Thursday, April 5, 2012

Home made Nannari Sherbet from scratch

It's summer here in India, actually not just summer, it's ssssummmmeeer.  Why I want to stress the summer is, summer isn't much of fun here, although it's summer vacation for kids, it's like visiting friends and family, couldn't enjoy it to the most.  The Sun has started showing the heat at it's peak, couldn't help about it, since we can't fight with nature. Along with this the frequent power cuts which makes it much more worse. Now we could do nothing with nature, either the power cut.  So all we can do is just intake something to reduce the body heat, to avoid all scorching and scratching.
  After taking gallons and gallons of water, still doesn't seem to satisfy our dry and sore throat.  So we need something something else more than water to balance the heat here.  Yes, it's hot and humid here but still there are few solutions which can manage the heat to some extent and reduce the body heat.

Tender coconut water is one of the best thirst quencher, it also acts as a natural coolant for our body, apart from that melons which are available in abundance everywhere here, which is again one of the best thirst quencher.  Now coming to the hero of our story, Sherbet.  There are many different type of Sherbets and Squash are available, the one which is most common and popular here in India is Nannari Sherbet or may be only in South India.

Nannari or Sarsaparilla is a root which  acts as a natural coolant for our body.  Nannari is good for many skin infections, it also purifies the blood. Regular intake of it reduces the burning sensation in stomach.  Our ancestors have made this   syrup using nannari root, jaggery and lemon juice.  After years , jaggery is been replaced with sugar.  Although Jaggery is a better version, there are some myths that jaggery increase the body heat which may be even true.  So I made the syrup using sugar and added a bit of colour to give the traditional look of Nannari Sherbet, a bright vibrant red colour.  Nannari Sherbet which is available in markets are normally tinted with yellow, orange or red.  You can leave it without adding any colour, which would be a perfect glass of healthy drink. 
When you have a bottle of syrup ready, add a squeeze of lemon juice, some water and few ice cubes, time to chill out...

Preparation Time:5 minutes
Cooking Time: 15 minutes+ 8 hours soaking time
Makes nearly 400 ml of syrup

Ingredients:
Nannari root- 5 to 6 pieces
Water- 1/2 litre
Sugar- 5 tbsp
Lemon - juice of 4 lemon
Few drops of food colouring of your choice (optional)

Method:
Break the nannari root with the mortal and pestle.  Break the outside hard and take the inner part of the root.  Powder it in a blender.  Heat the water until it starts boiling.  Take it off from heat, add the powdered nannari.  Cover it and let it rest for 1 whole night or minimum of 8 hours.
After 8 hours, strain the liquid through a fine filter or muslin cloth.  Add the sugar to the strained liquid and heat it again.  Stir continuously until the sugar dissolves completely.  Let it boil until it reaches a sticky consistency.  Take it off from heat, add the colourin and  let it cool down completely.  Add the lemon juice and stir well and store it in a sterilized bottle.  This can be kept for upto 2 to 3 weeks in the refrigerator.

To prepare the juice:
Nannari syrup- 1 tbsp
Water- 200 ml
Lemon- Juice of 1/2 a lemon
Sugar if needed
Few ice cubes
Basil seeds- 1/2 tbsp (soaked in water)

Method:
Add everything to a tall glass, give it a good stir and enjoy .

48 comments:

Lecker and said...

Wow Ayeesha, kalakkureenga !!! Nannari looks very refreshing. I am sure ur sherbet collection like Jigarthanda, this one, among many others would act as a guide tfor many of us to beat the heat !!

Lecker and Yummy Recipes said...

Wow Ayeesha, kalakkureenga !!! Nannari looks very refreshing. I am sure ur sherbet collection like Jigarthanda, this one, among many others would act as a guide tfor many of us to beat the heat !!

hellopalz said...

I like the color composition in this post...summery n sweet!

Nisha said...

wow, you use a lot of unique things ... last time badam pisin, now nannari!

hellopalz said...

Very nice...lovely!

Rathai said...

You always post very unique and amazing recipes that are hard to come by even in this age of food blogging. The sherbet looks so refreshing and delicious! Love the colour.

Sravs said...

Pretty color and well presented dear !! drink looks so refreshing and cool one !!

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An Open Book said...

i am thinking this will be a fab summer drink

R said...

i had never heard of this ingredient before - thnx for sharing. The sherbet looks perfect for summer. fabulous color!

Rahin said...

Never heard of Nannari, we would make a similar juice with similar looking fruit , not sure wht it was or how it was made, but this is definitely new to me, looks cool :) may be I should try it when I visit South India

vrinda said...

Really a tempting drink,one of my fav..

Follow foodie said...

Nannari, recollecting my older memories with this shurbat.I loved this when i was a Kid.
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Lavanya T R said...

