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Kulukki Sarbath: Kerala-Style Lemonade Recipe

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Homemade kulukki sarbath is refreshing

Homemade kulukki sarbath is refreshing

Kulukki sarbath is a delicious summertime drink that is popular in Kerala, a state situated on the southwestern coast of India. A great choice to beat the summer heat, the drink is named after the method of preparation. "Kulukki" means "shaken" in Malayalam, the local language of Kerala, and the drink is prepared by shaking.

Cook Time

Prep timeReady inYields

10 min

10 min

1 serving

Ingredients

  • 1 glass cold water
  • 6 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 green chili
  • 1 tablespoon khus khus (poppy seeds)
  • Mint leaves
  • Ice cubes

Instructions

  1. Soak 1 tablespoon black poppy seeds (khus khus) in about 3-4 tablespoons cold water and set aside. After some time, the poppy seeds will absorb the water.
  2. In a Mason jar or any container that can be closed with an airtight seal, pour one glass of cold water.
  3. To the cold water, add the sugar and mix it well until the sugar has completely dissolved.
  4. Cut a slice from the lemon and add into the sugar mix.
  5. Cut the green chili in half and add it into the sugar mix as well.
  6. To this add some mint leaves. This will add a particularly refreshing flavor to the drink.
  7. Now squeeze the remaining lemon and add the lemon juice to the sugar mix.
  8. Add the soaked black poppy seeds (khus khus).
  9. After all of the ingredients have been added, close the container tightly and shake it well. The shaking process is the reason why it is called "kulukki," which means "shaken" in Malayalam (the local language in Kerala).
  10. Once well shaken, transfer it to a serving glass with ice cubes.

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Main ingredients kept ready

Main ingredients kept ready

Add the lemon slice and green chili to the sugar mix

Add the lemon slice and green chili to the sugar mix

Final mixture before shaking

Final mixture before shaking

After the shaking process

After the shaking process

Kulukki sarbath

Kulukki sarbath

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Comments

Heera (author) from India on June 08, 2020:

Thanks a lot Linda.The green chili and lemon would be a great combination.

Heera (author) from India on June 08, 2020:

Thank you so much Liza. Yes, this will be a great drink.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on June 05, 2020:

I've never heard or thought of adding a green chili to a lemon drink. What an interesting idea. Thank you for sharing the recipe, Heera. I enjoy learning about new ingredient combinations in drinks.

Liza from USA on June 05, 2020:

A green chili in the drink? I bet my husband would like to try this one! He is a foodie adventure. Thank you for sharing another great recipe, Heera. Have a great weekend.