Thursday, 26 June 2014

Luscious Lichi

What's in a name : Litchi is also spelled as Lichi and also as Lychee, though the pronounciation of all is the same ( Li-(t -silent) - chi ). Well, what's in a name or a spelling , when all that matters is this luscious, juicy, watery, super sweet tasting fruit!! Though a native to China, it is now cultivated in many parts of the world. I have had lichi drinks made with canned lichi juice back in Mumbai, but they never tasted so great. Guess the aroma fades away druing the canning process and the taste is extra-sweet for my buds. I never really saw lichis at the fruit stalls so much in Mumbai, as i see here in Delhi. In summers, the fruit stalls here are loaded with them and i am always tempted to buy them. They are irresistible. A great source of Vitamin C and minerals, Lichi's are cholestrol free and low in sodium content. I found out in wikipedia that Bihar produces almost 74 % of Lichi production in India. Makes for a livelihood for a lot of people there.


I am anyways not a canned/tinned drinker. I make sure that hubby dearest also consumes as much less soda as possible ( though he is a fan of Mirinda ). So i try to make some juices/drinks at home with fresh fruits always. One such drink i made was the Lichi Lemonade. A very simple drink, and makes for a perfect summer drink ! Refreshing, cool, juicy, and made right in your kitchen!!! Presenting the star-drink of summers : Luscious Litchi


Ingredients:

Lichis - 20
Lemon - 1 ( Adjust if you want less tangy or more )
Sugar - 2 tbsp
Water - as required ( Chilled )
Ice cubes - as required ( optional )
Black salt - just to taste

Recipe:

Remove the skin of the lichis and take out the pulp. Remove the seeds.

Make a puree of the lichi pulp and sugar ( you can also add powdered sugar directly ) in a blender.

Add the lemon juice of 1 lemon, and mix it well.

Remove from the blender and mix water as required. Add a little black salt. 

Pour in glass and garnish with lichi or fresh mint leaves.

You can add in some chopped litchi pieces to the lemonade.

It's best to serve this immediately, however if you want to store and serve later, store the lichi pulp with sugar in refrigerator and add in lemon juice at the time of serving.

Enjoy sipping this one cool drink :)

Happy Cooking :)

18 comments:

  1. Replies
    1. Absolutely ! Thanks for dropping by :)

      Delete
  2. That does look refreshing!

    betty

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hey Betty, Thank you... sorry for replying late... was on a 10 day vacation :)

      Delete
  3. That was a refreshing way to beat the heat:)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hello Rahulji... Yes absolutely... Lichis are my favourite :)

      Delete
  4. lovely way to sip litchis,yumm :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hey Julie, thanks a ton...Glad that you liked it :)

      Delete
  5. looks refreshing and lovely clicks...

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hey Amila, thanks a ton for dropping by :)

      Delete
  6. That sounds refreshing. I love sampling exotic fruits on our travels.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Absolutely, me too... I love kiwi drinks too :)

      Delete
  7. Can't wait to try this! :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. That's great! Let me know how you like it ...:)

      Delete
  8. Looks so refreshing and nice presentation too.

    I am here for the first time and very happy to follow your blog
    And I will be very happy if you follow my blog too...
    http://www.foodydelight.com/

    And also like my facebook page
    https://www.facebook.com/FoodyDelight

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Pranjali.... sure, i will visit your blog,Thanks for dropping by :)

      Delete
  9. I love Mirinda too. Oh gash... it is such a small world. I don't remember the last time I had one of those :) We don't have Mirinda here in Canada. hehe

    I have never made Lychee drink at home. This drink looks sooo refreshing and tasty to me. Thanks for the recipe, Gauri.

    http://rasakama.com/

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Small world for sure... :) Yes, litchi drink is awesome... you should try it :)

      Delete

Appreciate your comments, Thank you so much for for dropping by :)!!!