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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
coconut water with coconut meat | coconut water with malai | benefits of coconut water | nariyal ka paani with malai | with 14 amazing images. Coconut water with coconut meat is a refreshing drink. Coconut water with malai has a nice texture, which is quite unlike any juice you have ever had before. Learn how to cut coconut and make nariyal ka paani with malai in a step-by-step fashion. Making coconut water with coconut meat is very simple. Cut open the tender coconut, remover coconut water and coconut meat and blend them together in a mixer till smooth. The art is to learn how to cut open the coconut to get coconut water and malai. The roadside vendors who sell these coconut are the people who have mastered this art. 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. The best way to serve coconut water with malai, is to 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. The are many benefits of coconut water. It is a cooling drink which is quite pleasing to the stomach. It can relieve acidity and help balance the water and electrolyte balance in the body. Kids, adults, senior citizens – all can have this healthy drink. Coconut water with coconut meat is enough to recharge you after a tiring day. Enjoy coconut water with coconut meat | coconut water with malai | benefits of coconut water | nariyal ka paani with malai | with step by step photos.
 by Tarla Dalal
sweet Punjabi lassi recipe | dahi ki lassi | sweet lassi | 2 ingredient lassi recipe | with 7 amazing images. The secret to making perfect sweet Punjabi 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 dahi ki lassi. All you need is such fresh curds and sugar to make a large glass of thick sweet Punjabi lassi which is not only refreshing but also quite satiating. Sometimes, a glass of sweet Punjabi lassi can be a mini meal itself! Notes and tips on making the perfect sweet Punjabi lassi. 1. To make the Sweet Lassi (Punjabi Sweet Lassi), take thick curd in a deep bowl. If the curd is not thick, the sweet lassi will be very watery. Use chilled curd for a cold lassi or if you are using room temperature curd then refrigerate till serving. 2. To this, add the powdered sugar. Do not use sugar crystals as they will not dissolve in the curd. You can even add different spices like cardamom and saffron for a unique lassi. 3. Now whisk the curd till smooth. Make sure the sugar has been properly mixed in with the curd. 4. Since we have used thick curd, we are adding just about 1/4 cup of water to loosen the Sweet Lassi a little so it isn’t too thick to drink. Enjoy lassi after relishing chatpata chaats like Chole Tikki Chaat, Sev Puri, Chilla Chaat etc. Other variants of dahi ki lassi to try are Grape Lassi, Mango Lassi, Kesar-Pista Lassi, Cardamom Lassi and salty variant like Phudina Lassi . Refrigerate the Sweet lassi for at least 30 minutes before serving. This is because lassi is best served chilled and it also gives the sugar time to dissolve properly into the curd. Enjoy how to make sweet Punjabi lassi recipe | dahi ki lassi | sweet lassi | 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 apple salad recipe | kale fruit vegetable salad | Indole rich healthy Indian salad | with 20 amazing images. kale and apple salad is a delicious and healthy Indian salad that is perfect for a light meal or snack. Learn how to make kale fruit vegetable salad. 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 kale and apple salad offers your taste buds! To make kale and apple salad first make the dressing. In a small bowl put lemon juice, honey, olive oil and salt to taste. Mix well. Lemony honey dressing is ready. In a big bowl put kale, apple, cabbage, red cabbage, melon seeds. Just before serving add the prepared lemony honey dressing. Serve kale and apple salad immediately to enjoy the bubbly, fresh flavours. Main ingredients for kale and apple salad. Kale has a perfect omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids ratio, thus making it a super anti-inflammatory food. Kale helps increase our white blood cell (WBC) count to fight all types of infections. Kale is beneficial to diabetics and heart patients. Green apples provide a bright, tart flavour to kale salad that helps reduce the bitterness of kale. They also add a bit of crunch and sweetness. Red cabbage adds a vibrant color and contrast to kale apple salad, making it more visually appealing. Red cabbage has a slightly crunchy texture that adds interest to the salad. Pro tips for kale and apple salad. 1. Lemon juice adds acidity to the salad, which helps to balance out the bitterness of the kale and the sweetness of the apples. It also helps to break down the tough kale leaves, making them more tender and easier to digest. 2. Extra virgin olive oil or olive oil is a common ingredient in kale apple salad dressings because it has a mild flavor that complements the other ingredients well. Olive oil is a strong antioxidant and good for the heart. Also it has anti-inflammatory properties. This is one of the healthiest oils you can opt for. It has around 77% of MUFA. Enjoy kale apple salad recipe | kale fruit vegetable salad | Indole rich healthy Indian salad | with step by step photos.
