Ice apples or tadgolas are available across coastal regions of India during summer. The fleshy and juicy fruit of the sugar palm tree is probably the only thing you need to eat on a hot sunny summer afternoon.
Mother Nature has its own ways of protecting us from harsh climatic conditions. It is a great way of beating the heat.
Tadgola is translucent and pale white in colour. The fruit is called tadgola in Marathi and Hindi.
The fruit acts like a natural coolant and helps in maintaining the body temperature during summers. The benefits of tadgola make it a perfect thirst quencher during the hottest months.
It is a great way of beating the heat The best way of eating it is by removing the white outer covering and putting the whole fruit into your mouth. This is one fruit that I totally love.
Believe me it is pure bliss!
Preparation time : 5 minutes
Cooking time : 5 minutes
Serves : 1
Ingredients to make Tadgola Cooler
Tadgola/Ice Apple peeled 2
Lime juice 2 tsp
Sugar syrup 2-3 tsp
Soda 150 ml
Mint springs 2
Salt a pinch
Chat masala to coat glass rim
Ice to top
Process to make tadgola cooler :
- Peel the tadgolas and blend them to make a puree.
- Add this to a cocktail shaker with lime juice, sugar syrup, mint leaves and top it with ice and soda.
- Shake well
- Dip the rim of glass in lime juice. Coat it with chat masala.
- serve chilled garnished with lime and mint leaf.
My Tip :
Consume it as soon as you make it. Don’t keep in the fridge
Flavoured Kokum Sharbat
Kokum is a fruit which is famous for its healthy and refreshing cool drink. Kokum juice is not only delicious but it also has several health benefits.
Kokum, is used mainly in Maharashtrian, Konkan and Gujarati cuisine. When added to food it imparts a pink to purple colour and sweet/sour taste. It is a preferred substitute for tamarind in curries and other dishes.
Kokum juice is preferred especially during hot summers. It is delicious and has a cooling effect on the body. It is very refreshing drink. It not only quenches your thirst, but also helps to prevents dehydration and sunstroke due to heat.
During summer Kokum Sharbat is served as a refreshing drink. You can either add sugar to it or salt depending on your taste.
Make this yummy drink to tickel your tastebuds.
To make Kokum Concentrate at home:
Ingredients required :
100 gm Kokum (I have used wet variety)
2 cups Water
100 gm Sugar
1 tsp Roasted Cumin Powder
1/2 tsp Pink salt
Regular Salt to taste
Soak the kokum in 2 cups of warm water for 1-2 hours.
Mash it nicely and strain the water. Keep it aside.
Add the leftover Kokum in a pan along with sugar, roasted cumin powder, & both salts.
Cook on low heat for 6-8 minutes until sugar melts.
Add previously made Kokum water in the pan and bring the mixture to a boil.
Cook for another 5 minutes. Kokum syrup should reach almost 1 string consistancy.
Remove the pan from heat and let the mixture cool completely.
Strain the mixture and store in a glass bottle in refrigerator for later use.
Ingredients to make Flavoured Kokum Sharbat
Prep Time : 10 mins
Chilling Time : 2 Hours
Serves : 2
Kokum Concentrate- 5-6 spoons ( less or more as per your taste)
1 green Chilli chopped for extra zing
Coriander-1 tbsp chopped
Ice cubes few
Red Chilli flakes 1/2 tsp
Mint leaves to garnish
Water- 2 glasses
Ginger- small piece (chopped)
Garlic cloves- 2 chopped
Kokum pieces to garnish
How to make Flavoured Kokum Sharbat
Pour water in a jar, add kokum concentrate. Now add chopped Garlic, Ginger and chopped green chilli. Place it in refrigerator for few hours to cool and let the spices get infused in kokum sharbat.
Take it out from the fridge and strain it. Now pour into glasses and add chopped fresh coriander leaves. Sprinkle some red chilli flakes. Add lots of ice cubes.
Garnish with mint leaves and enjoy your spicy kokum sharbat.
