Coconut delight – A refreshing drink

Basically I am a tea loving person and I can go gaga over my affection towards tea. But tea is not the only drink which refreshes my fatigued body, I like a lot of cold drinks as well. One drink which is made using fresh coconut milk and a sour fruit called kokum is a must try drink especially during the summers. In Konkan region of India, this drink is served as an accompaniment with any spicy meal.

Kokum improves the digestion and helps alleviating diarrhea. It is also used as a substitute of tamarind in few of the dishes.

So let’s see how coconut milk and kokum can help you to keep your calm in the summers.

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Ingredients:

  • Coconut milk 1 cup
  • Dry Kokum 3-4 pieces
  • Garlic 1 clove
  • Green chili ½
  • Salt to taste
  • Mint leaves

Method:

First grate the fresh coconut and squeeze to extract the milk out of it. You can use the ready-made coconut milk extract as well.

In a bowl soak the dry kokum in hot water till it releases all juices and after 15 minutes, remove the kokum from the bowl. You need to use the juice of kokum which remains in the bowl.

Take one clove of garlic and half green chili, and little salt and smash everything in the mortar (if you have) or crush it using a wooden spoon.

Now in a glass or tumbler, add the coconut milk, little kokum juice, and add the crushed chili-garlic in it. Check the salt, if you think it is less, add more. I prefer using a pinch of sugar to balance the taste.

Stir everything well and add mint leaves.

Serve chilled.

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