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Monday, 22 May 2017

Bael Ka Sharbet / Wood Apple Summer Coolant Recipe


With the ongoing sizzling temperatures, to keep oneself hydrated and cool is not at all an easy task. While most people feel sipping soft drinks and soda keep them hydrated, little do they know that consuming aerated drinks and soda yields many disadvantages , including dehydration , high- sugar intake, weight gain and calcium depletion. 

Fortunately , when it comes to traditional Indian Summer drinks, there is a long list of delicious refreshing coolants which can actually keep us hydrated and has a cooling effect on our body without adding in loads of calories. Nimbu pani (lemonade) , Mattha(spiced buttermilk) and Kairi Panha ( raw mango drink), lassi (sweetened yogurt drink) , Sol Kadhi / Kokkum Curry ,  Thandai are among popular summer coolants. Today i am sharing yet another summer drink - Bael ka sharbet which is not very popular but has many health benefits. 

Bael ka sharbet is a refreshing and delicious Indian summer coolant made with the bael ( wood apple) fruit. A juice is made by extracting the pulp of a semi ripe to ripe wood apple fruit . Jaggery acts as a sweetener while lemon juice and mint leaves flavor the drink and make it refreshing . A dash of freshly ground black pepper and black salt do rest of the job and you are ready with a perfect thirst quencher loaded with nutrition to keep the heat at bay this summer.



Bael fruit is considered sacred by Hindus and is known for its therapeutic value since ages. The ripe fruit is fragrant , astringent, coolant and laxative. The unripe or even half- ripe fruit is digestive and enhances the urge for food. The health benefits of Bael fruit include relief from constipation, indigestion, peptic ulcer, piles, respiratory problems, diarrhoea and dysentery. It also boosts the immune system , fights off bacterial and viral infections, reduces inflammation , increases milk production for nursing mothers, cures diabetes, increases ocular health and helps prevent various sexual dysfunctions. Source: https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/fruit/health-benefits-of-wood-apple-or-bel-fruit.html

             



 Preparation Time:  40 minutes
 Cooking Time: 0 Minutes
 Serves : 4

Ingredients:
  • 1 Wood Apple approx 750 grams
  • 4 cups of water
  • 2 lemon
  • 1/4 cup - 1/2 cup Jaggery powder( adjust as per the sweetness of the fruit)
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper powder 
  • Few fresh mint leaves 
  • Black salt to taste
Method:
  1. Select unblemished fruit which is light green to yellow in color with an intact shell. The shell of the fruit is very hard and requires to be cracked using a hammer. Cut open the cracked fruit.


  2. Scoop out the pulp and the seeds into a bowl using a large spoon.


  3. Add 3 cups cold water so that the pulp is completely immersed under the water. Cover the bowl with a cling film and refrigerate for at least 20-30 minutes.




  4. Mash the softened pulp using hands and then strain it through a wire mesh. Use the back of the spatula to press the pulp through the strainer.


 5. Discard the threads and seeds of the fruit. Add remaining 1 cup water to the strained juice.



 6. Add jaggery powder and stir well until it dissolves completely. 


  7. Add black salt to taste and freshly crushed black pepper. Give a quick stir.



  8. Lastly squeeze out juice of 2 lemons into the wood apple drink . Pour the wood apple summer cooler drink into individual glasses and garnish with fresh mint leaves. Serve immediately.



 Notes:
  • Sugar can be added instead of jajggery powder as a sweetener. Amount if sweetener depends on the sweetness of the fruit, so adjust accordingly.
  • Roasted cumin powder or crushed green cardamom can be added to the juice as a variation .
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8 comments :

  1. Fantastic. I wish I could get them here

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    1. Thank you Seema. There is a huge Wood Apple tree in the Govinda temple at waterfall road in Penang. The temple priest is very co-operative, i am sure he wont mind giving you the fruits if you wish to have them.

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  2. Just perfect recipe to beat the heat. Your post comes loaded with benefits of this refreshing summer treat :)

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  3. Beautiful and healthy summer Sharbat share Poonam! I love reading your posts, each and every recipe you jot and share is full of love and affection. Keep the home cooked love coming in�� Stay blessed!

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    1. Hi Pushpita, thanks for the lovely feed back. I am glad you love reading my posts :)

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  4. This is interesting, healthy and cooling drink, best for summer. I use to enjoy ready made in India, I will check if I can get bael here.

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