Chennai Lifestyle & Food

15 Things You Must Eat When You Are In Chennai During Summer

Written by Team Urban Tree

Summer always calls for change in diet with lighter meals and consume more fluid. With mercury level rising each day you must beat this summer with perfect diet. Here are few easy tips to stay energetic throughout the day.

1. Watermelons

One of the favourite fruits in summer of all age groups isn’t it? It is juiciest fruit that contains 92% of water and the pulp tastes sweet and best source to keep one hydrated. Refreshing fruit with lot of vitamins and helps you protect your skin against harmful sun rays. Even kids who hate eating melons can be given in form of juice. It is one of the best drinks to beat this heat. The other health benefits of watermelons are it prevents from cancer, heart disease and other high blood pressure.



2. Buttermilk

Undoubtedly great drink for summer to keep you refreshed in this rapidly changing temperature. Various households prepare it with different ingredients to add a dash of spiciness. The best way to have buttermilk is include a sautéed mix of a pinch of ginger, chilly, mustard seeds and curry leaves. The best form to cool your body during harsh summers. It is also considered to be effective treatment for sunburn mixed long with few drops of tomato juice.. It also has other benefits like skin lightening agent, anti-ageing benefits, keeps body heat under control and also boosts immunity. During summer you can spot old ladies and uncles on the streets of Chennai selling buttermilk at cost ranging from Rs. 7 to Rs. 20/-.



3. Tender coconut

To beat the summer thirst nothing can be better than tender coconut water. This fruit is available in abundance during March to June. It is nature’s purest drink next to water which aids in losing weight. It is considered to be an excellent drink to control diabetes. It is the most super valuable fruit  loaded with vital nutrients.



4. Cucumber

Cucumber is a  made up of 95 per cent water and it  keeps the body cool and hydrated. As it is rich in water, cucumbers are considered healthy for overall health of a person It can be consumed raw or in the form of juice. The variety of cucumber that is thin and long known as pinju vellarika is available abundantly only during summer. It tastes best with a pinch of rock salt. They are low in fat and calories. You would be surprised to know it helps to manage stress and reduces the  risk of cancer.


5. Kambu Koozh(pearl millet in English and bhajra in hindi)

It is often tasted at Mariamman Temple festivals across Tamil Nadu. The famous summer delicacy in south indian homes during summer known as the  perfect drink to cool the body during  summer. It is enriched with high source of iron, calcium and vitamin B. It is a healthy diet generally served with raw onions and pickles.

Kambu Koozh


6. Sugarcane juice

One of the potential energy booster in this heavy summer. Sugarcanes are crushed in a machine between two wheels to extract the juice from the stem. The fresh juice can be consumed directly with ice or with a dash of lime juice & ginger. During summer, urinary infectons are very common. Sugarcanes helps kidney to function better and beats urinary tract infections. It also give a healthy skin.



7.  Muskmelon

Muskmelon is another fruit that must be part of the summer diet also known as cantaloupe. The light orange pulp tastes best when the fruit is cut and had with little sugar. A lot of street shops offer yummy muskmelon juices at a cost of Rs. 10/- to Rs. 20/-. Its water content helps to stay hydrated for longer period. Being rich source of Vitamin C it strengthens the immune system. It is good for heart, prevents cancer and also good for heart.


8. Nongu (Borassus flabellifer fruit)

Juicy fruit known with various regional names found on the streets during summer. The purple shell is hard and inside there are three pulps enclosed in a thin layer of brown shell. The pulp is transparent and looks like an ice rich in water content. When you eat it the texture is is jelly like and with sweetness that will make you crave for more.It is also known as iced apple due to its cooling effect It is natural coolant fruit with lot of nutrients in it.




9. Mint water with lemon

One glass of mint water with few drops of lemon will do wonders. The excessive heat can lead to a lot of digestive problems. One glass of mint water with lemon will do wonders. It also reduces pimples and heat boils.

lemon with mint

10. Mangoes

Who will say no to taste mangoes. It is king of fruits with rich source of variety of nutrients vitamin A, C and antioxidant compounds. The most common varieties that are found in Chennai are Banganapalli, Alphonso, Malgova.

Mango treat


Raw Mango

The slight tanginess of the raw mangoes tastes best when a mixture of salt and chilli powder is sprinkled between the slices. Most commonly sighted on streets and beaches these cut mangoes tastes heavenly.



11. Maavedu  / Vadu Mango

This is a famous delicacy in tambrahm houses in South India. It is a pickle made out of baby mangos and it tastes best with curd rice. One can also eat it with paruppu sadam (dal rice) ,lemon rice and rasam rice.





12. Amla juice

Amla is a sour tasting fruit which works as excellent coolant for summer. It contains richest source of vitamin C. It is a great refresher. It prevents acnes and rashes. It is beneficiary for diabetic patients and has anti-ageing properties.


13. Ragi koozh

Ragi a millet used prominently among the villages of Tamil Nadu to prepare breakfasts.  Ragi koozh is known to cool your body during peak summer. It is also the best food for weight control asit is a rich source of fibre which reduces cholesterol level in the body.



14. Nannari Sharbat

One of the instant drinks to consume during summer. Nannari plant is known for its medicinal values and is known as Ananthamoola in Ayurveda. Ithas lot of medicinal properties, keeps mind cool, urinary infections and also prevents from sun stroke. Nannari Sharbat is generally a mixture of lemon juice, sugar, water and a concentrated syrup prepared from Nannari. It is also known as Suggandhi drink.


15. Rice Vadagam/ Vadam

This is prepared in summer and when onions are cheap.There are various forms and varieties of vadam. Generally, a paste is made out of left over rice or cooked rice soaked overnight in water. Usually grinded mixture of small onioins, green chilli/chilli powder and jeera is added to the paste and is sun dried in various forms for two to three days. It is fired in oil and is tastes best with rasam and rice.It adds excellent aroma to all the south indian kuzhambhu(gravy) delicacies.


If you are in Chennai you must try these. Also, don’t forget to drink lots of water to beat the heat!

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