The temperature is soaring high in Kolkata with scorching hot waves testing the strength of endurance in people. While in some parts of India, the dry heat drains people of their stamina, in Kolkata, it is extreme humidity coupled with the scorching heat that makes life a living hell.
My summer experience in Kolkata was pretty dreadful especially while I was serving in a school. Many a time the power cut would last through the entire day forcing us, the teachers, to work in the furnace of school building for hours on end. The compulsory dressing code of wearing saree only added to the agony of suffering. Now in summer months, to help the body from giving in to dehydration, drinking gallons of water is a must. Nothing seems more blissful then than a glass of cold drinks topped with ice cubes gurgling down the throat quenching your thirst. It feels like an elixir amid the scathing summer heat. Hope this Pudina magic does its magic giving you some respite from the painful summer.
Ingredients: Preparation time: 15 minutes
ü 1 cup mint leaves or pudina (chopped)
ü 1 cup lemon juice
ü 1/2 litre water
ü 2 tsp rock salt
ü 1 tsp roasted cumin powder
ü 1/2 cup ice cubes
1) Using a blender, blend mint lives, lemon juice and rock salt till smooth.
2) Pour this into a pitcher and add required amount of water. Stir with a spoon.
3) Mix in roasted cumin powder and ice cubes.
4) Serve cold in a glass.