Summer is the hottest season of the year. From March to June, it is the hottest season due to scorching heat. During this time, the summer is spread throughout India with heat wave in the air. Hot winds and bright sun are something that everyone wants to escape from.
People try to chill and relax throughout the summer season. In this article, we will share with you top Indian beverages that will be refreshing for summers.
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This is a popular drink of India. In North India and Pakistan, it is known as Shikanji. Shikanji/Lemonade is made with Lemon Juice with a combination of ginger juice, ice and water. It also contains ingredients like roasted cumin powder, mint juice and black salt.
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This is a spicy Indian drink that is used as an appetiser or a drink. It is very famous drink of North India.
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The drink is prepared with yogurt. It is very popular throughout India. It can be flavoured with ginger, mint, curry leaves and cumin powder. Another variation of the drink is mint chaas.
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This is a very popular western drink. This creamy and tropical drink is great for Caribbean and Hawaiian parties.
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Cold Coffee is a great beverage for hot summers. This is a sweet, chocolatey and refreshing drink.
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The meaning of the word “thandai” is “thanda”, which means “cool”. It is a traditional drink that is prepared in North India and is very popular. It is prepared by mixing spices, dry-fruits and seeds.
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This is a very popular drink that is prepared with mango. The mango that is added should have smooth pulp rather than fibrous.
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This a popular beverage for summer. It is prepared with rose syrup, milk, falooda, sabja seeds, ice cream and dry fruits. Some other types of falooda include kulfi falooda, mango falooda, strawberry falooda and kesar pista falooda.
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This is a thick mango milk shake with ice cream on the top. Some other mango recipes include mango mousse, mango cheesecake, mango muffins, mango panna cota, mango kulfi and mango ice cream.
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Pomegranate juice is a very healthy juice. It is easy to prepare and is refreshing during summers.
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This smooth and creamy beverage is very popular in Gujarat and Maharashtra. It is similar to lassi but is creamier, thicker and sweeter.
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This is a very cooling drink. It is an excellent summer drink. The drink also helps in purification of blood and improves digestion.
One of the most important meal in a day is breakfast. Some people tend to skip the breakfast due to shortage of time. But one should never miss this meal. In India, the breakfast is different for different states because of varying cuisines. For eg. In South India, uttapam, dosa and idli are popular. While in North India, there are different varieties of parathas that are popular.
Some people want simple breakfasts like toasts and eggs(omelette/scrambled). If you are a vegetarian, you can make paneer bhurji, tofu or besan chilla that goes well with toast. Another popular breakfast is aloo poori. There can be different ways of making aloo sabzi.
In this blog post, we share with you some of the best breakfast recipes:-
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Upma is a south Indian dish that is prepared with rava. Rava is also known as sooji(cream of wheat). Upma is normally served with coconut chutney, lemon pickle and lime slices. It can also be served plain. Some different kinds of Upma include Tomato Upma, Oats Upma, Idli Upma, Poha Upma, Bread Upma.
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This is a very easy dosa recipe that is prepared with rice flour, semolina, flour and onions. It is a great option for breakfast. It is usually served with sambhar and coconut chutney. Besides rava dosa, some different types of dosas include Masala Dosa, Oats Dosa, Benne Dosa, Cheese Dosa, Neer Dosa, Sada Dosa.
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This is a traditional breakfast that is prepared in every South Indian home. It is a very healthy and delicious breakfast. It is usually served with coconut chutney and sambhar. Some popular kinds of idli include Kanchipuram Idli, Ragi Idli, Poha Idli, Oats Idli.
