The demand for cold drinks increases manifolds in the peak summer season. We are available with plenty of options in the form of desi drinks and cold drinks by the brands, that promise to quench our thirst and energize us. The issue is that most of such options that mainly include the carbonated drinks are dangerous for health. Briefly, as a consumer, we always face a trade-off between beating the heat and compromising our stomach’s health in the long run.
Health conscious consumers who want to stay safe from excessive sugar and artificial flavors must consider using energy-rich desi drinks, which are easy to make, impart cooling effect and fulfill the nutritional requirements of the body.
5 Easy to Make Desi Drinks
A favorable attribute of Desi drinks is that they are not only easy to make but also delicious and often prove an alternate of shakes that can increase the weight.
Let’s have a look at few of the recipes that can give you a respite from the heat.
Needless to mention why this all-time favorite Punjabi drink has managed to occupy the top slot in this list. Lassi is a nutrition-packed drink to beat the summer heat. It is made by churning up the mixture of yogurt and milk. You can add black pepper, salt, and even sugar according to their taste. Nutritional value of Lassi increases manifolds when served with almonds.
2. Sattu Sherbat
People from the Indian and Pakistani origin are very well familiar with Sattu Sherbat. This drink contains sattu (A ground form of roasted wheat or chickpeas). The process of making this drink is much easy. One just needs to take chilled water, add sattu and sugar to it and then stir the mixture. You can control the quantity of sattu and sugar according to your preferences or use a pinch of black salt to add variations to taste. Sattu Sherbat not only offers cooling effect to the body but it also acts as the great source of protein energy.
3. Lemon Shakanjbeen
Lemon Shakanjbeen is one of the most popular desi drinks famous in sub-continent. It is not merely a cure of summer heat but also a temporary remedy for dizziness and blood pressure related issues. Just like other above-mentioned recipes, Lemon Shakanjbeen is so easy to prepare. One just needs to add lemon juice, 2-3 tablespoons of sugar and 1/4 tablespoon of salt in a glass of chilled water and mix the contents thoroughly.
Lemon Shakanjbeen is also a perfect early morning drink.
4. Almond Milk
Almond Milk is commonly known as Sardai or Thandai. This drink is not a simple mixture of milk and almonds but also contains the ingredients like poppy seeds. Making almond milk might take longer as it requires separately soaking the almonds and poppy seeds in water overnight. But, the process of making this drink is quite easy. Just make a thick paste of almonds with water by blending them. Now pour the liquid through a fine cloth, and put the mixture in the water again, but this time with poppy seeds. Now, thoroughly blend the mixture and drain it back through a fine cloth. Finally, stir the drink after adding cardamom powder and sugar to it. Now, serve the drink with pistachio dressing.
You can also choose almond milk as a healthy breakfast recipe.
5. Tamarind Juice
Tamarind Juice is another healthy desi drink that not only cools you down but also maintains the health of your digestive tract. An easy way of making this drink is to soak the tamarind fruit overnight. Then, remove the seeds and add the fruit in the water along with 2-3 tablespoons of sugar per glass and stir it thoroughly. You can also add dried plums without seeds.