Every Summer arrives with my parents wanting to spend time with their grandchildren. Who can blame them? It’s been a whole year, and all they look forward to is spending time with their naughty little kiddos. Being this far from them is not fun at all. There’s nothing more precious than seeing the little ones being pampered by their grandparents. The heartiest conversations, the most effortless love. It’s all so memorable.
My mum will make sure to cook a few different dishes so that the kids have a choice. The little one will cry “Spicy!” when he eats spicy food, but will then eat the spiciest Cheetos without panting once. She will sit on the dining table, feed them first, looking very lovingly at them while they chatter away and eat up her food. My teen will shower her with compliments, and that will make her day. As afternoon falls, reading books, playing chess, or plain talk for hours will be fun. Dad will hide all the candy away from the little one and give him 2 a day. It was almost a ritual. Hiding their granddad’s belt or glasses will be a fun routine. Every time someone came home, seeing papa and mama talking proudly about their grandchildren is fun to watch. The tender affection cannot be duplicated.
Summers in India are the best. I yearn to spend time with my mum,dad, cousins, aunts, uncles and all the little new additions to our family. We are a big huge family:). Everyone wanting to spend time with us gives us a beyond-happy feeling. This year we plan to stay back and enjoy summer in San Francisco. We’ll miss family, but we’ll try to make the most of it in sunny Cali. For one, it’s hot. It’s extremely hot. To deal with the heat, I made this drink which we all love.
This is a version of a popular Raw Mango drink in India. The temperature can get really high. Indian summers are brutal. To cool off they grate and juice raw mango with chaat masala or black salt. There are many variations to this drink. The key to this drink is the chaat masala, which adds a touch of spice and is quite refreshing like none other. You can use any fruit of your choice, but avoid the sugar and don’t forget to add the mint. You will love it!
- ½ small Watermelon cut to cubes
- ½ cup freshly squeezed orange juice
- 1 lemon
- 2-3 sprigs of mint leaves
- ½ tsp chaat masala or black salt
- ¼ tsp white pepper powder(optional)
- Ice cubes
- Mint, lemon slices, orange slices
- Grind the watermelon with orange juice and mint leaves in a blender or a nutri bullet.
- Squeeze the juice of one whole lemon.
- Add the chaat masala or black salt and white pepper powder.
- Stir well. Serve with some ice cubes and garnish with some mint leaves.