With the rising temperatures, all you need is a nice refreshing drink that will keep you hydrated and energetic all day. The good news is that there are some everyday ingredients right in your kitchen closet that you can use to make some of the best summer cooler recipes.
Easy And Healthy Summer Cooler Recipes
Here are some easy summer cooler recipes that you can enjoy with your whole family:
#1. Bel Sharbat
Bel, also known as wood apple, because of the hard shell that covers it, is known for several health benefits. To begin with, it aids digestion and prevents issues like dysentery and digestion. In addition to that, it boosts your immunity and keeps you feeling energetic and rejuvenated even in the scorching summer heat.
- Medium sized bel fruits- 3
- Chilled water- 3 cups
- Jaggery- 12 tablespoons
- Cardamom powder- ½ teaspoons
- Roasted cumin powder- ½ teaspoons
- Black salt- 2 pinches
- Crack open the shell of the bel fruit using a rolling pin.
- Scoop the pulp out and soak it in 1 cup of water for 20 minutes.
- Blend it using a hand blender or mixer.
- Strain the juice out. As the juice is strained, add ¾ cup of water.
- Mix in the jaggery till it melts.
- Mix in the cumin powder, cardamom powder and black salt to finish the sharbat.
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#2. Falsa Sharbat
Falsa or phalsa are small berries that are wonderful summer fruits. They are known to cool the body down during the summers. In addition to this, they are known to treat urinary tract disorders. Additionally, these berries are recommended for common issues like vomiting, nausea and stomach aches.
- Falsa- 1 kg
- 2 liters of water
- Sugar- 1 ¾ cup
- Black salt- 2 teaspoons
- Wash and grind the falsa berries with 1 liter of water.
- Strain the juice out.
- Mix in a ½ liter of water and strain again.
- Add black salt and sugar.
- Dilute with a ½ liter of water and serve with ice.
#3. Aam Panna
Summers are incomplete without the glorious Aam Panna which is one of the most beloved seasonal drinks. Rich in minerals like calcium, iron, and magnesium, raw mangoes are extremely useful in keeping your digestive health intact. Nutrients like Vitamin A and Vitamin C not only improve health but also give you added benefits like healthy, soft and supple skin.
- Raw mangoes- 2 medium sized
- Water- 2 cups
- Jaggery Powder- 1.5 cups
- Cardamom Powder- 1 teaspoon
- Roasted cumin powder- 1 teaspoon
- Black pepper powder- ¼ teaspoons
- Black salt- 2 teaspoons
- Rinse the mangoes and cook them in the pressure cooker for up to 2 whistles.
- Once the pressure is settled, take the mangoes out. They should be soft and mushy in texture and the peel will be out too.
- Strain the water out of the pressure cooker and store for later.
- Allow the mangoes to cool and then scrape out all the pulp and any peel on the fruit as well.
- Discard the peel.
- In a bowl, mix in the jaggery and the mango pulp. The ratio of mango pulp to jaggery should be 1:2.
- Mix in the cardamom powder, black salt, crushed black pepper, and roasted cumin powder and mix well.
- Use a hand blender to make a soft mixture.
- This is the aam panna concentrate that you can store in a jar in the fridge.
- To make the drink, mix 2 to 3 cups of the aam panna concentrate. You can use the water you strained from the pressure cooker for this as well.
- Serve with ice, garnished with some lemon wedges and mint leaves.
#4. Nimbu Pudina
One of the best sources of vitamin C, nimbu has several health benefits. During the scorching summers, it is great to keep you hydrated. Pudina, on the other hand, can help prevent stomach cramps and aids digestion.
- Pudina or mint leaves- 1 cup
- Lemon- 1
- Sugar- 4 tbsp
- Lemon slices- 4
- Mint leaves for garnishing
- Cumin powder- ½ teaspoons
- Black salt- ½ teaspoons
- Pluck the mint leaves from the stalk and rinse well.
- In a blender, blend the cumin powder, black salt, sugar, and juice from one lemon along with the mint leaves.
- Add a ½ cup of water and blend well.
- Strain the juice out, garnish with lemon slices and mint leaves and serve with ice.
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#5. Gulab Sharbat
Rose petals are known for their extreme cooling properties. This drink is also therapeutic, helping you overcome issues like stress and anxiety.
- Rose petals- 250g
- Sugar- 1 kg
- Lemon- 250g
- Beetroot- 1
- Basil leaves- 1 cup
- Mint leaves- 2 to 3 tablespoons
- Green coriander- ½ cup
- Green cardamom- 8 to 10
- Wash the rose petals well and let them dry. Crush them using a mortar and pestle.
- Peel the beetroot and chop it into small chunks.
- Chop the coriander.
- Heat some water on a flame and turn it off (do not boil). Then place the rose petals and cover the vessel. Keep it aside for 5-6 hours.
- Blend the green coriander, basil leaves, chopped beetroot and mint leaves to make a fine paste. Cook the paste on a medium flame for 2 minutes and let it cool down.
- Dissolve 3 cups of sugar in 1 cup of water over a medium flame. Once dissolved, turn the heat off and let it cool.
- Grind the remaining sugar along with cardamom powder to make a fine powder.
- Strain the water from the rose petals and the vegetable paste into one bowl.
- Mix in the sugar syrup and the green cardamom powder.
- Squeeze in some lemon juice.
- To make the gulab sharbat, mix 2-3 tablespoons of this concentrate in a glass of water and serve chilled.
#6. Khus Sharbat
Khus is one of the best sources of B6 vitamins, manganese, and irons. This helps improve blood circulation and also helps keep your blood pressure in control.
- Vetiver or khus grass- 60 to 70g
- Water- 1 liter
- Sugar- 600grams
- Cut the roots off the grass.
- Rinse the grass and roots to remove any grit.
- Chop the grass and soak it in water for 12 hours.
- Strain the water out and add sugar.
- Place this mixture on a low flame and stir till the sugar dissolves.
- Strain this sticky syrup into a jar.
- Cool it in the fridge.
- To make the sharbat, mix 1/3 of this concentrate in cold water and serve.
Also read: How to keep your baby HYDRATED In Summers
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