Summer is here, its scorching all of us and it will stay for two long months!
Every year people await and dread Summer in India, because Indian summer is no ordinary summer: it packs a deadly heat and ensures half of us remain shut in our cool homes. Of course it isn't as destructive as it appears. Summer is also the time for vacations, travelling, beaches, late night drives, sunkissed-selfies, meeting your friends in ice-cream parlours or well, it could be none of those. Either way, one constant is Food. Whether you're holed up in your home or hangout with your relatives or planning something new - the common necessity is food and eating and cooking.
Which is why the following consists of some of the best and easiest recipes to have in Summer.
1. Sol Kadi (Konkani Kokum Drink)
Sol Kadi is made from Kokum or Aamsol and coconut milk. It cools down the digestive system after eating spicy food. It is a natural digestive, and supposed to be an excellent antidote for acidity.
2. Papaya and Soybean Salad
This colorful combination of papaya and edamame is cool and refreshing, yet hearty and filling — perfect for Indian Summer.
3. Mango Ginger Lassi
Summer = Mango. This Mango Ginger Lassi is refreshing, cool, and so delicious! It even has fresh ginger root added which gives this lassi a little spice!
4. Spicy Watermelon Soup
A fruit soup! What is more summery than a crisp, chilled watermelon? This is a fairly easy recipe and tastes as unbelievable as it sounds.
5. Drunken Salmon Cucumber Rolls
Easy to make, this refreshing treat is guaranteed to be a big hit in any party. Smoked salmon, sour cream and cucumber slices are spiked with gin to give it a heady twist.
6. Jamun Mint Popsicles
Use the tarty summer fruit to create pretty purple-hued popsicles to impress your friends. Ridiculously easy to make, you can sprinkle some black salt or chaat masalatoo for a desi twist.
7. Dahi Boondi
Since ages, this dish has been a classic dish of the Punjabi cuisine. In this dish, the savory or spicy boondi (puffed chickpea balls) are added with cold curd. The smooth texture and the crispy balls make this raita perfect and hence, this dish is eaten like a side dish and popular across the country.
8. Onion Salsa With Lime
Onion is a tasty coolant and Onion Salsa with lime is coming throughout the rest of Spring and beginning of Summer. You would want to attempt Onion Salsa or carmelized onions for your veggie pies.
9. Ice Cream
Obvious choice in Summer is Ice Cream but what about making it in your house? With cocoa powder or frozen fruits/berries of your choice, some whipped cream, and sweet condensed milk in one bowl - your ice cream is ready.
10. Orange Quinoa Sevaiyan
The quintessential Indian dessert, Sevaiyan comes with a delicious twist of orange and quinoa. Served with nuts and jaggery nougat. Not as hard as the name sounds.
Well there it is, the perefect menu for an evening get-together or ideal snacks and desserts for a whole week long - you choose! Your choice in food lets you beat the heat this summer, so choose wisely.