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 Cool Lunch suggestions for a hot day

  Last Updated : Oct 26,2018

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Cool Lunch suggestions for a hot summer day

Stepping into the kitchen is not a pleasant task in the summer. Who enjoys standing over a hot stove when the temperature is soaring? If cooking a hot meal isn’t bad enough, the thought of eating it is even more off putting when all you want to do is relax in a cool place with nice cold drink.

Here is a refreshing menu that requires little or minimal cooking. You can stay deliciously cool while you prepare a satisfying, substantial lunch that will delight the family. The ingredients are ideal for summer – fruit, greens and yoghurt are light on the stomach and ideal for a hot day. Try your hand at creating this sensational summer menu!

We present you with options for Drinks, Salads, Raitas, Rice and Desserts.
Our favourites are for drinks try Sweet Punjabi Lassi, for salads try Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Salad in A Mint Dressing, for raita try Mooli and Fruit Raita, for rice the ever popular Curd Rice and finally an awesome quick dessert of Quick Nutella Mousse which is loved by both kids and adults.

cool lunch suggestions for a hot day

 by Tarla Dalal
This refreshing drink has a nice texture, which is quite unlike any juice you have ever had before. Coconut Water with Coconut Meat has a pulpy texture, and when served chilled, it tingles your taste buds with the mildly-sweet but electrifying flavour, which is unique to coconut water. Chill the coconut water earlier, but blend the drink just before serving. Do not blend it and then refrigerate because it will lose its fresh taste and texture. Some Filling Snacks and a glass of Coconut Water with Coconut Meat is enough to recharge you after a tiring day.
 by Tarla Dalal
The secret to making perfect Lassi lies in the curds. If the curds are loosely set or sour, you will just not get it right. So, the first step is to put the curds into the refrigerator as soon as it sets, so that after some time it will be thick and luscious, with a fresh flavour that is just perfect for Lassi. All you need is such fresh curds and sugar to make a large glass of sweet and thick Lassi, which is not only refreshing but also quite satiating. Sometimes, a glass of Lassi can be a mini meal itself! Enjoy lassi after relishing chatpata chaats like Chole Tikki Chaat , Sev Puri, Chilla Chaat etc. Other variants of lassi to try are Grape Lassi, Mango Lassi, Kesar-Pista Lassi, Cardamom Lassi and salty variant like Phudina Lassi . Enjoy how to make Sweet Punjabi Lassi recipe with detailed step by step photos and video below.
What a dynamic, punchy flavour this salad has! Indeed, with the vibrant flavours of miscellaneous fruits and vegetables and the tingling taste of a minty dressing, this salad is an exciting treat for the palate. A dash of honey gives the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Salad in Mint Dressing a pleasant sweetness while lemon juice gives it a refreshing tanginess. Remember to crush the mint dressing with a mortar-pestle and do not grind it smoothly in the mixie as that’ll spoil the desired effect.
 by Tarla Dalal
Kale is a tasty variety of cabbage, which is commonly used in salads and sandwiches across the globe. Nowadays, it is available in specialty stores and supermarkets in India too. This delicious Kale and Apple Salad combines the unique flavour and texture of kale leaves with crunchy strips of apple, shredded cabbage and melon seeds. A tangy dressing of honey and lemon adds to the spectrum of flavours that this salad offers your taste buds! Serve it immediately upon tossing to enjoy the bubbly, fresh flavours. Check out for many more Fruit Based Salads on
 by Tarla Dalal
The Palak Raita with Onions and Tomatoes is a vibrant gastronomic treat, that is visually very appealing too. The bowl features a splash of colours like green and red, and a burst of flavours from black salt, onions and tomatoes. The raita is so simple to make, yet tastes very refreshing. It has no masala powders, but the tinge of black salt works well with the onions and tomatoes to boost the flavour of the palak raita. Onions also give it an exciting crunch, while tomatoes share their tanginess. Serve this awesome raita chilled. Makes a fiting accompaniment to rotis like Multigrain Garlic Roti , Stuffed Bajra Roti , Jowar Methi Roti , Jowar Bajre Ki Roti and parathas like Green Pea Parathas and Paneer Paratha .
Radish is a vegetable that we tend to associate with parathas and subzis, and rarely with raitas . Even more so, you might never have thought of combining it with fruits to make a raita! Indeed, this is a very innovative raita, one of its kind! The mild spiciness of radish together with the tang of oranges, the sourness of grapes and the mellow sweetness of apples gives the raita a range of textures and flavours, which you will thoroughly enjoy. A dash of black salt and green chillies add to the peppy taste of the Mooli and Fruit Raita, making it a true tongue-tickler!
In South India, the Kheer and mithai are served at the start of a meal. It is the Curd Rice that comes at the end, as a flavourful and soothing finish to a traditional spread. At the same time, it is also a comforting one-dish meal that is satiating and refreshing, with its cool flavour and homely aroma. Many people consider Curd Rice to be the best dish to carry along to school, work or travel. Easy to make, this wholesome dish is made by mixing rice with curds and tempering it with mustard and green chillies. Allow the rice to cool slightly before adding the curds, to avoid the curds from splitting. Plain curd rice can be had accompanied with Lemon Pickle or Mango Pickle. Enjoy how to make Curd Rice recipe with detailed step by step photos and video below.
 by Tarla Dalal
Rice is the much-loved staple food of South Indians. The day begins and ends with steaming hot rice, which is enjoyed in different ways. In a traditional meal, the rice is relished with soupy rasam or spicy sambhar. Or, the rice is mixed with tempering and flavouring ingredients to make delectable preparations like Tamarind Rice Peanut Rice or Lemon Rice. Such one-dish rice meals are called as variety rice, mixed rice or rice bhaat in South India. They make a convenient meal on a busy day, and are just perfect to carry in the lunch dabba as they taste awesome even after a couple of hours. Here is an authentic recipe for Lemon Rice, a traditional rice dish with a refreshing citrusy flavour. It is also made as part of the many-course traditional South Indian meal. Check out our article on how to serve a traditional South Indian meal. Enjoy how to make Lemon Rice recipe with detailed step by step photos and video.
 by Tarla Dalal
A quick and easy mousse that will steal everybody’s hearts with its strikingly good looks and fabulous taste. Just two ingredients – Nutella and whipped cream, a few minutes’ time, and a bit of tactful arrangement in the glass, and before you know it, you will have prepared an awesome dessert that is grand enough to be served at parties and functions. Combining a creamy texture with the ever-popular hazelnut-chocolate flavour of Nutella, this Quick Nutella Mousse is a sure-shot hit with kids and adults alike. You can also try other recipes like the Hot Chocolate Mousse and the Lemon Mousse .
 by Tarla Dalal
This Quick Pineapple Mousse stands out, not just for its vibrant taste and pleasant colour, but its obvious simplicity too. This elegant dessert is really easy and quick to make but is sure to steal everybody’s heart with its creamy mouth-feel and fruity flavour. Just mix, chill, garnish and enjoy. You can also try other pineapple-based recipes like Pineapple Sponge Cake and Pineapple Sheera .
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Cool Lunch suggestions for a hot day
 on 13 Jun 17 11:29 AM

Though Monsoon is arrived in India, yet Delhi has very hot days. Eating any delhi meals is not advisable. Tarla Ji has given good collection of meals we can have during these days. Especially Lime rice,raitas or curd rice in south Indian style. And Palak Raita with Onions and Tomatoes I liked very much I had during my yesterday dinner. Thanks Tarla Ji & team for such wonderful recipes.