Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Nongu Paal (Palm Fruit Drink)


If it's different type of colourful berries in the west for summer, here in India we have plenty of tropical fruits like mangoes, jackfruit etc...  Among fruits if you ask me which is the best, I definitely can't.  Each fruit is unique and has it's own goodness.


 Yes you have unbearable heat in summer when it comes to tropical countries like India, but God  has also blessed them with abundant amount of fruits which cools down their body. The recipe which I made here is using palm fruit.  I'm sure atleast people from South India will be familiar with this fruit.   In summer people just crave for this fruit.  One thing which amazes me about this fruit is, palm tree is grown in extreme hot climate and the place where the tree grows is totally dry and looks like a dessert, actually not like a desert, it is a desert.   As you know palm tree grows in most of the dry desert regions, but  the fruit inside is high in water content and it also cools down your body, by which I'm amazed by this fruit.

When you go for a drive or walk in 40 degree C and come back home no matter how much bottle of water or juices you drink will not satisfy you.  But a glass of chilled palm fruit drink is a perfect thirst quencher.

  This recipe was strongly suggested by mom in law to publish in my blog but I made it in my mom's place and publishing it now.  Almost everyday  in summer this is a must in our mom in law's place and yeah I got the exact recipe from her.  Ever since I named my blog as Taste Of Pearl City, I never published any recipe to represent my home town and now I'm more than happy to publish the real Taste Of Pearl City , from Pearl City i.e my home town.

Recipe source: Mom-in-law and Mom
Preparation Time: 30 minutes
Cooking Time: 15 minutes( Chilling time for 3 to 4 hours)
Serves 4

Ingredients:
Milk- 1/2 litre
Sugar or honey- according to your taste you can add to sweeten the milk
Cardamom powder- 1/4 tsp
Rose water- 1/2 tsp
Palm fruit- 10
Pomegranate seeds- 1 tbsp( optional)
Rose- 1 ( optional)

Method:
Boil the milk along with cardamom powder and let it cool down completely.  Peel the palm fruit.  Blend 5 of the fruit in a blender and chop the remaining into small pieces. Add the pureed and chopped palm fruit, sugar or honey, rose water to the cooled milk and mix well until the sugar dissolves.
Pour the milk in a container and place it in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 hours.  Just before serving add some ice cubes and top it with pomegranate seeds and rose petals.
If you are not a big fan of pomegranate seeds and rose petals, you can omit it.  It taste absolutely perfect just on it's own.

Note:
I haven't mentioned the amount of sugar or honey, since different people use different amount of sweetness, you can vary it according to your taste.


This recipe goes to the following event,
Bookmarked recipes by Priya and Aipi,  Serve it chilled by Oh Taste N See, Kid's Delight - Cool Comfort by Seduce your Taste Buds originally started by Srivalli, Only Coolers and Mocktails by Simply Food started by Foodelicious, Fun N Sun by Tickling Palates, Seasonal Indulgence- Series Summer Coolers by Saffron Streaks  and What's Everyone having for Iftar







119 comments:

sowmya's creative saga said...

wowo..what clicks..just keep my eyes of them..lovely drink with nongu..sounds yumm..

Sunanda said...

This looks like a real thirst quencher.. nice presentation..

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Rekha shoban said...

wow!!lovely drink!nice presentation n click!

Prathibha said...

This is d best way to beat the heat...just love nongus...yummy drink!!

Pari said...

Wow! That's a new drink for me. Looks so beautiful and i'm sure must be great to taste too.

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Ms.Chitchat said...

Whenever I visit Chennai during summer, my first look out is for nungu. Available for almost 10 to 15 days in abundance from the nearby villages, they bring loads full and keep chopping and chopping. Ur single nungu click made me crave for some :):)A true delight recipe.

Indu said...

I have seen palm fruit, but was not sure what it was called. Looks refreshing....

Plateful said...

I love palm fruits and miss them here...! You are so lucky to feast on them this summer, I envy you. That first pic rocks...and so does the recipe.

AMMU MOHAN said...

i love to eat palam fruit......different one it is..

Hari Chandana said...

