The beautiful though hot summer months are some of the most difficult times for home-cooks. You hunch over the stove, and read out the recipe while you cook for your kids. Honestly, it’s absolutely exhausting. Not just the cooking, but also the fact that you must think of what to cook.
It’s summer which means that lotus stem, pumpkins, okra, litchi and watermelons are in season. The market bristles with sun-kissed mangoes and deep-green vegetables, so all you need is an expert to guide you through what to cook. According to Dr. Shalini Singhal, founder & chief nutrition consultant at Diet and wellness clinic, Delhi says “Make sure to eat a light and early dinner in the summer. Include a whole lot of vegetables, some proteins like beans and pulses for vegetarians and meat or fish for non-vegetarians.”
She added, “You can also start your dinner with soup, fruits or low-fat yogurt to avoid eating too much. Avoid foods that can be difficult to digest and wrap up dinner 2 to three hours before you sleep”.
Dr. Sonia Narang, dietitian and nutritionist at the Diet and wellness clinic in Delhi said “Indigestion is common in the summer so keep it simple, keep it light. Try and eat a lot of steamed food like idli and dhokla. Some other foods you can include: cold soups, olives, tomatoes, lassi, plain bread, boiled dal and salads.”
Keep it Cool:
Certain foods help you cool down and hydrate you during the summer months . Cucumber, tulsi seeds in your food, coconut water, pineapples, watermelon, sprouts, lemon, coriander, mint leaves and the likes. Try and add these to whatever you cook. You can also use a whole lot of yogurt which helps bring a light and cool element to your dish.
Now, it’s time to cook some really good food. Here’s a roundup of 10 jaw-dropping Indian recipes that you can cook for your family.
1. Lemon Chicken
Lemon, chicken, dried chilli, garlic and some seriously delectable sugarcane juice is all you need for this fantastic recipe.
2. Chettinad Fish Fry
Get your daily dose of perfect protein. Pieces of surmai fish marinated in garlic, cumin, fennel, curry leaves and tomatoes are pan-fried in refined oil and served hot.
3. Guilt-Free Galouti Kebab
If you want good food but kind that doesn’t go straight to your hip, then here’s the perfect recipe. Soft and succulent galaouti kebabs made with olive oil and pure ghee.
4. Dum Aloo Lakhnawi
Your family will thank you for this absolutely fantastic bowl of dum aloo cooked Lacknawi style. Take some potatoes, crumbled paneer, kasuri methi, butter, onions and some ghee.
5. Keema Biryani
Marut Sikka at his best: A luscious biryani made with minced meat, almonds, raisins, yogurt, onions, garlic, ginger and milk. It’s one of those dishes which don’t just make your dinner table look good, but also leave your house smelling fabulous.
6. Dum Paneer Kali Mirch
A lovely take on the ususal panner gravy: Small chunks of paneer cooked with cinnamon, fried onions, black pepper, ginger, garlic and yogurt to make this gorgeous and fragrant curry.
7. Shahi Egg Curry
A mildly-spiced egg curry made with garlic, onions, a whole lot of kasuri methi, fresh cream, yogurt and fresh coriander.
8. Malabari Prawn Curry
A light prawn curry cooked with grated coconut, coriander seeds, ginger, chilli and some shallots will make the perfect hero on your dinner table. Pair it with some steamed rice and you’ve got yourself a winner of a dish.