Thursday, June 26, 2008

Recipe : Karkadih - Hibiscus Drink

This is an Egyptian Specialty. The dried Hibiscus flowers are easily available in the markets of Egypt.

This drink is drunk hot in the winter (as a herbal tea) and cold in the summer as a juice.

It has been medically proven to
be high in Vitamin C (good for building immunity)
soothes colds & coughs
calms the nerves
detoxifies the system
lowers blood pressure

Rinse 1/4kg dried karkadih.
Add one liter water and boil for 5 minutes.
Let it soak in that water for at least 1 hour.
Strain and sweeten with 1 cup sugar.
Bottle and refrigerate.

A few sticks of cinnamon can also be used when boiling the karkadih.

Dilute with chilled water when you want to drink it cold.
Dilute with boiling water when you want to drink it hot.

The taste is similar to kokum juice or birinda juice (consumed in the konkan regions of India)

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