Hibiscus Syrup Recipe|Hibiscus Sharbat|Chembaruthi Sherbert

Hibiscus Syrup Recipe:

Hello Friends šŸ™‚ How are you tackling summer?This is the question I wanted to ask before even asking how you are.We just came down to TamilNadu from Delhi and it is terribly hot.Litres & Litres of water wouldn’t be enough to keep us hydrated.I kindly request all of you to stay indoors as much as possible and keep yourself well hydrated with water and cool foods.With this scorching heat, here I come with a supernatural and healthy summer drink recipe.TheĀ Hibiscus Syrup Recipe was suggested to my mother by one of our relatives and she had suggested me to have this on my blog.My mother tried a trial of it with white sugar with my relative’s recipe and as it turned out super delicious, I wanted to give it a try with palm sugar before posting it to my viewers.I couldn’t get enough of the pictures.I kept clicking and clicking.The recipe took me 15 minutes totally but I took more than 4 hours to click.It was super awesome to view the pictures and I couldn’t resist.And today being World Heritage Day, I am so happy to present this dish šŸ™‚

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Nungu Juice|Ice Apple Juice

Kathiri Veyil/Agni Nakshatram/Peak summer season has started from today and all of us have fallen victims to the rays of Sun.To beat the heat and prevent ourselves from the ill effects of summer,it is essential to include more seasonal foods/coolants in our diet.One such excellent coolant is NUNGU.This is from Palm tree and it widely present and easily available in southern parts of India. For those who would like to see the complete image of NUNGU please find them below. On cutting you get a lychee like fruit.This can be consumed as such whereas few remove the white skin and eat the jelly like substance alone.This skin is very good for curing stomach disorders. It is otherwise called palmyra palm or ice apple or toddy palm or tadgola,taal/taad(Hindi,Marathi),Karimpana(Malayalam),Tatichettu/Thatti Munjalu(Telugu),Olegari/Thatti Nungu(Kannada).Few places refer this as palm fruit but as per my knowledge palm fruit is still a ripened version of this and it is called panam pazham in tamil.This is available till august whereas the by products like palm candy,palm sugar,palm jaggery are available all through the year.It has excellent medicinal properties.Ice apple has a perfect blend of all minerals and the best coolant for summer season.It is rich in Vitamin A,B,C,Iron,Potassium,Phosphorous and zinc. It keeps your body hydrated.It helps to get relief from constipation and fatigue. It prevents from heat stroke,pimples,prickly heat etc.It has few phytochemicals which inhibit growth of malignancy in breast.It is an excellent energy booster. Continue reading “Nungu Juice|Ice Apple Juice”


Most of us have literally lost our appetite and we are badly craving for some cooler/refreshing drink even for our regular meal. Here is a very quick and simple smoothie recipe with KIWI & APPLE. I like the slight tangy taste which kiwi has and it is good to consume as such. The first time I had Kiwi I just scooped out and just as the way we usually have sapota/Chikku. Later I had tried KIWI BANANA smoothie which is an ultimate combination and it is just yum. This is yet another try with Kiwi. With respect to offering Kiwi to babies,most of the recommendations suggest to offer them beyond 8 months since they are acidic in nature if your baby usually has tummy troubles. Kiwi is not a high allergic fruit. Always have a word with your doctor before giving any new food. Continue reading “KIWI APPLE SMOOTHIE”


March is yet to march out but the rays of sun is getting hotter day by day. It is extremely essential to stay hydrated enough and take care during summer. I prefer including plenty of water,tender coconut,fruits and vegetables which are high in water content in my daily menu. Here are recipes from watermelon which are mostly part of my routine. Continue reading “WATER MELON JUICE & SALAD”

Butter fruit Smoothie/Avocado Smoothie

Avocado/Butter fruit is so nutritious in every single way but it has absolutely no taste. I just hated the fruit when I had it raw. Few of my friends suggested to blend with sugar or ice cream or make milk shakes. But I went ahead and made some smoothie. The smoothie is almost thick and hence you can prefer it for babies from 6 months. Skip milk and water for babies less 1 year. Add a sweet banana instead of palm sugar for babies less than one year. Avocado helps in healthy weight gain. For all food recipes for healthy weight gain please click here. Do not forget to like me page at www.facebook.com/KitchenKathukutty


  • Butter fruit-1
  • Palm Sugar-2 tbsp
  • Milk-3 tbsp

Butterfruit smoothie


1.Wash and cut the fruit into two halves.

2.Scoop out the seed and separate the fleshy part.

