5 DIY Refreshing Drinks To Make Your Summer A Cool One.
Let’s go back to drinking traditional Indian refreshments this year, rather than going for those high-calorie and nutritionally empty sodas. Here’s a list of DIY super-healthy, low calorie drinks that were popular till even a few decades ago in our homes.
Here’s to revisiting the home made refreshing drinks apart from the very popular ‘Shikran’ and ‘Chaach’.
Bael (wood apple) is effective in curing diarrhoea, quarantine cholesterol and reduce respiratory issues. Thia naturally sweet refresher is extremely delicious too.
Take one medium sized rope bael and break it open.
Scoop out the pulp into a bowl.
Add water and remove all the seeds.
Add jaggery powder and stir.
Add salt to taste, if you don’t want it too sweet.
Mix well, sieve and serve chilled.
Aam Panna ia a unique sweet and sour drink made from unripe mangoes, salt, sugar, cumin seed powder, chillies, coriander leaves and mint. All these ingredients help you to be safe from sun stroke, as they maintain body temperature.
It prevents the loss of sodium chloride (salt), and iron, and is known to keep diseases like tuberculosis, anaemia, cholera and other stomach infections away.
Boil or steam raw mangoes (kacchi keri).
Once done, remove the pulp and keep in a bowl.
Add the spices, powdered jaggery or sugar, and cardamom powder as per taste.
Add a pinch of salt and black pepper.
Finish with cold water.
Kanji is one of the best kept ‘good gut’ secrets of the world. This Refreshing Drinks helps put the balance of good and bad bacteria back in order, letting the helping-bugs increase in our intestines. They help us in better digestion of food, and absorbing micronutrients like vitamin B and K, also assist our digestive enzymes in being more effective.
The pollution, stress and unhealthy food habits kill these Helping-bugs.
Fermented Kanji can be called the Indian probiotic drink.
Cut 4 big dark red or purple carrots(500gm) into 3-inch pieces and put them in a ceramic jar or a matka.
Add 3 litree of water, 1/2 tsp red chilli powder,
1 tbsp black salt and 4 tbsp of powdered black rai (mustard seeds).
Ferment for a couple of days, strain the liquid and store it in a refrigerator.
Have it chilled.
Falsa is an ingenious fruitr refreshing drinks that is full of potassium and vitamin C and is loaded with antioxidants. Blood purification is boosted and and gives you a detoxed body and glowing skin.
Take 2-3 cups of falsa and soak on water for a few hours.
Later, mash into a fine paste.
Heat sugar and water in a pan, to make the sugar syrup.
Add it along with the desired amount of black salt to the falsa paste and top it up with cold water.
Best tasted with mint leaves garnishing.
Kokum Sherbet is one of the favourite Maharashtrian sweer drinks. It’s made with Garnicia indica or kokum squash. It helps in digestion, cools off the body and helps control body temperature, and is known to build appetite too.
Take two fresh kokum fruits, cut them in half, remove the seeds and grind into a fine paste.
Make and add the sugar syrup to kokum paste along with cummin and cardamom powder.
Put 2-3 tbsp of this paste into a glass, add cold water and serve with ice cubes.
Photo Credit – Beal Sharbat , Aam Panna, Kanji, Falsa Sherbet, Kokum Sherbet, Cover Photo.