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It’s only fitting to continue our story of the sharbat with a visual & talk about all that goes into making it. After all, it is the replacement of an engagement ring, so it has to be special.
Milk : Forming the base of the sharbat, considered in most cultures to be a rich, nutritious and essential ingredient. Believed to improve immunity, bone health, a quick source of vitamins & minerals, milk was consumed most commonly as a “royal” drink. With a neutral PH of 6.6, it is an ingredient with cooling effects.
RoohAfza : An iconic squash, formulated in 1906 by Hakim Hafiz, a herbal physician. Synonymous with the flavors of the subcontinent and translated to “refresher of the soul”. It is often served with cold milk as a cure for the intense summers of Pakistan, India, Bangladesh & the MiddleEast. Imparting flowery, fruity & exotic scents & flavors, this syrup is a firm favorite & representative of the subcontinental region. The original formulation has rose, pandanus, lemon, orange, vetiver, white lily, blue lily, coriander, star flower, chicory, raisins, lotus, carrot, mint, and several fruits and berries. Born in a clinic in Delhi , post partition, the production of Roohafza is now housed in Karachi.
Agar Agar pudding: Another excellent ingredient that forms second majority of the flavored milk base. Agar agar, also known as “china grass” or “ghaans” in urdu, literally translating to “grass”, is a derivative of seaweed , primarily red algae. Used popularly as replacement for gelatin, it is widely used in Asia . It also sports incredible medicinal properties; known for cooling & laxative effects & the high calcium & magnesium content supports bone health & improves mood.
Basil Seeds: Soaked overnight, a close relative of chia seeds & famous for almost similar health benefits. Countering heartburn , promotes weightloss , famous for being a rich source of iron, fibre, minerals, omega 3 & antioxidants , this magic seed is used medicinally & in the kitchen !
Nuts : A handful of slivered almonds & pistachios form the last fitting crunch of this royal sharbat
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