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July 21, 2015

How to Keep Calm and Stay Cool this Summer


I thought I would cool down since returning from our warm Mediterranean vacation, but it seems like it is just as hot here. Yesterday, it was about 90 degrees and all I could do to stay cool was eat ice cream, drink yogurt smoothies and turn up the air conditioning. 

In the spirit of staying cool and refreshed during this hot season, I wanted to share some of our favorites with you guys. Check them out:

1) Kulfi - an Indian ice cream. I love kulfi because it is creamy like gelato and there are so many flavors to choose from. My favorite is mango and pistachio; I just love the fruit and nut flavor and texture combination. 

Mango and Pistachio Kulfi. Kulfi is a creamy Indian ice cream 

If you like kulfi, you can also mix it up with vermicelli, basil seeds, tapioca pearls, and gelatin to make kulfi falooda like in the picture below.  

2) My mom's favorite cool drink, which is the Rose Spritzer. Whenever we have family parties, we always try to have a refreshing drink to serve. One day we put our heads together and came up with this spritzer that became an instant hit.  I would definitely recommend for you to try it. 

Rose Spritzer

3) Lassi is a popular yogurt based drink, that is a blend of yogurt, water, spices and sometimes fruit. It can be enjoyed in two ways: sweet or savory. A popular sweet lassi is mango lassi, which is served at Indian restaurants and/or weddings. 

A savory lassi is flavored with roasted and ground cumin and salt. 

Here's a great example of a savory lassi

4) If you're not a fan of yogurt drinks, try Roohafza milkshakes. Roohafza is rose syrup which is used in a lot of desserts and drinks. When we feel like a milkshake, we add roohafza to milk and bananas and ice to make a delicious frothy drink. Click here for recipe. 

For more sweet bliss ideas, check out our recipes page

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