Summers are here in full swing. An intense heatwave is sweeping across Northern India. No matter how much we love going out, wearing a pretty summer dress, and having the most out of summer break, this hot weather is killing us. Isn’t it?
Off course, there are many things to love about summers but we can’t ignore the associated issues like digestive problems, sunburn, skin problems, dehydration, and many more summer-related diseases. If this wasn’t enough, sweat, dust, and the rising temperature exhaust you so much that in the end you only crave to eat something that cools you down and makes you feel refreshed.
If you’re also looking for some cool recipes to beat the scorching heat, you’re at the right place! Through this blog, we will share seven of the best dishes that you can easily make in the summer season to cool off.
Let’s get started!
It is a South Indian dish but in the hot months of the year, every North Indian swears by it. Extremely healthy and rich in protein, calcium, and minerals, Curd Rice should be at the top of your list when you want to eat something that can be prepared in no time, is light on the stomach, and can cool down your body. All you need is to mix cooked rice with curd, add healthy toppings like peanuts, pomegranate, onion, tomato, and cucumber with spices and you’re good to go.
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This yummy dish is ideal for the summer season. Lemon rice is the easiest cooking option and makes a great lunch or dinner. You just need to throw mustard seeds, curry leaves, and coriander seeds, in a pan and roast it till you get a nice fragrance. Add cooked rice and lemon, of course. Voila! Your South-Indian-style lemon rice will be ready within a few minutes. If you have leftover rice at home, this is probably the best way to turn it into a quick summer meal.
Mint leaves, lemon juice, and chilled water, can it get more summery than this? Lemonade is the perfect rescue from the unbearable heat. Just squeeze the fresh lime into the water, add mint leaves, ginger, and black salt to taste, and give it a good stir. Avoid using refined sugar instead add honey to sweeten the homemade refreshing lemonade. On sweltering summer days, this is the drink you’re going to love. Don’t forget to thank us later!
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Fruits and Vegetable Salad
While you focus on recipes for lunch and dinner, we don’t want you to miss out on one of the most important meals of the day- Snacking! And, when it comes to snacking refreshing seasonal fruits and vegetable salad tops the list. This salad makes an excellent summer treat to keep you full and cool naturally. Add refreshing mint, lemon juice, and a pinch of salt to devour this delicacy. For instant cool down, you can also drink Coconut water, Aam Panna, Jaljeera, or Chemical-free juices to stay cool.
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Watermelon is the official fruit of the summer season and fortunately, there are many possibilities for including this cool fruit as a part of the regular summer diet. Keeping aside the usual ways of eating watermelon, have you ever tried watermelon soup? This refreshing and hydrating soup is one of the best summer coolers that everyone in your house will surely love. For all the parents out there, this is the best way to sneak in crunchy and juicy watermelon in the summer diet to let your kids’ take the maximum benefits out of it.
Talking about summer season fruits, how can we forget adding the “King of Fruits- Mangoes”. From smoothies, shakes, mocktails, and curry, Mango is the summertime fruit that can’t be missed this season. A lip-smacking mango curry recipe is ideal for hot summers. Serve it with plain rice/ chapatti and a glass of homemade buttermilk. We bet it will leave you to ask for more! You can also add coconut to the recipe to give the whole dish a new summer taste that is worth devouring
Our list of best recipes to beat the heat is incomplete without the refreshing Raitas. Dehydration is the most common problem that occurs in the summers and to avoid that, drinking Raitas is the best thing you can probably do next to drinking plenty of water. This cool side dish enhances the experience of the entire meal to the next level. Be it pulao, biryani, parantha, sabzi, and even simple chapatis, Raita goes perfectly with all. Cucumber, Mint, Boondi, Palak, and Lauki Raita are some of the best raitas that are full of nutritional properties and keep your body cool in the summer month.
Standing in the kitchen in front of a heat stove in this hot and humid temperature is a big deal. You would want to make something that requires minimal effort and luckily you can with the above-mentioned amazingly healthy and lip-smacking recipes. When you’re in no mood to cook, order homestyle healthy meals from OMKITCHEN to sit back, relax, and eat lip-smacking organic meals available across Delhi/NCR.
I am Rashi, a creative content creator associated with OMJOOS, a brand of More Orgo Private Limited. I am a Graduate from Amity University with a Journalism and Mass Communication degree which gives me broader ways of approaching a topic. I am a strategic thinker who has expertise on writing about Food & cold-pressed juices. In my free time, you will find me either eating food or grocery shopping.