Looks Perfect :)
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Kalpana Sareesh said...

Nannari sherbet from scratch awesome work hv not seeen these roots use to buy nannari essence n i jus use it.. the clicks r so refreshing for this summer.. looking at the pics makes thirst quenched!!

Princy Vinoth said...

i love this Ayeesha,This root must be available in naatu marundhu shop i guess no?i get the ready syrup which is loaded with sugar :(

Sudha Sabarish said...

Wonderful thirst quencher to beat the summer and a healthy one too.

PriyaVaasu said...

Have tried this juice shops in chennai, never knew we can make it at home too!!! Lovely color!!!

Ramya said...

nannari sarbat used to be our favourite drink of childhood...this post takes me back to those years...

Archana said...

Once again I have come across a new ingredient. Nannari.. there are so many things that were used by our ancestors that we have forgotten. Thanks for this beautiful recipe. Will hunt for this root when I go down to my fathers place.

Vimitha Anand said...

Appa makes this for us for the summer... Looks so refreshing

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Yummy and refreshing looking Sherbet.
Wonderfully prepared.
Deepa
http://hamareerasoi.blogspot.in/2012/04/open-faced-sandwich.html

Az said...

sis you have such unique recipes here... this is something very new to me..

Zareena said...

I have heard about this nannari serbet, but never tried this before. This looks amazing and clicks are perfect.

Sharmilee! :) said...

Super recipe...looks yum

maha said...

What an innovative recipe priya. Looks so tempting ur nannari.
Maha

maha said...

nice cliks as always.....this one is completely new to me..luv it.

Nalini's Kitchen said...

wow!!!such a refreshing drink...miss it a lot,well presented dear....

The Harried Cook said...

Haven't visited your blog in ages - I'm sorry! I just happened to see one of your old comments on my blog and thought 'Oh no! I must visit!', and I am SO glad I did. We buy SO much nannari sherbet in our house because my husband loves it to bits... He drinks 2 glasses almost every day! It's not very expensive to buy, but keeping stocked is an issue because we don't get the authentic stuff in all the stores... This is a wonderful option! Also, I had no clue that the traditional one was that color... the one we get is pale yellow (like sugar syrup), but yours is prettier :) Thank you so much for sharing this!!! :) And I love the photographs :)

Jaleela Kamal said...

koodaikku eerra kulu kulu sarbath

Shobha Kamath said...

Very colourful & tempting sherbet! This is new to me. Very informative too !

Rani acharyulu said...

Wow new summer cooler..i never heard about Nannari root...beautiful unique yummy cooler.....

Priya said...

Well done dear, home made nannari sherbet omg, wish to live near u guys..Wat a beautiful colour..

kanan said...

This ingredient is new to me. love the color of the drink.

Shobha said...

I had this sherbat in Andhra during my visit last time..I had never heard about it before...thanks for sharing the recipe.

Pepper Tadka said...

Wow, I make other fruit syrups from scratch but it never crossed my mind that I could do the same with Nannaari. My husband loves it and has to have at least two glasses daily. I am not too sure abt the stuff we get in the bottles here.

From where do u get the root from?

Thank You.

Premalatha Aravindhan said...

wow I need a glass Ayeesha,love this totally...thanks for the recipe.

G.Pavani said...

oh! delicious sherbet need a glass for me too..

Kitchen Flavours said...

Looks like perfect thirst quencher for the season....

Aruna Manikandan said...

wow...
nice refreshing drink ayeesha :)
gorgeous clicks dear.

Familycook said...

I wonder what nannari is called in Urdu? I am definitely trying this for its benefits:)

Anh said...

Nannari! I haven't heard of it. But the drink looks exciting!

Namitha said...

Beautiful ! What a striking color

Torviewtoronto said...

delicious looking cooling drink looks fabulous

Preeti Garg said...

awesome and too bright lovly color...plz collect ur awards from my blog

http://preeti-kitchen.blogspot.in/2012/04/bunch-of-awards-and-giveaway-part-3.html

Preeti Garg said...

awesome and too bright lovly color...plz collect ur awards from my blog

http://preeti-kitchen.blogspot.in/2012/04/bunch-of-awards-and-giveaway-part-3.html

beti said...

I love how it sounds! it looks refreshing and delicious, perfect for a sunny day

Kurryleaves said...

nice presentation dear....lovely clicks

Fathima said...

OOh this brings back memories of my childhood vacation in my nativeplace. We children used to welcome the arrival of guests in the afternoon, because my grandfather who was the patriach of the family immediately sent us to buy sarbath for the guests, naturally we were given enough money for a few rounds ourselves. I had an iron constitution and digestive powers so I came to no harm even though there was no bottled water etc...

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