Wood Apple Sherbet | Bael ka Sherbet
|1||medium sized wood apple|
|3||tablespoons of sugar|
|3||cups of cold water|
|1 medium sized lemon (optional)|
|shikanji masala for taste (optional)|
|1.||Bang the wood apple against a hard surface like your floor or a counter top. Just be careful if the surface is fragile and can break with banging. Or alternatively you can use a small hammer to gently tap the wood apple few times till cracks appear. Then pull it apart firmly. Using a spoon scrape the pulp out and soak the pulp in water for 2 hours. The water should be just enough to soak.|
|2.||In a large bowl, take 1 cup water and add sugar, stir to mix well. You can even use use powdered sugar to make it easier to mix sugar. Keep aside.|
|3.||Once the soaked pulp is soft, use your hands to further break it down and mash. Place a strainer on the bowl of sweetend water and pour the pulp on it. Strain well. You may need to squeeze some remaining juices using your hand. Discard the seeds & fibre.|
|4.||Add cold water to this wood apple mixture and dilute according to taste. You can now add lemon juice and shikanji masala as per your preference. I am more for a thick sherbet. Garnish with fresh mint leaves. Serve chilled.|
This is a family recipe.
This recipe is very adaptable, so adjust according to your taste – reduce sweetness, add more salt, or more water, etc.