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Contributed by – Saumya Shatakshi, Senior Nutritionist
Summer is synonymous with increasing temperature, sweaty afternoons, hot winds and unbearable heat. Just the thought of stepping out in the scorching sun can seem like the worst kind of torture.
Since, we've been beating the awesome heat with some really amazing summer drinks. These drinks are full of freshness, taste and healthy goodness. Do not lose your cool this summer rather find yourself in the cool and refreshing summer drinks mentioned below. Let us ditch the soda drinks and revisit our rich come to learn the recipes of these incredible summer drinks this summer season.
This summer reconnects with your desi roots with aampanna, a raw mango drink full of tangy goodness and a hint of spices. Aampanna is a common cooling drink in North Indian Homes and is ready to fight various summer ailments like dehydration, digestive problems and heat stroke. Full of Vitamin C, Vitamin A and Iron It sure is a great way to stay cool.
2-3 raw mangoes (large)
2 tsp (or to taste)
1 tsp roasted cumin seeds
1 pinch of cracked pepper
Mint leaves for garnish
Start with scraping the skin off the mangoes
Make sure you wash the peeled mangoes properly with clean water
Boil them for around 15-20 minutes
Let the mangoes cool, now separate the pulp from the seed
Add 4 cups of water, salt, cumin powder and pepper powder to the pulp
Make sure to properly stir the pulpy mixture
Add ice cubes or just keep the mixture in the refrigerator to cool
Garnished with mint leaves and serve the tangy beverage
Saunf (fennel seeds) sherbet
Saunf or fennel seeds are mostly used as a refreshing meal to help with the digestion process and therefore to cure bad breath. A natural coolant is a storehouse to potassium, dietary fibers and antioxidant. It helps with abdominal pain, gas and bloating problems. Saunf is part of the rich Gujarati heritage and is loaded with healthy benefits.
1-2tsp Fennel seeds (saunf)
Water 2-3 cups
1 tsp Mishri or sugar
Pinch of black salt
Squeeze of lemon juice
Grind the fennel seeds to powder form
Add water to the water and strain it
Add mishri or sugar to the mixture as per your taste
You can also add a pinch of black salt
Put it in the refrigerator and serve when chilled
You can soak the fennel seeds overnight and strain the water. Add honey as per taste and have it as an early morning drink.
Chaanch or Mattha
A staple in all of our homes during summers, chaanch is loved by all because of its amazing benefits. Chaanch helps cure stomach reflux, acidity, dehydration and boosts the digestive process. Indian buttermilk has low fat content and is a good source of protein, calcium, vitamin B12 and potassium. A must for summer days chaanch indeed is a bliss.
1 cup yoghurt
2-3 cups of water
1 tsp cumin powder
1 tsp coriander powder
½ tsp salt
Blend yoghurt and dilute it with water till it forms a thin mixture
Add cumin powder, coriander powder and salt to it
Garnish with mint leave to add more freshness
You can serve it at room temperature or chill it and serve later
Bael or wood apple sherbet is a refreshing and healthy way to beat the awesome summer heat. Full of nutritious goodness like iron, dietary fiber, protein, vitamin C and is a natural laxative. It helps boost our immune system, fight infections, respiratory disorders and piles, as well as shield against the summer ailments.
1 Bael fruit
3-4 cups of water
Take pulp of bael fruit and add water
Strain it properly
Have the healthy drink to rejuvenate yourself
Some people add sugar, but it is advisable to drink Bael sherbet without sugar for best benefits.
Sattu (roasted gram flour) drink
Bihar is a great way to stay cool during summers. A perfect drink for a hot and sweaty summer day, sattu drink is a great source of energy booster that helps fight dehydration and removes toxins. Full of iron and magnesium so it helps to lose weight and really good for pregnant women and diabetics.
2 tsp Roasted gram flour
1 tsp Cumin seeds powder
1 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp black salt
1 glass of water
Mix all the ingredients together and give it a proper stir
Garnish with mint leaves
Add ice and glasses full of health yumminess
A glass of shikanji is an instant booster that can help you re-even on the hottest summer days. Shikanji is nimbu pani with a tasty twist is home to several healthy benefits. It is very effective and helps to fight dehydration, digestion problems and nutrient booster.
1/2 tsp of sugsr
1/2 tsp of black salt
1/2 jeera powder
1 glass of water
Squeeze the lemon juice
Add all the ingredients in the water
Stir it properly and make sure that the sugar dissolves
Add ice cubes to the mix
Serve it and just chill
Watermelon is a nature that scorching heat during summers bearable. A full glass of watermelon juice at breakfast. A storehouse to several health benefits Watermelon has a high content of vitamin C, magnesium, potassium. Watermelon is really good for kidney health, has anti inflammatory effect, helps loose weight, fight cancer and really good for hair and skin.
4 cups cubed (seeded) watermelon flesh
3-4 large mint leaves
Blend the cubed and seeded watermelon flesh
Add ice to this healthy drink and enjoy
Sparkling or detox water
Sparkling or detox water is the new, innovative and really smart way to detox on a daily basis. All of us know the importance of water and the need to drink water can not be emphasized enough. It's a great way to stay hydrated, lose weight and complete your daily quota of water.
Slices of lemon
Bits of grated ginger
Fruits of your choice
Add all the ingredients together
Keep the bottle healthy and drink throughout the day
You can reuse the detox mix twice or thrice
Another really healthy and an absolute favorite drink that needs no recognition. Thandai is an instant energizer that is home to several nutritional benefits and thus help fight the summer heat. This cooling beverage is made of many magical ingredients which makes it a great way to stay ahead of summer ailments. It boosts immunity, improves digestion and helps keep the stomach cool.
4-5 pieces of cashews, almonds, raisins
Pinch of poppy seeds
3-4 pieces of green cardamom
2-3 balls of black pepper
1 tsp of fennel seed
Soak the seeds and dry fruits in a bowl of water for 5-6 hours
Strain the dry fruit and seeds
Give a nice grind the dry fruits and seeds until you get a smooth paste
Add milk to the mix and stir properly
Strain the mixture
Add sugar as per your taste
So add rose water and garnish with saffron
Refrigerate the mixture and once chilled
Panakam is a yummy summer drink from the incredible treasure of South Indian cuisine. A pure work of science panakam is an incredible mixture of some really healthy ingredients which makes it a magical potion to fight heat. It helps stay hydrated, with body pains, cold and cough, asthma, gastric problems and so on acts an appetizer.
1 lt of water
50 grams of jaggery
3 crushed cardamoms
½ teaspoon of dried ginger
Add jaggery to water
Make sure that the jaggery dissolves properly
Add the crushed cardamom, dried ginger powder and lemon juice
Mix all the ingredients together
Serve cold or at room temperature
Garnish with mint leaves
These summer drinks are full of health and fresh goodness. Make sure you include incredibly healthy drinks to beat the heat.
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