Posted on | March 24, 2007 | 21 Comments |
Ilaneer as Tender Coconut water is known in Kerala is one of the most delicious natural thirst quenchers in the world. On long road trips during the hot summers back home, the roadside Ilaneer vendors were like gods to us. At less than Rs. 10/. (less than 25¢) for a coconut, this very affordable drink is a great alternative to the expensive colas which are full of chemicals and artificial sweeteners. The refreshing tender coconut water is sweet in taste and has a lot of medicinal values.
For those who are not familiar with coconuts, don’t confuse coconut water with coconut milk. Check Wikipedia for more information on coconut water.
Ilaneer is best on its own, but it is okay to mix it up once in a while for a little variety. Here is a tender coconut water drink recipe adapted from Mrs. B.F Varughese’s book “Recipes for All Occasions Part 3″. This one is so refreshingly tasty, make sure you make enough for seconds.
- 2 cups tender coconut water
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup tender coconut pulp
- 3 tsp sugar
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- a pinch of powdered cinnamon
In a blender, grind the tender coconut pulp to a smooth paste. Add the water , tender coconut water, sugar and lemon juice to the blender and process till the ingredients are well blended.
Strain using a fine sieve and chill in the refrigerator, it taste better ice cold. Sprinkle powdered cinnamon before serving.
Note: Make sure you start with a tender coconut with a soft white pulp. If the coconut is too young, the pulp won’t be eatable, and if it too old, the pulp will be hard.
This is my contribution for the letter “I” for Nupur’s A to Z of Indian Vegetables event.
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