It was the name-“Kuluki sarbath” which caught us on to the recipe. I had never heard of this all my childhood in Kerala and I had a dozen people asking me what it is!!
We just had sarbath, nanari sarbath or naranga soda as children. I hardly remember having this at the “petikada ” ( a small wayside convenience shop) on the way to the “Thali temple” with my dad. Again, I was watching something about Kerala on the television, when this name was mentioned. Strangely it caught on to my head as a bug. Simply, had to know what happens when you just got to shake a lemonade… 😀
Well, that was for first impressions.
Slowly we realised the recipe flavour is very different from a simple juiced up lime or lemonade. All that vigorous shaking, the jelly-like soaked basil seeds and the slit chillies imparting a faint aroma and tickle at the back of your throat with a masked heat makes it all a different experience. No wonder people are talking about it!!
Now to the video
With the help of my youtube channel director (my oldest) we have been uploading a few videos on youtube when time permits. This experiment with the Kulukki sarbath was a fun one. We couldn’t miss to capture it. Though the video as you can watch is a naive one was so fun to shoot, coz with all the shaking…..it was peels of laughter in the background trying to get the footage. The video is also special to us coz this is the last one we did before leaving Malaysia.
Back to the present
Since it is summer a chilled Kulukki sarbath is a must try. Don’t miss the simple pleasures of all the colourful ones in the market.
Oh! Before you leave, if you are visiting kerala..try one for me, will you?
And please don’t miss mangoes… for it is the mango heaven.
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Here are a few more which you may like to try for the summer.
the summer shaken one from Kerala
- 1 medium lime
- 2 cups drinking water chilled
- 2-3 tbsp unrefined sugar
- 2 green chilli slightly slit to impart the aroma
- 1 tsp basil seeds soaked in 1/4 cup water
- Soak the sabja seeds in 1/4 cup of water for15 minutes till the jelly around it fluffs up.
- Meanwhile, juice up the lime
- Add the sugar, juiced up lime and chilled water to a mason jar with a tight fitting lid.
- Add in the slit chillies and a tsp of basil seeds to the liquid mix
- Close the lid tight and shake well for about 5-7 minutes ( good workout). till the sugar dissolves.
- Serve immediately adding more basil seeds.
You can swap the basil seeds for chia seeds. Add up a few bits of pineapple or raw mango with a few slithers of ginger for a change of flavour.
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!