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