Bael Ka Sharbat (Wood Apple Sherbet) – A Summer Delight

It’s raining incessantly since yesterday. Ever since I’ve moved to Pune, I’ve come to dislike rainy season a lot to the extent that my dislike is bordering towards hate! Continuous humid & moist air, no Sun, smelly clothes & prolonged period of rainfall gets to me!! Though I agree it has its moments too! Let me try and forget the weather and concentrate on the post.

Bel ka Sharbat - Wood Apple Sorbet
Bel ka Sharbat – Wood Apple Sorbet

I love Bael ka sharbat. There is no other way of putting it. I simply love it and I’m the only one who does in my immediate family except my late grand father. It used to be a special dada-poti moment every summer. This was one of the first things I learned in the name of ‘Kitchen’ from my grand mother when I must have been teeny weeny girl.

My mother’s house has 3 trees which yield 100s of fully ripe bael each season. So this time when I was at my mom’s place I had the perfect opportunity to enjoy it again (daily.. :D). There are many ways to make it especially by adding lime juice, the recipe I follow is preferred in my household.

  • 1 – medium Bel Pathar
  • 3 Tbsp – Sugar
  • Water

Bel ka Sharbat - Wood Apple Sorbet
Bel ka Sharbat – Wood Apple Sorbet
  1. Break Bel & scrape the pulp out.
  2. Soak in water. The water should be just enough to soak.
  3. Allow it to soak for 2 hours.
  4. In a separate bowl, take 1 cup water and add sugar. Stir to mix well. You can completely omit this step & use powdered sugar.
  5. Once the pulp is soft with soaking, use your hands to further mash it.
  6. Now place a strainer on the bowl with sugar & water and pour the pulp on it.
  7. Strain well. Discard the seeds & fiber.
  8. Now add cold water to dilute according to taste. I prefer a thick sharbat.
  9. Garnish with fresh mint leaves. Serve chilled. I garnished with crushed cherries.

Bel ka Sharbat - Wood Apple Sorbet
Bel ka Sharbat – Wood Apple Sorbet

Note – Bael is known for its digestive properties, however too much consumption at a go can leave you with upset tummy – so enjoy with caution 🙂

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