Beat the heat with this cool Katira Drink. This fabulous drink sweetened with sugar syrup will inspire guests to linger for one more glass. It is available only during the fasting month from Ramadan bazaar throughout the South East Asian countries.
This drink is made to drive away the heat inside the human body, cure sore throat, to counteract toxicity also has positive medicinal effects on human bodies.
Before assembling the drink you need to soak the katira, kembang semangkok overnight until they expand and prepare the sugar syrup by boiling the sugar and water until the sugar is dissolved. Let cool to room temperature. Also soak the basil seed in cold boiled water until it swells then drain.
Add a sweet twist to this basic katira drink by adding chopped dates/sweet corn, one or two drops of yellow, red or green food coloring to it. With added color makes it look festive and more enjoyable to drink.
Adapted from Zarinah Anwar
1 cup sugar syrup
1 tablespoon katira (gum katira sap)
10 pieces kembang semangkok (scaphium)
1 level tablespoon basil seeds soaked
1 tall can (410g) evaporated milk
6 cups water
1 tsp rose water
Left : Kembang semangkok Center : Basil seed Right : Katira
Prepare in advance:
Sugar syrup : Boil 3/4 cup sugar in 1 cup of water, adding 1 pandan leaf till sugar has dissolved
Katira : Soak overnight, romove dirt, strain. Rinse with water and strain again
Kembang semangkok : Soak overnight, remove skin and seed. Strain, rinse with cold water and strain again Soak in cool boiled water till it swells then strain.
Basil seeds : Soak in cold, boiled water till it swells then strain
After soaking - Basil seed, kembang semangkok, katira
In a large bowl, add in katira, kembang semagkok and basil seeds.
Add sugar syrup, water, milk and rose water. Mix well.
Chill in a refrigerator or add ice cubes to serve.
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