Have you heard of Kulukki Sarbat (Pineapple Limeade), the ultimate fresh limeade from Kerala? If you visit during the summer season, especially the months of April and May, you’ll definitely come across this colourful limeade on display at numerous street-food joints and roadside eateries. Kulukki (meaning “shaken”) sarbat is thus a popular “cool drink” on offer. If you have always resisted the temptation to try it out, wait no more!
Kulukki Sarbat is a refreshing and healthy limeade (can be a lemonade as well) to rejuvenate you on any hot day! This is the best summer drink!
Here is an easy recipe that you can try at home. This pineapple limeade is a healthy alternative to the bottled fizzy drinks. It’s all natural, balanced, and a healthy choice to re-hydrate your body.
Believed to have originated in Kozhikode (Calicut), kulukki sarbat has found it’s way to most of the popular roadside eateries in Kerala. It’s sweet, tangy, and mildly hot at the same time, making it a treat for your taste buds.
What is Kulukki Sarbat (Pineapple Limeade) made of?
The composition is quite simple – lime juice, water, finely chopped pineapple, green chillies (yes, you read that right), sabja (basil) seeds, a sugar syrup, and a pinch of salt. It’s an interesting mix indeed! For an even healthier version, replace the sugar syrup with honey. For an added fizz, replace water with soda (sparking water).
It’s always shaken, and not stirred!
I have used honey as a healthier alternative to sugar in this recipe. Sabja (basil) seeds, one of the standard ingredients in kulukki sarbat, is a very interesting one as well. These black seeds are antioxidant rich, and nutritious. But, you can’t consume them directly. Soak them in water for a few minutes, and they will swell up to double their size. Using them in drinks adds a new texture without altering the taste of the drink.
Finely chopped pineapple is another standard ingredient, but you can add more fruits of your choice. In this recipe, I have added watermelons. I carved out some melon balls, and added them to the glass just before serving. After drinking the sarbat, it’s fun to scoop out all these fruits with a spoon and eat them, making it a filling mini-meal in itself!
It’s freshly made every single time, and only one serving at once. So get shaking, one serving at a time!
Kulukki Sarbat (Pineapple Limeade) topped with ice