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This is a very popular breakfast of India. It is stuffed with spiced potato. Of all the paratha recipes, the best one is aloo paratha. It is best served with curd, pickle, butter or dal makhani. Some popular punjabi parathas include Paneer Paratha, Methi Thepla, Onion Paratha
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This is a very popular Maharashtrian breakfast. It is prepared with flattened rice or beaten rice. The dish can be prepared easily and is very healthy. Some different kinds of poha include Onion Poha, Indori Poha, Potato Onion Poha, Vegetable Poha
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This delicious North Indian recipe is prepared with crumbled paneer. The meaning of bhurji is scrambled. Some other types of bhurji recipes include palak paneer bhurji, matar paneer bhurji, mooli ki bhurji, tofu bhurji and paneer bhurji gravy. Some other paneer dishes include Paneer Tikka, Paneer Khurchan, Tawa Paneer Masala, Kadai Paneer, Paneer Do Pyaza, Paneer Butter Masala
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This Maharashtrian breakfast is very popular. The dish is prepared with sprouts and is topped with tomatoes, onions, farsan and lemon juice. It is served with pav. It is a very delicious and nutritious dish. The pav(buns) are prepared with wheat flour. Other popular Maharashtrian dishes include Thalipeeth, Vada Pav, Poori Bhaji, Sabudana Vada, Sabudana Khichdi.
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This is a popular flat bread that is prepared from gram flour, whole wheat flour and fenugreek leaves. It can be had anytime of the day. Some popular thepla variations include Mooli Thepla, Lauki Thepla
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This is a delicious dish that contains poori and potato curry. It is very popular throughout India. There are many variations available in different regions. In Maharashtra, it is known as Poori Bhaji. The South Indian version is known as poori masala. Some popular chole curries that you can eat poori with include Punjabi Chole Masala, Aloo Chole, Amritsari Chole, Sukhe Chole, Peshawari Chole, Spicy Chana Masala
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These are flaky kachoris that are prepared with stuffing of spiced moong lentil. Once prepared, these can be stored for days in the fridge. Kachoris are best consumed with tamarind chutney, red chili garlic chutney/green chutney. These can also be had with aloo rasedar and dubki wale aloo. Some of the delicious kachori recipes include Matar Kachori, Urad Dal Kachori, Bengali Style Matar Kachori.
The Hindu festival of Holi is also known as the “Festival of colors”. The festival of Holi is a very important event in India. This year Holi will begin on March 1 and ends on March 2.
The festival has its origins in Asia but it is now celebrated throughout the world.
Whats unique about this festival is the tradition of spraying water and coloured powders on other people.
You will find a lot of images of this festival on Instagram. There are many prominent foods of Holi, that everyone must try. In this article, we have shared some traditional foods of Holi.
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These are small dumplings that look like small Cornish pasties. They taste sweet and are prepared with Maida having stuffing of khoya, coconut and dry fruits.
- Dahi Vada
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The dahi vada is a snack that is deep fried. It can be served in thick yogurt and served with delicious herbs, flavours like chili powder.
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Pakoras are fried pieces of vegetables covered with batter. The pieces can be of spinach, potato, cheese, meat and vegetables.
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Barfi are delicious treats that are prepared with sugar, ground nuts, flour and condensed milk. They are cooked until they become solid, giving them sweet layer.
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Phirni is also known as kheer in many parts of India. It can serve as a dessert or main meal.
- Puran Poli
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Puran Poli originated in south of India. It is a sweet flat-bread. This is a traditional dish that is prepared with sugar and jaggery. Puran poli may also contain nutmeg and cardamom.
- Papri Chaat
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This popular fast food from North India is very common during Holi. It is a popular Holi food prepared with crispy dough wafers and served with boiled potatoes, chickpeas, yogurt and tamarind chutney.
- Chana Masala
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The dish is prepared with a variety of chickpea called chana. It is commonly found in North India and the West. A lot of spices are added to chickpeas including mango powder, pomegranate seeds etc.
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This is a favorite drink of Shiv Ji and very popular. Cannabis plants are crushed and combined with milk, spices, mango and refined butter. Bhaang is known for its liberating effects.
- Shakkar Paara
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This is a popular Holi dish. These are small, deep fried wheat flour pieces that are covered with sugar syrup to give it sweet taste.