Summer is already here and it’s burning out there. I can’t reduce the heat magically but I can surely share something that can give you some relief from the heat. These things or rather drinks and recipes are natural coolants and will cool you down in the hot summer.
So let’s quickly have a look at these drinks and recipes:
#1 Minty melon
1st in this list is definitely something which is commonly available in the summer, that is Watermelon. This refreshing drink will cool you down and is super healthy. For this, you need a watermelon (I bet you didn’t see that coming), cut it into pieces, now put them into the blender, add some mint leaves, some lemon juice (for a tangy flavour), now let the blender do the trick. You don’t need to add water to it, as watermelon has 90% water.
You don’t need to worry about the seeds, as you can strain them easily (they don’t taste bad anyway). The drink is ready, you can add some ice to it now, or while blending. You can even add rock salt for extra taste.
Also, we have Watermelon Slush, this is an amazing recipe by famous Chef Kunal Kapur, it’s very easy to make and takes very less effort. Watch this video by Kunal Kapur to learn more:
#2 Cucumber mint cooler
Just like watermelon, Cucumber is another saviour from the heat. To make this drink, you need to cut cucumber pieces (don’t forget to peel them first), put them into the blender along with mint leaves, lemon juice and water, you can also add sugar (if required). Blend it well and serve with the ice.
#3 Shikanji- नींबू शिकंजी
Shikanji is very common in India, this beats summer heat better than cola. This is very easy to make and people make it differently, I am sharing a Kunal Kapur style shikanji, it’s very easy to follow and quick to make :
#4 Aam Panna- आम पन्ना
Aam Panna is an Indian drink made of unripe mangoes. Aam Panna is the best drink that can save you from heatstroke and dehydration. This is yet another easy to make drink, but I’m not the chef, so I will rather let the chef do the teaching.
#5 Sattu- सत्तू
Sattu is flour made from roasted chickpeas. You can get Sattu from the market very easily, you just need to add water and sugar powder/salt according to your liking, if you can’t take sugar, then jaggery powder is a great alternative. Try this, and thank me later
https://amzn.to/3Dv1Wc3 (direct link)
#6 Dahi-Chawal – दही–चावल
Dahi means curd and chawal means rice, this is very basic food and it’s something you can have daily in the summers. It cools down the body, is great for digestion and provides energy. This is something that should be eaten cold, rather than hot.
It’s summer and we can’t ignore the Lassi (sweet buttermilk), Chaz (salty buttermilk), Coconut water and sugarcane juice (with a pinch of rock salt). These are easily available in the packets and bottles, but I suggest you to make or get the fresh and natural stuff.
The drinks that I’ve mentioned today are very healthy and so much better than the cola and bottled packed juices.
That’s it for this week’s blog, Let me know in the comment section if you are willing to try any of these and which one is your favourite. Also, you can connect with me on social media, drop a hi or something.
Until next week Stay hydrated in the summer and SMILE