Refreshing and healthy recipe.. looks gr8 !!
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Jaleela Kamal said...

wow nongu is my fav, I like it much.super and very perfect thirsty quencher

Three-Cookies said...

This sounds delicious, like a lighter version of fruit milk shake. I have never tried palm fruit.

Jean said...

honestly the fruit doesn't look appealing on its own...but in your glass, it looks perfect!

cik cek said...

Buah kabung ke tu....

Sedap pulak nampaknya bila dibuat air cam gini....

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Very refreshingly cool drink. Excellent decoration.

Deepa
Hamaree Rasoi

Suja said...

Cool and refreshing..delicious drink.

Laxmi said...

Oh, Nongu Drink looks colorful. Feel like drinking. I miss it very much. Unfortunately, I dont get Nongu and Elaneer (Tender Coconuts) here.. :-(

Reshmi Mahesh said...

I love this fruit and your drink is so refreshing...nice click..

shabs said...

Wowowo, that looks so refreshing , I happened upon your site and love it , will be back for more :)

CinnamonNChillies said...

wow...never had this drink. Looks gorgeous. Ur pics are totally out of this world!!! If I ever come to Chennai, would you give me some food photography tuitions??? :-)

Anncoo said...

This is so stunning, love the color and presentation so pretty!

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Mind blowing pictures,wonderful recipe too! Never had this way!:)

Mehjabeen Arif said...

I am so missing Nongu here.. :) Preparation is exactly perfect.. Yum :)

kaveri said...

Looks so refreshing...love nongu as a fruit...will surely give this a try

Deeksha said...

Palm Fruit is new to me. sounds delicious and healthy. I'm surely looking forward to it. thanks for sharing.

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

wow, delicious, love the presentation. Very new recipe and fruit for me.

Torviewtoronto said...

delicious looks wonderful perfect for the heat we don't find it here

The Sweetylicious said...

this look so unique! i've never seen palm fruits in its shell before! anyways, im sure it taste refreshing! (:

women-wisdom.com said...

Cute presentation of palm fruit drink. Awesome.

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cook from doha said...

wow.........your palm fruit makes me crave for my home town.........i luv this fruit.........but always eat it as such........never tried to make anything with it.......but will try this........

Prathima Shivraj said...

Yummy fruit drink, awesome presentation.

Thanq for stopping by & dropping such a wonderful & encourage ment words. Glad to follow you.

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Vimitha Anand said...

Perfect chiller for the heat... Looks so inviting...

Raksha said...

yummy and a cool drink for the summer

Priya said...

Fantastic drink, i can finish it in no time,simply irresistible and refreshing..

Anjali Bapna Shukla said...

That sounds new to me...loved it!!

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Biny Anoop said...

wow a evry special drink.....its sure is refreshing dear...love it.....

Saranya said...

wow..cool..What a colorful presentation..I like that drink.
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Junia said...

your blog is beautiful! love the recipes on it! i can't find palm fruit here at a regular grocery store, but i've had it before when i've traveled! i love plant based drinks hehehe. thanks so much for your blog visit!

divya said...

Wow looks delicious and very tempting.

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savitha ramesh said...

delicious looking nungu paal.drooling over it.u make me remember my childhood days.

julie said...

A very relishing and refreshind drink by the look itself,must have been exotic!! Thanx for sharing the recipe.

Deepthidigvijay said...

hmmmm...looks awesome and yummy.. :)

Paaka Shaale said...

Gosh the mere photograph of the drink has a cooling effect on me. I can only imagine how cooling it would really be. :)

Shanavi said...

I don get nongu here, but will try this recipe with the canned palm fruit..Super summer cooler..

SravsCulinaryConcepts said...

very new to me !! so refreshing and perfect for summer !!

Blackswan said...

Such lovely drinks & nice shots! Dropping by from Luxury Indulgence

Chitra said...

love nongu always had nongu sorbet but this looks very delicious and refreshing...

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Rinku Naveen said...

Hi Ayeesha
Very interesting recipe.. Have had palm fruit many times but this is the first time I heard about the drink. Yumm..
U have a lovely space. Loved all ur clicks.
Thanks for dropping by my blog, leaving a comment and following.. :)
Happy to follow u too...
Looking f/w to more recipes

Rani acharyulu said...

