|Gingerind Cooler (Tamarind and Ginger drink)|
Years passed and the incident faded from our memories, we were tweens now and loved eating anything that was sour, sweet and spicy in that order. A local shed shop in our colony sold hard boiled candies and various hues and flavours and it was a ten year olds favourite haunt, I had newly discovered the magic of an Imli ki goli (tamarind candy) and bought myself a handful as I returned from school everyday, making sure to finish it all as I walked from the shop to our building lest my mum find out!.
Its common knowledge that I love playing around with ingredients, combining different flavours and textures almost feels like I'm fourteen again, like a giggly school girl with my friends in the chemistry lab mixing liquids, heating them and then jotting down notes to find out what happens next...
It was a sultry 42 degrees C afternoon that I thought of experimenting with some ingredients on hand, tamarind paste, ginger syrup, club soda and some desi masalas (spices) and viola this delicious, soul soothing cooler was born!
Read on for the recipe,
You will need:1 tbsp tamarind paste
2 - 3 tbsps ginger syrup
500 ml club soda
1/4 tsp red chilli powder
1/4 tsp roasted cumin seed powder
1/4 tsp black salt
A pinch of regular salt
Method:In a large jug or bowl combine all the above mentioned ingredients and stir, making sure that the tamarind paste has dissolved well.
Check for sweetness and salt and adjust accordingly.
Pour your concoction over a tall ice filled glass and devour!