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Kokum Soda | Kokum Fizz | Summer Coolers

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What is Kokum, what are are the benefits of using Kokum?

Kokum Soda is a naturally cooling Summer Beverage which has medicinal properties to cool the body, aid digestion and help prevent inflammation.

Garcinia indica, a plant in the mangosteen family, commonly known as kokum, is a fruit-bearing tree that has culinary, pharmaceutical, and industrial uses (Source – Wikipedia). The sun dried version is called Aamsul, Kokum or kokam. It is good for digestive health, prevents acidity and cools the body as well. A magical kitchen ingredient that’s also anti-inflammatory and stimulates appetite as well. Another magical ingredient for Summers is Saunf / Fennel Seeds, which is used to make this Sugarfree Saunf Sherbet

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Where is Kokum used?

Mostly used in the dried form, kokum is used as a souring agent in cooking along the Western coast of India – Goan , Maharashtrian, Kerala, Konkani, Gujarati cuisines. Dried Kokum is soaked in water to extract the pulp and it lends itself to a purplish pink colour, similar to extracting tamarind extract from soaked tamarind pulp. Kokum is used in tempering in Dals, added Usal, to make Solkadhi, Futi Kadi and other summer coolers.

Importance of the ingredients used

  • Kokum – Coolant, digestive, anti-inflammatory
  • Jeera / Cumin – helps fight flatulence and aids digestion
  • Jaggery – natural coolant, unrefined sugar, calcium rich
  • Fresh Mint – helps fight acidity, bloating

How to make Kokum Soda or Kokum Fizz?

Usually, Kokum Syrup is used to prepare this. But I have shown the recipe from scratch which helps you control the sugar as well other ingredients that go into this. It pretty much needs barely 4-5 ingredients and you can make this anytime, for a party or use it as a Summer Cooler.

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What natural cooling beverage do you like? Do let me know in the comments below..

Ingredients needed for Kokum Soda:

  • Dried Kokum – 30 grams
  • Roasted Cumin Powder – 2 tsp
  • Water – 3 cups
  • Sprite or any Soda – 200 ml
  • Crushed Mint leaves – 1 tsp
  • Salt – a pinch (about 1/8 tsp)
  • Grated Jaggery – 3 tsp (To make this drink completely refined Sugar free, simply use a combo of jaggery / stevia / any other refined sugar substitute along and use CLUB SODA in place of Sprite)

How to make Kokum Soda

Refer the video embedded here to check out how to make this.

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Kokum Jeera Soda | Kokum Fizz

Kalyani
Kokum Soda is a naturally cooling Summer Beverage which has medicinal properties to cool the body, aid digestion and help prevent inflammation.
5 from 9 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Soak time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 5 minutes
Course Beverage
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4
Calories 37 kcal

Equipment

  • Bowl
  • Wet Blender
  • Sieve

Ingredients
  

  • 30 grams Dried Kokum
  • 2 tsp Roasted Cumin Powder
  • 3 cup Water
  • 200 ml Sprite Sub with Club Soda or Sparkling Water
  • 1 tsp Fresh Mint leaves
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 3 tsp Grated Jaggery

Instructions
 

Check out the Video Embedded below for the detailed procedure and instructions

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    Notes

    1. Use of Jaggery and Roasted Cumin powder are optional, but recommended.
    2. Jaggery is used in place of Sugar
    3. If using Club Soda, you may increase the sugar (jaggery / stevia / Refined sugar)
    4. If using ready made Kokum Syrup, skip all the sweeteners. 
    5. Soak the dried kokum for at least 2 hours to get full extract. 
    6. This beverage may be served as  Futi Kadi (without soda) if preferred.
    7. To make this drink completely refined Sugar free, simply use a combo of jaggery / stevia / any other refined sugar substitute along and use CLUB SODA in place of Sprite.

    Nutrition

    Serving: 100mlCalories: 37kcalCarbohydrates: 9gProtein: 0.2gFat: 0.2gSaturated Fat: 0.01gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.03gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.1gSodium: 88mgPotassium: 19mgFiber: 0.1gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 14IUVitamin C: 0.1mgCalcium: 17mgIron: 1mg
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    18 Comments

    1. Seema Sriram

      5 stars
      I loev kokum soda. My kids take after me, so it is our summer treat. So glad to see it on your blog.

    2. Mayuri Patel

      5 stars
      Hubby loves kokum drink but in the past have used ready made kokum syrup which tends to be too sweet. Have just ordered some kokum so will be trying out this delicious and cooling kokum soda this summer.

    3. Jayashree T.Rao

      5 stars
      I have not had kokum soda but would love to try it. Sounds interesting and ideal during summer.

    4. Sasmita Sahoo

      5 stars
      Kokum Soda is surely a cooling summer drink……. Good to get the recipe here, great to make during current time

    5. 5 stars
      I make thekokum sharbat in regular water never tried carbonated water. This is something I must make.Thanks.

    6. Preethi Prasad

      5 stars
      Kokum soda sounds refreshing. I have heard a lot about kokum but never used it . I have to source it here to try this fabulous refreshing drink.

    7. 5 stars
      Kokum soda is yumm to gulp down on a hot afternoon. I have had it made from the concentrate but this recipe is a keeper to make it at home. Love this fizzy drink

    8. Vaishali

      5 stars
      Very refreshing! Kalyani, I had it very recently at my friend’s place and fell in love with it. Beautiful colour and such a amazing flavour. Sprite actually adds on to the flavour and makes it a nice fizzy drink.

    9. preeti garg

      5 stars
      this kokum jeera soda is perfect drink for summer season and love the color and taste.

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