Though summer wraps its arms around us like a warm blanket, we love the fact that it brings along an array of fruits that are refreshing from the word go! While you gear up for this season with sunscreen lotion, sunglasses and air conditioner, we’re here with summer foods made with juicy, naturally sweet, colourful and luscious fruits. This is the best you can do to your body, mind and soul as the scorching sun makes it a little difficult to deal with the heat. We’re going to emphasize how this summer produce will keep you hydrated as well as healthy at the same time.
As summer is accompanied by dehydration, skin sensitivities, mineral deficiencies in the body, therefore, the high on water content fruits come as a rescue by keeping the body cool and well hydrated just in the right manner. Then whether it’s a small platter between meals or a delicious fruit dessert, fresh fruits just taste wonderfully refreshing and satiating. Doctors say that as part of a balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle, it’s good if one eats 3-4 different fruits in a day.
Out of the entire amazing lot that nature offers, it’s difficult to choose the best ones. Yet, we’ve jotted down the most apt ones with their recipes. This will make you say ‘water-ever, I don't care, I just love summer too much!’
Did you know that watermelon was found growing in the wild? It first made its presence around 5000 years ago in South Africa! It has various other siblings which taste bland, bitter and sweet. Also, it was treated as everyday food in ancient Egypt in 2000 BC. Interesting, isn’t it? Other than this, it is super rich in water content which makes it every human’s best buddy. If you want to make the most of this fruit, then you can try this fresh salad recipe. You’re definitely going to get addicted to it!
Red is the colour of love, we guess that’s what makes strawberry more endearing. Did you know that besides the interesting shade of this fruit, it consists of 200 seeds on an average! Also, you will be amazed to know that strawberries contain more Vitamin C than oranges! This helps in reducing inflammations. Strawberries are 91% water that makes it all the more desirable during summers. So, here is just the perfect recipe that’s going to make you fall in love with this awesome berry, all over again! Have it any time of the day, for instant gratification.
Oranges are the largest citrus crop grown across the globe and were first grown in China. It was then referred to as ‘fruit of Gods.’ Citrus meaning loads of Vitamin C in it along with other minerals and antioxidants. So, we thought to reveal something out of the box for you. Wondering what is that? Well, this ‘fruit of Gods’ will meet the ‘king of fruits,’ that is, mango to make a delicious sunshine combination in the form of a jam. Sunte hi muh main pani aaya na? Then why not prepare and layer some on your toasts for a delightful breakfast.
This is a modest and easily accessible fruit, yet very precious. What makes us say that? Well, this fruit takes up to 3 years to grow and become mature on a plant. Quite a long time isn’t it! So, with all the gratitude to Mother Nature, we would like to reveal a cool and hearty raita recipe made with this powerhouse of nutrients. So, if you want to make your gut happy and bones stronger, do try this silky-textured splendid side dish.
Done and dusted with the very cliched Peach Iced Tea. Right? Well, we’ve got something super exciting and fancy with peaches for you, still very doable in your home. As it is believed that you can’t be sad when you are eating ice cream, to bring a brighter smile on your face, we paired peaches and ice cream together. Did you know peach trees produce fruits for around 12 years? Woah! That’s certainly fascinating. So, we won’t tell you to hold on your horses, rather would like you to give this a shot!
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.