Friday, 27 April 2018

Bael Panna | Bael ka Sharbat



Bael is a spiritual, religious and medicinal plant. This is one of the few Ayurvedic plants whose entire parts from root to leaves are used for different diseases. The bael fruit is a large but dull orange in color. It has a hard shell and has to be cracked with hammer or machete to open up. The pulp inside the fruit is fibrous yellow type and has very aromatic flavor. It turns from a greyish green color to a dull yellow. Bael is also known as Bengal quince, stone apple, golden apple, Japanese bitter orange, wood apple etc.





Since wood apples or baels are loaded with nutrients, vitamins, organic compounds including tannins, calcium, phosphorous, fiber, protein, iron etc so there is a vast array of health benefits related to this fruit. Bael tender leaves are used as salads. The leaves are also used as offerings to lord Shiva. The extract oil is used to cure many respiratory problems. The pulp of the fruit is used in the preparation of squash, pulp powder and many other eatable products. Its juice is used to make many flavorful and refreshing drinks especially in summer season because of its sweet and pleasant nature. Some benefits of bael juices are :

  • Gives a great comfort in heartburn, acidity, hyper-acidity,indigestion
  • Always advisable to drink bael juice if suffering from intestinal parasites
  • Rich in vitamin C
  • Useful in curing of constipation because of its laxative properties etc.





Well, here I have come up with a simple panna using the bael juice as Bael Panna or Bael ka Sharbat. Summer, this is the season of this fruit Bael. The aroma of a fully ripe bael is a divine. The pulp of the ripe bael is sweet in taste, so there is no need of any extra sweetener while using this fruit in any dish. Still, if more sweetness is desired, one can add too some sweetener. Just scoop out the pulp, strain through a strainer, mix with some freshly crushed pepper, adjust the consistency by adding water and voila !!! The much refreshing and divine flavored drink is ready. The drinks can be served along with some ice cubes or can be kept in refrigerator to use later.  So do try this Bael Panna or Bael ka Sharbat and give your valuable feedback either in the comment box below or tag me as #firsttimercook on Instagram. Lets go in details.




Preparation Time : 15 mins  |  Cooking Time : 0 mins


Ingredients :        

Ingredients
Measurements
Bael fruit (ripe)
1 no
Black pepper (crushed)
½ tsp
Sugar (optional)
As needed
Black salt
¼ tsp
Water
As needed
Ice cube
few

Method :
  1. First break the hard outer surface of the fruit, bael.
  2. Using a spoon, take out all the pulp into a bowl.
  3. Gently start mashing the pulp using hand.
  4. Then pour water and continue to mash all together.
  5. Strain the pulp-water mixture through a strainer into another bowl, discard the seeds and fibers.
  6. Now add black salt and freshly crushed black pepper.
  7. Give a good mix till everything incorporated well.
  8. Keep in refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  9. Pour into serving glass along with some ice cubes and serve !




Notes :

  • The fruit, bael used here is more ripe one, so the pulp is already naturally sweet. Hence I have not added any sugar. But if the pulp is not much sweet, then add desired amount of sugar along with black salt and pepper. Mix everything till sugar dissolves. Then serve.
  • Also depending upon the consistency of the panna, add more / less water.

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23 comments:

  1. Bael sharbat is very close to my heart. I have grown up drinking this. My grandmom used to make. Love it

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  2. Such a cooling and refreshing drink , this drink reminds me of my childhood when Ma used to make this for us in summer afternoons with the bel fruit of our garden, awsome share Sasmita.

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  3. This brought back so many memories... I had forgotten about it.I wish I got bael here :( I liked reading about the nutritional benefits of bael too....wish I could grab a glass of your yummy bael panna!

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  4. I seriously miss wood apples here, wish i get them here in Paris. Bael ka sharbat looks very refreshing and highly irresistible.

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  5. You made me nostalgic. My mom used to make this bael sharbat. A refreshing and healthy drink. A perfect summer drink to beat the heat.

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  6. Ideal drink for summers and seriously good for health than the packaged drinks loaded with sugar. Gorgeous colour! I could happily gulp down a glass or 2.

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  7. I love the taste of this fruit.. The sharbat must be tasting good too.

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  8. I have heard a lot about this recipe, but never had a chance to try it, the colour looks inviting.

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  9. Wow! What an awesome looking flavorful sharbat ! SO yum!

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  10. I have eaten the bael ( In Gujarati we call it KOTHU ) but never tried sharbat. I bet this sharbat must have tasted so good.

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  11. I missing eating this fruit here. The sharbat looks delicious. Lovely share, Sasmita :)

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  12. Bael sharbat is a classic and traditional drink. Love the beautiful colour and splash of flavours..Very refreshing and healthy

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  13. Intrigued by your beautiful post, I immediately went to Google the image of the fruit to see if I know this by some other name but sadly it's not available here in Lahore. But I've bookmarked the recipe, in case I find it in the exotic imported fruits section some day.

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  14. Loved the vibrant colour of your Bael Panna. Traditional drinks such as this one are the treasure of our country.

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  15. What a refreshing and flavorful drink. Love to try this kind of drink during summer. But I don’t know where can I find this fruit in USA.

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  16. Is there any other name of this fruit? I haven't come across with that name...the sherbet looks so tempting that I have to give a try when I know what fruit it is...

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    1. other names are wood apple, stone apple :)

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  17. Love the colour of the bael panna. Must admit I've never tasted it as we don't get it here.

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  18. Healthy and lovely color! New to me; hope I get to try this sometime soon :) Thanks for sharing dear :)

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  19. Bael sharbat is very nice to drink in summers. Lovely share😊

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  20. Bael ka Panna is a perfect treat for Summers..I add jaggery in it for the sweetness...this one looks so inviting !

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  21. What a coincidence..today only I asked my husband to bring bael. We love to eat it as such, Its only sometimes that I make sharbat. It feels so cool in summers. Your pics are looking so tempting.

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  22. We loved bael when we were kids and one of our uncle used to bring loads of bael during season to make this drink. I miss it so badly now. Look so delicious.

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