acidic citrus, such as lemons and limes, are generally not eaten on their own. Citrus fruits are considered superfoods! This means that they included in a special category of foods that are calorie sparse and nutrient dense. The rich vitamin C content of citrus fruits can effectively fight the free radical action, which prevents skin ageing. The citric acid present in the citrus fruits helps curb the bacterial action and pathogens present under the skin, which helps your skin glow naturally. Citrus fruits are high in vitamin C, a nutrient known to help give your immune system a boost. It encourages your immune system to produce white blood cells, which are necessary to fight infections. Citrus fruits are rich in multiple nutrients such as vitamin C, flavonoids, and fiber which confer vascular protection, reduce inflammation, improve gastrointestinal function and health, and play an important role in preventing conditions like diabetes, cancer, neurological disease.

Dr. Kaviraj Khialani  Celebrity Master Chef

Although few of the lemons can be eaten out of hand with the fragrant skin; they are both sweet and sour. Lemonade or limeade are popular beverages prepared by diluting the juices of these fruits and adding sugar. Lemons and limes are also used in cooked dishes, or sliced and used as garnishes. Their juice is used as an ingredient in a variety of dishes; it can commonly be found in salad dressings and squeezed over cooked fish, meat, or vegetables.

A variety of flavours can be derived from different parts and treatments of citrus fruits. The rind and oil of the fruit is generally bitter, especially when cooked, so is often combined with sugar. The fruit pulp can vary from sweet to extremely sour. Marmalade, a condiment derived from cooked orange and lemon, can be especially bitter, but is usually sweetened with sugar to cut the bitterness and produce a jam-like result. Lemon or lime is commonly used as a garnish for water, soft drinks, or cocktails.

Citrus juices, rinds, or slices are used in a variety of mixed drinks. The colourful outer skin of some citrus fruits, known as zest, is used as a flavouring in cooking; the white inner portion of the peel, the pith, is usually avoided due to its bitterness. The zest of a citrus fruit, typically lemon or an orange, can also be soaked in water in a coffee filter, and drunk.

Here are a few ways of how to involve this goodness loaded ingredient list to benefits from the Citrus Fruits:

“Summers are the best time of the year to not only eat your fruits but also drink them in a number of refreshing ways in order to stay hydrated and feel energised, refreshed and staying active in spite of the high temperatures around and the heat”- Dr. Kaviraj Khialani- Celebrity Master Chef.




Orange juice- 150 ml

Sweet lime juice- 150 ml

Lime juice- 15 ml

Sugar syrup- 30 ml

Ginger juice- 10 ml

Salt- 1 pinch

Capsico sauce-5 ml

Mint leaves- 5- 6 no

Crushed ice- ½ cup or as needed

Pomegranate syrup- 15-20 ml


1. Prepare all the ingredients and keep them ready for the cooler to be prepared.

2. Using crushed ice, chill the glass as well, to start with the recipe add a bed of crushed ice, add a pinch of salt, pour in the pomegranate syrup, add in the sweet lime, orange juice, dash of Capsico, ginger juice, lime juice, little sugar syrup and assemble it all in the glass.

3. Do not stir or shake the drink, it can be offered with a stirrer to the guest and can be mixed just before drinking it so that the colors remain more visible and colorful. The drink can be garnished with mint, a pineapple and cherry skewer at the top.




Apple juice- 120 ml

Cranberry juice – 100 ml

Orange juice- 120 ml

Lime juice- 15 ml

Sugar syrup- 15 ml

Mint leaves- 3-4 no

Chaat masala- 1 pinch

Crushed ice- as needed

Lime slices- 3-4 no

Cherries- 3-4 no

Sweet lime slices- 3-4 no

Assorted fresh herbs like sweet holy basil – 4-5 no

Candied peel / candied ginger- as desired for garnish.


1. Prepare all the ingredients for the cooler drink and keep it all ready to be mixed/ assembled for service.

2. Chill the glass using crushed ice and refresh it, add in some crushed ice and start with the assembly of the juices and get it all setting up.

