You haven't seen Indian summers if you are laughing at me. And you haven't enjoyed watermelons as much as e do, if you have not bitten by Indian summer. Did you know there is a wind named 'Loo' that is a hot (45-50 C) westerly blowing through the Indo-Gangetic plains of North India. The Loo winds are known for causing heat strokes that may be lethal in some cases. There are several traditional drinks in this region known for protecting one from the heat stroke. Aam ka panna, Jaljeera, Pudina sharbat, Sattu ka sharbat, Beal ka sharbat, Shikanji (lemonade), and watermelon juiced or just cut into wedges are some of the ways to prevent the heat stroke. There is a wealth of summer coolers from this region just because this region gets just too hot during summers.
We make more summer coolers in the form of Iced teas, some fermented drinks, some fruit based smoothies etc to keep hydrated.
Delhi doesn't get so much of Loo winds but is hot like a furnace these days. The water from the overhead tank feels like it would cook your fingers within a couple of minutes. Scalding hot. Humidity is so low all the plants get limp by early noon, most of the leaves scalded and a sad look is obvious. More than the heat, I am sad seeing my plants suffer.
No wonder when Ushnish Ghosh visited my place recently he was mighty disappointed to see my garden whose lovely pictures get immense admiration otherwise.
Indoors it is better. We still live without air conditioning and and will keep doing so till we have the patronage of these old trees around my house. Natural ways to keep ourselves cool and hydrated has been a habit. Summers are so blessed with some of the most cooling fruits. Nature is not unfair you know :-)
We love watermelon as it is, in salads and in smoothies too. Many combinations are appreciated by family and guests and people feel great when they are greeted by a homemade drink and not a synthetic colored and sugary sweetened drink.
This one is quite easy and does require just the watermelon, lemon juice and a little soda bi carb. Yes the same inexpensive soda bi carb that you use for baking. Not the baking powder. I am sure you know the difference. Read here to know more...
This watermelon drink is a great detox drink if you are on a regime. Or even when you want a snack that hydrates you and helps feeling lighter and cooler at the same time.
watermelon slices, seeds removed and cubed 4 cups
lemon juice 2 tbsp or to taste
soda bi carb 1 pinch for every glass of drink, to be added at the time of serving
Blend the water melon cubes in a pitcher using a stick hand blender or a food processor whatever is convenient for you.
Mix the lemon juice and chill.
Add a pinch of baking soda per glass at the time of serving and stir well to serve.
There is no water added to this drink You can always add a bottle of soda if you wish instead of powder soda bi carb. The drink will be thinner in that case.
Watermelon has a high Glycemic index due to it's sugar content but it is till great for daily consumption as it's Glycemic load is quite low too. Check this link to see how.
Do you need more reasons to have this drink ?
We love it as our evening snack most of the times this season. As a variation, or when we have some leftover, a dash of sharbat Rooh Afza is added to it and some water to dilute, some more lemon juice to balance, and a new drink is ready :-)
What other ways do you have water melon as a drink?