During summer, your body needs more than chilled beverages and an air-conditioned environment to stay cool. And if you’re anything but a foodie, what better way to beat the heat than by eating naturally cooling foods that not only help lower your body temperature but also keep you refreshed and hydrated? Enter pumpkin, India’s favourite summer food. Loaded with beta-carotene, potassium, fibre, manganese, selenium and high in water content, pumpkins are the most ideal veggies to be binging on this season. We always knew it, pumpkins are so much more than Halloween accessories and pies. They possess great cooling and diuretic properties, aid digestion and weight loss, help control blood pressure and sugar and can help improve eye health. Is there anything this superfood can’t do?
To help you reap the benefits of this food, here are some specially curated recipes. Get cooking!
Green Beans Pumpkin Salad
Nothing screams summer better than a nice refreshing bowl of salad. This simple and easy to make salad won’t cost you more than 10 minutes, giving you enough time to chill by the poolside. Click here for the recipe.
Potato, Quinoa & Pumpkin Salad
Trying to lose weight, but it keeps finding you back? Try this tasty and protein-packed salad for a healthy way to lose weight. Click here for the recipe.
Pumpkin Pine Nut Scones
Moist on the inside and crispy on the outside, not overly sweet and full of health benefits, these pumpkin pine nut scones with a golden glaze makes for a great way to end a meal.
Pumpkin Waffle with Pumpkin Stir Fry
Make the most of this superfood by throwing some of it into your desserts too. Not all waffles need to be sweet. Try this waffle recipe made with pumpkin and served with pumpkin stir fry, and treat your palate to something unique yet tasty.
Are your kids picky eaters? Get them to eat pumpkin with this new variant of pakora. When paired with a cup of hot chai or coffee, these crispies are sure to hit the right spot.
This warm bowl of pumpkin soup is comfort food at its best. Healthy and delicious, this soup makes for a complete meal in itself, especially on days when you’re too lazy to cook a lavish dinner.
Red Pumpkin Chilla
Time to give your regular chillas a healthy twist. This quick and easy chilla recipe makes for a great breakfast or evening snack option. Pair it with a bowl of plain yoghurt or spiced chutney, and thank us later.
Say goodbye to store-bought bread and start baking your own healthy version. This golden brown loaf delicately spiced with clove and ginger with the goodness of pureed pumpkin screams health.
Chocolate Pumpkin Smoothie
While chocolate and pumpkin may sound like a weird combination, they balance each other really well. The creaminess of the pumpkin puree and sweetness of the chocolate come together to give you one of the most nutritious yet yummy drinks. What more, this decadent indulgence can be enjoyed with zero guilt as it contains no sugar. Click here for the recipe.
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