3. Check for the taste, adjust the sweetness/tartness as desired to suit the balance on the palate.

4. Garnish the drink appropriately and serve it chilled.




Green apple juice- 150 ml

Amla juice- 50 ml

Guava juice- 100 ml

Lime juice- 20 ml

Jaggery melted- 2 tsp

Roasted crushed cumin- ¼ tsp

Black salt- 1 pinch

Fresh basil leaves- 10-12 no

Fresh mint leaves- 4-5 no

Green cucumber- 1 small cut

Spinach leaves or kale - 1 cup washed

Crushed ice- as needed

Slice of pineapple/ sweet lime/ cherries/ micro-greens etc for garnish purposes can be used.


1. Prepare all the ingredients for the cooler and keep them ready to use just before serving.

2. Using a blender jar, combine together some crushed ice, the spinach leaves, cucumber, some mint, basil and churn them up well.

3. Chill the glass using some crushed ice and start with the drink recipe, place some crushed ice at the base, start up with the blended herbed mixture, pour in the other ingredients one by one and top it up.

4. A splash of lime, a dash of chaat masala, black salt etc can be added optionally as per taste as well. Garnish the drink with choice of garnishes as available and serve it.




Mango pulp -150 ml

Ripe papaya puree- ½ cup

Orange juice- 100 ml

Sweet lime juice- 100 ml

Roasted crushed jeera-1/4 tsp

Mint leaves- 4-5 no

Crushed ice- as needed

Dates- 2-3 chopped

Brown sugar- 1-2 tsp

Assorted nuts- 1-2 tsp chopped

Assorted seeds- 1-2 tsp, flax seeds/ pumpkin seeds.

Cherry/ pineapple sticks/ stirrer/ straw/ mocktail umbrellas- as needed.


1. Prepare all the ingredients for the drink and keep them handy.

2. Work on the chilling of the glass, refresh it with crushed ice.

3. Add a little crushed ice to start with and continue with the mango pulp and other juices, ingredients along the way.

4. Continue adding them all and finally add a touch of garnish on the drink and serve it immediately.

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Orange juice- 150 ml

Peach crush- 30- 45 ml

Mixed fruit juice- 120 ml

Sweet lime juice- 100 ml

Lime juice- 2- 3 tsp

Sugar syrup- 15 ml

Dash of Capsico

Salt and pepper to taste

Tomato juice-1/2 cup

Crushed ice- as needed

Celery- 1 stalk cut into pieces

Lemon grass- 2-3 pieces

Fresh basil- 3-5 no

Lime slices- 3-4 no

Cherries/ pineapple/ kiwi/ caramel coated cherry tomatoes etc for garnish and presentation.


1. Prepare all the ingredients for the drink.

2. Start with refreshing glass with crushed ice and creating a layer of crushed ice at the base, continuing with peach crush, the juices one by one, seasonings, Capsico, lemon grass, basil, lime slices etc.

3. Add the heavier contents in the liquid form at the base followed by the lighter ones in order to maintain some layer and visibility.

4. Do not stir the drink immediately but add in the assortment of garnishes as needed or desired and offer a stir stick/ straw if the glass is not rimmed. Stir and enjoy the cooler.

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Sweet lime juice- 150 ml

Watermelon juice- 150 ml

Orange juice- 100 ml

Grapefruit juice- 100 ml if available

Lime juice- 15 ml

Crushed ice- as needed

Mint leaves- 4-5 no

pinch of sea salt

Ginger juliennes/ juice- 1 tsp

Slit green chili-1 no

Honey- 1 tsp

For garnishing- mint/ basil/ cherry/ stick of cherry and pineapple/ fresh berries/ assorted nuts caramelised and powdered.


1. Prepare all the ingredients for the drink and as needed keep them all ready and chilled.

2. Work on the assembly of the drink, chill and refresh the glass with ice just before making the drink.

3. Start with a bed of crushed ice, pour in the juices one by one and add in the flavourings to taste, seasonings etc to add some balance as needed.

4. Do not stir the drink immediately but add in the final garnishes and present the drink with a stir stick and straw. The person consuming it should be giving it a nice mix and then relishing the cooler.

Stay tuned to HerZindagi for more such recipes by Chef Dr Kaviraj Khialani who is not just a celebrity Master Chef but has varied experience with hotels and airlines. He is an author, food writer, food designer, consultant, and creative cuisine specialist.