Chubhti jalti garmi ka mausam aya! (Yes, you know the rest of the anthem). Summers are in and so is thirst, dryness, and dehydration. Heatwaves and scorching sun rays almost suck out all the energy from our bodies, making it so difficult to carry on with the daily chores. However, beloved Mother Nature and cleaver chef brains have amalgamated together to bring you 5 irresistibly tasty, soul-quenching, and deeply nourishing Indian summer coolers that will help you survive summers like a boss!
1. Mango Lassi
Cravings for this drink can make anyone weak in the knees. Just one glass of chilled Mango Lassi and you will be as energetic as a racehorse! Here’s what you need:
- 2 ripe Mangoes
- 2 cups cold curd
- 1 tsp sugar
- Ice cubes (Optional)
- Wash, peel, and chop the mangoes.
- In a blender, add cold curd, ice cubes, and sugar. Blend them for 1 minute or until the sugar dissolves completely.
- Add chopped mangoes and blend again until you get a smooth consistency.
- Pour in a glass and gulp!
2. Masala Chhach
A traditional favourite, Masala Chhach is one of the most commonly consumed energy drinks. You can enjoy it mid-morning or relish it after your lunch as a meal finisher. Here are the requisites:
- 2 cups of curd
- 1 small bunch of mint leaves
- 2 ½ cups of cold water
- 1 tsp of roasted cumin seeds
- ½ tsp black pepper powder
- ½ tsp salt
- Ice cubes
- Blend together the curd, water, salt, mint leaves, black pepper powder and cumin powder. Add the ice if required.
- Transfer the chhaach in a glass. Sprinkle some cumin powder and chopped mint leaves on top. Serve cold.
3. Tadka Lemonade
Nothing would be more refreshing and relaxing than a glass of chilled masala lemonade on a hot summer day, isn’t it? This lemonade recipe will not just cool you down but also leave you asking for more. Here’s how to make Tadka Lemonade:
- 2 -3 lemons
- Few mints leaves, chopped
- 1/2 tsp of black salt
- 1/2 tsp of cumin powder
- 4 tbsp of sugar
- 3 glasses of water
- Ice cubes
- Extract lemon juice and add it in the water,
- Add black salt, cumin powder and sugar. Stir until completely dissolved.
- Garnish with mint leaves and serve cold.
- 4 to 5 raw mangoes
- ¾ cup of sugar
- 1 tsp of black salt
- 1 tsp cumin powder
- 1 tsp black pepper powder
- 4 cups of water
- Crushed ice, as required
- Chopped Mint leaves
- Boil the mangoes until tender. Peel and take out the pulp in a bowl.
- Add the sugar, black salt, black pepper, and cumin powder in the bowl containing mango pulp and mix well.
- You can cook this mixture for a few minutes if you wish to preserve the concentrate for later use.
- Take two to three spoons of the mango pulp per glass, add the water, chopped mint leaves and mix well.
- Add crushed ice and serve chilled.
- ½ cup soaked peeled almonds
- ½ cup soaked melon seeds
- 1 tsp green cardamom powder
- Saffron strands, soaked in some milk
- 1 tsp of fennel powder
- 4 cups of milk
- ½ tsp of black pepper powder
- 6 tbsp of sugar
- 1 tbsp of sliced almonds
- Ice cubes
- Blend almonds, melon seeds, fennel powder, sugar, cardamom powder, pepper powder, saffron stands, and a half cup of milk together.
- Add the remaining milk followed by ice and serve cold in earthen pots.
4. Aam Panna
Not only is this raw mango juice recipe perfect for beating the summer heat but it’s also fantastic for digestion. The concentrates can also be kept in the refrigerator for up to a week. Here’s what you need:
5. Badaam Thandai
Now that’s really thanda thanda, cool cool! Thandai is one of our desi chillers that work miraculously to cool mind and body even when the temperature soars to 50 degrees! This refreshing blend of sweet freshness can even revive the dead. Here’s what you need:
Aren’t these just 2-minute recipes to combat summer woes like a pro? Do try them all! You can easily find the ingredients at your home. Share these amazing recipes with your friends and let them enjoy a sip of heaven this summer!