Summer is soon upon us and we need to hydrate ourselves, what better way than with this cooling drink. Summers can’t be imagined without this fruit. Summers are incomplete without watermelon. Eating watermelon cut into wedges is always fun for kids and adults too. But when you are bored of eating the fruit, try the fruit served differently.
Watermelon is commonly and easily available in this season and helps to hydrate quickly as it contains 90% water. It also has nutrients like Vitamin A, C, lycopene and antioxidants. In India it is a common sight for street vendors to sell this fruit on hot summer days. Very low in calories and barely any fat, it is considered to be the healthiest and ideal fruit for summertime.
I add basil seeds to the drink as it has great cooling properties. This seed is usually served along with falooda, an Indian style ice cream with noodles. Basil seeds in addition to reducing body heat is also beneficial for heartburn and bloating. Mint provides an extra burst of freshness in the drink.
Come, let’s sip this drink in style and cool ourselves.
- 6 cups watermelon, cut into cubes
- 1 tsp basil seeds or sabja or tukmaria
- Juice of ½ lemon
- ½ tsp salt
- 3 tsp honey, optional
- 6-8 mint leaves, optional
- Ice cubes to serve
Soak the basil seeds in half cup of water for 20 minutes. If there is extra water from soaking drain and keep aside.
Add the rest of the ingredients except ice to a blender jar and blend.
Pour into serving glasses, divide the basil seeds equally among the glasses, stir and serve with ice cubes.
The famous proverb "you are what you eat” as quoted by the French author Anthelme Brillat-Savarin is very true. Food nourishes you from the inside out. Good health is of utmost importance to me. Vegetarianism and Veganism are gaining immense popularity these days. Natural, organic, healthy and homemade is my mantra.
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