Summer coolers of yore


The blistering summer heat in May can be relentless. A cool refreshing drink in the afternoon when the heat is at its fiercest can do wonders. Assistant professor at V M Salgaocar Institute of International Hospitality Education (VMSIIHE), Gauri Patil,  shares two of her favourite summer cooler concoctions created from locally grown summer fruits that are bound to remind us of our childhood days.

Raw mango and the locally sourced starfruit feature prominently in the summer drink. Raw mangoes are rich in vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin B6, and vitamin K. It is also a vital source of magnesium, calcium, iron, and dietary fibres that detoxify the liver. This easy-to-make drink is great for children looking for a refreshing drink after sweating it out at play or makes for a wonderful afternoon quencher for the weekend.

Star fruit – or carambola or kormolla in the local language – is a sweet and sour fruit that has the shape of a five-point star. The skin is edible and the flesh has a mild, sour flavour that makes it popular in a number of dishes. The seasonal fruit is often spotted at local markets. The fruit is typically used to prepare pickles and to be added to local curries.

Starfruit Cooler


Star fruit(kormola)          4

ripe and raw      

Sugar/jaggery    200 gms

Salt         As per taste

Cinnamon powder          A pinch

Water   500 ml


 Take two raw and two ripe star fruits to adjust the sweet and sour flavour.

 Wash them and boil it in a pressure cooker or in a normal thick bottom pan.

 Once cooked (15 min) remove them off the flame.

 Let it cool down.

 Deseed them and extract only the pulp.

 Using strainer, strain the pulp. Add sugar or jaggery. Jaggery gives a dark colour to the drink compared to sugar. It is also good for health.

 Add salt and cinnamon powder as per your preference.

 Finally add water.

 This drink tastes best when served chilled. To serve, pour over crushed ice.

Raw Mango Panhe


Raw mangoes    3

Sugar     200 gms

Cardamom powder         1 teaspoon

Water   500 ml

Salt         As per taste


 Peel raw mangoes and boil it in a pressure cooker. Once it is boiled let it cool down. Discard the seed.

 Using the strainer, strain the mango pulp.

 Add sugar in the pulp. Mix it well

 Add the cardamom powder and salt as per requirement.

 Finally top it up with water.

 Your drink is ready to enjoy.

 You can keep this mix in the refrigerator for up to a week.