Monday, June 04, 2012

Mango Mint Kokam Juice Cooler


This is one of those totally experimental recipes which I concocted on a whim. Even though the flavours seem like an unlikely combination, I'm very pleased to say it turned out pretty darned slurpable! :)

Kokam juice is a locally available health drink made of Kokam berries. It is most commonly available in a concentrated syrup/squash form which can be mixed with water to make a kind of sherbet. It has a very cooling and hydrating effect on the body and is a perfect drink for hot hot summers, like the one we're experiencing right now.

In this recipe, I've used the Kokam syrup as the sweetener. If you decide to use the Kokam juice that is available in tetra packs (instead of the syrup), just eliminate the water. I don't recommend any additional sweetening though.

Mango Mint Kokam Juice

2 Ripe Raspuri Mangos - peeled and diced
1 Small Yelakki Banana - peeled and chunked
Handful Mint Leaves
2T Kokam Syrup
Juice of 1/2 Lemon
Pinch of Black Salt
1/4 tsp Pepper Powder
1 C Cool Water

Blend everything together with ice.
Enjoy! :)

7 comments:

  1. Interesting stuff - off to find out more about Kokam now!

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    1. Joey, considering its ever growing popularity and health benefits, it's only a matter of time before Kokam comes to the west.

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  2. we dont get fresh kokum berries here.. for that matter we dont even get good ripe mangoes:P . everytime i see a mango post on an indian blog i get jealous:) i think on my next visit i might just OD on mangoes:)
    that juice sounds fresh and fabulous. sweet and tangy and minty fresh!

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    1. Richa, we don't get fresh Kokam berries here either. I've only ever found the syrup and juice.

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  3. I've recently been adding mint leaves to my smoothies, really nice! I have yet to try it with mangoes. I don't make smoothies with mangoes because, although I do get them here, they are pricey and so I keep them to savour the real fruit pieces slowly. :D Yes I also get jealous of mango posts. Mangoes here are not the same as the ones I used to get from the tree in the yard back in Mauritius.

    I am new to kokum though, I've never seen it, maybe it's called by another name that I don't know of... :)

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    1. Teenuja, haha yeah when mangos are rare and pricey, it's best to savour every last drop in pure mango form. :)

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    2. Teenuja, haha yeah when mangos are rare and pricey, it's best to savour every last drop in pure mango form. :)

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