Thursday, June 11, 2009

phalse ka sharbat


It's too hot here in Delhi and we are practically living on cooling foods and drinks, be it salads or sharbats or just plain lime water....nimboo paani......chilled slices of watermelons and muskmelons are mostly for lunch and light snacking throughout the day.

Phalsa or Grewia asiatica is a tropical berry which is tangy n sweet with a unique flavor, it's taste pairs well with kala namak or black salt, some people call it pink salt too.

The fruit has a small stone inside which can be chewed and I prefer to chew on it whenever eating the berries in a salad like my mango salad or as it is with black salt.....but when they are made into a sharbat , the seeds need to be discarded......for this you have to strain the pulp....but there is a problem that if you strain the pulp , the skin of the fruit also gets discarded which is so full of color and hence rich in antioxidants. I devised a new method to do that.....see how it goes....

First put the berries in mixie jar or food processor and pulse to make a puree of the fruit. I add equal quantity of thinly slices beets to this pulsing mixture sometimes.

Add chilled water once a paste of formed, pulse again, and pass the mixture through a sieve so the stony seeds are separated.

Add ice cubes or more chilled water, pink salt to taste, add sugar if required and serve chilled.

A cup of phalsa berries and half a cup of beet slices result in 3-4 large glasses of thick smoothie like sharbat. You can always dilute it but then you might require a sweetener as the natural tangy sweet flavor of the berry will be diluted.

The sharbat can be refrigerated for the day. Cooling for summers, cleansing for the system and very nutritious as the fruit is rich in minerals and antioxidants.

Do let me know if you have had this sharbat. The phalsa berry is not available in many parts of the country.

13 comments:

  1. Oh..I cant tellu how happy I am dear..This is really a lot to me..Thank you so so much..:).Those are some gorgeous flowers..apparently my fav,my dad's home back in Kerala had a tree of this..so fragrant they are...I'll take it to my sidebar right now..:)
    n that cooler..I also wana have it right now..its so sunny here..n guess what I have a watemelon in fridge right now..leme go grab that one..cant wait..:)

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  2. thank you darling ...for bringing some sunshine for me...

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  3. Wow phalse ka sherbet looks so refreshing..i love the flavor of black salt..yum yum

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  4. Wow...what a sharbat I do have it when I am in india..never tried to make it here..

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  5. really healthy n colourful dish! nice pics

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  6. That is a great idea to hold on to the skin and get rid of the seeds. :-)
    And I like the idea of more salt and less sugar.

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  7. Thunda sharbat!Its just beginning to get hot here,I'm gonna be needing many such drinks:)

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  8. That's one healthy drink. I remember loitering around Jia Sarai near IIT and there is this little shop which sells different juices according to the season. I had my first and 100s thereafter of Sherbet from there. Was even in talking terms with that vendor...lol

    You are right that Varsha is bubbling too much and brimming all her happiness over to us...I adore her for that. You have bestowed a well deserved award on her and it's so sweet of you..

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  9. A delightful drink! This would be perfect as we are finally getting some hot weather here.

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  10. Never had this before. Used to drink sugarcane juice like mad. Can't wait to get back and then you can make me this cooler and cupcake and kele ke kofta.

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  11. you are most welcome SJ.....i like sugarcane juice too,but don't get it these days....at least in my vicinity...

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  12. that looks so cool and refreshing though i've never heard of that kind of fruit before :-)

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  13. Never seen it before-but I love all kinds of berries,so I'll look out for them when we get back!

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