Suhaina of ‘My Singapore Kitchen‘ though has been low in blogging these days, she readily agreed to be part of this ‘Joy From Fasting To Feasting – IX’ and sent us this wonderful ‘Katira Drink’. Drinks play very vital role on iftar table and this one is very new to me. Do try this for Iftar this Ramadan.
Really happy to be a part of Lubna’s ‘Joy From Fasting To Feasting- IX ‘ for the third consecutive year. Ramadan is the ninth month in the Islamic calendar. It is a time when Muslims around the world focus on prayer, fasting, giving to charity, and religious devotion.
Iftar is the evening meal when Muslims end their daily Ramadan fast at sunset. Fresh and refreshing juices are a must during Iftar along with fruits and other snacks. Coming to today’s post is a special and very tasty drink which has several health benefits including cooling the body. It’s called Katira Drink.
Many of you might not have heard this name before. I had the chance of tasting this wonderful drink, after visiting a Ramadan market in Singapore few years back. I got the basic idea of the recipe from the lady vendor and gave it a try. Finding Gond (Katira ) was a bit hard. These days all the ingredients are available in Geylang market and Mustafa Centre, Singapore.
Katira or Tragacanth gum comes from a thorny shrub which is native to western Asia, Iraq, Iran and the Middle East. The gum exudes naturally from the roots of the plant and from incisions made in the stem. This is collected and when dried forms crystals of flakes or may be formed into blocks.
To prepare the Katira drink we have to initially soak a very small piece of the gum in a glass of water and it will swell and turn to a jelly-like substance which is transparent. It is then washed thoroughly to remove any impurities and then mixed with soaked basil seeds and few other ingredients.
(Makes 5 glasses)
- Gond Katira- 2 tsp (Wash and soak at least 6 hours preferably overnight)
- Basil seeds- 1 tbsp. (washed and soaked till swollen)
- Kembang semangkok (scaphium)- 4 pieces (wash and soaked till swollen, remove the skin and pith) May use chopped dates instead.
- Evaporated milk- 2 cups
- Water- 3cups
- Sugar- 4 tbsp. or more as per taste
- Rose essence- few drops
- Mix water, sugar and evaporated milk in a large bowl until sugar is dissolved.
- Mix in rest of the ingredients.
- Chill in refrigerator or add in ice cubes and serve immediately.
Thank you Suhaina for being part of this event and introducing to this wonderful drink.
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