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… 🙂
Kulukki Sarbath ~ Malabar Basil Limeade
- 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.