Wow,beautiful clicks,looks awesome.Yummy drink..

SouthIndianHome said...

Wonderful clicks.Healthy and refreshing drink
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Sharmilee! :) said...

Such a nice idea of making nongu paal..lovely clicks

sonu said...

oh man..wht a lovely vibrant presentation...truly awesome..i luv this fruit but have had it just a as a fruit never ever thought we can use in any other form..very innovative and beautiful drink !

Radhika said...

Awesome Clicks. before I forget thanks for sending it to my event. i miss Nungu here. In my home town used to get it in plenty. love the drink. Clicks are so soothing for the eyes. Hope you have settled down well.

Rumana Rawat said...

That is so tempting and very beautiful click too:)

Kurinji said...

Perfect thirst quencher...Lovely presentation.
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miri goes phishing! said...

i really like nongu...there fleshiness n' the juice that pours into my mouth when i bite...just lovely...i never thgt of trying a drink with them though...i will dfntly give this a try....:)

G.Pavani said...

grt clicks n tempting drink..

Chandrani Banerjee said...

That's a new drink for me. Drink looks refreshing. Superb presentation......

Sweet Artichoke said...

One more discovery here! This sounds like a delicious thirst quencher! Awesome pics, as always :-)

Suman Singh said...

Wow..this is a new drink to me..looks refreshing and perfect for the summer.

Mira said...

Wow! what a royal looking yummy summer chiller! Congratulations for such a wonderful presentation. Happy to follow you.

Sutapa said...

A very refreshing thirst quencher!

Vardhini said...

Nongu is my all time favorite .. miss them now :) Drink looks refreshing.

Vardhini
VardhinisKitchen

Kitchen Flavours said...

palm fruit is one of my favorites.....never tried a drink with it.....clicks are rocking....drink is looking delectable....

schmetterlingwords said...

Ayeesha, Nongu paal kalakkala irukku... I never had nongu this way.. In Nagercoil, Nongu sarbath is also famous.. Do u know that?? If yes, try to post that also, when u get nongu next time... :-)

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SavithaRaj's Spice Land said...

Nice drink would not mind to grab the glass to have a sip..but here in US I don't get fresh Nongu...

Richa said...

Thanks for dropping by my blog.. nice clicks! i havent ever tried the palm fruit.. it looks enticing!
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Vatsala. said...

Lovely drink. Show and Tell

J+K said...

This sounds fascinating and I would love to try it! I don't know if I can find palm fruit in California?
You have a very nice blog. Thank you for visiting ours!
~J&K

izahdaut said...

woowwww... i like the pic very much.. gorgeous!!!!

Betty @ scrambled henfruit said...

You are lucky to have so many beautiful fruits where you live! I've never had palm fruit (I've never seen it in a store either) but the drink you've made with it sounds delicious and refreshing. :)

Fajeeda said...

wow so nice and refreshing drink..........we all love nongu very much.....superb clicks....so ur post in todays food buzz...

Reshmi said...

This looks absolutely divine....i just love the wholepresentation...

saffronandhoney.com said...

What beautiful colors! Can't wait to try it :)

San said...

Hi,

Adorable drink to please everyone. I used to love palm fruit in my childhood. Never really got a chance to eat them after that. A drink with palm fruit hmmm that sounds captivating. Best click n presentation.

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Sarah Naveen said...

Beautiful clicks!!! nice lovely color...looks so refreshinga dn yumm!!

Mandy said...

I have summer throughout the whole year in Singapore, palm fruit drink is just the right choice. Fantastic! :D

Mary said...

This looks so refreshing. I'll wager it is delicious as well. I hope your have a great day. Blessings...Mary

alyce said...

Congrats on your top 9!

Kalyani said...

yummy and tempting drink . lovely clicks .......

Raji said...

This is a gorgeous and healthy drink Ayeesha..don't know how I missed seeing this. Awesome.

Panchpakwan said...

Wow so yummy drink..and such elegant presentation too!

