Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Ginger Lime Sherbet

Summers holidays during childhood brings back a flood of memories whenever I think about it.How the last exam was written in a super fast motion so that we could go home and enjoy our holidays non-stop for 2 months!!We had a small gang of about 5-10 kids and starting from the very next day,we had these “tournaments”- chess,cards,snake&ladders,name-place-thing-animal etc etc.There were cricket and shuttle matches too,but we preferred these indoor games.On one such summer,our uncle got us a gift from Abu dhabi-a video game.This was during 94-95,and house hold video games were just entering the market.I would be lying if I said we didn’t do our show off!!!The house was always full,with kids from neighborhood and we proudly displayed our much prized possession.It was so much fun!!

Amma never had a spare second during that time coz we,monster kids demanded food,snacks mainly at every possible opportunity.Amma made snacks in bulk,but it used to get over in no time.Lemon sherbet and cut mangoes featured in our 11 am snack time.While making the sherbet,amma asked me for help with squeezing the lime juice and I hated it that I was supposed to help but not my brothers!!Poor amma,she used to grin and bear my complaints..I used to threaten one of my younger cousins,Pramod,to join me so that we could finish the work fast.

One day,both of us were squeezing the lime,while a cricket match was going on.Both of us had finished one glass each and were on our next round.We were watching the match and Pramod couldn’t contain his excitement when Sachin hit a six and our lime juice glass went flying…all our fruit of labor lying on the floor.By the time we took a cloth and wiped it,it had left a nasty stain on our red oxide flooring.That was the last time I took his help!!
Whenever I squeeze the juice for sherbet,I am reminded of this funny incident.Amma and I had a good laugh when I reminded her of this.Now,when I buy lime in kilos and squeeze the juice,I realize how much trouble amma went through..!!After sherbet,it was time to make lime peel pickle,more of that in my next post!!

Ginger Lime sherbet


Lime juice – 1 cup
Sugar – 3 cups
Water – 1 cup
Dry ginger/Chukku/Shunti – 1 small piece(about 50 gms)
Cardamom/Elaichi – 4-5


In a thick bottomed pan,add the sugar,water,shunti and elaichi(crush the shunti and elaichi a little).
Let it boil,keep stirring.
Simmer for about 10 minutes,till shunti and elaichi impart a nice smell.
Strain immediately and keep aside till it cools down to room temperature.
When it is cool,add the lime juice and mix well.
Pour into a bottle and store in the refrigerator.

Making Sherbet

Pour 1 tbsp of concentrate and add water/soda to make refreshing lime sherbet!!

You can also add a tbsp of Nannari syrup(available in nilgiris) for that store bought sherbet taste.

I am sending this Ginger lime sherbet to Simple Indian Food for AFAM-Lemon.


  1. yes its a healthy drink! lovely entry gal

  2. A perfect drink for summer! I can imagine the taste. Yum!

  3. nice this anytime..liked the idea of adding nanhari to it..did not know its available in nilgiri's!!!

  4. that looks great divya..btw hope you remember abt the whb at my place this week!

  5. looks nice, place animal thing even we used to play,..

  6. nice summer drink divya,and its my favourite

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  8. This is good for summer. And healthy too.

  9. Simple and common drink..yet a real Favourite of mine coz its simply refreshing and cool :)..Good write up too :)

  10. haay..i remeber the game name,place, animals,things when i was smal playing with my bro and was wonderful timing..ur lemonade is superbb with a touh of reallys gives u fresh flavours of both ginger and lemon..

  11. A perfect drink for summer and its my favorite too.....

  12. Sangeeth,Uma,Sowmya..thank you!!

    Srivalli..thank you..I am still looking for an apt post for you!!

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  13. We too make this during summers and the taste of the sherbet with the sugar syrup is extremely good and tempting...thanks for participating


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