Gulab Ke Sharbat Mein Kalinger
Rose and Watermelon Sharbat
Watermelons are mostly eaten at picnics but in India one sees a lot of street vendors selling slices of this sweet juicy fruit. One of the ways to keep cool in summer is to munch on watermelon kept over ice. Fresh Watermelon is eaten in a lot of different ways and also used in drinks, smoothies, etc. Extracts are used to make syrups and then used for snow cones, flavorful summer drinks and mithai’s (Sweets, Fudge).
Traditionally, Rose syrup mixed with water (sharbat) was served at Sindhi gatherings and other occasions. At home I was not allowed to mix watermelon with sharbat because of a Sindhi myth. After reading on this subject I came to the conclusion that I did not have to worry about mixing watermelon with sharbat and that’s how I came up with this simple refreshing drink.
- Rose Syrup: 4 tbsps
- Watermelon: 1 cup chopped and diced
- Ice: crushed
- Water: 1-1/2 cups
Rose Syrup: Store bought is ok.
- Sugar: 2 cups
- Water: 1000 ml
- Rose Essence: Few drops as required
- Rose Water:3 tbsp
- Red or Pink Color
- Boil sugar and water for few minutes till sugar dissolves. Let it cool. Add rose essence, rose water and food color. Cool and store in jars and use as needed.
- In a tall glass put rose syrup.
- Next add crushed ice.
- Add water and mix.
- Top it with diced watermelon pieces.
- Enjoy this refreshing Sindhi drink.
Keep it simple, keep it Sindhi.