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What can you think of in the hot and sticky summers? Sitting in the air- conditioned room and drinking something that makes you cool from inside. Isn’t it? You must have tried different summer drinks like Lime Soda, Virgin Mogito, Gulab Sharbat, Strawberry Shakes and many more. But I am sure there is something innovative that you haven’t tried yet. So guys ditch your everyday monotonous drinks and try the innovative coolers with fruits like phalsa, watermelon and basil. You can enjoy them at pool parties or beach visits. Also try these recipes when some special guests are visiting you. They will surely get impressed by these innovative ideas.
Here I will show you the ingredients and the method of making these perfect luscious drinks:
1. Phalse Ka Shorba
This refreshes you from inside as it has a cooling effect on the body internally. It’s delicious as well. Try it out at home with these ingredients in hand.
You need:
Phalsa (Grewia Asiatica) 500 gm
Salt 1 tsp
Turmeric powder 1 tsp
Mustard oil 2½ tbsp
Cumin seeds 1½ tsp
Ginger powder 1½ tsp
Water As required
Olive oil 2 drops
Red chili half
Asafoetida 1 tsp
Crushed black pepper 1 tsp
Sugar 1½ tbsp
Thyme leaves As required
Basil leaves As required
Celery leaves As required
Boiled phalsa For garnish
Black pepper For garnish
How to make:
Take 500gm Grewia Asiatica and wash it properly in water. Then add it in a pot and sprinkle salt and stir.To prepare stock, add turmeric powder, mustard oil, cumin seeds, ginger powder and mix it well. Let the berries soften in the pot and add water as required. Keep mixing on high flame and let it cook for 8-10 minutes. Take a big bowl and put a strainer on it.Now add the berries from the pan and drain out the water and mash the berries. Now add the berry pulp to the drained-out juice and crush it again in the bowl. Strain it again and mash a little more.In another hot pot, add olive oil, red chillies, cumin seeds, asafoetida, crushed black pepper and roast it well. Then add drained out berries puree, ginger powder, water as required, sugar, some thyme, basil and celery leaves and stir and cook it well.
2. Watermelon Basil Cooler
Water melon has a quality that very less fruits have. It contains so much water that nourishes the body and keeps you cool from inside. Basil leaves are also very beneficial when consumed in summers. Prepare it at home and enjoy with family.
You need:
Watermelon chunks 4 cups
Small basil leaves 2-3
Club soda 2 cups
Lemon juice 3 tbsp
Handful of crushed ice
How to make:
Place the watermelon chunks, lemon juice and basil leaves in a food processor and purée until smooth.Pour it into a mason jar jug. Add the club soda and mix well. Add crushed ice. Garnish with a large basil leaf and a slice of lime.
3. Summer Lime Caprese
This sounds unique from its name indeed. The lime is obviously great for summers that always add a flavor to every dish. This is not actually a drink but equally cool to that. It’s a salad that keeps you cool and pleases your taste buds. Here’s how you need to make it.
You need:
Cherry tomatoes halved 200g
Bocconcini, cut into small pieces 100g
Fresh basil 30g
Extra virgin olive oil 3-4 tsp
Arqa Summer Lime Dressing 8-10 gm
Sea salt to taste
Toothpicks/satay sticks
How to make:
Combine extra virgin olive oil with arqa summer lime dressing to make a smooth emulsion. Thread half a cherry tomato, a small piece of basil leaf, and a mozzarella ball onto the toothpicks until all ingredients are used. Drizzle the dressing generously on the sticks leaving the end clean. Sprinkle sea salt to taste. Serve immediately or refrigerate for an hour before serving.
4. Hare Pyaaz Ka Khaas Sharbat
Here’s a desi style Sharbat that you can never ever think of. Green onion shake! You would have never heard about it. but yes, this is what it is. The term ‘khaas’ is adding to its uniqueness. Let’s see how it can be prepared.
You need:
Chopped green onion 2-3 cup
Crushed ice cubes 8 cubes
Jaggery 2 tbsp
Vanilla sugar 3-4 tbsp
Vanilla extract 1½ -2 tbsp
Black salt to taste
Tamarind puree 1 tbsp
Peeled oranges 2
Amaranth leaves 5-6
Fresh bread slices 1-2
Chopped rhubarb 1 ½ tbsp
Orange slices 4-5
Finely chopped lemon 1-2 slices
Vanilla sugar ½ tsp
How to make:
In a blender jar, add chopped spring onion, crushed ice cubes and blend it well. In a bowl add jaggery, vanilla sugar, vanilla extract, black salt and tamarind puree. Add segments of peeled oranges and squeeze out the remaining orange pulp, amaranth leaves, bread slices and mix it well.Then in a blender jar, add finely chopped rhubarb and pour mixture in blender from the bowl. Now blend it well and prepare a smooth paste.
These unique and refreshing recipes to beat the heat must be tried at home. So, enjoy them at different occasions and do comment which one you liked the most.
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