Kulukki Sarbath ~ Malabar Basil Limeade



The climate maybe getting better over here, but sometimes it is really hot especially in the afternoons, that you still need something to cool you down instantly. A tall glass of Kulukki Sarbath always comes handy in this case. Kulukki Sarbath is nothing but a basil seed limeade which is so common in Kerala. Literally, it means “shaken drink”. To read a bit of its history, you can hop onto this link. Though it seems to have originated in Calicut, it has gained more popularity in Kochi. You can find these quite a lot on the streets back home but umma would never allow us to have them since you read all sorts of stories about what kind of water is used – better not dwell around it! With this legendary simple drink taking all sorts of variations now, I resort to making the basic simple edition of lime juice, sugar syrup, basil seeds and a flavoring agent – it can be ginger, pineapple, chilli, mint, etc. either one of them or a mix of it. I make them with crushed ginger as I love the flavor of it more. You can even add a dose of food coloring to make it look more appealing. But I love it simple and without any complications, so here is my version of it… πŸ™‚



Kulukki Sarbath ~ Malabar Basil Limeade

Course Drinks
Cuisine Malabar
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Total Time 3 minutes
Servings 1
Author Rafeeda


  • 6 to 8 ice cubes
  • 1 small pc ginger chopped
  • 2 lime juiced
  • 1 tbsp sugar syrup
  • 1/2 tsp basil seeds soaked in 1/4 cup water for 15 minutes
  • 3/4 cup cold water


  • Add the ice cubes, ginger, lemon juice and sugar syrup into a grinder and grind coarsely.
  • Put the ground mixture, along with the swollen basil water and cold water into a tall bottle and shake vigorously.
  • Pour into a glass and serve immediately.

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  1. My fav but the name is new to me.. refreshing juice

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Veena…

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks Priya…

  2. my favourite ..specially in summer..looks so refreshing

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Gloria…

  3. Woooo.. I just had to look at the tall glass and I felt a chill here! πŸ˜› Simple and minimal brings out the best. I love this but I really don’t remember when I had it last. Its been ages now.. Hmmmm.. time to make some and there goes summer! I love monsoon and summer, but winter just makes you feel hungry more often! Dont you think so? πŸ˜› Btw, I never knew this was called Kulukki sarbath! Thank you!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      It is called kulukki sarbath because it undergoes a lot of kulukkaling before pouring onto the glass and drinking… πŸ˜‰ Yes, winters do make me hungry, but still I love winters… πŸ˜› Thanks a lot Fami…

  4. Refreshing yummy juice

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks Beena…

  5. It’s really tempting Rafeeda..

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Seena…

  6. My all time favorite lime drink…..!!ith kandappo undakki kudikkan thonni πŸ™‚

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Remya… πŸ™‚

  7. Though I have stayed in Kochi, this name I got to know after marriage πŸ™‚ I always get a laugh when I hear the name πŸ™‚ Very refreshing and easy to make drink though !!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      I do admit the name IS funny, but maybe kulukki kulukki undaakunathu kondaavaam… hehe… Thanks a lot Chitra… πŸ™‚

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