To start with this wonder fruit, I should introduce its plant, benefit, procedure to preserve the outer skin, to rest of the world. Kokum is belonging to Guttiferae family, same as mangosteen and its botanical name is Garcinia Indica, is a fruit bearing plant only found in western Ghats and coastal southern India.
It is a summer fruit, which is widely used for juices or Rasam in our region to quench thirst as well as to balance body heat. It has so many health benefits as well. It is a natural healer for acidity.
It is a ritual in our native to dry the outer skin in summer months to preserve to use whenever it is needed. Fresh fruit of Kokum is often halved, discard the inner pulpy white part which is a fleshy coating of real seed to make Kokum butter, which is used in medicinal as well as cosmetic products as a raw material. Then outer dark maroon skin will be sun dried and when it becomes crispy, it’s stored in an air tight manner. During this process, we used to prepare fresh pulp to make juice and I used to love fresh juice from its inner pulp. It is much tastier than the outer dried skin juice.
Last week found these cuties here in Mangalore stores. Picked up some and enjoyed my favourite drink after so many years.
How to prepare –
Kokum fresh pulp – little
Water – as needed
Sugar – as needed
Salt – ½ tsp
-Soak fresh pulp and couple of outer shells in little water for some time.
-Mash everything by using clean hand and discard the seeds and outer shells.
-Add sugar, salt and required amount of water and mix everything and serve by adding couple of ice cubes.
-It is very good for our gut health as well as to keep us hydrated.
Summer is the season, when we need lot of water to keep our body hydrated. The humble bell fruit is one such fruit, which we had in our front yard while I was a kid. It is the most underrated fruit when I was growing and other than eating, fruits used to be wasted on the ground after it fell from the tree.
Almost all the household has one or the other watery fruit plant in our native. It has several names like wax apple, java apple, water apple, Syzygium, Jambi fruit or jambu nerale.
Last week when I tried this otherwise bland, watery fruit with Raw mango and mint in the form of juice, we liked the flavour and enjoyed it.
Recipe goes like this-
Bell fruits – 8 to 10
Raw mango – ¼ piece of one mango
Mint – 1to 2 strings
Sea Salt – ¼ teas poon
Sugar – as needed.
Water – 2 cups
Ice cubes – if needed
-Wash, make half, remove seed and clean the bell fruit.
-Take one juicer jar and put everything and churn until sugar dissolves.
-Strain the juice, pour this into a serving glass, put couple of ice cubes and serve.
Hi all. Today I bring to you Homemade Maaza !
Everyone knows what maaza is, but now you can also make it at home without any artificial flavors or preservatives and it tastes exactly the same!
My kids love this very refreshing bottled drink.So, I tried it at home and I make it a point to prepare it every year in Mango season 🙂
Ripe mangoes – 5
Raw (thothapuri) mango – 1 ½
Sugar – almost 2 ½ cup (according to taste)
Salt – ½ tsp.
Method : –
-Wash Ripe mangos and raw mangoes remove outer skin and chop it. Quantity should be 2:1 (ripe mango will be more and raw mango will be less).
-Now take these chopped Mango pieces in the cooker, add around 2 cups of sugar, little water (up to mango pieces)
-Cook this for two whistles, switch off the gas, when pressure releases, open the lid and cool the mixture.
-When it becomes a little cool, blend this mixture by using hand blender or mixer grinder.
-Now add required amount of water (check thickness while adding ) till you get required amount of thickness like store bought maaza .
- After achieving required thickness, add salt, check for sweetness, if u feel u need some more sugar, add and mix nicely.
- After all the adjustment ,take one vessel and sieve this mixture and discard the fiber part.
- Collect this smooth juice in a clean bottle and keep this for cooling in a fridge. Serve and enjoy this juice after cooling.
- I got 3 liters of juice with the quantities I specified.