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Jamun, also known as Java plum or Indian blackberry, is a dark, purple-coloured, very succulent summer fruit that offers several health benefits—especially in terms of lowering blood sugar.
Jamun contains fruit phenolics, which are important dietary antioxidant and antidiabetic constituents. Interestingly, it has been found that fruit size is negatively correlated with antidiabetic, antioxidant activities, and phenolic acids. This means that small fruits have higher antidiabetic and antioxidant properties in their pulp, seed coat and kernel than larger ones.
The fully ripe fruit is quite sweet and has distinctly astringent undertones.
Today, we are going to prepare jamun shots, a very popular and refreshing summer drink. Usually, this drink is served in shot glasses; hence the name. Do try it and share your experience.
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- 250 grams jamun (Java plums or Indian blackberries)
- 2 tbsp ground sugar, or to taste
- 1/2 lemon
- 3-4 ice cubes
- 1/2 cup chilled water, or as needed
- Chaat masala, or as needed, for garnish
- 1 lemon, juiced, for garnish
- Deseed the jamun and freeze the pulp until well frozen but not too hard (about 4-5 hours).
- Add the frozen jamun to a blender and then add the juice of 1/2 a lemon, sugar and 3-4 crushed ice cubes. Blend well.
- Add 1/2 cup (or as needed) chilled water and blend the pulp to a thick smooth puree.
- Wet the mouth of the shot glass with lemon juice; then dip the moistened rim in chaat masala so it is well coated. Add the jamun shot and serve immediately.
Jamun Shots Recipe
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