Summers are lovely for people from cold countries. They enjoy the sunshine, the flowers, the warmth, the ability to wear shorts and what not. If you live in a tropical country like India, however, it's a different story altogether.
It can get really hot in certain parts! And not the comfortable kind, but the kind that can cause anything from fatigue to full-blown heat strokes. To add to that, if your work requires you to travel or use any form of public transport, chances are you are dreading the onset of Summer.
So here are a few drinks that could help you "breeze" through this time of the year.
Main Target - Prevent Dehydration
The following are some commonly available beverage options can be your go-to option while on-the-go:
Water - obviously!
Mint and Curry Leaf Buttermilk - Make a paste with Mint and Curry Leaves and add it to buttermilk. This combination is very cooling.
Coconut Water - not the packaged ones though
Diluted Fruit Juice - this one is a very simple one to execute. Buy a small pack of a fruit juice (with no sugar) and dilute it with water. Look at 1 part of juice in 2-3 parts of water.
Flavored Water - Simply add a piece of lime or mint or an orange segment or a cinnamon stick or any other fruit that you can get your hands on. I personally like the taste of green apple in water a lot!
Sattu Drink - keep Sattu handy. Mix about 1 big spoon of Sattu powder with a spoon of sugar in water. You can also add lime juice to this. Not only is Sattu cooling, it is also an excellent source of protein and fiber. Want to know more about Sattu? Drop me an email with your queries and I'll get back with all the answers that you want.
Fennel Seed and Mint Tea - Boil some fennel seeds and mint leaves in water for a good 6-7 minutes (reduce the water to half). Now let this mixture cool down to room temperature. Drink this in the afternoon when the heat is at its peak.
Kokum Drink - Kokum fruit is very popular around Western Ghats in India. You can buy it in it's fresh or dried form. Now coming to Kokum Juice - soak the fruit in water for 1-2 hours and then mash it. Strain the kokum water. Now, heat the mashed kokum with some sugar, salt and roasted cumin powder. Once the sugar melts, add the strained juice into the pan and boil this for 5 minutes. Your juice concentrate is ready. You can add water and drink whenever you want.
Bel Juice - Another indigenous fruit that deserves more attention that it gets. Bel or Wood Apple is available in certain parts of the country. You need to soak the pulp in water for 2-3 hours. After which simply mash and strain. Add some sugar. And it's ready!