The last few weeks of the month of October have been unusually hot !!! Just when the mind craves for a refreshing chilled drink and what better if it is healthy too! Indeed a great way to beat the scorching heat.
During our yesteryears, this was a regular concoction and favourite in my Moms house, especially served each year on Akha Teej. However, with the passage of time, it’s potent sugar content became a deterrent and soon it vanished from our menus.
It was only very recently until I visited a workshop on Conscious Living in my city where an aunt of mine demonstrated this recipe using jaggery in place of sugar which was almost like a reincarnation of the old-fashioned version.
The Imli Ka Amlana is an apt drink, flavorsome and also aids in digesting all the heavy food consumed during the festive season. Tamarind is a rich source of vitamin b,c, potassium, magnesium and loads of antioxidants which protects our body from hazardous free radicals.
Serve this as a Non-alcoholic mocktail or add a good quantity of vodka or rum, shake it well and enjoy it as a fusion cocktail.
Imli Ka Amlana or Healthy Tamarind Drink
|Servings||Makes about 3 big glasses (800 ml)|
|Preparation Time||15 minutes|
Ingredients for Imli Ka Amlana or Healthy Tamarind Drink
(1 cup = 250 ml)
|1/2 cup||Tamarind (imli)|
|6 tbsp||Organic jaggery|
|2 tsp||Freshly roasted and crushed cumin seeds|
|2 tsp||Black salt|
|½ tsp||Cardamom powder (Elaichi)|
|3 glasses.||Chilled water|
|Juice of one lemon (indian size small lime)|
|A few mint leaves chopped.|
Ingredients For Garnishing and Serving
|1 tsp||Red chilli powder|
Instructions for Imli Ka Amlana or Healthy Tamarind Drink
|1.||Soak the tamarind in water (just enough to cover it) for 15 minutes.|
|2.||Squeeze the tamarind into a pulp and discard the seeds.|
|3.||Add the crushed jaggery and mix it well with the tamarind pulp.|
|4.||Add the remaining ingredients and mix well.|
|5.||You can adjust the quantities of salt, cumin, cardamom powder, mint leaves and lime juice
according to your taste.
|6.||Before serving rim the glasses. Dip the edges with lime juice, then with salt and red chilli mix.
Garnish with a lemon slice. Serve with crushed ice.