Indian Summers are anything but easy on the soul. The hot and humid climate is enough to drain one’s body and induce a nonchalance feeling in people. But, to stay active in summer and beat the heat, you can always change your diet. Thus, summer is the time, and you can let go of greasy food and switch to seasonal veggies and fruits, which are light on the body.
But, don’t think veggies and fruits mean a bland diet! There are tons of ways you can spruce up some pineapples, mangoes, litchis, lauki, squash, melons and cucumbers to create yummy dishes like never before.
Now, whenever you are preparing a diet, it is essential to keep in mind that the diet needs to hydrate you. Thus, to beat the heat, you need cooling beverages and recipes, which can provide the body with necessary minerals and vitamins. This is why seasonal vegetables like the ones mentioned above are the right choice. These help the body relax.
You can make tons of dishes like salads, and curries using curd, honey, lemon, fruit juices and more to let the body cool. What’s more? You can also cook dishes like popsicles, sorbets and flavoured water to keep the body fresh and revitalized.
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On that note, today, we are going to countdown ten summer recipes ideal for beating the mundane Indian summers.
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- Sol Kadi
Sol kadi is a famous drink from the rustic plains of Maharastra. This one is made from coconut milk, aamsol, and kokum. This is ideal for those with digestive issues, and as kokum is an excellent antidote for acidity, you can drink this to relieve gastrointestinal symptoms.
This one is “chatpata” and uses garlic, green chilis, grated coconut, and kokum. It involves mixing all the ingredients in a blender and soaking the milk out of it. Once done, serve it chilled and consume it after a meal. If the meal is heavy, having a glass of chilled Sol Kadi can help you digest your meal and keep the body cool and refreshed for a long period of time. A classic summer drink, this one is also straightforward to prepare as it usually takes around 15 minutes.
- Aam Panna
Sour, tangy and incredibly delectable, the classic aam panna, is a big-time winner for those who are looking to beat the summer heat.
To make the classic aam panna, you need raw mangoes, chilli, spices and sugar. You need to blend the raw mangoes and take out the juice. Once done, add a consistent amount of water with pudina, masala, chillies, lemon, and sugar. You can also add chaat masala and raw rock salt for enhancing the taste of this Aam panna.
It is classy, and taste very good. The best part of the ingredients used are ideal for alleviating symptoms of gas and bloating. This one can also help balance out acidity and is ideal for cleaning the body of its impurities.
Serve this refreshing drink chilled with some ice cubes to enjoy it best on a humid summer day.
- Spicy Watermelon Juice
If you are looking for a sweet yet spicy addition to your summer cooking recipe, you need to invest in some quintessential spicy watermelon juice. This one packs loads of lycopene, and hence, it is ideal for those who are looking for some satisfactory amount of vitamin A and C. To make this one you need some herbs like mint or pudina, and you need to add rock salt, spices and condiments to your watermelon juice.
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Serve this in a nice glass, and you can have your own watermelon mojito.
- Stuffed Lauki
Bottle gourd is not the favourite dish of all, but this one is surely one of those veggies, which can be prepared with a twist. All you need to do is marinate the gourd with some cottage cheese, lime and stuff it with some spiced filling.
Once you do, bake this to create a beautiful dish, serving as a delectable but healthy snack. The best part, it won’t add to your calories, and thus, if you’re on a diet, this one is a sure winner.
- Melon Salad with Canola Mint Chutney Pesto
A tangy and sweet salad mixed with melons and mint is the right dish to make this summer. What’s more? Eating these dishes during quarantine can help balance hormones, which is necessary to combat the hot and humid summer days. To know more about this recipe, you can Google it online.
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- Rose Shikhanji
Rose shinkhanji is another winning recipe you can try to beat the summer moisture. To make this one, take a glass of water and add sugar until it dissolves in the water. Now, squeeze some lemons in the water and add rose syrup in it and stir. After that, add a pinch of salt, cumin seeds and soda and stir again.
Once done, you have a readymade rose shikhanji, which you can enjoy on a hot summer evening.
- Mango Ice Pops
Who doesn’t like a cool and crisp mango Popsicle? It’s cold, crisp and utterly delicious. For this, you need to make a mango puree with ice and sweetener. Then pour this puree into long ice cube trays and stick a bar in them. Once they are frozen, you can enjoy these cold.
- Choco Dipped Oranges
Choco dipped oranges are super easy to make and are very delectable too. For making this, all you need to do is dip some oranges in a chocolate pudding or dip and eat these frozen. For the dip, you can use Nutella or other chocolate dips.
- Indian Mango Daal
The raw mango Indian daal is a sure time winner during the hot summer months. This one is made from raw mangoes and is very delectable. It uses lentils, spices and raw mangoes with sugar to create a flavorful delicacy, which is easy on the tongue and oh so healthy. It can help cool down the body and is also very tasty.
You can eat this wonderful recipe with some boiled rice and eggplant fry.
- Stuffed Peppers
Everyone just loves bell peppers. These are yummy, healthy and oh so delectable. To make the stuffed bell pepper, all you need to do is, fill the bell peppers with brown rice, spinach and potato stuffing. Now, spice these up with some garam masala, and bake these. Once done, you are good to go!
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