Friday, April 18, 2014

Summer Coolers- Tamarind Mint Cooler

As the daylight hours and the mercury keeps creeping up, it's time for summer coolers. Had gone to the supermarket for raw mango's to make aam panna, failing to find good mango's was wondering what to do. Do I just make a mint sorbet or a sour tamarind juice, and ended up with this new mix.

Back home in India, you eat a lot of fruit and drink a lot of  sour juices in summer to keep from dehydration, resist sun stroke. In that philosophy, here's a new twist to the traditional pudhina juice from India. Tamarind, mint, ginger and cumin all come together to fight the heat and as a bonus soothes any upset stomachs, aiding digestion.


  • Mint leaves- 1 handful
  • Tamarind juice- 3 tbsp
  • Roasted cumin seeds- 1 pinch 
  • Ginger- 1 pinch, shredded
  • Salt- Small pinch


Wash and separate mint from stalks. Blend with tamarind juice, ginger, cumin seeds and 3/4 of a glass of water. Chill and serve with ice.

The  minty flavour is brought out by the contrast of the tart tamarind and earthy cumin.

  • If you want it sweeter, add a drop or two of honey.
  • Oh, and one more thing. If you are looking for a detox juice after a particularly heavy meal, this goes great. The tamarind, mint and cumin is sure to ease your tummy like nobody's business.

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