The most awaited summer fruit of the season (after mangoes) in Pakistan is Falsa (Phalsa) that also has a very fancy English name – Grewia Asiatica, that nobody ever uses. From it’s color, taste and price at the start of the season, this little berry fruit gets you drooling. You just can’t have enough of it till the time it’s available (roughly two months). While it’s still available, we had to make Falsa Sherbet (juice) to keep us cool in sweltering summer heat.
Every food has a story and this fruit always brings back memories from childhood. Growing up and while we (my sisters and I) were in school, our final term exams and falsa season coincided – like every year it was like that. And this meant NO Falsay during exams!
Walking out the school gate after exam, we had our eyes on that falsa vendor’s beautifully arranged falsa display, he’d be at his fixed spot under the tree, right next to school gate. While most girls would stop by and have a small pack of falsa with generous sprinkling of black salt (kala namak), we’d just walk past it with this tiny thought that on our last exam you better be here falsa guy because we want those little berries bursting with flavors and of course with black salt! Last day of the exam was the best day because exams had ended and we could have these falsay as much as we wanted – no stopping there
On Sundays we all had a day off and so did my father, he’d bring falsay (my mother loves this fruit) and then would prepare bowls for us all. It was so exciting to see him prepare the bowls. He’d have all those falsa in a large bowl, would then sprinkle black salt all over it and would then cover the bowl with a fairly larger plate and would give it a good shake – this helps in equally salting the fruit and also smashes a few ripe ones, making it a lot more flavorful. We used to enjoy this entire experience a lot. Such were the joys of simple days.
As little as it may seem, this fruit is not only flavorful but has many benefits too. It’s loaded with Vitamin C, Potassium, Fiber, Calcium and Phosphorus. In simpler words, it helps treating dehydration, alleviates inflammation, helps in regulating blood pressure, digestion and is full of anti-oxidants.
It has a nice a mix of sweet, sour and a bit acidic taste, which adds a good punch and flavor to it’s Sherbet/Juice. There are other ways to consume this seasonal fruit and you might enjoy having it in some other way but do give this quick and easy Falsa Sherbet recipe a try this summer to keep you cool all through the season.
You might also want to try this Mint Margarita another refreshing drink with a bit of lemon soda infused with mint leaves – so perfect for summers.
by Hirra Pervaiz June-16-2017
Falsa Sherbet! Fresh, bright and refreshingly delicious, it’s the prefect summer drink
Prep time: Total time: Yield: serves 6-8
1000 grams (1 Kilo) Falsa
1.5 Cup Sugar (or to taste)
1 Tbsp Black Salt (Kala Namak)
1.5 Liter Water
Clean Falsa under running water and then soak in water for 15 minutes. Drain and rinse well. Now add Sugar and mix well. Let it sit for another 15 minutes
In a blender add half water, macerated berries, salt and blend until pureed
Strain it through seive, add more water if required to puree well and get all from the pulp
Taste test and adjust sugar and salt according to taste
Mix it up with a bit water to dillute it and get a more Sherbet like consistency. Serve chilled with ice and mint leaves
The strained mixture in step 3 can be stored by freezing. Use it as and when required
To make this Falsa Sherbet a bit more fancy try adding Sprite or 7Up in place of water
Happy Monday y’all! Summers are here, temperatures are rising and rising a bit too quickly in this part of the world, but I’ve got all you covered. We’ll beat the heat in style, with a quick, refreshing and perfectly cool drink Strawberry Mojito. It’s virgin (non-alcoholic) yet so bubbly and fruity making it a perfect summer drink!
I had posted this image on my Facebook Page here a few weeks ago and had totally forgotten about posting the recipe, until a reader reminded.Yeah, that’s what rising temperatures do to you. But, I’m glad someone reminded, they’re following the blog 😀
Just a few ingredients and you have it all, Anti-oxidants from mint and strawberries and Vitamin C from lemons. It involves muddling of the ingredients, mixing it all up and start sippin’! See, in the picture how muddling the strawberries, mint leaves and sugar brings out all those juices? That’s the base for our drink.
This is the ultimate summertime drink, although there’s a classic version of Mojito with lime and mint leaves alone, but adding strawberries gives it some sweetness and of course a whole new flavor, can it get better than that? I don’t think so!
Like I said this Mojito has it all, it’s adding to your good health, helps de-stress and relax, what else do you need on a hot summer day? Oh! It makes an excellent party drink too, so impress your guests or make it for yourself, just make it and start Sippin’!
Virgin Strawberry Mojito
by Hirra Pervaiz May-9-2016
Virgin Strawberry Mojito, is Perfectly cool and So refreshing, this Strawberry Mojito has it all! Antioxidants from mint and strawberries, Vitamin C from the lemons, it’s bubbly and fruity P.S It’s non-alcoholic!.
