Thursday, 24 July 2014

Sol Kadhi (Flavored Kokam-Coconut Milk Drink)

Solkadhi is a traditional digestive and tasty drink. It not only touches your tongue but your soul also thus Solkadhi is "SOUL KADHI" for us. You can call it flavored and spiced coconut milk.

Solkadhi is very popular in Konkan region. Solkadhi gives coolness to your stomach after heavy and spicy specially non-veg meal. It is a good appetizer cooler and also good for digestion. Another very good use of Kokum is it beats acidity. 



हि पाककृती मराठीतून वाचण्यासाठी इथे क्लिक करा.  

Ingredients:

  • Dried Kokum/ Aamsul / Sol- a handful/10 to 12 (or Kokum Concentrate/Agal- 6 tbsp)
  • Freshly Scrapped Coconut- 2 cups (from 1 large coconut)
  • Garlic cloves (lehsun)- 4
  • Green chillies- 1 to 2
  • Cumin seeds- 1 tsp
  • Salt salt- to taste
  • Hot water- approx. 3 cups
  • Fresh coriander, finely chopped- a handful


Method:

  • Soak the dried kokam petals in the hot water for min 30 minutes. 
  • Squeeze out the juice from it and strain the kokum water.You will get a thick pink colored juice.
  • Scrap coconut. Take only white part. Do not take bottom brown part.
  • Blend the scrapped coconut, cumin, garlic and green chilli with 1 cup of warm water.
  • Squeeze out the coconut milk with the help of a fine strainer. 
  • Repeat this process another 2 times. You will get approx 3 cups + coconut milk.
  • Mix the above kokum juice or kokum concentrate/agal and salt with the coconut milk. 
  • Add chopped coriander in it.
  • Chill it in the refrigerator for half to one hour and serve cold. 
  • Some people have solkadhi with steamed rice, but I like to drink it as it is.

Variations:

  • You may use readymade coconut milk.  But adjust the consistency by adding water. It's consistency like buttermilk. 
  • Use readymade sugarless Kokum Concentrate (Kokam Agal). It saves your time and also gives nice pink colour.
  • You can add half inch ginger piece for twist. But ginger is not using in original recipe.
  • It is best to use freshly made coconut milk than caned coconut milk. Use fresh coconut.
  • You can use rock salt instead of normal salt.
  • We have another recipe for "Kokam Curry/ Kokamache Sar", I'll give you latter.

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