New Recipe: Fun Meals To Make This Summer

The summer heat is rolling in and eating heavy food is becoming an adventure in sweat and afternoon naps. What will you do once the weather changes with full force? The answer is simple, you shift to cold lunches and chilled food. 

Most people, when they think of cold food, gravitate straight towards ice cream and sorbets. But there is so much more in the world of easy, healthy, and fun cool meals that can help you beat the heat this summer. 

1. Cold Sesame Cucumber Noodles

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You can use your favourite kind of noodles to add a little more heart to this dish. This light and yummy meal will keep you feeling comfy even in the harsh sun. The sesame and cucumber are good for your health as well. You can add a little beverage on the side, and you’ll be golden! 

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2. Spanish Gazpacho 

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You might think that soups and summers don’t go together, but this chilled tomato and red bell pepper soup can become the perfect appetizer for your summer dinners. The tangy tomatoes and the freshness of the herbs will seep through your whole meal. 

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3. Mediterranean Three Bean Salad

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Looking for something that will fill you up but not leave you sweating in the heat? The three bean Mediterranean salad is the perfect combination of health and deliciousness you need to try today. Easy to make and easy to serve, this is a great starter for your summer parties. 

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4. Summer Pasta Salad

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For all your pasta lovers out there, summer does not have to mean no more pasta at home. You can make delicious cold pasta dishes this summer with your fresh vegetables, your favourite pasta, and a big bite of healthy ingredients like basil, rocket leaves, and olives. 

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5. Kerala Style Pulissery

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Pulissery is a delicious and refreshing curry made with yogurt, ash gourd, and mangoes (when they become available). This sweet and sour chilled curry is perfect with rice, or just to sip on its own. The ground coconut within gives it a fresh and tropical taste!  

Find the recipe here.

6. Pakhala Bhat 

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This Odia dish was designed to beat the summer heat! The rice is fermented overnight in an earthen pot, so once you eat this dish, you’ll get a good night’s sleep. You can also add ice cubes and pomegranate seeds in your dish to make it cooler and give it a burst of freshness!

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7. Watermelon And Feta Salad 

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Watermelon is really the perfect summer fruit, and introducing it to your diet will make sure that you keep hydrated and get some much needed nutrients and minerals under the summer heat. The sweet watermelon and salty cheese come together delightfully. It also makes for a gorgeous pop of colour at the dinner table. 

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8. Chilled Watermelon Soup 

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If you are looking for something colourful and refreshing, forget about the cucumber soup that has been done and dusted. Try the watermelon soup this summer, which will give you the rich sweetness of watermelon paired with fragrant herbs and spices. 

Find the recipe here.

Here are some recipes you can bookmark to make your meals in the next few months an interesting affair. 

There is a time and place for warm and hearty meals, but sadly, the middle of summer in India is not one of those times. Sure you can enjoy a warm bowl of soup with the AC on full blast, but isn’t it better to save the environment (by turning off the air conditioning) and keeping cool with some light and chill dinners? 

Have a great time cooking! 

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