Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Indian Summer Drinks. Badaam / Khus / Paan Sharbats

BM # 27   Day 23
Seasonal: Summer

A cool drink with lots of crushed ice, is what I look for in the peak heat of summers.

Today I have three special drinks which are totally Indian Drinks.

Khus sharbat
Badaam Sharbat
Paan drink 

Khus is a simple sugar syrup with food color and essence.Quick , easy to prepare, this can do wonders to mock tails, or served in milk , mathas, curds or even water. 

Badaam or Almond Sharbat is mom' s specialty, every summers I get a few bottles from her, but last summers I made it a point to learn from her. This has a amazing taste of almonds and a mild fragrance of cardamons, very very addictive.The concentrate can be preserved for nearly six months if refrigerated.This can be mixed with milk or water. 

Paan drink is a royal treat for your taste buds.You can give your meal a kick start with this one.It has a unique refreshing flavor, which is highly dominated by betel leaves.The rose petals add to the aroma and beauty of this drink. It has to be prepared fresh for that beautiful color and flavor. 

Khus Sharbet

1000 ml water
1800 gms sugar
15 gms citric acid 
Green food  color
Khus essence
Dissolve sugar in water.
add citric acid.
Boil for 10 minutes.
Strain and cool.
Add essence and color.

Badaam / Almond Sharbat
1000 ml water
1 kg  sugar
300 gms almonds, soaked and peeled
30 cardamons
1/4 cup milk
combine sugar and water and boil for 10 minutes.add milk, let boil.
This will release out scum which might be dirty, remove it.
Strain the syrup.
Grind almonds to a very fine paste using minimum water.
Grind cardamons to a fine powder.
Add almond paste and cardamon powder to the strained syrup and le boil till all the moisture has gone, this shall take about 8-10 minutes.
Cool and pour into bottles.

Paan Drink
2 chopped paan leaves
2 tbsp gulkand
1 tsp fennel seeds
Blend the chopped leaves, gulkand and fennel seeds .
Add crushed ice and water, blend again.
Pour into glasses.
Garnish with rosé petals.

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  1. paan sharabat sounds really interestings and innovative :) all the sharabat's are inviting me :)

  2. Never had a chance to taste this paan sharbat, all those three looks mindblowing.

  3. paan sarbat looks so refreshing and so flavorful... would love to try it..
    Also what is Khus essence?
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    1. Khus is a flavoring..just like vanilla that you use in your cakes.You will get it at any supermarket.

  4. As almost always, I am out of words to express my delight at these delicacies! all three drinks look absolutely gorgeous and so perfect for summer. Paan sharbat is so innovative. We have paan leaves here in TVM, let me see whether I can get hold of gulkand...

  5. Beautiful clicks & love the color. Very well presented & I love those containers

  6. your beverage photos look so good. I can never get mine to photograph well and I really want to try the almond drink especially!

  7. paan sharbat, never heard of it, your mind really works amazing wonders of food, and what a visual treat the pictures are, they almost make you drool, perfect coolers for summer

  8. The almond drink is my fav! The paan sherbet sounds very interesting!

  9. Never heard of paan sharbet or badam one too. Your pics are making me drool and I love them all.

  10. Such a wonderful post..all of them look excellent..never heard of paan but then knowing you, I am not surprised!..

  11. The paan sharbhat sounds interesting and inviting,loved the nice color of all the sharbhat...

  12. Awesome clicks Vaishali.. Love those colorful drinks.. so eye catching and refreshing.

  13. oh wow Vaishali...love the colours and now i can add these to my preserves...awesome click!!

  14. I had no idea that almond on could be preserved for longer as the lemon ones. This is on my to do list now. Honestly I haven't tried any of the three. All look colorful.