Top 10 summer recipes from Saffron Trail

Summer is upon us in most parts of India. It's that time of the year, the best of cooking enthusiasts want to spend the least time in the kitchen. Here are some of the most popular summer recipes from Saffron Trail blog all listed down in one place for your convenience. 

Masala Moar - This is the perfect way to stay cool in the summer with a hint of spice and no calories from sugar. Prepare it in an earthen pot and keep it covered with a wet cloth so it stays naturally cool in the summers.

Panakam - This Ram Navami special, made in many South Indian homes, just at the onset of summer combines spices like ginger and cardamom along with jaggery as a sweetener. You must try this one out.

Bottlegourd Raita - Gourds are mostly water and when combined with the cooling properties of yogurt, this makes an easy side dish for summers.

Khamang Kakdi - One of my favourite from Maharashtrian cuisine, features the best vegetable for summers, ie. Cucumbers. Although it is served in one corner of the thali, i'd rather sit down with a big bowl of this for my lunch.

Watermelon Feta Salad - Watermelon makes summers more bearable - naturally juicy, sweet and delicious, what's not to love. Learn to make this salad that sounds all gourmet but is perfectly simple, once you master how to dice a watermelon without any seeds, which you can learn from my youtube video. 

Middle Eastern cold salad - Try this potato cauliflower salad, best eaten chilled in a tahini dressing. You can serve this with couscous (which again needs no cooking) and a quick chickpea stew. 

Foxtail Millet Salad - How about upping the fiber and health quotient of your salad by tossing in some super grains ie. foxtail millet? Add a good bulk to your salad and keeps you filled up for a long time.

Instant rice sevai - Summers means you want to be in and out of the kitchen in minutes. Instant rice noodles available in most South Indian grocery stores come to your help in times like these. Breakfast in under five minutes (and it's not cereal)!

Coriander Chutney - Keep a bottle of this green chutney handy in the fridge to make delicious Mumbai sandwiches with some sliced cucumbers, boiled potatoes and onions.

No-Bake Cheesecake - Although my recipe is for strawberry cheesecake, simply replace strawberries with seasonal mangos and you have an easy mango cheesecake without turning on the oven.