Prep time: Total time: Yield: serves 2
10-12 Strawberries, hulled and sliced
8 Mint Leaves
1-2 Lemons (juice)
1 Tbs Sugar or Honey
1/4 Cup Lemon Malt
7UP or Sprite
In a bowl or Mason Jar muddle together strawberries, mint leaves, lemon juice and sugar. Leave for about 2 minutes
If doing in a bowl, add this to your serving glasses and ice cubes, lemon malt and fill up with 7UP or Sprite
Gently Stir, garnish with mint leaves and serve immediately!
If you’re making this for a party, you can prepare ahead of time, muddle the ingredients in a large pitcher and keep your lemon malt and 7UP/Sprite chilled. When the guests arrive mix it up and serve immediately
Before the summer ends an insanely delicious drink had to be made and posted here on the blog and why not, Weekends are meant for having such loaded drinks, indulging in deliciousness and never coming out of it! (not literally) You already know what goes in the making of it (hint: cookies & cream) but what you don’t know is the secret of making it. So today, you’ll learn to make the most ridiculously, insanely delicious milkshake The Overload Cookies & Cream Milkshake
This mouth-watering, eye-pleasing, calorie-overload, dribbling and indulgent dairy dessert has all of my favorite things combined: Oreos+Ice-Cream+Nutella. Mix it all up and you have an AMAAYY-ZIINNGG Treat! (wait for the secret to be revealed)
This dessert milkshake will make you forget everything in this world, your worries, your friends, your kids, your dog, I mean literally everything and you definitely won’t share this goodness with anyone.
It’s time to reveal the secret, be ready to get your hands on this bad-boy and treat yourself to dessert therapy!
Overload Cookies & Cream Milkshake
by Hirra Pervaiz September-21-2015
Treat yourself to a dessert therapy with this mouth-watering, eye-pleasing, calorie-overload, dribbling and indulgent dairy deliciousness!
Prep time: Total time: Yield: serves 1
1 1/4 Cup(300ml)Milk
2 Tbsp Nutella
2 Scoops Vanilla Ice-Cream
1 Whole Pack Oreo Cookies
Whipped Cream (store bought)
Twix Chocolate (Optional)
Using a spoon or spatula, cover the rim of the Mason jar with 1 Tbsp Nutella. Break up some Oreos and stick them to the coated rim
Add one scoop of ice-cream in the jar and drizzle some Chocolate syrup on the inside of the mason jar glass. Keep in freezer
In a blender, mix 1 tbsp Nutella,Oreos, Milk and vanilla ice cream until thoroughly combined
Pour the milkshake into the glass until it is halfway full. Sprinkle some Oreo crumbs and drizzle chocolate syrup into the glass, and then continue pouring the milk shake until the glass is full
Top with whipped cream, Oreo bits and more Chocolate syrup until you are satisfied
It’s June already and we’re well into summers. While we have our rooms chilly with the AC, the temperature outside has risen to a sizzling 40-45 degrees and one definitely needs a refreshing drink to cool-one-down and to beat the heat
Nothing can beat the heat like a refreshing drink and for me it is Mint Margarita – nothing like it! In hot summers like we have here, this is the best drink to have. It looks fancy but is super easy to make, with a blender at hand and a few ingredients you have a superbly refreshing drink ready.
It’s super simple but it does have its trick. To get a perfect glass of Mint Margarita you need to keep the ratio of lemon to sugar to water perfect. As the drink includes crushed ice too, so its important to maintain the ratio accordingly, because as the ice melts it’ll rise to the top and also mix with the water. The ratio I’ve kept in the recipe is perfect for me as it has all the flavors together; the sweet, the tangy, the mint and the soda.
While the temperature continues to rise and as Ramadan is approaching, this drink will definitely be your instant-refresher and a hit! So please yourself and your guests with this super refresher Mint Margarita.
by Hirra Pervaiz June-01-2015
Mint Margarita – A refreshing drink with a bit of lemon soda fused with mint leaves. So perfect for the Summers!
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: servings 2
1/2 Cup Sugar
1/2 Cup Water
1/4 tsp Salt
3-4 Sprigs of Mint (or More)
3 Lemons, Juice
3-4 Cups Ice cubes
1 Cup 7up Lime or Sprite (250ml)
Add the sugar, water, salt, sprigs of mint, lemon juice and ice cubes to a blender. Pulse a few times till the ice is completely crushed
Fill each glass with half of 7up/sprite and pour the mint mixture over till the glass is full.Garnish with a slice of lemon the rim of the glass or with mint leaves. Serve immediately
Prepare the drink just before serving, or the crushed ice will melt if made way in advance
You can prepare the mint mixture in advance and add ice to it and blend before serving