Woodapple or bel is rich in nutrients and a great source of fibre, vitamins, calcium and phosphorus. It is also nature’s wonderfruit for any stomach troubles. This recipe to prepare bel juice with jaggery as a sweetener, makes it a great sugar free summer cooler. Bel has cooling effect on the body and is good for the stomach as well. Serve this homemade bel sharbat to your guests in place of aerated drinks or packaged juices, they may end up following you for the recipe!
Bel Fruit: 1
Honey: 2 tsp or per taste (Can use date paste or jaggery too)
Lemon juice: 2-3 tbsp orper taste
Water: 2-3 glasses
Cumin powder: 1-2 tsp or per taste
Break the shell – The shell is quite hard, you will need a belan to break it. Take help of cook or spouse if needed
Scoop out the pulp from the fruit. Soak the pulp for 15-20 min (along with seeds), in about ¼ glass of water
Mash it, strain it well (use your hands)
Add water, based on desired consistency of sharbat
Add honey, & roasted cumin powder, as per taste
The sharbat/ juice is ready. Refrigerate it & drink as per convenience. It easily lasts for atleast 4-5 days.At the time of drinking, squeeze half a lemon or one per glass of sharbat for a khatta-meetha flavour.
Food group: Fruit
Can be had during afternoons, evenings or even mornings or mid mornings.
Apt for summer season when Bel is in season, and when you crave something cold. Makes for a great drink post work out.
You can add mint and ice to add onto the taste.
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