Kulukki Sarbath Recipe with video. A beverage from God’s own country - Kerala.
The term “Kulukki” means “Shaken”. So it can be understood as a shaken limeade or lemonade that is so cooling and refreshing when had on a hot summer day.
I came to know about this sarbath few years ago from my friend’s housekeeper who hails from Kerala.
Its pungent, sweet, spicy, slightly bitter all put together in a glass that it tastes like a party in your mouth.
This almost tastes likes the Basil seeds Lemonade.
Most commonly chopped pineapple pieces are added to make kulukki sarbath.
But like I have done here, you can also add chopped Mango.
There will not be that much of a difference taste wise.
You can add chopped apple, pears, plums etc., for a different taste.
Try adding a combination of fruits and instead of using plain water, you can also use club soda to make the drink.
It also makes a great welcome drink in any party.
I recently had a get together of sorts with my high school friends and this kulukki sarbath happened to be one of the welcome drinks we all had.
This was served like a DIY drink which was total fun and to make it party worthy.
My friend had added a combination of chopped mango, pineapple, pom pearls and cherry to make it look more beautiful with contrasting colors in a glass.
You can add or reduce every ingredient according to your taste and preference.
Because of the ease of making the drink, this can also be served in kids birthday parties making their own version of a non alcoholic James Bond Drink - "Shaken, not stirred".
Like I had mentioned earlier, I had also tried it with apples and pears.
The best part both the fruit will not become dark, giving in to oxidisation because of the lemon juice.
I have used simple syrup here, but feel free to use just sugar and water to make your own kulukki sarbath.
If you do not want to use sugar, replace it with honey or agave syrup to make it vegan.
It would be better if you could try and remove the seeds from the chili before adding as not only will it more spicy but also the seeds will be unpleasant to bite into while drinking.
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Kulukki Sarbath Recipe details as follows:
Kulukki Sarbath - Shaken Limeade or Lemonade
- Pineapple or Mango - 1 tbsp chopped (I used mango)
- Green chili - 1 small
- Sabja / Basil Seeds - 1 tsp
- Simple Syrup - ¼ cup
- Water - ¾ cup
- Lime slice - 1
- Lime juice - 2 tbsp
- Ice cubes
- Slit the green chili, remove the veins and seeds inside and chop finely.
- Take sabja seeds in a bowl. Add 2 tbsp water and let it rest for 3 to 5 mins.
- It would have bloomed well forming a white viscous substance around it.
- You will need a shaker bottle or a water bottle with a tight lid.
- Put the lemon slice into the bottle.
- Add green chili, mango, lime juice, simple syrup, ice cubes, water and soaked sabja seeds.
- Close the bottle tightly and shake vigorously till its frothy.
- Pour directly into a serving glass.
- Serve this kulukki sarbath immediately.