- Type: Beverage
- Place of Origin: India
- Region or State: Coastal and Konkan region
- Main ingredients: Kokum, sugar/honey, water
Indian summers are all about cool and refreshing homemade drinks made from different fruits mixed with spices. With a plethora of cooling drink options such as Shikanji or NimbuPani, Jaljeera, Mint Lemon Juice, Aam Panna, etc., Kokum Sharbat is a popular drink in the Goan and Konkan households. Found at stores and roadside vendors in Goa and the coastal regions of Maharashtra, delight in the flavor of Kokum Sharbat for all things refreshing and rejuvenating.
Kokum or Garcinia Indica belong to the mangosteen family that grows in the Western Ghats of India and in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Also known as ‘Vrikshamla’ in Ayurveda, Kokum is believed to be one of the most cooling fruits rich in antioxidants, flavonoids, and many other nutrients. Kokum plant grows fast and bears small red colored fruits, like that of plums or cherry tomatoes. Apart from being consumed in its fresh state, Kokum fruit is also used in dried form in many dishes in Maharashtra, Goa, Gujarat, Kerala, and Konkan region for its sour flavor, sweet aroma, and color.
Kokum sharbat can be made from dried as well as fresh kokum and both yield great results. The outer cover of the fruit is slightly sour with a sweet taste as well and the inner pulp is extremely sour which when added with some sugar or honey and mixed with water makes an extremely delicious and nutritious juice. Some spices such as black pepper powder or cardamom can also be added which enhances the flavor but it’s entirely a personal preferences and people in different regions prefer it in different ways. Whether it’s a scorching sunny day or after workout cravings, Kokum juice is a healthy and delicious way to curb away the hunger or thirst pangs and to consume the fruit.
Making of Kokum Sherbat
Rinse the Kokum fruits, chop them and remove the seeds. Grind the fruits in a grinder using a little water to a fine consistency.
In a pan, boil some sugar and water till it becomes thick turns golden brown. Cool the sugar syrup and add the kokum mixture to it. Add some roasted cumin powder and black pepper powder and mix well.
You can store this mixture in an air-tight container in refrigerator and make the juice using some water whenever required. To make the juice, add 1-2 tablespoon of kokum mixture with a glass of water and add some ice. Enjoy.
Kokum has several vitamins especially Vitamin C, minerals, and antioxidant, and is also low in calories and fat. It is good for the digestion, reduces the risk of cancer, and helps in reducing stress and anxiety. It is also highly effective for people with diabetes and high cholesterol. Kokum Sharbat is one healthy this fruit can be consumed.
With a sweet and tangy taste, Kokum Sharbat is a wholesome and delectable Indian beverage that is ideal for satiating the thirst and small hunger pangs while also keeping the calorie count low and taking in all necessary nutrients.
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