With the days getting warmer, there’s never been a better time to keep cool with our favorite refreshing drinks. One of my summer favorites has to be Solkadi.
Solkadi is a popular drink from Maharashtra’s Konkan region.  It is made from Kokum, a plant of the Mangosteen family. It’s the perfect treat on a hot day, and a great digestive too – especially, after a hearty meal. 

15-20kokum petals
(1 cup filtered water to soak )
1  freshly grated coconut
1-2 small green Chilies
3-4 small garlic cloves
1/2” ginger
2 1/2 cups lukewarm water for grinding
1 tsp sugar
Salt to taste

For Kokum concentrate:
Take 2 cups of water (preferably filtered water)in a medium-sized bowl. Wash and add 15-20 kokum petals to the bowl. Soak for 1-2 hrs. Crush the Kokum petals with your fingers and squeeze out the pulp.  Next, take a strainer covered with a muslin cloth and strain out all the kokum juice. Alternatively, you can also use readymade kokum concentrate.

Coconut Milk:
Take a fresh grated coconut. Add 2 small chilies, 3-4 garlic petals, 1 tsp cumin, a small piece of ginger and 2 cups of lukewarm water. If you’re unable to find a freshly grated coconut during the lockdown period, packaged coconut will work too.

Grind everything for 2-3 mins. Take a strainer lined up with cheese or muslin cloth and strain the coconut milk through the strainer. Squeeze out all the juice. After draining, use the same ground coconut back in the blender and add about 1/2 cup water and repeat the same steps. In a  bowl, transfer the 1st and 2nd extraction of the coconut milk and add kokum concentrate to it. Add 1 tsp sugar and salt to taste and stir well. Garnish with 1tsp of finely chopped coriander leaves.
Your Solkadhi is all ready to serve! Enjoy!

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