Amlana- Cooling Tamarind Drink from Rajastan

I made this as a part of yesterday's Rajastani post.Amlana is a beverage from Rajastan made from Tamarind. When I saw this recipe in Tarla Dalal's Rajastani Cookbook, I could not help but notice the similarity between this one and the  Egyptian beverage- Tamr Hindi  that I posted a few months back.So many similarities in the cuisine.

Well, this one is really apt for the harsh climate of Rajastan and so made this soothing beverage to sip in our place as well,which is now turning into a really hot place, climate-wise.

I used:

Tamarind- a golf ball sized piece
Powdered sugar- to taste
Black salt/ kaala namak-1/4 teaspoon
Pepper powder- 1/4 teaspoon
Salt to taste
Water as needed
Ice cubes to serve
Mint leaves to garnish

Soak the tamarind in hot water for 15 minutes.Squeeze out as much extract as possible and filer.Repeat this till you are not able to make any more extract from the pulp.Filter and transfer into a vessel.

Add Black salt, sugar and pepper powder.Mix well. Check the taste.Add more water or salt/sugar / kaala namak.

Pour into tall glasses, top with ice and serve garnished with a little chopped mint leaves.

Make a huge batch ,chill and serve. Tastes best that way...

This drink goes to Cookbook Challenge of the month - April 2014...

Bon Appetit...

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