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1. Bael– It is a North Indian fruit with great medicinal value. It’s rich in vitamin C, controls diabetes, boosts energy and has immense digestive benefits.

How to have it- You can dilute the pulp with some water, sugar & few drops of lemon juice to make a sherbet out of it. Or scrape just the pulp and mix it with jaggery to take away some of the sourness.

2. Jowar– It is one of the most cooling grains and is rich in iron, magnesium, copper, and vitamin B1. Also, this grain is free of gluten and rich in fibre.

How to have it- Make bhakri/ roti out of it. Like most millets, this one is also drying, so you must eat it with ghee.

3. Gulkand– Rich in live helpful bacteria, this rose petal jam is our traditional, therapeutic mixture for acidity, heartburn & bloating.

How to have it- Mix 1 tsp of gulkand in cold milk to have at bedtime. Or have a teaspoon of it after your meals.

4. Jeera– This humble spice has detox benefits, reduces body heat, cures itchiness and works wonders for those troubled with acne and pimples.

How to use it- Boil jeera seeds in water. Once it is cooled, take a bath with that water. You can also put jeera powder to your buttermilk or curd.

5. Cashew apple – The cashew apple, also called cashew fruit, is the fleshy fruit attached to the cashew nut. It has anti ageing, anti- carcinogenic properties and enhances fat utilization in the body.

How to have it- Enjoy the tangy and juicy fruit by biting into it like an apple, or by cutting it into slices.

6. Lemongrass– It is a great herb for the summers. It treats indigestion, keeps you hydrated, improves gut function and cools the body.

How to use it- You can make lemongrass tea by seeping the grass in water. Also, you can use lemongrass by soaking a mesh bag with a handful of leaves in your bathing water.

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RICE - To beat the heat

Wondering what to eat this season to beat the heat???

Go ahead reading about nature’s best answer to acidity, bloating, headache and more.

“RICE – Food to have this summer” : my inputs for today’s ASIAN AGE

Here’s why rice & traditional rice-based dishes are great for your summer diet-

1. Rice is a natural coolant, it reduces body heat

2. Many communities in the Eastern part of our country (Bengal, Assam and Orissa) have traditionally been cooling cooked rice in water and leaving it overnight. This fermented rice is then consumed in the morning. It is known to prevent heat strokes and stomach ulcer

3. Phodni cha bhaat, a typical Maharashtrian dish, made from left over rice and combinations like curd rice are rich in probiotic bacteria and Vit B12. Consuming these meals promote healthy diversity of gut flora, relieves you of constipation and will make you look thinner & flatter in your tummy

 Other Indian summer foods & drinks that will benefit you-

  1. Sugarcane Juice- A Summer Drink To Relish
  2. 10 Reasons to Eat Mangoes in Summer
  3. Enjoy local Tadgolas (Toddy palm) in Summer
  4. Are Sabja Seeds part of your Summer Diet?
  5. Cool and Healthy Indian Summer Drink- Variyali Sherbet
  6. The ancient and exotic Neera!
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