After the winter chills, scorching summer is fast approaching. The heat of it is spreading all across India with varying intensity. But for India, it’s another season to try varieties of chillers and coolers with distinct flavours from across the country.
The divinity of the chilling drinks seeping through the mouth and throat while slowly chilling the whole body is inexplicable. What is even more interesting is that Indian cuisine has an array of cold drinks for summer that are not only tasty but also healthy.
So while you will be careful not to expose too much to the sun to avoid dehydration, suntan and sunburn, have lots of fun trying these super cooler drinks.
Showcased here are the 8 wonderful cool and tasty drinks that you should keep drinking to stay cool during the summer.
In summers, in the villages of Tamil Nadu and Kerala grandmothers fill earthen pots with Neer Moru that is served among family members and also offered to guests. This refreshing drink is an integral part of South Indian Thaali Meals. Neer Moru helps to give quick relief from fatigue and profuse sweating.
The flavoured cooling beverage is known by the name Majjige in Kannada and Sambaram in Malayalam. This super cooler drink is very simple to make.
Fresh curd - 1 cup, thick and beaten till smooth
Chilled water - 3 to 4 cups
Asafoetida small pinch (optional)
Green chilies - 3 each slit into two
Ginger - 1 tsp, finely grated
Coriander leaves - 1 tbsp, finely chopped
Curry leaves - 1 sprig
Lemon juice - 1 tsp (optional)
Blend the curd with water and add asafoetida, green chilies, ginger, coriander leaves, and curry leaves. After mixing well, serve the glass of buttermilk with slit green chilies.
As the name suggests, Thandai is known as a great cooling drink infused with a perfect balance of aromatic Indian spices and flavours.
Thandai is popular in North Indian states of UP and Rajasthan made especially for the festival of Holi. Holi is the official declaration of arrival of spring and summer.
Fat milk- 4 1/2 cups full boiled and cooled
Powdered sugar- 1/4 cup
Ground black pepper (kalimirch)
Saffron (kesar) strands
Almonds (badam) - 1/4 cup
Poppy seeds (khus-khus) - 2 tbsp
Fennel seeds (saunf) - 2 tbsp
Cardamom (elaichi) powder- 2 tbsp
Blend almonds, poppy seeds, fennel seeds and cardamom into fine powder. Add the prepared powder and milk in a bowl. After whisking it together, refrigerate it for 2 hours. Later strain the mixture by adding sugar and saffron.
Jaljeera is an excellent drink to deal with digestion problems in summer. A chilled glass of jaljeera is a wonderful experience to deal with the summer and also the summer related tummy issues.
Normally, the drink is stored in a giant vessel wrapped with a cloth to keep it cool for long time. jaljeera is popular in northern part of the country. Jaljeera is known to stimulate the taste buds as well. We certainly find this in any Panjabi Dhabas.
It is believed that the drink is discovered by the people lived in banks of river Ganga by grinding the ingredients in local hard stones.
Mint leaves - 1/2 cup
Lemon juice - 6 tablespoon
Black salt - 2 teaspoon
Water - 8 cup
Cumin seeds - 2 tablespoon
Coriander leaves - 1/2 cup
Ginger - 2 tablespoon
Sugar - 4 tablespoon
Asafoetida – 1 pinch
Tamarind seedless - 2 tablespoon
Salt- 1 teaspoon
Mix mint leaves, cumin seeds, ginger, sugar, tamarind, black salt, lemon juice, salt and add water to it. After blending strain the mixture to serve.
A quick delicious drink that offers a healthy mind and body is what Msala Nimbu Soda is. it is also known as a drink for detoxification. It is believed that this drink helps body detoxification during summer.
Starting the day with Masala lemonade gives us instant energy. This is also know to boost resistance and increase body metabolism. Health benefits of this energy drink is also about its ability to cleanse the system and power in aiding weight loss.
