Bael ka Sharbat – Wood Apple Squash

During the last 25 odd days that I spent at my hometown, one thing that I had the most was bael ka sharbat. The bel fruit is also called as wood apple or, elephant apple. Funny names, I know.

Why it is called so? The answer is simple. Bel fruit had a very hard and thick outer shell which feels like wood and hence the name “Wood apple”. Since elephants like it very much, it is called as “elephant apple”, as well.

It was summers in Bhagalpur (My hometown, a city in the state of Bihar) but it was not as hot as it is in peak summers (around end of May). Still the Sun was very hot and going out in the sun in the afternoon was a tough thing to do. A lot of people suffered from heat strokes and digestion related problems.

Bel ka sharbat is a homemade energy drink that solved all of these problems. And that was one of the primary reasons I ensured that I drank a lot of it, all throughout my stay at home. It acts as a coolant and is excellent for the stomach. It not only keeps your body hydrated but also protects you from heat-strokes.

It tastes nice, so I am sure your kids will also like it.

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Wood Apple Squash

 

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Bael ka Sharbat – Wood Apple Squash

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 2
Author: Puja
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Ingredients

  • Wood Apple/Bel - 1 medium
  • Sugar - 4 tbsp
  • Water - Twice the amount of Bael pulp chilled
  • Ice cubes

Instructions

  1. Wash wood apple, break them and take out its pulp.
  2. In a vessel add pulp and water doubled than pulp and let it soak for at-least an hour.
  3. After that smash it well with your hands until the pulp gets properly dissolved in the water. (separate the seeds and threads from the pulp)
  4. Filter the mixture with juice filter. (I prefer not not to do it it is entirely your choice)
  5. Add sugar in the juice and when it is mixed properly then add cold water or ice cubes in it. Your Bael ka Sharbat is ready for drink.

 

MY PICKS FOR THIS RECIPE

mixing bowl

Juice strainers

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22 thoughts on “Bael ka Sharbat – Wood Apple Squash”

    • You are right David, this sharbat is very good for summer and it has lot of health benefits too. The ripe fruit is consumed as custard along with milk and sugar. It tastes really great. 🙂

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  1. Wow Puja, this took me straight to my childhood. We used to drink bel ka sharbat all the time during our summer vacation at my nani’s house. Those were the days! Nani would make us all fresh bel ka sharbat everyday and we would happily gulp it down. Thank you for sharing this, brought back so many memories!

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    • You are right Manali, nowadays I also don’t get a chance to enjoy these kind of drinks, since here in Bangalore wood apple is not easily available. After almost two years I went to my Mom’s place to spend the summer vacations. I really enjoyed my time with my Father and Mother. Thanks for your sweet comment Manali. 🙂

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  2. I have a confession to make; I have never liked bael as a child and sadly we don’t get baels where I live. So now I don’t know how does it taste, because its been ages since I had it last time. But your sharabt is making me drool that I so want it right now. May be I will try this during my next visit to India. 🙂

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  3. I saw an article in the New York times stating the temperature was 123 in India last week which blew my mind. I can’t imagine dealing with that kind of heat, I think it must be particularly hard for the very young and very old. Living in the states we are very limited to the variety of produce available to us, I hope one day to try Wood Apple.

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    • Thanks Mary for visiting my blog. 🙂
      Yes at times some of the cities in India experience extreme temperature and yes like what you said it is too harsh on kids and the elderly.

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