Summer days are here! It’s time to have some fun in the sun. Playing in the sun also means that you are going to sweat a lot. The human body loses fluids while sweating. That is why one feels so thirsty. And to quench your thirst, India has many traditional summer drinks to offer. Even though the markets are flooded with soft drinks and sherbets, nothing beats the heat like these top desi drinks that are not only refreshing and tasty but also nutritious.
Coconut vendors in Madiwala locality of Bangalore celebrated India’s World Cup victory by distributing coconut water to passers-by for free! The sweet tasting, clear liquid found inside a coconut is a good choice when you are exhausted because it hydrates your body by replacing lost minerals and salts. It is essentially fat free and contains natural salts, sugars and vitamins including potassium, magnesium and calcium. It has multiple health benefits — it cleanses the digestive tract, cures malnourishment, boosts the immune system and kills intestinal worms. It can be used as an intravenous solution as it mixes easily with blood and its electrolyte profile is somewhat similar to that of human blood plasma. During World War II, doctors would directly inject coconut water into the veins of patients who suffered severe loss of blood. It is not surprising then that coconut water is called ‘the fluid of life’!
The soothing green Kairi panna is also known as aam panna and mango panna. This drink is believed to have originated in the western region of Maharashtra. Aam panna is prepared with raw mangoes and seasoned with black salt, jeera (cumin seeds), sugar and mint leaves. People love this drink for its sweet and tangy taste. Kairee panna is a good source of vitamin C, B1 and B2. It helps to prevent heat stroke and indigestion. Kairee panna flavoured with Wasabi (Japanese horseradish known for its strong spicy flavour) is a popular item on menu in some hotels in India.