- Unripened lime : 1 no
- Basil seeds : 1 tsp
- Sugar : 2 tbsp
- Salt : A pinch
- Crushed ginger : ½ tsp
- Green chilies : ¼ tsp sliced
- Pineapple : 1tsp, finely chopped
- Water : 1 glass
- Crushed ice / Ice cubes : Handful
Seems summer is getting very hot in Kerala this time. Its hard to adapt with the high temperatures even at the small village of mine. Drinks like Sambaram (Butter milk), lemonades and juices will help to stay healthy and cool in this climate.
Here is a recipe of a drink popular in Kerala since last summer, Kulukki sarbath or the shaken lemonade. Word “Kulukki” in Malayalam means “Shaken” and “Sarbath” means juice.
The youngsters in Kerala are now going gaga over this juice. Though this Kulukki sarbath is believed to have its origin from Kozhikode (North Kerala), it was made famous in Kerala by a street vendor called Shaji ( Shajikka as the locals call him passionately) . There is also a facebook page for Kulukki Sarabath started by Shajikka’s fans. You can learn more about Kulukki sarbath from this blog. At Rs7/ glass, youngsters consider it a steal and many prefer it because it is a natural product without any artificial additives.
This is an easy to prepare drink. Every ingredients is put into a tall glass and then it is covered with another glass and is shaken in a cocktail style and served.
Kulukki Sarbath Preparation
- Prepare sugar syrup with 2 tablespoon of sugar and 2 tablespoon of water.
- Soak the basil seeds in water for 10-15 minutes and drain them.
- In a tall glass, add one teaspoon of the sugar syrup.
- Extract the juice from half of a lime and add it to the glass.
- Add all other ingredients.
- Add a small piece of the lime to the glass and add water.
- Add ice cubes.
- Cover it tightly with another glass and shake it strongly for 30 seconds.
- Enjoy 😉
I have also noticed some variants of Kulukki, by adding chopped pineapple pieces, kaskas etc…
Photo courtesy : Kulukki sarbath blog at lifeisonebigblast.