Are your kids' approaching vacations filling you with trepidation? Or does the ongoing heat wave make you want to run away to the mountains? Well, before you do that, take a look at the following recipes for watermelon raita, fruit popsicle, and raw mango juice-3 simple recipes served cold and packed with nutrients-that you can enjoy with your children.
This recipe is a combination of curd and watermelon, both of which are great coolants and packed with nutrients. It's easy to make at home and can be given to kids in place of ice-creams.
- Watermelon: half a bowl
- Hung curd: 1 bowl
- Sugar: 2 to 3 tsp
- Salt: to taste
- Cardamom: to taste
- Chop the watermelon in small pieces or scoop using a watermelon scooper.
- Add all the ingredients to the watermelon and mix well together.
- Refrigerate for 3 to 4 hours and serve cold.
Golas or ice-popsicles are most-popular with kids during summer. But as parents, we are always concerned about giving these treats to them because of the high chemical and sugar content. So this time, instead of golas, give your kids these yummy fruit popsicles.
- Musk melon: half bowl, or
- Watermelon: half bowl, or
- Litchees: 15 to 20
- Sugar: to taste (if the fruit is sour)
- Ice: 5 to 6 cubes
- Blend the fruit (musk melon or watermelon or litchees) with ice cubes.
- Add sugar if the fruit is sour.
- Pour in a fancy glass and serve immediately; or pour in ice-trays, add an ice-cream stick to each cube, freeze and serve as ice-popsicles.
Raw Mango Juice
The raw mango juice is easy to make, and can be stored in the refrigerator for later use. (This recipe is an absolute favourite with my 2 nieces, who are 4 and 2, respectively.)
- Raw green mangoes: one-fourth kg
- Sugar: half kg
- Water: 250ml
- Salt: to taste
- Roasted jeera powder: to taste
- Deseed the raw mangoes and chop into cubes.
- Add enough water to cover the mangoes and cook on medium flame till the pulp is soft. Remove from fire and set aside to cool.
- Blend (using a blender) and strain.
- Add sugar to 250 ml water and boil till all the sugar dissolves. Remove and set aside to cool.
- Add raw mango mixture to sugar syrup, add salt and jeera powder, and mix well.
- Store this in a clean sterilised bottle in the refrigerator.
- Add 2-3 tsp of this syrup to a glass of chilled water, and serve it your little ones whenever they ask for a cold-drink.