Jun 27, 2016 / by Manisha Goyal / 0 comment

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WOODAPPLE OR STONEAPPLE, basically known as bael/ bel in India is a fruit full of nutrients. It aids in digestion and acts as a coolant for heat strokes.

According to Wikipedia,

The bael fruit has a smooth, woody shell with a green, gray, or yellow peel. It takes about 11 months to ripen on the tree and can reach the size of a large grapefruit or pomelo, and some are even larger. The shell is so hard it must be cracked with a hammer or machete. The fibrous yellow pulp is very aromatic. It has been described as tasting of marmalade and smelling of roses.

PREPARATION TIME : 10 minutes

SERVES : 4


INGREDIENTS –

  • Bael fruit/ woodapple – 1 medium
  • Jaggery/ sugar – 2 tbsp or as required
  • Black salt to taste
  • Cumin powder – 1 tsp
  • Juice of one lemon
  • Mint leaves
  • Chilled water
  • Ice cubes

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METHOD –

  • Muddle the mint leaves and keep aside.
  • Break open the fruit by hitting on the floor.
  • Scoop out the pulp in a large bowl using a spoon or a scooper.
  • Pour in some water and mash the pulp with your hands so as to separate the seeds.
  • Now strain the liquid using a sieve separating the seeds and the fibre.
  • Repeat the process once again, adding some more water.
  • Add sugar/ jaggery, lemon juice and the remaining spices. Add in the muddled mint leaves.
  • Add water and ice cubes.
  • Serve chilled.

NOTES –

  • Adjust the quantity of the spices according to your preference.
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