4 Healthy Summer Drinks

Spicy Kokum Drink



  • Wash the kokum peels, put the black pepper, sugar substitute and ½ cup of water and mash lightly with your fingers
  • Add 3½-4 cups of water and salt and refrigerate for 2 to 3 hours.
  • Strain and serve the drink into 4 individual glasses and garnish with coriander.

Kokum Benefits

  • It has anti-inflammatory properties and is used for the treatment of sores.
  • It has anti-fungal and antioxidant properties.
  • Kokum stimulates appetite and improves digestion.
  • It has anti-aging properties.
  • It reduces body heat and makes you feel fresh.

 Sattu Drink


  • 2 Cup chilled water
  • 5 Tblsp sattu roasted gram flour
  • 1 Medium size lemon
  • 1.5 Tsp black salt
  • 1 Tsp finely chopped chili (optional)
  • 1/2 Tsp chat masala (optional)
  • 2 Tblsp finely chopped mint leaves
  • 1 Tsp roasted cumin seed powder


  • Mix all ingredients together in a vessel. Adjust salt and lemon as per your taste.
  • If you want a bit of spicy then add chopped chilies otherwise eliminate it completely
  • Pour in glasses, add ice cubes, garnish with lemon wedges and mint leaves. Serve chilled.


  • Sattu sharbat is a great drink to quench your thirst during the summers. Made by the dry-roasting process that seals in all the nutrients, sattu is rich in protein, fibre, calcium, iron, manganese and magnesium.
  • The high amount of insoluble fibre in sattu is great for the intestines. It cleanses your colon, detoxifies it of greasy food, rejigs your digestion and nixes flatulence, constipation and acidity. As a result, you feel less bloated.
  • Sattu is an excellent energy drink as it gets easily digested by our body. Consuming sattu drink on a regular basis will keep you physically healthy and mentally alert. It is also a good post workout drink and will replenish your body with all the required nutrients.
  • Because of its high fibre content, sattu if taken regularly may help relieve constipation. It is easy to digest. Its insoluble fibre content helps keep our intestines happy. It also helps flush out oil that we consume daily.
  • Sattu has a low glycemic index, which means that it releases its natural sugar slowly, thereby making it safe for diabetics. High BP patients can consume sattu along with water and a pinch of salt. It helps maintain the blood pressure levels.
  • Consuming sattu sharbat on an empty stomach increases appetite. This happens due to the presence of potassium and magnesium in it.
  • Sattu reduces bloating, increases metabolism and helps your body burn calories effectively.



  • 3 tablespoons of finger millet/red millet powder
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 teaspoon of cumin powder
  • 1 big garlic clove
  • Salt to taste
  • 3/4 cup of buttermilk/curds

Preparation Method

  • Heat a cup of water. Bring it to boil.
  • Add cumin powder, salt, finely sliced/chopped garlic to it. 
  • Once it comes to a boil, let it simmer for a minute so that the cumin & garlic flavour gets infused into the water.
  • Meanwhile, dissolve 3 tablespoons of finger millet powder in another cup of water, such that there are no clumps.
  • Add dissolved finger millet into the boiling water & mix well.
  • Stir the mixture at frequent intervals so that it doesn’t stick to the bottom of the vessel as it continues to cook.
  • Bring it to a boil, then simmer it for 3-4 minutes so that rawness of finger millet powder goes off & it cooks through. You know it by tasting. The raw taste of finger millet powder should be gone.
  • The mixture will thicken as it cooks. Keep stirring occasionally. 
  • Add curds/buttermilk & give it a good mix. (Dilute it further if you wish to. Add another 1/2 - 3/4 cup of water & boil it for a minute.)
  • Remove it from heat & serve hot, once it cools down or serve it chilled. 

Benefits of Ambali

  • It has the highest amount of calcium and potassium.
  • It has higher dietary fiber, minerals, and sulfur containing amino acids compared to white rice, the current major staple in India.
  • It is rich in iron and calcium
  • It is considered to be a natural energy drink that helps keep the body energized and satiated throughout the day.
  • It increases lactation & is very good for pregnant women with gestational diabetes.
  • It cuts down cholesterol levels.
  • It is considered as a remedy for acidity & is known to treat anaemia.

Amlaki Panaka


  • Amla (indian gooseberries)-20 ml juice
  • Lemon juice-1/2 tsp
  • Raw Bilva (Bael) fruit juice- 150ml
  • Ginger (crushed to juice)15 gms-(adrak)
  • Rock Salt-1/2 tsp
  • Blackpepper-2tsp
  • Munaka honey-1 tsp


  • Extract juice of all of the above fruits and root and add water to make upto 200 ml of water.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Serve chilled.


  • Rich source of calcium, potassium, Vitamin C, B Complex vitamins and antioxidants so it is a great immune booster.
  • Good for vitamin c deficiency, osteoarthritis, atherosclerosis, anaemia, burning micturition, peptic ulcer, Urinary tract infection.
  • If you are suffering from a sore throat, manuka honey may help provide some relief. Its antiviral and antibacterial properties can reduce inflammation and attack the bacteria that cause pain. 

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