Kokum Juice

I usually avoid buying the readymade kokum juice as I find them too sweet and also white sugar is added to it. I prefer to make my own Kokum sherbet.

A few health benefits of kokum

  • Kokum is one of the best natural coolants for the body.
  • Kokum is excellent in reducing the pitta dosha as per ayurveda.
  • Kokum juice and kokum curry helps in digestion and improves the appetite.
  • Kokum is rich in vitamin c and is an anti oxidant.
  • Kokum is also used to treat heat rash. On a side note I remember my mom rubbing the kokum on the heat rash which we would get as kids.

Ingredients

  • ▢1 cup kokum fruits, chopped or dry kokums
  • ▢2 cups water
  • ▢2 cups sugar
  • ▢5-6 cardamoms, powdered or crushed
  • ▢1 teaspoon roasted cumin powder
  • ▢1-2 pinch of black salt or salt (optional)

Instructions

  • Rinse the kokum fruits in water. (see notes below on making the sherbet from dry kokum)
  • Chop the kokum fruits and remove the seeds.
  • Keep the pulp and the outer cover.
  • Grind the fruit and pulp with little water.
  • Strain the whole kokum mixture.
  • Boil the sugar and water until the syrup becomes a little thick.
  • Cool the sugar syrup and then add the strained kokum mixture to it.
  • Add the roasted cumin powder and powdered cardamom.
  • Mix well. Store kokum juice in a jar or bottle and refrigerate.
  • When serving, dissolve 1 or 2 tbsp of the kokum juice in one glass of water.
  • Add ice cubes and serve chilled kokum juice

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