If you've grown up in an Indian household, you would know the importance and usage of a string of Indian spices in the cuisine. Be it the host of rich curries or healthy concoctions, Indian cuisine has a repertoire of spices that are simply unmissable! Turmeric, cinnamon, peppercorns, cloves, cardamom or the chillies, the mere mention not only make us drool over the burst of flavours but also the many health benefits the spices offer. Sandalwood powder or chandan is one such Indian spice that holds a sacred place in the list, and chandan sharbat is the best drink you can make with it.
A prized ingredient in Ayurveda for countless therapeutic properties, chandan is derived from the fragrant wood of the Genus Santalum tree and is most commonly available in the form of oil and powder. Besides being used in soaps, fragrances and colognes, sandalwood or chandan is known to be one of the most effective and reliable ingredients for skin ailments. Due to its many medicinal properties, it is used as a home remedy across Indian homes. While many people use chandan as is to apply on the forehead for its cooling properties, chandan is often used in culinary experiments too.
Chandan ka sharbat is one of the most common drinks around. It is easy and comes brimming with benefits! All you need is honey, milk, chandan powder and lemon juice combined together to make syrup, which is stored overnight. You can strain, store in bottles and serve it whenever.
Chandan is known to have anti-inflammatory properties that help relieve any kind of burning sensation caused due to acne or sun burn. Its antiseptic properties prevent pimples, acne and sores from developing. Chandan ka sharbat not only quenches the thirst and enliven the senses but also reduces the heat from the body. You can add a teaspoon of saffron too if you like. It would lend a beautiful colour to the drink along with its many powerful health properties. Saffron has proven to be a stimulant tonic and a very effective ingredient to soothe cold and fever.
Find the full recipe of chandan ka sharbat here. Try it at home and share you experience in the comments section below.
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