Beat The Heat This Summer With These Desi Coolers

Himakshi Panwar

Aam Panna

This tangy-sweet cooler is made of boiled raw mangoes. Extract the pulp and blend with water and spices, such as black salt, cumin powder, and mint leaves. 

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Masala Chaas (Spiced Buttermilk)

Make this traditional drink by blending yoghurt with water, salt, roasted cumin powder, chopped green chillies, ginger, and coriander leaves.

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Jaljeera

Jaljeera is a tangy and spicy cooler made from tamarind, mint, rock salt and other spices. Strain the mixture, add water, and serve chilled.

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Lemon Shikanji

Lemon Shikanji is a classic Indian lemonade with a twist. Mix lemon juice with water, sugar, black salt and a pinch of black pepper. 

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Khus Sharbat

This fragrant and cooling drink is made from vetiver (khus) syrup. Mix khus syrup with chilled water and a few drops of lemon juice. 

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Rose Milk

A sweet and aromatic drink made from rose syrup and milk. Stir well, and serve with ice cubes for a refreshing treat.

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Thandai

A milk-based cooler typically enjoyed during Holi. Mix milk with soaked almonds, fennel seeds, poppy seeds and rose petals. Sweeten to taste and serve chilled.

Falsa Sharbat

A tangy and sweet cooler made from falsa (Indian blackberries). Blend falsa with water, strain to remove seeds, and add sugar and black salt.

Bel Sharbat

Considered a superfood, bel sherbet or woodapple is great for treating all types of summer woes. It is also extremely easy to make. Simply mix the pulp of the fruit with water, ice, and sugar to taste.

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