Kokum Sharbat/ Kokum Drink
Kokum Sharbat, IS a western coastal favorite summer drink, now gaining popularity up here in North of India. Originally from Goa Kokum Sharbat has its health benefits apart from the great taste and makes a great coolant drink for summers.
Kokum is a fruit from southern land of India, belongs to the same family as, mongosteen. Dry kokum is sour in taste. Its Botanical name is Garcinia Indica, and it has Pharmaceutical, Culinary and Industrial uses. You can read more about it here.
Health benefits of Kokum
Kokum is used in many coastal dishes and is known to have great health benefits.
It is anti Inflammatory and is used in the treatment of sores.
Its a great medicine for flatulence, and stomach ailments due to indigestion.\
Its external application is indicated in skin diseases, like allergies.
Kokum Butter helps as a coolant in the treatment of burns and scalds.
Culinary uses of Kokum
Kokum gives a sour taste to the curries same as tamarind does, and is used in curries, and chutneys apart from coolant drink Like Kokum Sharbat.
Delhi summers have always been a challenge, especially the months of May and June, when heat waves are strong, days are long, and Kids are home for summer vacations. And to add to the heat, ongoing construction around the society, dust storms, and infection prone environment, Something that can add on as a good health accelerator is welcome. Kokum Sharbat with its spices, like cumin, cardamom, makes a great soothing drink and helps fight abdomen upset due to heat stroke.
In fact, we as kids used to drink a jeera drink called RIMJHIM, if anyone is from north of India lived around in Haryana or Delhi, would be familiar with this. Kokum Sharbat is s very similar to that, with the sour-sweet taste and a hint of jeera( cumin), and other spices.
In fact the chatpata flavour is great to make lollies too. Kokum sharbat can be made and stored in advance and can be quickly stirred into a glass full of summer goodness.
After you read the recipe, I am sure you would definitely want to include this wonder fruit in your culinary list of must try.