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Quick and Refreshing Summer Recipes

Hydrate your body and cool your mind with these Indian summer recipes! Fresh fruits, soothing drinks and light summer salads can help you combat the heat. Here are Indian summer recipes from the land of diverse cultures and food, India.

Lassi/Yogurt drink

Lassi is a mouth-watering, energy dense drink which comes in both sweet and savory flavors. Prepared with yogurt and water (even milk) and served with dry fruits, it is an absolute craze amongst Indians.

It has the goodness of calcium, protein and healthy bacteria which aid digestion. The best way to enjoy this exotic drink is having it after a meal. Do not resist from drenching yourselves in this smooth, crunchy and must try summer recipe!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups yogurt/curd
  • 2 cups water
  • 4 tablespoons or as per taste sugar
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cashew nuts
  • 2 tablespoons chopped almonds
  • Few strands of saffron

Directions

  • Blend the curd and water with a whisk or in a food processor until smooth.
  • Add sugar and blend again.
  • Pour over crushed ice in a glass.
  • Serve in a tall glass, garnished with chopped cashew nuts, almonds, and saffron.
  • Enjoy this calm and relaxing drink.

Mango Panna/ Raw mango juice

Imagine your kid coming home tired and thirsty from school on a hot summer day. They want one of your delicious Indian summer recipes for an instant drink which can give him/her a rush of energy. What’s the answer? 

The answer is Mango Panna, a kind of raw mango juice which protects from scorching heat, it replenishes the body with vitamins and fluids. Just prepare and keep a jar of Panna in the refrigerator to cool, enjoy with your family anytime!

Ingredients

  • 1 raw mango
  • 1½ cup water
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon roasted and powdered cumin seeds
  • Pinch of black pepper powder
  • Pinch of black salt
  • Few fresh mint leaves
  • 4 ice cubes

Directions

  • Keep the mango in a saucepan, add water and cook for 8-9 minutes or until soft.
  • Let it cool and soften it by rolling between the palms.
  • Squeeze out pulp into the water.
  • Add sugar and seasoning, churn/blend until well mixed. Strain.
  • Pour over crushed ice in a glass.
  • Serve garnished with a mint sprig.

Fruit Chaat/Fruit salad

With summer comes a colorful array of fruits and Indian summer recipes. Mango, watermelon, fresh peaches, strawberries and what not! A salad prepared with fresh summer fruits can be great for keeping yourself healthy and vibrant.

Mix your favorite fruits and enjoy the benefits of Vitamin C, antioxidants, fiber and much more. This salad prepared with the tangy flavor of chaat masala, a special Indian spice blend which can tingle all your taste buds. Beat the heat with those fresh flavors!

Ingredients

  • 4 cups watermelon cubes, chilled
  • 4 cups papaya cubes, chilled
  • 1 cucumber, cubed
  • 1 teaspoon chaat masala
  • Pinch of salt
  • Pinch of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • Few fresh mint leaves

Directions

  • In a salad bowl mix all fruits. Season with chaat masala, salt, and sugar
  • Squeeze lemon juice and toss well
  • Garnish with fresh leaves and enjoy

Kulfi/Indian Ice Cream

We all have some childhood memories and sentiments attached to Indian summer recipes and ice creams. One is never too old to eat ice-cream! Preparing them at home can be a fun play with your children. Kulfi is an Indian ice-cream which people relish as a street food in hot summer weather.

Prepared with thickened milk it usually comes in long conical shape.  It is also popularly eaten with falooda, which are a kind of vermicelli noodles made from cornstarch. You can be more creative and make a different kind of shape.

A variety of flavors can be added to these Indian summer recipes like rose syrup or vanilla essence to make it more interesting.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups milk
  • 8 teaspoons sugar
  • 4 chopped almonds
  • 4 chopped pistachio
  • A few drops kewra essence

Directions

  • Clean a kulfi/ice-cream mold with soap and boiling water.
  • Boil the milk in a wok until thickened (less than half the volume). Stir occasionally.
  • Mix sugar and stir until dissolved.
  • Remove from heat and cool.
  • Add the chopped nuts and essence.
  • Fill the kulfi/ice-cream mold, screw top and freeze in an upright position (for 3 hours).
  • Before serving, roll the mold between the palms, unscrew the top, hold it upside down, give a sharp tap so that kulfi slips onto a plate.
  • Serve cold.

Hope you have found these Indian summer recipes appetizing.  They have great flavor and taste. Give these recipes a try and experience the difference. Here is to enjoying summer recipes like never before, cheers!


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