Summer is here and homemakers are looking for summer recipes to keep
themselves and the families cool. With summer come the seasonal
vegetables and fruits.
Summer recipes include not only the summer drinks but also many tempting snacks and other dishes that help in cooling the body and keep the hunger pangs away.
The homemaker or the person who cooks does not feel like spending a lot of time in the kitchen in front of the stove in the hot weather.
We feel tired for no reason. Even just sitting around the home in summer is difficult. You do not feel like going out except in the evenings.
Though many vegetables and fruits are available the whole year, summer season gives a special taste to them. The body cooling ingredients can reduce the effects of the hot summer.
Tender coconut water / juice is one thing that gives you instant satisfaction and nutrition in a hot summer afternoon or anytime during the day.
Below is the list of few body cooling foods ingredients. So use them more in your recipes for summer.
The vegetables with higher water content should be used more.
The body cooling vegetables are Broccoli, Cabbage Carrot, Cauliflower, Celery, Cucumber, Okra, Potato, Sprouts.
Leafy vegetables - Lettuce,Spinach.
Fruits - apple, banana, coconut, dates, figs, grape, melons, pears, pomegranate.
The body cooling grains to consume in summer are barley, wheat, rice.
The cooling spices are coriander seeds, saffron.
Among legumes, green beans - Moong/mung, chana(garbanzo), rajma(kidney beans) .
About Lassi Recipes :-Cool Indian Yogurt Smoothie Recipes.
Salty Lassi - Cool Low fat drink Recipe.
Festival sweet - Curd/ Yogurt based dessert recipe, flavored with saffron and cardamom.
Badam Kheer - Almond Kheer
Kheer - Diwali - Deepavali recipe
KhusKhus kheer - Ghasghase Payasa - Poppy seeds Kheer - South Indian Recipe
Curd Rice - Cool Curd rice
Ambe dal or kairichi dal is a Maharashtrian summer recipe, made with green mango and chana dal.
Made with kabuli chana - garbanzo beans, prepared on festivals such as Ganesh chaturthi and distributed to the devotees as prasad, also served as a healthy snack.
Besan kadhi is made with gram flour and buttermilk or yogurt.
Serve as hot beverage or with plain rice or dal khichadi.