Kulukki Sarbath is a Kerala stye refreshing summer drink. The term means Shaken in Malayam and so it gets it’s name. Here is how to make it.
I am always on the look out for refreshing drinks that can help me beat the heat this Summer.
And Indian cuisine is full of these refreshing drinks!
From South to North, you will find so many summer drinks, that are made traditionally from years, as they helps to cool down the body.
Today, I am sharing a drink from South India, which is made in most of the Kerala households during this hot season.
Its Kulukki! A little spicy and a little sweet, this is one flavourful drink that I had during my first visit to Kerala.
I was impressed with just the first sip, so refreshing and it instantly made me feel good in the oh-so humid weather.
And from that day, I had it almost every day the time I was in Kerala.
As I liked it so much, I asked one of the local for its recipe and with a few changes, I made my own version of Kulukki Sharbat.
It’s not only mine but even my husband’s favourite, so the days when we just want to chill in the Summer evenings, I make this drink and spend our evenings in the garden.
If you like good old lemonade, you will definitely like this one.
Here are some more refreshing Summer Drink recipes, that you can make to beat the heat – Mohabbat Ka Sharbat, Watermelon Juice, Jaljeera, Aam Panna Drink, Kokam Juice, Phalse Ka Sharbat and Kesar Chandan Sharbat.
What is Kulukki?
A drink from the Kerala state of South India which is made with the combination of basil seeds, green chilli, ginger, lime juice, powdered sugar and orange juice.
It is filled with the flavours, spicy, tangy and sweet in one, which makes it unique from the other drinks.
It gets its spiciness from the green chillies, tangy from the orange juice and lime juice and sweetness of the powdered sugar.
Mango – In this drink, you just have to substitute the orange juice with mango juice and follow the same steps. It is sweeter than the orange one, due to the use of mangoes.
Raw Mango – If you like it tangy, then you can use Raw Mango Juice instead of Ripe mango Juice.
Lime – In this version, omit the orange juice and increase the quantity of lime juice in the recipe.
Coconut Water – You can also substitute orange juice with coconut water or add both of them in the equal quantity.
Soda – You can also add in some soda, just like your lemonade, if you like that fizz in your drinks.
Step By Step Recipe
Soak basil seeds in 1/2 cup water for 15-20 minutes.
Add green chilli, ginger, lime juice, powdered sugar, mint leaves and orange juice in a glass bottle.
Tighten the lid and shake it vigorously.
Fill a glass with ice cubes. Pour the sherbet in the glass.
Topped lemon roundels and serve chilled.
Orange Kulukki Recipe
- 1/2 tsp Basil Seeds
- 1 Green Chilli (slit into half)
- 1/2 tsp Ginger (finely chopped)
- 2 tbsp Lime Juice
- 2 tbsp Powdered Sugar
- 1 cup Chilled Water
- 1 cup Fresh Orange Juice
- 4-6 Mint Leaves
- 2-3 Lime Rounds
- Ice Cubes (as required)
- Soak basil seeds in 1/2 cup water for 15-20 minutes.
- Add green chilli, ginger, lime juice, powdered sugar, orange juice and mint leaves in a glass bottle.
- Tighten the lid and shake it vigorously.
- Fill a glass with ice cubes.
- Pour the shaken mixture over the ice.
- Add soaked basil seeds and lime roundels in the glass and mix gently.
- Serve chilled.