• Jinal Inamdar

7 Immunity Boosting Indian Regional Beverages For Summer

While a tall glass of peach iced tea sounds tempting at this point, we shouldn't forget that boosting immunity is literally the need of the hour and something that can be combined with stirring up some delicious summery-drinks.

Here are some regional Indian drinks made with seasonal fruits, veggies or herbs that are loaded with disease-fighting antioxidants. You can drink them to beat the heat and boost your immunity at the same time.

1. Mint Lassi

The drink, as the name suggests, packs in the goodness of mint and the joys of lassi. All you have to do is put curd in a container with some sugar/ salt, dried mint and mix it up. You can then add a few ice cubes and garnish with a pinch of ground cumin. Mint, which is rich in antioxidants, minerals and vitamin C, E, A, is the perfect immunity booster.

What You'll Need

  • 1 cup loosely packed mint leaves (plus sprigs for garnish)

  • 2 cups​ plain, unsweetened whole milk yogurt

  • 2 tablespoons sugar, honey or a tsp of salt if you want salted lassi

2. Kokum Fig Sherbet

Take kokum, fig, cumin seed powder and black salt in a jar. Now, blend it all. You can add a few tablespoons of this into a tall glass with chilled water.

What You'll Need

  • Dry kokum

  • Fig

  • Water

  • Sugar

  • Roasted cumin powder

  • Black salt

  • Salt to taste

3. Papaya Juice With Halim Seeds

This drink will bless you with a healthy gut. It comes with a good dose of vitamin C and can be prepared in not more than five minutes. All you need to do is blend peeled papaya. Mix with soaked garden cress seeds (halim seeds) and serve fresh.

What You'll Need

  • Ripe papaya

  • Halim seeds

4. Sandalwood Iced Tea

Sandalwood, we know, is a naturally cooling ingredient with anti-microbial properties. Sandalwood Iced Tea is a perfect way to combat the summer heat given its refreshing flavours. Include cinnamon and lemon to make it extra delicious

What You'll Need

  • 1 liter hot water

  • 3-4 tea bags

  • lemon juice

  • sandalwood syrup

  • sugar to taste

  • ice cubes

5. Bela Pana

Wood apple or bael (bela in Odia) is a fruit grown all over India. High in fibre and rich in Vitamin C, it is said to aid digestion. Bela Pana is an ideal summer day drink and will keep your stomach cool. Bonus - it also acts as an antidote to sunstroke.

What You'll Need

  • 1 Bel fruit

  • 1/4 tsp Rock salt

  • 1 Tablespoon milk powder

  • 1 Tablespoon honey

  • 2 Tablespoons liquid jaggery

  • Water as required

6. Nannari Slush

Sarasaparilla is a cooling herb widely popular in Ayurveda. Also known as nannari or anantamul, the roots of this herb are used to make syrup, mixed with lime and ice for a zesty drink.

What You'll Need

  • 1 cup Nannari Roots

  • 2 cups Sugar

  • 4 cups cold water

  • 3 tbsp Lemon Juice

7. Aam Panna

Already feeling the taste? Tangy and bursting with flavour, this is surely undeniable every summer season. Yes, it keeps you cool and boosts your immunity as well. All you need is raw mango, cumin seed powder, black salt and jaggery. Add chilled water, mix, and serve immediately.

What You'll Need

  • 1 raw mango

  • 2 cup water

  • 3 tbsp mint / pudina

  • ¼ cup sugar

  • ½ tsp cardamom powder

  • ½ tsp cumin powder

  • ½ tsp pepper powder

  • ¾ tsp salt

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