Today's post is another summer cooler, Lemonade With Rooh Afza. Actually till this summer, I had never tried anything with Rooh Afza, except for, might be, I would have had a sharbat but without knowing it had Rooh Afza in it. For those of you who are not familiar with Rooh Afza, it's a concentrated squash made with extracts from herbs, flowers, vegetables, roots and fruits. It's usually used to add flavor to sharbats, lemonade, ice creams and milk and when had during the summer months, it's supposed to cool down the body. If you want to know more about it, you can read this article here. Coming back to the drink, I have made the regular lemon juice, but I have flavored it with Rooh Afza syrup and mint and I have also added another healthy ingredient, sabja seeds/ sweet basil seeds, also known as tukmaria seeds or falooda seeds. The seeds are black in color, a little similar to chia seeds and have many health benefits. Rooh Afza, not only gives a flavor to the lemonade but also gives a beautiful pink color to the drink and the sabja seeds and mint leaves makes it look even more prettier..
Need To Have
- Water - 250ml
- Lemon Juice - from 1/2 a lemon, about 1 tablespoon
- Rooh Afza Syrup - 11/2 to 2 tablespoons
- Mint Leaves - about 10 leaves
- Sabja Seeds - 2 tablespoons after soaking
- Sugar - optional
Soak a tablespoon of sabja seeds in water, after half an hour, the seeds would have soaked and they would have a jelly like consistency, you can use as much as you want and store the rest in the refrigerator.
To make the lemonade, add 4 to 5 mint leaves ( torn into pieces ) to a glass, add the lemon juice, soaked sabja seeds, Rooh Afza syrup, followed by water and mix everything well, the Lemon sharbat is ready. Garnish with more mint leaves and serve.
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You can mix the required quantity, then before serving in individual glasses, just add 1 or 2 mint leaves to the glass, pour the sharbat and serve.
I have given sugar as optional, if you feel you need more sugar, add more syrup or sugar.