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Diet May 2018

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Cooling Summer Drinks

Cooling Summer Drinks
The fury of the sun god is upon us with its full vengeance. In this weather it becomes very important to stay well hydrated and cool the body to protect it from the ill effects of this hot weather.

In this issue I’m trying to rediscover our traditional cooling drinks. Each region has several local and traditional cooling beverages which they consume to keep themselves cool and hydrated. 

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PANAKAM
A traditional drink from our Southern region of the country, Panakam is believed to be a favorite of the gods and is also served as a special offering during the festival of Ram Navami. 

Ingredients:
50 g – Jaggery
3 -4 nos – crushed cardamoms
1 tsp. – dry ginger powder
½ tsp. – black pepper powder
Lemon juice – as per taste.
1 liter – water.

Method:
Add the jaggery to the water and let it dissolve. Once it completely dissolves add the rest of the ingredients. Mix well. It can also be refrigerated. 
Panakam is ready to serve!

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SOL KADHI:
This traditional drink from the coastal belt of the country has great digestive as well as cooling properties for the body.

Ingredients:
 5 – 6 nos – Kokum 
1 cup – coconut, grated.
2 cloves – Garlic.
1 – 2 nos – Green chillies
1 pinch – asafetida 
 Salt – as per taste
Corriander – chopped finely, for garnish.

Method:
In a cup of water, dissolve the kokum with the asafetida and salt. Let it soak for an hour or two. In a blender add the grated coconut, garlic and green chillies along with a couple of tablespoons of water. Blend till you get a thick paste. Remove the paste, squeeze the milk out of it and keep it aside. Repeat the process with the used paste once more. From the soaked kokum water, discard the kokum pieces and to this water add the coconut milk. Mix well and let it rest for about an hour minimum to let the flavors absorb completely. This drink can be refrigerated before consuming.
Sol kadhi is ready to serve!

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NAMKEEN SATTU SHERBET
This energizing and refreshing drink is a traditional go to beverage in the summer months in the Central parts of the country like Bihar, U.P., and Jharkhand. Sattu is roasted chana flour. Similar to the savoury drink the sweeter version with jaggery is made. You can pick your preference. 

Ingredients:
5 tablespoons – sattu.
½ tsp. – black salt.
½ tsp. – roasted cumin powder.
1/4th tsp. – black pepper powder.
1 tablespoon – chopped coriander and mint leaves.
1 small lemon juice.
750 ml – cold water.

Method:
In a container mix all the ingredients together and mix well so as to remove any lumps. Let it rest for 30 minutes for the flavors to mix completely. It can be refrigerated before serving!

Above are the examples of few of the many traditional drinks that are in use in our country. Every region has its specialty. The brilliant part is the use of local ingredients that not only provide respite from the sweltering heat but also give energy and better digestive ability to the body since summers usually bring loss of appetite along with them.

There are several more cooling beverages which can be used like aampanna, buttermilk, coconut water, gulkand sherbet, thandai, rose milk to name a few. 
So, drink up with these refreshing coolers this summer and stay hydrated!

We at My Powai are now taking our reader’s queries related to Diet & Nutrition, which Ms. Nisha Singh will reply to in our forthcoming issues.

You can send your questions at: dietnutrition.queries@gmail.com

(The writer is a gold medalist in Food & Nutrition with more than 12 years experience. She manages various ailments through lifestyle and dietary modifications and specializes in weight loss & management. She practices at   102, Crystal Center, Raheja Vihar, Powai or Smile Craft, 23, Annapurna Industrial estate, Opp. CCD, Ghatkopar East. For appointments: 022 2857 6537 Email: singhnisha@gmail.com)