Summer!! Ooooph….the terrible heat to bear and thirst to quench, then what will you immediately look for?? Yes, a chilling, cool, luscious drink or beverage that refreshes and rejuvenates you back to life.
Indian drink or Indian beverage is a popular part of the Indian cuisine and has an array of drinks that are both unique and refreshing. According to Indian ethnic culture, drinking Alcohol was considered bad hence there were only few local alcoholic traditional drinks prepared with locally available ingredients.
Indian beverages often referred as Sherbets which are non-alcoholic and actually are prepared to beat the heat of the sultry Indian summer like:
Popular Indian Sherbets/ Juices include: Nimbu Paani, Tender coconut water, Aam Panna, Mosambi Sherbet (Sweet lime juice), Black Grape Sherbet, Jal Jeera, Chhanch (Buttermilk), Adrak Lassi (Ginger buttermilk), Kokum Sherbet etc.
Nimbu Paani and Tender coconut water are two most Indian summer drinks that are most demanded for, economical and easily available. The first is Lemonade with an Indian twist spiced and blended with natural ingredients that packs a real flavor kick! It is commonly known as Nimbu ka Sharbat in India while the second is the most natural form of drink that is fresh, easily available in summer, naturally sweet without adding any sweeteners, artificial flavours or colours.
It is the best healthiest drink to quench thirst and beat the summer heat. There are other types of Indian drinks like the Punjabi Lassi, Milkshakes, Falooda, etc. Milkshakes is a delicious, lip smacking and healthy refreshing drink can also be better opted for than the sugar laden soda pop or the aerated soft drinks. High in nutrition and calcium, a good drink for the kids and health conscious people too.
The variety of Milkshakes includes: Apple milkshake, Banana milkshake, carrot milkshake, chocolate milkshake, orange milkshake, pineapple milkshake, strawberry banana milkshake and the popular Indian beverage called the Badam Milk or Almond milk, a soothing energy giving drink and rich in vitamin E and nutritious too.
Other Popular Indian drinks: Tea and filter coffee are essential Indian beverages that are taken in almost all homes in India especially during the winter as they provide warmth to the body. Tea is also known as Chai, the most common form of drink in India, especially in North India.
As the winters are in extreme conditions in Northern parts of India, Tea is available anywhere one goes. Tea can be prepared in many ways using spices called the Masala Chai, Elaichi Chai (green cardamom tea) or Ginger tea. Coffee is a popular drink commonly consumed in the Southern States of India, especially the filter coffee.
Few of the ethnic alcohol drinks in India includes: the Goan Fenny, Wine which are prepared in most of the houses in Goa and is served especially during festive season and occasions. Bhaang or Thandai is prepared during the Holi festival. Toddy is considered to be a poor man’s Indian local drink.
Some of my most favourite and delectable Indian drinks recipes are:
Mango Shake Mango shake is a luscious and refreshing beverage which is made with sweet ripe mangoes blended with little sugar and milk. Mango milkshake is one of most sought after healthy drink during summers in India. In fact, mango milkshake and banana milk shake are two very popular drinks in north India where coconut water is not so easily available as in south India.
Udagi Pachadi This pachadi kind of a drink with all flavours explains the essense of our beautiful life Ugadi pachadi is a special traditional dish reflecting all the six flavors (shadhruchulu) of the ingredients. The six flavors are the neem buds or flowers (for bitterness), Jaggery (sweetness), Raw mango (vagaru), Tamarind juice (sourness), Chillies (hotness) and Salt.
Udagi Pachadi 2 This is another variation of Ugadi Pachadi. Ugadi pachadi is a special traditional dish reflecting all the six flavours (shadhruchulu) of the ingredients. The six flavours are the neem buds or flowers (for bitterness), Jaggery (sweetness), Raw mango (vagaru), Tamarind juice (sourness), Chillies (hotness) and Salt.
Love Potion This is a fantastic drink made with freshly squeezed juice of watermelon rind and honey.
Cold Coffee Shake Cold coffee is an amazing beverage made of Instant coffee mixed with ice cubes and milk in a blender. This makes a smooth pouring consistency coffee. Sometimes the cold coffee is often called as iced coffee. Cold coffee is a cold variant of coffee. Coffee decoction blended with vanilla ice cream, milk and served with melted chocolate is an luscious variant of cold coffee.
Badam Milk – Almond Shake Badam Milk or Almond shake is a soothing and wholesome drink made with Badam (Almonds) and milk, an excellent nourishing and healthy drink for kids. Badam milk is delicately flavored with nuts, cardamom, rose essence chilled and served with a nutritious punch.
Hyderabadi Sweet Lassi Yoghurt whisked with adding water and few spices makes a good lassi. Hyderabadi sweet lassi is special lassi adding flavouring of Roohafza. Hyderabadi sweet lassi is a special drink from the streets of Hyderabad. It’s very popular drink had mostly during ramzan season and summers. It’s a special lassi adding flavouring of Roohafza. Rooh Afza is a concentrated drink. Roohafza is a rose flavoured drink that contains extracts from different plants and fruits. It has a complex flavour.
Mango Lassi Mango lassi is a refreshing cold Indian beverage consisting of yogurt flavoured with sweetened kesar mango pulp. This drink is a cross between a smoothie and a milk shake and is smooth, creamy, and absolutely heavenly! Essentially a smoothie made with mango and yogurt. I always order one when out to eat at an Indian restaurant. They’re really quite easy to make.
Sol Kadhi Sol Kadhi is a well popular traditional kokam in coconut milk dish from the western coastal region of India. It is a common dish prepared across Maharashtra, Konkan, and Goa regions. It is made with coconut milk, spiced with some green chillies, sweet and tanginess from kokum and flavored with fresh cilantro. Looks very attractive in a very pleasant pink coloured drink that is served as an appetizer and is very good for digestion!
Spinach Iron Juice A fresh and nutritious juice made combining lettuce, carrot, spinach and cucumber.
Summer Paradise Summer paradise it’s a good combination of fruits, cleanse your stomach and keeps body temperature cool in summer.
Raw Mango Juicing for Anaemic Raw mango is a mango that hasnt yet ripened and attained its orange/deep yellow color, this is known as 'Kairee' in Hindi and Urdu.
Kerala Ayurvedic Water Kerala Ayurvedic Water is a hot drinking water, slightly pinkish in colour, used by many people in the state of Kerala, India which is served in many restaurants and homes just before eating. It is made with a hard part of the wood of a multipurpose tree that is widely used for various medicinal purposes.
Mango Fool Mango fool or Mango cream is a perfect summer dessert. It’s very quick, delicious and easy to make. This creamy mango fool is made with the combination of crushed pureed mangoes and heavy cream. The name of this dessert comes from the French word foule which means pureed or crushed.
These are some of my favourite Indian drinks recipes that I love to prepare for my family and friends.
Do try these flavoursome, colourful and luscious Indian beverages that are bliss to the palate.
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