Nami @ Just One Cookbook said...

Hi Ayeesha! I remember I came to your site for the first time a few weeks ago and I got busy and haven't been here since then. Do you have an email subscription (from what I see here I can't find)? I know you have reader, but I still don't know how to use it yet... I really, really, love your site. Pictures are gorgeous and I love what you are cooking!!!

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cookingvarieties said...

hai umm maimoonah,
how are u dear, by tomorrow night i will be publishing your post.. so you may check the next day

. do drop comment in my box ok. if u send by emails, it doesnt go to my comment box, so it will be deleted...sad..
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Miriam said...

Ah, SO refreshing!! Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

aipi said...

Oh~ I really palm fruit and haven't had these like in ages ~ your post made me nostalgic of our visit to grandpa's place during summers and having loads of these :)
A beautiful drink n equally beautiful presentation!
US Masala

Adelina said...

totally agree with you! feel like sipping it virtually!

Rocío Conesa said...

yummmmy!!

tanja said...

Hi Ayeesha! I am absolutely in love with your drink creations! All these beautiful colours, and lovely presentation! I have never tried palm fruit before, but I hope I will get the chance to try it in near future, as it looks so refreshingly yummie :)

Greetings from Austria,
Tanja

kitchenmorph said...

this is truly a blessed post. thanx to your mum in law for insisting!!

Rocío Conesa said...

Looks so delicious!! =)

The Breakfast Lover said...

Oh! i would like to know how it taste! the colours are beautiful!

Krishnaveni said...

super healthy drink, beautiful

Victoria said...

I've never had palm fruit, but would happily fly over to India for a sip of this drink. It's so pretty and it definitely looks refreshing!

Kitchen Boffin said...

wow!palm fruit always quenches my thurst by mere sight..this traditional drink is real cool and refreshing.. wanna drink it right from that glass..:)
as usual cool pics n good presentation. love it

Now Serving said...

Wow, this is such a healing drink! I used to hate nongu, growing up purely because of it s texture - I am sure if I revisit now, I'd do a lot better :)yummy post!

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Natascha Kessler - Heaven on Hearth said...

This looks like a lovely drink and so beautifully presented.

Kalyani said...

very new drink to me ...... u have a wonderful blog .... nice recipes ..... happy to follow u ......

Zareena said...

I simply scoop out the palm fruit and eat it, but never tried this drink. Loved the way you presented this drink.

HGourmet Foodie said...

wow.. what a fantastic presentation.. I could not stop staring at it :) Beautiful!!!

lena said...

i've also never seen a real palm fruit except for the ones in cans. lovely drink!!

Sensible Vegetarian said...

Can't take my eyes of this beautiful drink. Excellent.

Fathima said...

Pearl City = Keelakkari? Did you note that your photo goes so well with the header. The blog page looks like Martha stewart wedding magazine front cover. Great. I have just started my blog three days back and my head is rounding at all the options available. How do you all wonderful ladies make it look so easy?

Loveandcalories said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog!! am a very new blogger!!....love ur recipes!! ur new follower!!

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Sobha Shyam said...

wow..what an excellent drink..very refreshing and lovely...u have a beautiful space out here..thanx for the lovely comment at my space..glad to follow u :)

yummylittlecooks said...

Thanks for visiting my blog.
I love this palm fruit...love your drinks too...so refreshing..

sweetlife said...

super refreshing..i love your pics. thank you for sharing this perfect summer drink with us!

sweetlife

SproutsOfSpring said...

What a lovely presentation! I never had this drink and I don't think I ever had the fruit either. Would love to try it!!

Parsley Sage said...

Simply stunning photos! You made this drink so absolutely essential for life :) Thanks so much for sharing and for swinging by Deep Dish!

Foodie Ann said...

Looks gorgeous..

Mark@SeasonWithSpice said...

Hi Ayeesha,

I've seen this fruit in Penang (the coconut sellers always have it on their cart), but I've never tried it. I definitely need a drink to cool me down here every day. It's not 40 here, but close to it.

Will you be featuring more Hyderabad recipes?

Rumana Rawat said...

Superb presentation:)

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