Top foods to avoid in Indian summer, chicken, crab, squid, egg, cumin, garlic, pepper, cloves, cinnamon, mangoes, spices
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Foods that should be avoided in Summer in Indian cities like Delhi, Chennai and Agra
Indian summer is that horrible that careful cooling diet is very essential for summer. Body heating foods should be avoided during the summer months. There are certain foods that are generally avoided in South India and North India during summer. There are also certain typical Indian foods that have the effect of body heating.
Spices that should be avoided in Summer, spices heat up body
Ginger, Chilli, Pepper, Cinnamon, Cumin Seeds and Fennel Seeds should be avoided in summer. These are body heating spices. Spices boost the metabolism and have a strong thermogenic effect on body. Eating spices would make your body temperature rise. High metabolism caused by spices would burn more calories, thereby raising body temperature. Spices are therefore not recommended for summer. In winter you can abundantly use spices.
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Indian Vegetarian foods preferred in summer, avoid ginger, cumin and garlic, cumin, cinnamon
In Indian way of cooking vegetarian dishes do not require many spices. However ginger and cumin seeds (jeera, jeerakam or seerakam) are used in vegetarian dishes also. In South India cumin, pepper, ginger and garlic are used for all dishes. South Indian popular dish rasam is a spice gravy that includes several body heating spices. Rasam is made of cumin seeds, pepper and garlic that are top body warming spices. For your vegetarian dishes avoid these spices. You can have asafetida (Perumkayam), fenugreek (methi, uluva or venthiyam) in your diet. These spices do not heat your body.
Cereal porridge for cooling body
Non vegetarian foods to avoid in summer, egg, chicken, crab, prawn, squid
Egg, Chicken, Crab, Prawn and Squid should be avoided in summer. These foods would heat your body, taking you to stomach upset and diarrhea. Prawn (especially dry prawn) has terrible heating effect. In Indian way of cooking meat, spices, garlic and ginger are major ingredients. These are body warming foods that add more heat to the meat recipe. South Indian way of cooking meat (especially chicken) includes heavy use of spices.
Avoid chapathi (roti), rather eat rice, ragi and barley
If possible avoid wheat food in summer. Eating roti (chapatti) would heat the body further. Roti would absorb water from your body, making you dehydrated and tired. Rice would cool your body. Rice and vegetable dish with less spices like garlic, cumin and ginger is a great option.
Arrowroot for body cooling in summer
Avoid mangoes, pineapples, and papaya
Indian fruit market is filled with juicy market in the summer months. Mangoes come to tempt us in extreme summer. But you know? Mango is a body warming food. Mango heats your body. Avoid giving mangoes daily to children. They would develop heat pimples. If you happen to eat mangoes, eat equivalent body cooling foods like cucumber, pumpkin, coriander leaves and bitter guard.
Vegetables to avoid - Avoid moringa leaves and drumstick in summer
Moringa leaves and drumstick are found to be body warming foods. Other vegetables are good for summer.