A simple drink with jaggery, lime juice and soaked basil seeds…
When I chose the theme of “Summer Drinks” for the Blogging Marathon #146, there were several ideas that were running in my head. Unfortunately, the month of Ramadan ran away fast and all I could try was to make the Kannur drink. The beauty of drinks is that there are so many options available if you search around. That is when I landed up on a Bohri drink called “Gol Paani”.
Gol Paani is said to be a drink enjoyed by the Bohri community – you can read about this community here – after a heavy meal. This simple drink is a good digestion aid. The beauty of this drink is it is just three ingredients – water, jaggery syrup or powdered jaggery and plumped basil seeds. If you add more ingredients to this drink, then it becomes “Gud Sarbath”. I will try that later, since it has more spices going in and will be best when the summers get a bit harsh. I was a bit paranoid while I tried this, but I felt that jaggery had a very interesting flavor in plain water. I added in a squeeze of lime juice, which is optional. Try it when you are in a mood for something very simple and refreshing…
Gol Paani | Jaggery Lime Drink
- 2-4 tbsp powdered jaggery as per sweetness
- Juice of 1 lime
- 2 cups ice cold water
- 1/2 tsp basil seeds soaked in 2 tbsp water and bloomed
- Mint leaves for garnish
- In a shaker, add jaggery, lime juice and water. Shake vigorously till all well combined.
- Stir in the bloomed basil seeds.
- Pour into two glasses, top with mint leaves and enjoy.