Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Sol Kadhi

March...the time of board exams in India. Oh the the anxiety and the tension that I experienced during my first board exams - the memory of it is still fresh in my mind!!

But above all, the thing I remember the most about that time is the sol kadhi that my mom would keep ready for me everyday when I returned home. Cooling and very refreshing, it was just the thing to have!! And so, to me (as to a lot of people), this is absolute "soul" kadhi!!

Made from dried outer rind of the kokum fruit, sol kadhi is a very popular Konkani drink. Tangy with a hint of sweetness (from the coconut milk), its delicate flavour and what it does to the palate is very tough to describe in words.....this is something you need to drink to really appreciate. Traditionally, it is served as an appetiser before meals, or as a digestive after a particularly heavy meal (especially after a meaty meal) - no matter when you choose to have it, one thing is certain - the delicately tangy flavour of sol kadhi will leave you craving for more!


Kokum - 8-10 petals, soaked in warm water for about 30 mins
Coconut milk - 200 ml
Garlic - 2 cloves
Green chillies - 2
Salt - to taste (I use rock salt)
Cumin seeds - 1 tsp, roasted and pound to a coarse powder, optional
Coriander leaves - for garnishing


Pound garlic and chillies together, add it to the coconut milk. Strain the juice of the kokum and mix it to the coconut milk. Season with rock salt. Chill, garnish with coriander leaves and a pinch of the cumin seed powder and sip.

Note: do check the balance of flavours - sol kadhi is not overwhelmingly sour, it has just that little hint of tanginess; it is not very coconutty either, so do keep that in mind when mixing the two.

This is my entry to FIC: Pink hosted by Priya, a wonderful event started by Sunshinemom.


  1. Exams here for kids is in June, few more month's to go. I must make this SolKadhi.I have Kokum but never used it so far! :)

  2. that looks very nice .. I have never made sol kadhi .. gotta make some now

  3. Never heard of this..But its indeed looks like 'SOul' kadhi..Yummy n refreshing!

  4. Wow i love the colour and looks yumm

  5. Hearing and seeing for the first time..would like to try...great presentation !!

  6. Thats a gorgeous drink..so prefect for FIC entry..thanks for sending to FIC Aqua!

  7. Looks delicious...I ordered this often when eating out in Mumbai...love it.

  8. Hi, thanks for stopping by and leaving lovely comment for me!
    Loved your blog with wonderful recipes! :)

  9. Fresh, tangy, a hint of sweetness you're naming a marvelous drink. Excellent color also :)

  10. Very pretty and unusual drink for me!

  11. love the "soul" kadhi:) never had it , gotta try it

  12. I've heard so much about solkadhi. Have some kokum, should try it out

  13. Looks so pink, perfect for the event!

  14. wow.. such a pretty dish. nice clicks...

  15. wow ! nice recipe and nice presentation ...:)
    Hey Thanks for stopping by and ur commnts :)keep visiting :)

  16. I had this long long time back, first time in Goa, then used to have it at home after we had got a bunch of purple kokums from goa... So lovely!


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