Punjabi beverages are liked not only by Punjabi people but also by many other people.
The majority of these are made with yoghurt & milk, while others are made with fruits. Like all other cuisines, Punjabi cuisine also has its share of beverages.
Lassi is a drink primarily made of curd and milk. The two are mixed together in such a way that they blend in with each other. They are mixed and blended together for a significant period of time.
The result of this is a paste-like drink that is refreshing. In the summer, this drink is particularly popular because its benefits are quite well known.
It is thought that salt mixed with this drink is extremely good because it helps people regain their lost salt through perspiration.
In addition to this, it is rich in protein, which is a bodybuilding substance.
In Punjab, many people who are health conscious believe that this drink is essential for gaining weight.
Lassi has endless variations when it comes to flavours. However, the popular ones are Mango lassi, Kesar Pista lassi, Bhang Lassi, Punjabi lassi, Rose lassi, Chocolate lassi, and Banana Lassi, Salted Lassi.
This refreshing drink is served in Punjab & Rajasthan as an appetiser just before lunch. Prepared from raw mangoes and spices, it is somewhat similar to the spicy tamarind water served with golgappas.
Shikanji or Shikanjabeen is a lemon-based drink originating in the northern part of India. Historically, it was called sherbet-e-shikanjavin. Alternative names include shikanjvi, shikanjbi and shikanjbeen. Shikanji is distinct from lemonade and often contains other ingredients such as salt, saffron and cumin.
Awaken your taste buds with the zing of refreshing neembopani or lemonade. It is a simple drink made with water, lemon juice and a sweetener like sugar.
It is packed with vitamin C, and neembopani helps in keeping you hydrated and also stabilises your blood sugar level to provide you with the energy you need.
Doodh Soda is an intermixture of two completely different liquid items: milk and soda. It is traditionally a street-style beverage.
It is a cold drink made by mixing a lemon or lime-flavoured soda (such as Sprite or 7 Up) with milk. Doodh Soda is considered to be healthier than regular soda and is often paired with spicy foods.
The combination of soda and milk was first created in Victorian England, and from there, Doodh Soda spread to India and Pakistan through the British Empire.
At home, people create Doodh Soda by filling a glass with equal parts ice, soda, and milk. Other ingredients are sometimes added in small amounts such as Rooh Afza, fruit syrup, sugar, honey or the zest of a lemon or lime.
In Punjab, Sattu is a mix of toasted, ground barley, while some variants are also prepared by grinding roasted grams.
Sattu is used as a cold drink to mitigate heat and dehydration effects. The traditional way is to mix it with water and shakkar which is served cold. For some additional flavourings, lemon juice and mint are also added.