Thai style Mango Chilli Cold soup (no cook)
This Thai style Mango Chilli, no-cook soup is made with only few ingredients and takes only 5 minutes to make. Many of the ingredients will be available already in your pantry. A perfect stove-free, no-cook soup recipe for those who love their soups cold.
This no-cook soup is made with Mango & coconut milk, match made in heaven, takes only a few minutes to make.
Try this fantastically easy recipe for Chilled Mango Soup! This delightful soup turns out silky smooth and rich-tasting.
It makes a perfect dessert also for all age groups and this simple dessert becomes a very elegant dish. This summer, cool off by enjoying a bowl of Chilled Mango Soup!
Preparation time : 5 minutes
Cook time : 0 minutes
Serves : 1
Ingredients to make Thai Mango Chilli Cold Soup :
Alphanso Mangoes chopped 50 gms
Green Chillies 2 gms
Vanilla icecream 1 small pack
Coconut milk 40 ml
Ginger 2 gms
Salt to taste
Fresh Coriander, chilli flakes, coconut chunks/ flakes/scrape and red bellpepper chunks to garnish
Process : Mix all above mentioned ingredients in blender and blitz it. Adjust the consistency with water/milk
Serve this cold and garnish with fresh coriander leaves, chilli flakes and chunks of coconut & red bellpeppers.
Golden Milk/Haldi wala doodh
Turmeric is most well-known for its use in curry dishes, but it’s earning a name for itself as a potent medicinal food. While some people find it soothing, and perfect before bed, others enjoy it first thing in the morning and even drink it in place of coffee or tea.
If you haven’t tried golden milk yet, you’re missing out! When ever I make this, I remember my Graddmom. She used to make it the best. She always used to give us this regularly during winters. It’s a creamy hot milk drink that’s filled to the brim with nutrients. To sweeten, you can go any number of ways. I typically go for jaggery, honey or dates.
Preparation time : 10 minutes Cooking time : 5 minutes Serves : 1
For making golden milk :
water 1 glass
almond milk as required (method shared below)
Saffron/kesar 6 strands
Sunth/dry ginger powder 1/4 Tsp
Dates deeseed 6 chop
Honey 1 Tbsp
Haldi/Turmeric 1/2 Tsp or fresh Turmeric grated
To make Almond milk at home : 15 Almonds soaked overnight & peeled Add water and pulse it. Almond milk is ready.
Boil the 1 glass of water in a pan. Add almond milk to it. If you are using fresh Turmeric, add it by grating at this stage into milk. Let it simmer for 10 minutes and strain it and proceed further.
Once milk comes to rolling boil, add kesar strands. Next add deseeded and chopped dates into it.
Add dry ginger powder. Next mix in Turmeric powder. Mix well and let it simmer for 10 minutes. Pour into cup/glass. Serve warm.
Ragi Almond Cooler
Ragi is also known as Red Millet or Finger Millet. It has tremendous health benefits like – aids in weight loss, increases bone strength, controls diabetes, reduces cholesterol, treats anemia, aids digestion etc. Especially during fasting days, taking ragi drink in any form gives the body a cooling effect.
Calcuim-rich wonder grain, Finger millet /Ragi helps cool our body during summer. It’s tasty, filling and nourishing!
With minimum 3 ingredients its ready in a jiffy.
Ragi powder/flour 3 tbsp
Jaggery 4 tbsp or less according to ur taste
Roasted Almonds powder 3 tbsp
Coconut milk optional 2 tsp
Combine 3 tbsps ragi powder and 3 tbsps roasted almond pwd with half a cup of water. Make a thick paste.
Take 2 cups of water & 4 tbsps grated jaggery in a pan and allow the jaggery to melt.
Bring water to a boil. Reduce flame and slowly add the ragi badam mix stirring continuously till it thickens. Cook for 2-3 mts.
Turn off heat and cool. Serve at room temperature or chilled.
When chilled, it thickens.
To enhance the taste :
At the time of serving, add some coconut milk.