Coriander Powder - 1 tsp
Black Pepper - 1/2 tsp
Chaat Masala – 1 tsp
Cumin Powder - 1/2 tsp
Black Salt - 1/2 tsp
Powdered Sugar - 1 Tbsp
Lemon Juice - 6 Tbsp
Soda Water - 1 Cup
Add coriander powder, black pepper, chaat masala, cumin powder, black salt, powdered sugar and lemon juice with soda water in a glass. Blend well and serve with ice cubes.
The beginning of summer is also the time raw mangoes gets matured. This summer drink rejuvenates and refresh the body and is prepared using raw mangoes.
This super tasty drink is mostly popular in Maharashtra and is a great help to battle the heat.
2 big Green Mango
2 teaspoon Roasted cumin seeds
1 tablespoon Kala namak (Black salt)
1/2 teaspoon Crushed black pepper
6 tablespoon Sugar
4 cups Water
A handful of Fresh Mint leaves
Boil the mangoes and scoop it down without skin. Cool the pulp and add spices to it. Blend the mixture with ice fresh mint leaves. Serve it cold.
What a great desi summer drink Sattu Sarbat is to deal with the harsh sun. This sweet delight originated in Bihar and is well known for its cooling effects on body. The taste of this drink varies from states to state like Punjab, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh.
The drink can be categorized as a nutrition rich one, as it is rich in soluble fibre, high in protein and good for the digestive system.
2 Cup chilled water
5 Tblsp sattu roasted gram flour
1 Medium size lemon
1.5 Tsp black salt
1 Tsp finely chopped chili (optional)
1/2 Tsp chat masala (optional)
2 Tblsp finely chopped mint leaves
1 Tsp roasted cumin seed powder
A handful of ice cubes
Mix all the ingredients by adjusting lemon and salt as per the requirement. Garnish the drink with lemon wedges and mint leaves.
The South Indian trendy Sarbat is spiced lemonade that is good to beat the seaty heat of Kerala. The word Kulukki means ‘shaken’ available in different flavours like pineapple kulukki sarbath, orange kulukki, paal sarbath and so on.
It’s pungent, sweet, spicy, slightly bitter, all together in a glass is a healing drink in Kerala.
The origin of Kululli Sharbat is Kozhikode, the northern region of Kerala. A street vendor named Shaji prepared this interesting drink by mixing the ingredients in a tall glass to prepare it in cocktail style- of course with a little extra wild ‘shakes’.
1 tsp sabja seeds/basil seeds
2 small lemons
1/8 tsp ginger chopped
2 slice green chillies
2 slice lime
2 tsp pineapple chopped
5 tbsp sugar
2 cups water
Soak the sabja seed for 10 minutes, crush ice and lemon juice. Later add chopped ginger, sliced green chillies, lime slices, sabja seeds, lemon juice, chopped pineapples, sugar and water. Close the lid and shake well.
Amazing varieties from across the country, aren’t they? Try these drinks to get over the scorching summer heat to hydrate the body and to maintain the right balance.
One of the best drinks to bog down the temperature and that ensures health benefits is Gulab Sharbat or Rose Sharbat. The fragrant rose petals have a restoring effect with a lot of medicinal value.
The sharbat was introduced by Mughals in India and got popularised in the Indian subcontinent by Babur, the famous Mughal emperor. As per the story, he used to sent for frequent loads of ice from the Himalayas to make this exotic drink that is cool refreshing.
The term Sharbat is an Arabic word meaning a drink of sugar and water. Gulab Sharbat popular in north India during summer is famous in Rajasthan during all seasons.
2 cups rose petals (washed well and patted dry on a paper towel)
1 cup of sugar
1/2 teaspoon cardamom (powder)
2 medium lemons (juiced, strained)
Optional: 1 cup pomegranate juice
Crush the rose petals and add boiling water to it. Allow the mix to seep overnight. Strain the juice in the morning and mix sugar in it. Then freeze it after adding lemon juice.