Bael or wood apple is a tangy sweet fruit with a mushy pulp that is ripe with health benefits for all. Bael is native to India and Bangladesh but is spread throughout south East Asia and is known by various names and used in different forms.
Bael is one of the rare ayurvedic plants that is used from root to leaves for curing varied diseases. It is useful in curing tuberculosis, hepatitis, diarrhea and several other digestive disorders.
Bael juice is not only a refreshing and tasty drink option for a hot summer day, it also is rich in alkaloids and vitamin C and hence a much wiser option than packaged juices or sodas.
- 3 small or medium sized bael fruits or wood apples
- 1/3 teaspoon cardamom powder
- 1/3 teaspoon roasted cumin or jeera
- Half a teaspoon black salt
- 12 tablespoons of jaggery
- 3 cups water
- Open the hard outer shell of the bael fruit by hitting it with a wooden rolling pin. Scoop out the inner mushy part into a bowl and mix with one cup of water.
- Soak the mixture for 20 minutes and then mash it with a spoon.
- Strain the pulp while adding water to it.
- Mix the mixture well with a spoon and add water and jaggery till you achieve the required consistency and sweetness.
- Add the cardamom, black salt and cumin powder and mix well.
Serve it chilled!