Traditional Konkani Recipe: Kokum Kadi/ Sol Kadi

Kokum is a dark purple to black sticky fruit with curled edges. It is very abundant in the west coast region of India and hence mostly used in Konkan homes. It adds tart taste to the food and many use this as a substitute for tamarind. Studies have shown that this fruit can reduce fat, cool body, purify blood and also reduce cholesterol.

kokum

Since it is difficult to find the type of kokum we use at home, here in the US, I load bagful of kokums when in India and stock it for years. At home we enjoy drinking this Kokum kadi especially during hot summers as it has a cooling effect on the body. This can also be consumed along with food or after dinner and tastes terrific when used as an accompaniment with Daali thoy (Konkani daal).

 

This is very easy to prepare as well. Before going to work, I mix all ingredients along with water and let it do its thing. When I come back home, it is ready to be devoured. There is no seasoning, heating, tadka etc nothing to this. If only cooking other dishes was as easy! This can be kept in the fridge for days and makes a cool refreshing drink during summers. The making process of this reminds me of the old Indian advertisement (Kinetic Honda, I guess) “Mix it, Shut it and Forget it”. 

The only note for this is that the asafetida needs to have a very strong flavor as that plays a strong role in this drink. This drink has combination of sweet, sour, hot and tart taste which is hearty and refreshing.

 

kokum

 Ingredients

  • 5-6 kokum
  • Asafoetida
  • Salt, jaggery
  • 2-3 green chillies
  • chopped coriander leaves
  • 3 cups of water

Method:

  • In the 3 cups of water, put in all the ingredients except coriander leaves.
  • Let it rest for about 6-8 hours and do its own thing.

Remove the kokums and garnish with coriander leaves while serving.

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23 comments

  1. Asha says:

    You know what, after reading about Kokum several times at Shilpa’s blog,I finally bought some Kokum and now that this delicious Kadi is tempting me,great time to try. I love the smell of hing too,so perfect! Thanks:))

  2. Asha says:

    You know what, after reading about Kokum several times at Shilpa’s blog,I finally bought some Kokum and now that this delicious Kadi is tempting me,great time to try. I love the smell of hing too,so perfect! Thanks:))

  3. RedChillies says:

    Great going Asha. Hope you like it.

    Thanks Ruchii. Please do try.

    Thanks Bhags for your lovely comments.

    Thanks Manisha. I agree, even we have one version with coconut too but then it is too much work :-(

  4. sra says:

    Hi, I had this when I visited Goa this summer – they offered it as a digestive at all the small restaurants on the highway, I made this at home too!

  5. pooja v says:

    Yayyyyyyyyyyyy ( i m almost dancing) after seeing this kadi any goan will start dancing. No meal for us is complete without this kadi. Have you tried the cocnut milk version ?

  6. redchillies says:

    Sra, wow I am sure it tasted great.

    Suganya, you have a great spirit. Please do try.

    Cinnamon, I am so glad and I am sure you will not regret it.

    Nags, me too love hing.

    Thanks TBC. Please try it is refreshing.

    Thanks Lakshmi.

    Yaaay Pooja. I love the coconut version, but this is less work right?

  7. deeba says:

    Just back from Pune with a precious stash of kokum in every form. Googling led me here…what a treat! Have to make this soon! Thanks for sharing it!

  8. padmini says:

    once i and my friend tried kokum sharbat i really do not remember the receipe but we two drank the whole thing say about a litre each and after that we felt we were floating [like nasha] we were shocked and after that we never tried that. is it nasha maker?????????????

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