10 Seasonal Snacks for the Indian Summerhungrezi_admin
Is the heat of the summer getting to you? That’s not surprising since India has one of the hottest summers there is. How you cope with all that heat, largely depends on what you eat. Accidental rhyming aside, this is the time to ditch every heavy, fatty snack you normally would go for during your evenings and opt for something light and refreshing. We’ve come up with a list of ten foods you can have as a snack during summer. Read on to find out what they are.
Let’s face it, this one is a no-brainer. The wholesome goodness of different fruits blended into one is such a godsend during summer. To make your smoothies even healthier, blend in a handful of nuts like almonds, walnuts, etc, or grains like quinoa. That’s a filling, refreshing summer food you’ve got there.
2. Frozen Watermelon
Watermelons are a universal favorite during summer but here’s a fun way to enjoy them. Freeze triangular slices of watermelon on popsicle sticks for a slurpable snack that’s natural and super refreshing. Give them a shot and you’d never look back at regular popsicles again.
3. Fruit Salad
What better way to beat the heat than a bowl of sweet, seasonal fruits? Chop up your favorite summer fruits (go for those with a high water content like grapes, apples, oranges, watermelons, etc) and maybe drizzle a bit of honey or condensed milk on top for a delicious fruit salad. You get taste, health, and hydration in one go!
4. Veggies with Dips
Veggies aren’t just healthy, they taste great too, when you know how to eat them. Choose a delicious dip or hummus to go on the side of your veggie sticks and that’s a tasty snack right there. Carrots, cucumbers, bell peppers, celery, etc are perfect for making veggie sticks. Cut them up and have them fresh for better taste.
5. Dahi Vada
Out of all our favorite chaat foods out there, this one, in particular, is a summertime classic. Crunchy pooris stuffed with a spicy potato filling and dunked in a pool of thick curd is the stuff of dreams on a sultry summer evening. Curd, being an instant cooler for the body, makes this a great option if you’re in the mood for something savory.
6. Sweet Corn
An ingredient with almost zero haters, the humble sweet corn is a versatile snack, especially during the summer. You can add it to chopped veggies for a refreshing salad or add a few crunchy elements like sev for a tasty sweet corn chaat, or you can simply add a spoon of butter and seasoning to boiled corn for a quick and delicious snack.
The summer season is incomplete without savoring a bowl of thick, creamy curd. You can either add a little sugar for a refreshing treat or add water with a dash of salt and whisk it into a glass of cold buttermilk that can be spiced up with herbs and chili. Either way, here’s a healthy snacking option you don’t want to miss this summer.
8. Fruity Popsicles
Nothing like homemade fruity popsicles to put some fun into the hot summer days. Freeze your favorite fresh fruit juices or smoothies in popsicle molds for a delicious summer treat. Skip out on the sugar to make it a healthy, guilt-free indulgence during summer.
9. Mango Lassi
If it’s summer around the corner, our hunt for lassi shops isn’t far behind. Lassis are a classic summer drink that becomes more versatile with the different flavors that can be added to it. We would suggest a mango-flavored lassi in celebration of the mango season and this is a great way to enjoy mangoes without the worry of it heating up your body.
10. Kanji Vada
This popular Rajasthani snack has a truckload of health benefits apart from being yummy. Vadas made with lentils come floating in a bowl of kanji and is traditionally a festive dish that is served during Holi, Diwali, etc. The kanji is made by fermenting spiced rice water and aids with digestion in a huge way.
The trick to healthy eating in summer is to eat light and take a lot of fluids to keep you hydrated and we hope this list helps with that. Pick your favorites and have a great summer!