How about joining me for a drink today? A drink that is from a really for off place,a drink that looks so pretty and is a wonderful thirst quencher!Got you interested,didn't I!!!
Presenting to you- Sharab Tamr Hendi from the Syrian Cuisine, as Syria is the country that we are visiting this month in the MENA[Middle Eastern and North African]
This month we were given the choices to make
Drink: Sharab Tamr Hendi (example here)
Main: Oven Potato with Lemon, Garlic and Oil (example here)
Sweet: Aqras Helweh (example here)
I made the drink and the sweet though the sweet will get posted a little later.
This is a really cooling and delicious drink just like the Rajastani Amlana and Egyptian Tamr Hindi.Though the flavors in the three drinks differ, the base is the same - Tamarind.
This is a perfect drink to chill out with during the hot summer months...
Adapted from Orange Blossom Water
Tamarind - 50 grams
Jaggery to taste
Rose syrup to taste
- Boil a cup of water and add the tamarind. Let it simmer for 10 minutes.
- Remove from heat and let it cool completely.
- After it has cooled down, squeeze out the juice from the pulp.Filter the mixture.
- Pour the pulp into a jug and top it up with 2 cups[more or less depending on how tart the tamarind is]
- Take the pulp in a cheese cloth , tie it up and place inside the jug we prepared in step 4.
- Keep in the fridge for a couple of hours to chill for at least 12 hours.I chilled it for 3 hours.
- Remove the jug from fridge and take out the cheese cloth and squeeze out the juice from it and discard the pulp.
- Add jaggery [or sugar], mix well.
- Now add rose syrup as needed and serve chilled.
- The original recipe calls for sugar. I used organic jaggery.
- If you do not have rose syrup, you can use rose water, but you will not get this pretty color.
- The quantity of water and jaggery / sugar will depend on how tart the tamarind is.
- The color of the drink will vary on how dark / light the tamarind is and the concentration of the rose syrup
Here is what the others in our group cooked from the Syrian Cuisine....
Labels: Cool Comforts, Flavors from across the border, Juices, MENA Cooking Club, Syrian Cuisine, Vegan varieties