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Top foods to avoid in Indian summer, chicken, crab, squid, egg, cumin, garlic, pepper, cloves, cinnamon, mangoes, spices

Updated on August 24, 2012
tempting mangoes in rural India
tempting mangoes in rural India

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.

Indian spices giving magical healing

What to eat in winter - Body warming foods

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.

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.

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.


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      5 years ago

      above article is hundred percent correct from my health experiences . i was just searching for some cooling agents . all the success!

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      6 years ago

      thank you so much ..! 2 gave me a useful information..

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      8 years ago

      thank you tirelesstraveler ..amazing to read about San know you all are fortunate...summer is soo tough you know?? miserable we are..

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      8 years ago

      @ Pamela-anne ..thanks for you told many are under the impression that mangoes cool is not know? whenever i eat mangoes i get heat pimples

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      8 years ago

      @ Annabelle Tyler thanks for your comment.

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      Judy Specht 

      8 years ago from California

      I live in the San Francisco Bay area and our summer is usually rather cool. Eating warming and cooling foods isn't a important for which I am glad. I can't imagine not eating garlic and mango. Today at the beaches it is supposed to be around 60 degrees Fahrenheit, inland to the high 70's. Evenings range mostly in the 50's. Yep, that is what we call summer in San Francisco.

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      8 years ago from Miller Lake

      Wow I am really surprised to hear Mangoes heat the body up thanks for this info I guess I will be grabbing a piece of watermelon instead on a hot day! take care pam.

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      Annabelle Tyler 

      8 years ago

      Interesting article! I've recently been reading about ayurvedic diets, and this seems to use some of the same logic.


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