Now, the recipe:
- 100 gms. raw ginger
- 2 cups lemon juice
- 3-4 cups jaggery or palm sugar
- 1 tsp. kaala namak (Black salt)
Clean the ginger and grind it in a mixer with some water. Filter it into a vessel, add some more water and grind and strain again. You can use 1-2 cups of water. Leave it like that for half an hour. The sediment will settle down. We have to use only the plain water for the sharbath.
Squeeze the cleaned lemons, after removing the seeds, with a squeezer, in a vessel. Normally, we add jaggery, twice the measure of lemon juice.
Mash the jaggery or palm sugar, add a cup of water and boil it for 5 mts. After the jaggery dissolves, filter it and put it back on the stove. The sand should be filtered. Let it boil for another 5 mts. It can be slightly syrupy. See to it that it doesn't thicken. Keep this aside.
Now pour the ginger water in a big vessel and bring it to a boil. Add the jaggery water. Add the kaala namak powder. Bring it to a boil. Switch off the stove and let it cool. Now, pour the lemon juice into it and mix for a minute. Your sharbath is ready now!
You can pour quarter measure of a glass of juice and add water and stir and serve!
P.S.: You can reduce the quantity of jaggery a little and add a tablespoon of honey, while mixing the sharbath. The 100% health drink is ready. Store the concentrated juice in the fridge. No need to add citric acid, if you are going to keep it in the fridge.
If you have a soda maker with you, add soda water and the children will love it! No more colas!