It’s officially summer and for the last two weeks the heatwaves have swept across the nation. I am not very active on social media these days as it will be considered sin to spend time within the four walls. The windows and doors are wide open, and I spend most of my time pottering around the garden, laying on grass and snoozing under the perfect blue skies. My morning walks have become longer, walking in the woodlands under the protective umbrella of giant trees. The kitchen is the last place in my mind as ice creams and ice popsicles have officially become our meals and washing them with gallons of water to quench the thirst and to keep the body cool.
Apart from herb and berry flavoured waters, I find myself reaching out for a tall bottle of Lavancha (Khus roots or Vetiver) soaked water which I grew up drinking during hot summer months in my native of Udupi-Mangalore. Before this berry and herb infused waters became the rage, this khus root flavoured water has been used in India for millennia. The dried roots or the powdered roots of Lavancha/Vetiver/Khus grass is added to the large earthen/copper pots or bottles to naturally cool down the water. The water is quite refreshing and is mildly fragrant, making it one of my most favourite flavoured waters. You just need to wash and clean the dry roots to remove any soil particles and then soak it in a pot or bottle of water. You can use the roots for 4-5 days and then dry them and reuse them for 3-4 times. They are easily available in most parts of India, and you can buy them online stores like ebay and amazon.
Lavancha is a tall, tufted, perennial, scented grass with long narrow leaves and an abundant complex lacework of underground white roots and is mainly cultivated in the tropics, such as India, Tahiti, Java and Haiti. These Lavancha roots are also used in making sherbet. They are also used in making the mats, blinds, and hand held fans and are sprayed with water to keep the house cool during scorching Indian summers. They not only give rooms an exquisite fragrance but also keeps the insects away. (More info in comments below) (📷: @siakrishna Copyright of http://monsoonspice.com) #monsoonspice #summer