The temperatures in many states in India are soaring even higher than 40 degrees! Everyone can benefit from hydrating and refreshing drinks during this time.
But Indians have no dearth of options — from a sweet and spicy kokum drink to locally brewed rice beer, here are some traditional drinks to try out.
A recipe from Jammu and Kashmir, it is made of basil or
seeds, milk, water and coconut. It is believed that Babur was the first person to introduce these seeds to Kashmiris.
Originating from the Konkan coast, it is made of coconut milk, kokum, chillies and spices like cumin and mustard seeds, and makes for an excellent cooler.
Made of curd, black salt, sugar, and iced water, this Bengali drink gets its unique flavour from the
juice extracted out of an oblong-shaped dark green coloured lemon.
Originating from Tripura, this rice beer is locally brewed by fermenting rice in water. This cooler is also consumed at special occasions like weddings.
This sweet and cooling
from Chattishgarh is prepared using
, a processed rhizome of an indigenous herb called Curcuma Angustifolia.
Known by different names in Maharashtra, Bengal and Tamil Nadu,
is made with sugar, water and lime, and sometimes combined with mango, ice apple, or rose.