3.Add palm sugar,milk/water and the scooped fruit to a blender and give a quick run.

4.Serve it preferably chilled(for elders).

avocado smoothie


To know about the nutrients of avocado,how to choose avocado,how to store avocado,how to cut butter fruit please refer recipe of avocado puree. I have written all details with step by step images.

For healthy home made baby food recipes please refer baby foods

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Mozambi/Sweet lime /Saathukudi Juice

Juices are always not my choice with fruits. I prefer the whole fruit than any juices. Sweet lime belongs to the citrus fruit family and many avoid it thinking it causes cold. Actually consumption of Vitamin C rich foods prevents you from cold. An amla a day,a mozambi twice in a week keeps you protected from cold. Eating sweet lime along with the skin after de-seeding is an excellent option and best remedy for improving skin tone and digestion.

Come let’s get to the recipe.


  • Sweet lime/Mozambi-2
  • Palm Sugar-As per taste

Sweet Lime Juice


1.Cut mozambi into two halves.

2.I used the juicer from Philips.

Mozambi Juice

3.Just place and press each half cut piece. The juice gets extracted in the collection jar below

4.In the mean time,dissolve palm sugar in a cup of water and filter it.

Swet lime Juice

5.Add juice and water and mix well.

6.Transfer it to a glass and serve.

To prepare juice without juicer,de seed the fruit and squeeze the juice in a bowl. Add the juice to water mixed with sweetner and filter well to serve.

Mozambi Juice


Adding chilled water is your choice.

You can skip adding palm sugar if the fruit is sweet enough.

I don’t remove the pulpy part as it has plenty of fibers. It is as per your choice.

Always dissolve sweetner in plain water and then add juice

How to choose a sweet lime?

Prefer buying a fruit that is soft to press and has more yellow than green and has a thin soft skin. Avoid buying wrinkled,bruised ,spotted and too soft oranges. Prefer to buy in that season. You need not refrigerate

Facts about juices for babies:

When it comes to juices for babies,I recommend it for a very rare usage. Though many say juices can be offered as early as 6 th month , it is always advisable to reduce more of liquid based items like juices,soups,dal paani as first foods. Certain sources mention that early usage of liquids in babies tend to replace breastfeeding. American Academy of Pediatrics recommends juices only after 12 months.

If you prefer juices for 6 to 12 months baby,let it be very very occasional. For sweet lime juice, squeeze the juice from a fruit(This will yield 30-40 ml juice) and add 20 ml water. Do not add sugar/salt. The water to be added to any juice for babies is exactly 1/10 th of the juice.You should at least make a 50/50 mix.

NeverĀ  prefer juices for a baby less than 6 months of age and never prefer juices for a regular meal for babies of 6 to 12 months age unless prescribed by your pediatrician. It is not recommended as per WHO.

Always prefer using a spoon/cup/glass for feeding juices to babies

When you first feed any juice try in the noon.

Keep increasing the juice content in water as time goes on.

Fruit juices are good when its fresh and when it comes to babies too much fruit juices is not good because it might lead to

  • Poor weight gain

  • Replacement of breastmilk

  • Loose stools

  • Early caries in tooth

  • Malnutrition

  • Loss of appetite

  • Poor growth

  • Diarrhea

How much is too much with respect to juice for kids?

117 ml of juice a day is more than enough for 1 to 6 years and max of 350 ml juice is enough upto 12 years. Actually there is no consensus on what is too much when it comes to juices.

The debate on juice for babies goes on and there is no conclusion on it in a consensus manner. But the final line is simple. Make sure your baby gets essential nutrients from breastfeeding till 1 year and other wholesome foods and use juices occasionally. Anything in moderation creates no harm.

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Nutritional Benefits of Mosambi/Sweet Lime per 100 gSource: (USDA Nutrient Database)

Energy: 43 kcal

Carbohydrate: 9.3 g

Water: 88 g

Sugar: 1.7 g

Dietary fibers: 0.5 g

Fat: 0.3 g

Protein: 0.7-0.8 g


Vitamin C: 50 mg

Vitamin A: 20 IU


Calcium: 40 mg

Iron: 0.7 mg

Phosphorus: 30 mg

Potassium: 490 mg

Benefits of sweet lime/Mozambi:

  1. Helps in proper liver functioning
  2. Protects you against cold and cough
  3. Improves immunity
  4. Strengthens and treats hair loss
  5. Lightens skin tone and improves complexion
  6. Prevents digestive problems
  7. Protects against skin diseases like Scurvy
  8. Removes body toxins


Kellymom website

AAP website

WHO papers on solids


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