Friday, June 24, 2011

Sharbat-e-Falsa (Grewia Juice)


Sharbat or Sherbet  is a popular Middle Eastern and South Asian drink that is prepared from fruits or flower petals. It is sweet and served chilled. It can be served in concentrate form and eaten with a spoon or diluted with water to create the drink. Rose, Sandalwood, Lemon, Orange, Pineapple, Mango & Falsa sharbats are very common in Pakistan.

Falsa / Phalsa ( Grewia asiatica ) is a species of Grewia native to southern Asia from Pakistan east to Cambodia, and widely cultivated in other tropical countries. The fruit is an edible drupe 5–12 mm diameter, purple to black when ripe. It is extensively cultivated for its sweet and sour acidic fruits, which are sold in the market during summer months under the name Falsa. The pleasant sherbet or squash is prepared from the fruit pulp by mixing it with sugar and used as an astringent, stomachic and cooling agent. The fruits allay thirst and burning sensations, and can reduce inflammations. These are said to be good for heart and blood disorders, fevers, throat troubles and diarrhea. ( Source: Wikipedia )

Sharbat-e-Falsa (Grewia Juice)
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* Serves : 6

Ingredients :
  • 250 gm. falsay (washed)
  • 250 gm. sugar ( adjust according to the taste, depending on the sourness of the fruit )
  • Pinch of black salt ( kala namak )
  • 1 1/2 liter water
Method :
  • Wash & soak the falsay in 1 cup water for ( 1 - 2 hours ) to soften the fruit.
  • Strain through a medium fine sieve and extract all juice and pulp by pressing down with a spoon. Discard the seeds.
  • Combine sugar & remaining water in a pan. Cook till the sugar dissolves.
  • Remove from heat, add falsa juice and black salt.
  • Cool at room temperature, then refrigerate until well chilled.
  • Serve in tall glasses, topped with Ice cubes.
Note : 
  • It should be consumed within 2 days, as there are no preservatives added in this sharbat. You can also add red food color to get the beautiful color.



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Thank you for stopping by. Hope you enjoy the recipe!!!

35 comments :

  1. Wat a colourful and refreshing juice, definitely a thirsty quencher..

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  2. I have to search more about this fruit..never had this..but the colour is so much tempting.

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  3. Falsa = Purple Berry..if somebody wants to search more about this fruit google it simply :)

    sweet Ambreen i like falsa but its rare in Islamabad..my sis lived in Lahore & she said its available easily there :)
    well dont be late in sending this glass to meeeeeee *(*
    Lots of Love
    ~ Khadija ~

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  4. i love fasle eat as it is sharbat is so tempting

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  5. What a fabulous color of this juice. ...

    Deepa
    Hamaree Rasoi

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  6. Refreshing juice!!!! Love the color!!!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

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  7. Thank you Priya! Surely a refreshing drink to beat the heat :)

    Dear Raji, I was confused what it is called in English. Thankfully, Wikipedia came to my rescue :)

    Thank you Khadija! We, Lahoris, are lucky in this matter. We make it at least twice in a week. Wish I could send this to you :)

    Thank you Santosh. Fruit juice is more popular in our home then eating the fruit itself :)

    Thank you so much Radhika, Jay, Deepa & Prathima for your lovely comments :)

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  8. wow really nice flavorful juice :)

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  9. What a fabulous color of this juice. ...

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  10. its been ages that I tasted this fruit. we used to have one tree at our backyard but then we had to cut it. since then its been a distant dream. you revived many fond memories with this post Ambreen. lovely post.

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  11. A lovely and refreshing drink.....

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  12. Refreshing drink..lovely color.

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  13. Wow ~ what an exotic n beautiful drink, love to have a sip right now :)
    US Masala

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  14. so colorful and nice refreshing drink !!

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  15. thank you for linking this delicious drink looks wonderfully refreshing

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  16. I love phalse ka sherbet. Its so strange to know that we have the same fruit across the border. This is a refreshing & beautiful cooler.

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  17. Wow! looks wonderful. Loved the colour of the sherbet.

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  18. Thank you so much to all of you for your sweet notes :)

    Thanks Deeba for visiting & for your nice comment. We're lucky to have this fruit over here :)

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  19. Such a nutritious and yummy drink! thank you for introducing us to this awesome fruit and drink!

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  20. I can almost smell the sweet fragrances of the flowers and fruits that went into this sherbet! lip smacking yummy!

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  21. Thank you Sarah & Priya for your wonderful comments :)

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  22. hi ambreen, this is such a refreshing and healthy drink. i love cold drinks.
    i never know how to make aa sherbet recipe. and you have unfamiliar ingredients such as falsay.
    wish we have them over here.

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  23. Thank you Maznah for your lovely comment. Wish I could send you this fruit from my country :)

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  24. WOW an exotic drink...........just rt for this season

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  25. Right one for this hot weather... Looks soo tempting...!! I googled... Have never seen this fruit here in our place !!!

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  26. Thank you Sheeba & Emreen for your kind words.

    Emreen, it is also found in India. You need to search it around there :)

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  27. Oh my, I haven't had this fruit in ages! We have this in South Indian, in Kerala, where I come from. It is called njaval pazham in Malayalam. But I never knew of making sharbat with this fruit, we usually snack on it, and it's my hubby's favorite :) Would so love to taste this sharbat, ah!

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  28. Thank you Nashira for your sweet note. Do try this sharbat next time, when you have this fruit:)

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  29. OH My My.. This looks very professional.. and just in time for summer..

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  30. Thank you Mehjabeen for liking it :)

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