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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The seasonal menu for the last week was....
Kaanji wadas
Paalak Parathas
Winter Pickles in a Sindhi home
Carrot Pickle
Choco Strawberry Pudding
Paalak Dahiwada
Gulabi Gulab Jamun Kulfi

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