We have a lot of variety in Indian cuisine, be it the food or the drinks both have a good number of variety available.
Here are few Indian drink recipes to beat the heat in a healthy way…..
Jaljeera– A highly appetizing and cooling drink, its great to beat the heat. In Hindi “jal” means water and “jeera” means cumin, so it’s actually cumin water and we all know the benefits of cumin for stomach and digestive system.
The beverage form is essentially water and jaljeera powder, and is a popular summer drink in India. It is sometimes served as an appetizer, as it is intended to “startle” the taste buds.
It can also be mixed with lemonade to make lemonade jaljeera.
The basic ingredients include Tamarind for tanginess and mint for a refreshing taste, combined with cumin and fennel seeds, black pepper, salt, asafoetida, cardamom and chaat masala.
Shikanji or Nimbu Paani– This traditional Indian lemonade makes sure that you get a good dose of Vitamin C, and helps in beating heat strokes and dehydration in the body cased by heat. But it is advised to always make it fresh otherwise it looses its taste. Juice of fresh lemons is mixed with cumin powder, black pepper powder, black salt, chaat masala and jaggery or sugar.
Aam Ka Panna– This delicious drink is slightly sweet and sour to taste and is made with raw mangoes. It helps in keeping the body cool and is a good source of Vitamin C and Iron. The pulp of the raw mangoes is mixed with cardamom, salt and jaggery and blended to form a smooth paste. This paste can be stored in fridge for few days. Mint leaves can be added too. Whenever needed mix 1-2 tsp to a glass of water and ice cubes.
Sattu– It is actually a powder of roasted black chickpea or channa. It is highly nutritious and also good for diabetic people. It can be consumed both ways, sweet or salty. For the sweet version just take 1-2 tsp of this powder in a glass, add some sugar or jaggery and add chilled water and mix. Its ready to be consumed. For the salty version add cumin powder, lemon juice, salt, pepper powder to the mixture of sattu and water.
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