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Adrak Navratan (Spicy Gingerade)

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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.

Serves 4



  • 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.
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Reminder: The ingredients in a recipe determine if it should be eaten every day, some days, or on special occasions. It's up to you and you doctor to determine what can be part of a healthy diet for you and any special needs you may have.

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