Summer is at its peak in hot countries and the sun is busy throwing tantrums. When it's hot, plain water is not enough to quench your thirst, you might need a little sugar to up your energy levels and what can be more alluring than a syrup made with some cooling herbs and spices. This perfectly balanced mixture of cooling herbs and spices is what we call Rooh Afza.
The ingredients are pretty easy to find so you will easily make Rooh Afza syrup in your home. After you have mastered the art of making Rooh Afza do take some time to check out my recipe for another cooling and refreshing drink called Jal Zeera.
You can also watch this video tutorial for making the homemade rooh-afza recipe
1 1/2 liter water
3 tbsp katira gum plus 1 cup water
1 tsp cardamom crushed
4-5 pcs cinnamon
screw pine essence as needed
rose water as needed
1 tsp red food color
Soak the gum for a few hrs in 1 cup water, set aside. I don't recommend soaking overnight as some people do because when I soaked the gum overnight it wouldn't come off and finally when it did came off it got stuck to the pan. To make a long story short, I had to work very hard all evening trying to scrub it off the pan as a result of which I missed my favourite episode of crime stories.
2. Place a heavy based pan on top of the stove with water and sugar, add the cinnamon and cardamom. Cook till a syrup consistency is reached.
Pour the soaked gum into the sugar syrup.
Cook for another 20 minutes on a very low heat. Add the rose water.
Place on the stove once again on low heat. Cook till the temperature rises to 115 degrees. The longer you cook the thicker will be the resulting syrup. I like the syrup to be of pourable consistency so I stop cooking at 115 degrees.
Finally add the red color and place the pan on the stove once again. Cook for 5 more minutes. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature.
After leaving the mixture at cool to room temperature, use a sieve to strain into sterilized bottles.
Usage: Dissolve 2-3 tbsp in 1 glass of water to make a drink.
Hope you will try to make this recipe for homemeade Rooh Afza Syrup.
Check out my Jal Zeera recipe for another refreshing and healthy Summer drink.