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Real Ginger Beer

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Food & Recipes

It's best to make this soft drink for an occasion when you know there will be a number of people around to help finish it off, since it has to be consumed before it builds up too much fizziness.

Makes about 18 glasses.

Ingredients

Papaya Drink with Lime

Food & Recipes Directions

Cut a ripe papaya into quarters, scoop out and discard seeds, and with a sharp knife remove the skin.

Roughly cube and drop into an electric blender.

Add the juice of a lime, a table spoon of sugar, 2 or 3 ice cubes and a little soda water.
Blend until smooth and serve right away.

Recipe excerpted from Encyclopedia of Asian Food by Charmaine Solomon (Periplus Editions, 1998)

Hibiscus Drink

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Ingredients

30-40 single red hibiscus blooms
1 litre/2 pints/4 cups boiling water
freshly squeezed lime juice
sugar to taste

Directions

Take about 30 freshly picked single red hibiscus flowers, preferably from your own garden so you know they are not contaminated by chemical sprays. Remove the calyx and the centre pistil and put only the petals into a heatproof bowl.

Ginger Tea

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Ingredients

2 1/2 cups water
8-10 thin slices fresh ginger
2 teaspoons tea
sugar to taste

Directions

Falooda

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Ingredients

1 teaspoon basil seeds
rooh afza syrup or rose syrup
iced water or cold milk
2 tablespoons psyllium husks*
crushed ice
agar-agar jelly (optional)

Directions

Cumin and Tamarind Refresher (Zeera Pani)

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Food & Recipes

The Indian name for this drink, zeera pani, translates as 'cumin water'.

Ingredients

125 g/4 oz/1/2 cup dried tamarind pulp
500 ml/1 pint/2 cups hot water
3 teaspoons finely grated fresh ginger
3 teaspoons ground cumin
pinch chilli powder (optional)
1/2 teaspoon garam masala
1 tablespoon sugar or to taste
salt to taste
iced water
crushed ice
mint sprigs
lime slices

Directions

Coriander and Ginger Brew

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You won't need all this coriander at once, but it saves time if a quantity is well washed, drained and completely dried, either in the sun or in a low oven. Cool and store in an airtight container.

Ingredients

250 g/4 oz coriander seeds
5 cm/2in piece fresh ginger root

Directions

Burmese Tapioca Refresher (Moh Let Saung)

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Ingredients

185 g/6 oz/1 cup tapioca pearls
1.5 litres/3 pints/6 cups boiling water
250 g/8 oz chopped palm sugar
ice cubes
coconut milk
salt

Directions

Almond Tea

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Serves 4.

Ingredients

3 tablespoons blanched apricot kernels
or blanched almonds
500 ml/1 pint/2 cups water
4 tablespoons sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons fine ground rice


Directions

Almond Beverage (Thandai)

Food & Recipes

Serves 4.

Ingredients

90 g/3 oz blanched almonds
10 whole peppercorns (optional)
60 g/2 oz raw sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds
1/2 teaspoon cardamom seeds or ground cardamom
750 ml/1 1/2 pints/3 cups water
500 ml/1 pint/2 cups milk
125 g/4 oz/1/2 cup sugar or to taste rose water (optional)

Directions