Sharbat (Indian Milk Drink made with Rooh Afza Syrup, Cardamom Seeds, Almonds, Cashews and Pistachios)

Sharbat (Indian Milk Drink made with Rooh Afza Syrup, Cardamom Seeds, Almonds, Cashews and Pistachios) Recipe

Sharbat is a very common drink during our family gatherings. It's a sweet chilled dairy drink mixed with Rooh Afza syrup, cardamom seeds, almonds, cashews and pistachios. Sharbat is a popular ethnic pink drink in India and Pakistan. Sharbat gets its characteristic pink color from Rooh Afza.

I'm still unclear of its composition but here's what I've learned from Lulu's aunt: Rooh Afza is made out of fruit (Watermelon) extracts, coriander seeds, flower petals like Gulab (Rose) and herbs.

It's very good, sweet, very filling and addictive.  The high calorie combination of sugar and nuts is an energy drink by itself.  It's great fuel for an evening with family and friends.

 

Ingredients

Yields: 12

1 cup cashews, pistachios and almonds, finely crushed
1 tsp cardamom seeds
1 gallon whole milk
8 cups superfine sugar, to taste
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 cup Rooh Afza, to taste


Directions

In a mortar and pestle, grind the cardamom seeds. Crush all the nits and gather about 1 tsp. 

Dissolve the Rooh Afza syrup and superfine sugar in the milk. Taste. If you like your drink a little more sweet, add more Rooh Afza and superfine sugar.

Mix the nuts, cardamom powder, vanilla extract in the sweet milk.

Refrigerate overnight.

Sip it slowly... and enjoy!


Tips

Rooh Afza can be found in any Indian or Pakistani store.

I prefer using superfine sugar. It's is a fine-grained sugar and it dissolves much quicker than the regular one.

Use unsalted nuts. Roast the almonds, cashews and pistachios for 10 minutes at 340°F. It will release all their nutty aroma and the nuts will be crushier.  

It's very easy to extract the seeds from a cardamom pod with a mortar and pestle . Pound the pod several times and the pod will release its seeds. Pick the shell and discard it. 

Published By: Jacqueline Pham on February 11, 2009.


Comments

Discussion:
I've never heard of Rooh Afza before but I'll keep an eye out for it, because it sounds delicious!

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[ Posted at 7:51 PM on 5/5/09 | Reply ]
[-] Yummy - Guest-suessemahlzeit
We have in Turkey and in other orientalic countrys sharbat = serbet, but its not the same. These looks very beautiful and sounds delicious! ;)

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[ Posted at 1:04 PM on 5/6/09 | Reply ]
[-] Rooh Afza - shreya
Your recipe has reminded me of my childhood days..........
[ Posted at 4:17 PM on 10/2/09 | Reply ]
[-] Thandai - shreya
Pham, have you ever tasted Thandai?
If you get a chance please do so.I hope you'll like it.
[ Posted at 4:22 PM on 10/2/09 | Reply ]
[-] Thandai - Jackie

A mixture of almonds, fennel seeds, magaztari seeds, rose petals, pepper, khus khus seeds, cardamom, saffron, milk and sugar? Sounds awesome! I'll definitively give this a try.

[ Posted at 4:54 PM on 10/2/09 | Reply ]
Jacqueline, you should also add sabja(basil seeds) to the above. You will love it.
[ Posted at 12:16 PM on 5/12/10 | Reply ]
Jacqueline, I've included your recipe in the Vegetarian Ramadan round-up on my blog - hope you'll find it interesting to check out the rest here. Have a great weekend)

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[ Posted at 5:27 PM on 8/20/10 | Reply ]
[-] dank - Guest-plattformlift
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[ Posted at 8:31 AM on 10/16/10 | Reply ]
Only by looking the ingredients and the colour of it I have no doubt how scrumptious it is! :) I want to try it instantly!

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[ Posted at 10:22 AM on 4/16/11 | Reply ]
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