National Refreshment Day: 4 refreshing and nourishing drinks to try at home to wipe away the monsoon blues

With the constant talk about the need to switch to sustainable food, sustainable consumption is often overlooked. When the fact is that the consumption of soft and carbonated drinks is also harmful for the body due to the sugar content and the number of calories, and for the environment in general as well. There is also very little talk about the importance and benefits of locally available beverages in India. They not only play their role in sustainability, but also meet the nutritional needs of people.

Dt. Vidhi shared some of the lesser known local drinks in all of India, and their health benefits, especially to keep you warm and healthy on rainy days!

1. Kahva

Famous in Kashmir and along the west coast due to Arabic influence, it is a variant of green tea. It is known as Arabic coffee due to its distinguished flavors. It is spicy due to the infusion of cardamom, cloves, cinnamon and saffron with the kawa leaves. It is usually served with almonds, cashews and other dried fruits. It is good for colds, boosts immunity and detoxification. It is also famous for its property to control cholesterol.

2. Chukku Kappi

This herbal drink from Kerala provided immunity in the worst times. It is a concoction of various herbs boiled with coffee powder and can easily be prepared at home. It is usually taken to relieve chest congestion and common coughs and colds. To do this, you just need to add the coffee powder in boiling water with dried ginger, palm jaggery or even normal jaggery, black pepper, cumin seeds, fenugreek seeds and finally basil or tulsi leaves. All this must be boiled in the same water for another 10 minutes, then have it when it is slightly warm.

Chukku Kappi

3. Kadha

A very famous drink especially in the place of Covid 19, this one has risen to prominence. A range of natural and Ayurvedic spices and herbs can be used to create kadha in different ways. Each house may have its own secret recipe since it is identical to an old-fashioned grandma’s recipe. Although the common ingredients that go into this preparation are ginger root, jaggery, black pepper pieces, cinnamon sticks, ajwain seeds, star anise, black cardamom pieces, cloves and some tea leaves are all boiled together in water. This infusion not only helps boost immunity but also helps prevent infections which are very common during rains.


4. Chicken shorba

Passed down by none other than the Royal Mughals, it is a variety of chicken broth. The soup-filled protein has an almost acidic undertone and is made with a variety of fiery, soul-satisfying spices. People who do not eat flesh can add mushrooms instead. This shorba is made with chicken, corn flour, ginger-garlic paste, turmeric powder, coriander leaves, green chili paste, salt, lemon juice, cream and butter.

This soup is beneficial for bones, respiratory diseases and blood pressure control, in addition to also helping to boost immunity.

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