Guzzling down a chilled beverage may give you momentarily relief from the heat, but won’t do much to cool down your system. Here are 5 super summer coolers that are all natural sure shot ways to ward off the heat, these are the ones your naani’s and daadis approve off. Take a look.
Kokum, from the Konkan Coast
This delicious tangy, deep purple coloured fruit is indigenous to the Konkan coast, but is almost a mystery to the rest of India. If you are in Goa or Mumbai or any part of the Konkan region during the summer months, you will most likely be served a glass of cool kokum sherbet, which is a known coolant and also helps to ward off sun stroke or heat stroke.
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Nature’s energy drink
Tender coconut water is one of the best gifts you can give yourself and works like magic on a hot summer day. Refreshing and energizing, it provides you with all necessary electrolytes and minerals in their most natural form. Coconut water is known as ‘Nature’s Gatorade’ for the reason that it has the same PH level as human blood plasma and helps balance out all the irregularities in the system - right from acidity to indigestion to virus’ and bacteria.
Here is the recipe - https://goo.gl/L9twR8
More popularly known as sabza, basil seeds are just the perfect remedy to lower body heat. A cooling food loaded with anti-viral, anti-oxidant and digestive properties, this slimy tadpole like seeds are often seen in a yummy faloodas and cooling nimbu paanis. This delicious drink not just satisfies your thirst, but also cools you down from the inside out!
Here is the recipe - https://goo.gl/ydgzPx
Sattu sharbat anyone?
You might be familiar with this roasted chana powder being used to different kinds of paranthas and breads, but in central India they use this one to make a sattu ka sherbet, which works wonders as a cooling drink. Just 3 simple ingredients – sattu flour, jaggery and water are all you need to make this traditional Indian summer cooler. You can also make a savoury one by replacing the jaggery with some black salt, roasted cumin powder, lemon and mint and stay as cool as a cucumber.
Baelphal is summer bae
The leaves of this tree are used in the worship of Lord Shiva and the fruit is used to make delicious summer drinks which have stood the test of scorching Indian summers for years! Right from aiding digestion to providing you with a ton of essential minerals, vitamins and antioxidants baelphal does you good in several ways, but our favourite one right now is how it keep you chill inside, when the temperatures are at an all-time high outside!
Here is the recipe - https://goo.gl/QZjGM9
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