Bael , an ancient Ayurvedic tree , commonly known as Wood apple or Stone apple. It has a green woody texture from outside with a yellow pulpy fruit inside and consist of mucilaginous seeds. Bael tree is sacred for Hindus and its leaves are important offering to Lord Shiva, the trifoliate leaves signifies the three eyes of Lord Shiva.Besides sacred space it’s also have certain medicinal properties , helps in gastrointestinal problems, constipation and digestive disorders.A rich source of minerals , fiber and vitamins makes it a valuable fruit and treated as natural laxative. I still remember in my childhood ,We were having farms of Bael and our store room was filled with ripe Bael fruit in the seasons. That time was memorable !!! This juice I often made in the months of April to July , to beat summers and refresh ourselves. So let’s start the recipe .yum
1 Bael fruit
2 liter water
1 cup ice cubes
2 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice(optional)
1 teaspoon roasted cumin powder (optional)
Bang bael fruit on the floor , scrap out the pulp with the help of knife.
Take water in a vessel add the pulp . Wear gloves and mash the pulp in water .Mash till all pulp scraped out from fruit and only seeds are left.Squeeze the juice from pulp and discard that pulp side by side.Strain it in a big strainer.
Add sugar and cumin powder(optional) ,mix well till sugar dissolves.Add lemon juice and stir well.Now add ice cubes and serve chilled.
Serve-6. Prep time -15 minutes
Note: You may skip lemon juice and cumin powder , as it also taste good without these.
You may also add milk to change the flavors.