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This summer, try out this minty tamarind cooler, a tangy, sweet and refreshing drink prepared from tamarind and mint leaves.
It is summer, and what better way to beat it than this quick home made minty tamarind cooler?
You will love the splash of flavours when you take the first sip – the tanginess of tamarind, sweetness of jaggery and the zesty flavour of mint leaves. We have added chaat masala powder just to balance the sweetness of jaggery, plus to add a more tangy effect to our minty tamarind cooler.
If you want, you may also skip adding chaat masala and add lemon juice instead. We have not added many spices and kept this simple.
The taste of this minty tamarind cooler will remind you of the paani puri ka teekha meetha paani. Enjoy this drink on a hot day to beat the heat.
1 tablespoon or lemon sized ball of tamarind/imli
1.5 tablespoon jaggery/gur
8 -10 mint leaves/pudina
1.5 cups water
¼ teaspoon cumin seeds/jeera powder
¼ teaspoon chaat masala
salt to taste
few mint leaves, finely chopped
Combine tamarind and jaggery along with ½ cup of water in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave on high power for 2 minutes.
Stir the mixture and let it cool down completely.
Once cooled, take the mixture in a blender/mixer jar along with mint leaves and blend to a smooth puree.
Strain the puree through a strainer adding 1 cup chilled water.
Now add jeera powder, chaat masala and salt. Stir well.
Add ice cubes and finely chopped mint leaves in serving glass and pour the prepared drink.
Put your feet up and enjoy your freshly prepared minty tamarind cooler!
Published here earlier.
Cooler image credit: Drashti Dholakia
Header image source: flickr, for representational purposes only.