 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 .
mooli and fruit raita recipe | spiced yogurt raita with radish | healthy mooli fruit raita | moolangi fruit raita | with 19 amazing images. mooli and fruit raita recipe | spiced yogurt raita with radish | healthy mooli fruit raita | moolangi fruit raita is a fiber rich accompaniment. Learn how to make spiced yogurt raita with radish. To make mooli and fruit raita, combine the curds and salt in a deep bowl and mix well using a whisk. Add all the remaining ingredients and mix well. Refrigerate for atleast 30 minutes and serve chilled. 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 unique moolangi fruit 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 spiced yogurt raita with radish, making it a true tongue-tickler! Benefit from the fibre and vitamin C the fruits and radish in this healthy mooli fruit raita has to lend. While fibre will help to maintain digestive health, vitamin C is an immune booster nutrient which helps to prevent diseases. Tips for mooli and fruit raita. 1. You can also add other fruits like pomegranate and pineapple. 2. Health conscious can replace full fat curd with low fat curd. Enjoy mooli and fruit raita recipe | spiced yogurt raita with radish | healthy mooli fruit raita | moolangi fruit raita | with step by step photos.
curd rice recipe | South Indian curd rice | dahi chawal | thayir sadam | with 20 amazing images. Just like khichdi is to Gujarati, rajma chawal is to Punjabi, the curd rice is to South-Indians. Curd rice is also known as thayir saddam, dahi chawal and daddojanam. A very simple dish made using the most basic ingredients, curd and rice with an authentic South-Indian tempering does not take more than 15 minutes to cook. 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, South Indian curd rice is also a comforting one-dish meal that is satiating and refreshing, with its cool flavour and homely aroma. Many people consider South Indian curd rice to be the best dish to carry along to school, work or travel. To make Curd Rice, South Indian Curd Rice Recipe, Dahi Chawal, combine the cooked rice and 2 tbsp of water in a deep bowl and mash it lightly using a potato masher. Add the curds and salt, mix well and keep aside. Heat the oil in a small broad non-stick pan add the mustard seeds and urad dal and sauté on a medium flame for 30 seconds. Add green chillies and curry leaves. Add the tempering to the prepared curd-rice mixture and mix well. Add the coriander and mix well. Serve the curd rice immediately or refrigerate for 1 hour and serve chilled. If you have leftover rice, its a bingo as this recipe would be made in a jiffy. Easy to make, this wholesome thayir sadam 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 dahi chawal can be had accompanied with Lemon Pickle or Mango Pickle. Curd rice is had for lunch by South Indians. Enjoy curd rice recipe | South Indian curd rice | dahi chawal | thayir sadam | with detailed step by step photos and video below.
 by Tarla Dalal
lemon rice recipe | South Indian lemon rice | chitranna rice | with 22 amazing images. lemon rice recipe is a popular South Indian rice. lemon rice has a nice sour lemon taste. This is a easy and quick lemon rice recipe made with basic ingredients like lemon juice, boiled rice and Indian spices. Popular South Indian breakfast often is lemon rice also called chitranna rice often made with leftover rice. 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 like lemon rice 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. Notes and tips on making lemon rice recipe. 1. Washing helps in removing excess starch from the rice which eventually results into non-sticky grains. Most commonly short-grained rice are used to make South Indian lemon rice but, you can make use of any variety of rice. We suggest not to use Basmati rice. 2. Mix gently and cook on a medium flame for 1 to 2 minutes, while stirring continuously. 3. In fact, best results are achieved by using leftover rice as they barely have any moisture. To make South Indian lemon rice healthier, replace cooked rice with brown rice. See our healthy South Indian lemon rice recipe for details. If you want to make chitranna rice in a microwave, then see our how to make lemon rice in a microwave. 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 | South Indian lemon rice | chitranna rice | with detailed step by step photos and video.
 by Tarla Dalal
eggless Nutella mousse recipe | quick Nutella mousse | Indian style Nutella mousse | with 7 amazing images. A quick and easy eggless Nutella mousse that will steal everybody’s hearts with its strikingly good looks and fabulous taste. This is a vegetarian Nutella mousse made with no eggs. 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 Indian style Nutella mousse 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. Notes on eggless Nutella mousse. 1. Combine all the ingredients and fold gently using a spatula. 2. Put the mixture into a piping bag with a star nozzle. Swirl it in the serving glass till it is ¾ filled. 3. To garnish Nutella mousse glass, put the beaten whipped cream into a piping bag with a star nozzle. Pipe a swirl over the nutella mousse in each of the glasses. 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.