The summer months गर्मी के महीने (garmi ke maheene) in India are both good and not-so-good. They are good because they bring with them the season of the luscious mango आम (aam). However, once the mango आम season मौसम (mausam) or आम का मौसम (aam ka mausam) ebbs, the sun gets hotter and the hot summer wind लू (loo) gets unbearable.
People resort to a variety of means for relief from the sweltering तपती (tapati)
temperatures तापमान (taapmaan) … noisy ceiling fans पंखे (punkhay) whirr at top speed in homes with electricity बिजली (bijli); those more affording enjoy the cool comfort of equally noisy air-conditioners (also referred to as aircon or a/c).
In banks, restaurants, and public places, people jostle and try to grab a spot near a large oscillating fan angled on a corner wall. Roadside juice stalls and shops see a surge in sales of cool-aids like chilled fruit juice and soda (also known as “cold drink”).
However, some of my favorite summer cool-offs include tall glassfuls of chilled mango panna आम पन्ना (aam panna); कोकम शर्बत (kokum sharbat)–a concoction made from the Garcinia Indica fruit; or spicy churned buttermilk मसाला छास (masala chhaas).
These delicious summer beverages are not only great alternatives to artificially-flavored drinks or soda, but also easy to make and healthy for your body.
1. आम पन्ना (aam panna)
Made from raw green mangoes कच्चे आम (kacche aam). In Mumbai you will hear the term कैरी (kairi) used for raw mangoes, hence the drink is often called कैरी पन्ना there.
2. कोकम शर्बत (kokum sharbat)
Made from the Garcinia Indica fruit.
3. मसाला छास (masala chhaas)
Made from yogurt, it also serves as a digestive aid after a meal.
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