5 Best Indian Summer Food & Drinks

In Summer body cooling beverages and re-hydrating soups that will also help in providing your body the much needed vitamin and mineral doses. You can also have fun in the kitchen with the little ones by making interesting popsicles, flavored water, mango and jamun ice creams and sorbets. Dare to explore with different flavors to tickle your senses and make the most of the season. It is the time to let go of fatty foods and greasy gravies, and instead switch to light meals and seasonal veggies. You will be amazed how easily your diet choices can help you stay refreshed throughout the season.

Summer Food & Drinks

  • Sliver carrot, mango and cucumber. For salad dressing: Dry roast sesame seeds for 3 mts on low-medium heat. Combine toasted sesame seeds, 1 dry red chill (de-seed and tear), 1/2 tbsp jaggery syrup and 1 tbsp peanut powder and pinch of salt. Toss the carrot, mango and cucumber slivers in this dressing and serve.
  • Chopped cabbage, capsicum, onion and grate carrot. Heat olive oil in a pan. Add cumin seeds and let them splutter. Add the finely chopped onions and fry for 3 minutes. Next add rest of the vegetables and toss them they turn slightly soft, approx 4-5 minutes. Add freshly ground black pepper pwd and salt to taste.

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  • Chop paneer, cabbage, cucumber, french beans, carrots and tomatoes into small pieces. Combine all of them in a large bowl. Prepare a dressing of curds. Combine this yogurt dressing with the vegetables along with coriander leaves and adjust the salt. I served this salad along with a glass of watermelon juice.
  • Grate beetroot and chop cucumber into small pieces. Heat olive oil in a kadai, add mustard seeds and let them splutter. Add split black gram dal and let them turn red, add curry leaves, green chilli and pinch of hing. Turn off heat and combine the seasoning with cooked chickpeas, beetroot and cucumber pieces.
  • Because of its great taste, however, many variations were created soon including paneer, egg, potato or a vegetable mix. Nowadays most of the wraps consisting of some filling and an Indian flatbread are called kathi rolls. It’s easy to understand why they became one of the most popular street food dishes: tasty, filling (but not too heavy!) and convenient to eat on the go, kathi rolls are a great option for a relatively light and quick meal.