Adrak Navratan (Spicy Gingerade)
Recipe By Sanjeev Kapoor from the book How to Cook Indian
This drink is an excellent digestive. It can be kept in the refrigerator for up to a week. Dried dates and raisins impart natural sweetness to the drink, but if you wish to make it sweeter you can add 1 teaspoon sugar to each glass of adrak navratan.
Note from FIT: Using dried fruit for a sweetner cuts down on refined sugar, but if you are on a low sodium diet you should reduce or eliminate the salt.
- 10 to 12 dried dates
- 1frac12; teaspoons julienned tender fresh ginger
- frac12; cup (90 grams) raisins
- 5 or 6 hot green chiles, stemmed and cut in half
- frac12; cup (100 ml) freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1½ teaspoons table salt
- 1 teaspoon black salty
- 1. Pit the dates and thinly slice them lengthwise.
- 2. Combine the dates, ginger, raisins, chiles, lemon juice, salt, black salt, and 1 cup (200 ml) water in a bowl and stir well. Transfer the mixture into a wide-mouthed glass jar. Shake well and set aside for 7 days or until the juice turns pink.
- 3. To serve, put 1 tablespoon of the juice and 1 tablespoon of the julienned dates and ginger in a glass. Fill the glass with cold water and serve.