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Beat the heat with this thanda-thanda jaggery drink aka gur ka sharbat

Published on:7 May 2020, 14:08pm IST
You might be missing your favourite food spots in town but with this recipe of gur ka sharbat you can bring the nostalgia home.
Nikita Bhardwaj
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Summer means a lot of mocktails, lemonades, lassis, sharbats, and whatnot. After all we all love our share of sugary beverages when the scorching sun is sucking the joy out of our life. Except, it causes weight gain and is not really good for our health. But when jaggery (aka gur) is here to quench your thirst, why rely on sugar?  

You must be thinking, gur in summers? Well, in moderation why not. And we have got you an ultimate jaggery mocktail recipe for you that will blow your mind away. P.s. This recipe is coming to you straight from the streets of old Delhi, where it is touted as gur ka sharbat. So, let’s go for it.

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Eating gur is too good to be true. Checkout by yourself. Image courtesy: Shutterstock.

Ingredients

½ cup gur or jaggery
2 cups of water
Juice of two lemons
1 tsp chaat masala
1 tsp roasted jeera powder
5 mint leaves
Pinch of black salt
4-5 ice cubes

Preparation

1. Soak jaggery in water for around two hours.
2. Now strain the water through a sieve and with the help of a spoon pass the residue of jaggery with a spoon.
3. Now grind the mint leaves using a mortar and pestle.
4. Now add lemon juice, chat masala, black salt, and jeera powder. Mix it well.
5. Add ice, serve and enjoy.

Benefits of drinking gur ka sharbat
Well, we all have been eating gur since our childhood and it has been a ritual in some of our homes to eat it right after a meal for better digestion and gut health. In fact, this desi nuska is also ratified by science. 

Not just this but there are many other health benefits of eating gur, according to a study published in the journal Pharmacognosy Review:

1. Gur is good for skin
This study says that jaggery is rich in flavonoids and antioxidants which are the nutrients essential for ageless beauty.

2. Jaggery is great for lungs too
A study published in a journal Environmental Health Perspective suggests that as we live in polluted environments, it has become all the more important to take care of our lungs. And jaggery or gur has nutrients that help in cleaning up the tissue and lymph nodes for better functioning of the lungs.

3. Eat jaggery for weight loss management
As it’s a low-cal alternative for sugar, it doesn’t just help you manage weight but according to a study published in the journal Nutrients it also helps in maintaining blood sugar level and works wonderfully for people with type-2 diabetes.

4. Jaggery can reduce gastric issues
Good gut health ensures your overall well-being and eating gur in moderation on a daily basis can help you deal with gut problems like gas and constipation like a pro.

So, do try this old-Delhi charmer and let us know how it worked out for you.

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Nikita Bhardwaj Nikita Bhardwaj

Six-pack abs are all that Nikita needs, along with her daily dose of green tea. At Health Shots, she produces videos, podcasts, stories, and other kick-ass content.