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Kesar Elaichi Sherbat

A popular non-alcoholic, summer drink with flavours of cardamom and saffron.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Drinks, Sweets and savories
Cuisine gluten free, Indian, Kids choice, Summer, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings 20 glasses


  • saucepan


For the syrup

  • 50 pods green cardamom
  • 1/2 tsp saffron
  • 1/8 tsp citric acid
  • 850 grams unrefined sugar
  • 500 ml drinking water
  • 1 gold leaf
  • 1/4 cup rosewater ( edible grade, not beauty grade)


To make the syrup

  • Soak the saffron in warm water and set it aside till use.
  • Into the saucepan add the sugar and water and mix well, set it to dissolve.
  • Add two tbsp of sugar to the cardamom pods and finely powder them in a spice mill ( or coffee grinder)
  • Once the sugar looks dissolved, bring it to a slow boil on medium heat.
  • Add the elaichi ( cardamom) powder and bring to a boil.
  • Add the citric acid and collect the scum that forms on top.
  • Stir constantly till the sugar syrup comes to a sticky 1 string consistency.
  • Add the soaked saffron and remove it from heat.
  • Stir well and let it sit till it comes to a lukewarm temperature.
  • Strain and store in a glass bottle.

To make the drink

  • Add about 1/3 of the syrup to a glass and add 2/3 cup chilled water or sparkling water.
  • Stir in a tsp of lemon juice and serve.
    Kesra ELaichi sherbat, summer drink
Keyword Indian vegetarian dinner, summer recipes
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