Our traditional drinks were healthier with proven health benefits, a lot more refreshing and perfect for our summer. These were mostly sold on the roadside carts or kiosks and lost in time to Colas/ packaged juices for mainly hygiene concerns. Hope someone brings them back. Here are some of the vintage quenchers.
Sugarcane juice: Naturally sweet and unbeatable when taken with a hint of lemon and ginger. Available at Hyperstar.
Sattu: Remarkably refreshing and is a mixture of ground pulses & cereals dissolved in water sweetened with with ground Gur (unrefined brown sugar). Sattu & Gur easily available on a grocery shop.
Bazoori and Sandal: Bazoori is made from Kasni which comes from the Daisy family. Sandal comes from Sandalwood. Both are typically downed with Basil seeds (Tukham Malanga) and Gond Katira (tree gum), with known health benefits. Qarshi and Marhaba offer these but can’t match ones made by an old school Hakeem.
Tamarind & Plum: Imlee aur Aloo Bukhara …..my fav. Tamarind and dry plums are soaked overnight in water before adding sugar and ice. It is a great tasting cooler marrying tartness and sweetness.
Kanjee: Made with Red carrots and spices, it is not sweet. Extremely refreshing, the blood red color of the drink stands out. Mums can make it at home.