6 foods that’ll keep you cool

by Sanjeev Kapoor

It’s that time of the year once again. The time when you seem to be dissolving into a pool of sweat. That time of the year when cold water showers are welcome, but don’t work. It’s that time of the year when if you really want to fight the heat, you have to cool your insides as well. How do you do that?  Read on

Coconut water – It has the same PH level as blood plasma and having a glass of coconut water a day is one of the easiest and best things you can do for your body! Use water from a tender coconut instead of a fizzy soda for mocktails or even make a coconut water green tea to get the best of both these healthy ingredients. Refreshing and energizing, it provides you with all necessary electrolytes and minerals in their most natural form. Coconut water is not known as ‘Nature’s Gatorade’ for no reason!

Basil Seeds – 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, these slimy tadpole like seeds are often seen in a yummy falooda. You can also gulp it down in a glass of fresh nimbu paani before your Sunday afternoon siesta to cool off the right way! One of our favourite summer recipes is this kakadi and sabza salad – cool but with just the right hint of spice! 

Rose– The clear, beautifully scented rose water is a wonder ingredient that is good for your body in more ways than one, especially in summers. It is a great ingredient to add to face packs to keep your skin glowing, hydrated, and fresh in spite of the heat. Add a few drops of it to nimbu paani for a brand new refreshing taste! Peach which also belongs to the rose family is a cooling fruit too. Mix both these delicious flavours together to make a tumbler full of rose-scented peach iced tea! Or make your own rose petal jam or gulkand at home. Mix a spoonful with a glass of chilled milk and drink before bedtime for a good night’s sleep. 

Fresh Fruits – Cooling fruits of the season - Melons, citrus fruits, and berries are all full of nutritious components like vitamins, minerals, sodium, and plenty of fibre. Most of these fruits have high water content which helps keep you hydrated through the scorching summer months in India! Fill a tall glass with chunks or balls (scooped with the help of a melon ball scooper) and top this up with some chilled tangy lemon or orange juice and some mint leaves to make a refreshing drink that can double up as a delicious dessert, maybe add a dollop of light whipped cream infused with lemon zest on top! 

CucumberOne of the best ways to beat the heat is with cold crisp juicy cucumbers. Loaded with vitamins and minerals, cucumber keeps you cool and hydrated, nourishes the hair and skin, and helps flush out toxins. With 97 percent water content and several health benefits, cucumbers are also very versatile in the kitchen. Find some fabulous recipes right from cucumber snacks, cold soups, mocktails, desserts, and main course here – the humble cucumber in a brand new avatar! However, it is hard to beat the joy of eating whole chilled cucumbers, sprinkled with salt and chilli sold in food carts during summer.

Fennel Seeds - The health benefits of fennel include relief from anemia, indigestion, flatulence, constipation, and diarrhea, respiratory and menstrual disorders. They are also a great way to detoxify - chewing a spoonful of fennel seeds that come along with your bill at restaurants gives you more than just fresh breath. Boil a handful of fennel seeds along with water and sip on this throughout the day to keep cool in spite of the soaring temperatures. You can also add kadi shakkar or rock sugar candy to this – blends well with the earthy fennel taste. Soups are a great choice for summer and cucumber spinach soup with fennel croutons is a burst of flavours and textures in your mouth – the croutons definitely are.

Now that you know what to stock up your kitchen shelves with this summer, what are you waiting for? Browse through SanjeevKapoor.com for some fabulous recipes that beautifully use these and many more such ingredients.

Recommended recipes-

Beetroot Kandhari Anar Kakdi And Magaj Ka Raita,  Watermelon Cooler with Basil Seeds,  Coconut Cooler,  Tender Coconut Shikanji,  Rose Coconut Cooler,  Coconut Lassi,  Nariyal aur Gulab ki Burfi,  Rose Ice Cream

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Chef Sanjeev Kapoor is the most celebrated face of Indian cuisine. He is Chef extraordinaire, runs a successful TV Channel FoodFood, hosted Khana Khazana cookery show on television for more than 17 years, author of 150+ best selling cookbooks, restaurateur and winner of several culinary awards. He is living his dream of making Indian cuisine the number one in the world and empowering women through power of cooking to become self sufficient. His recipe portal www.sanjeevkapoor.com is a complete cookery manual with a compendium of more than 10,000 tried & tested recipes, videos, articles, tips & trivia and a wealth of information on the art and craft of cooking in both English and Hindi.