Bael Sharbat Recipe | How to make Wood Apple Juice
BAEL SHARBAT/WOOD APPLE JUICE, easy to make and healthy drink for harsh Indian Summers.
Here I bring you another summer cooler recipe from my country, India, Bael Ka Sharabat. A very refreshing, cooling and delicious drink, to beat the heat. And it is pocket friendly too.
A natural summer cooler that not only refreshes the mind and body but is also very beneficial to health.
Indian Summers are very harsh. In many places it is too hot and dry and many place too hot and humid. Not everyone enjoys the benefits of staying home, people have to go out in the sun to earn bread and butter. Nature has blessed us with so many fruits and vegetables for summer that keep the body hydrated. And Bael is one such wonder Fruit with a hard shell outside and soft pulp inside.
People many many different kinds of drinks at home using the seasonal summer fruits and herbs like lemon, raw mango, watermelon and with spices like cumin seeds, rock salt .
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What is Bael/Wood Apple
Bael also known as Wood Apple or Elephant Apple/Stone apple and Kaitha in local language. In different states it is known by different names.
The fruit is most commonly used for making juices during summers. In India it is one of the street food for summers. Bael fruit is very commonly available in summers. You can see many street vendors' carts loaded with the fruit and people having juice to quench their thirst.
Bael tree is native to Indian Sub continent. Not only the fruit but each and every part of the tree is beneficial to humans in one or the other way. The tree has a lot of religious and spiritual significance also. It is known as the TREE OF LORD SHIVA.
The leaves, fruit, bark of the tree have been used in ayurvedic medicinal system for treatment of various aliments since ancient times.
Benefits of Wood Apple/ Bael
Other than being the summer cooler, the other benefits of Wood Apple are..
- Helps to cure acne and other skin problems,
- Prevents constipation since it is rich in fibers,
- Loaded with antioxidants, Vit C., Vit.B
- Has antimicrobial properties, prevents diarrhea.
- It also prevents the growth of various virus and fungus in the body
These are few of the benefits of this humble fruit. You can check out various online resources for it's detailed benefits. But one must cautiously have the juice, if suffering from any aliment or health condition. Checkout with your health and nutrition expert or doctor before having it.
How to make Bael Shrabat/ Wood Apple Juice
I am sharing the age old recipe that is common in every household of North and North Eastern India. Bael fruit has hard shell and inside is the soft fibrous pulp. The outer hard covering is broken with a hammer or some hard object like rolling pin.
The fruit is very sweet so most of the times no sugar or sweetener is added. But you can add some raw sugar/jaggery as per your taste or as required.
Dilute the pulp and strain the mixture. Chill it for a couple of hours and then serve. We can add a pinch of cardamom powder or cumin powder or mint leaves to enhance the taste.
How long can we store Bael Sharbat
You can store (refrigerate) Golden Apple/Kaitha juice upto 5 days in an air-tight container preferably in a glass bottle/jar.
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Bael Sharbat / Wood Apple Juice
- Rolling Pin (to break the fruit)
- Mixing Bowl
- 1 Bael /Wood Apple medium size
- 2-3 Cups Water
- 1-2 tbsp Jaggery Powder/Raw Cane Sugar
- 4-5 Mint Leaves
- Roasted Cumin Powder as required
- Black Pepper Powder as required
- Black Salt as required
- Cardamom Powder as required
- Wash the fruit nicely.
- Use a rolling pin or machetes. Scoop out the pulp using a spoon.
- In a mixing bowl, add about 2 cups water and add pulp to it.
- Mash and rub the pulp with hands.
- Strain the juice for extra fibers. You can repeat the step by adding one more glass of water, if there is still pulp left with fibers.
- Add sugar if required. You can also add cardamom powder or roasted cumin powder .
- You can also, muddle 3-4 mint leaves and add a tsp of black pepper and salt.
- Refrigerate for 2-3 hrs and then serve chilled with ice cubes.
Do try this simple refreshing and healthy Bel Sharbat /Wood Apple Juice when it is in season. Or, do try it once if ever you visit India during summers.
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