February 23, 2008

Nannari Sarbath

Nannari known as Indian Sarasaparilla, is a wonder herb, with its natural cooling property. It has the medicinal properties to protect one from common summer ailments. Nannari root is used to prepare the concentrate. Shall blog about the syrup preparation later. To know more about nannari sarbath's cooling effects, read The Hindu's metroplus article.

Nannari Sarbath /Sarbath is a very popular summer drink in Kerala and TamilNadu. Here, the word Sarbath is synonymous with Nannari. Many temporary shops selling sarbath come up, under the tree's shade near roads. The existing shops will add a new shelf lined with bottles of home made nannari syrup. I bought one bottle from a nearby shop. All the shops in my place, use home made syrups, with no preservatives added. Here we have started feeling the heat and through out the summer, I never fail to stock my fridge with a bottle of the syrup. Nannari syrup with fresh lime juice and ice soda will be really a treat on a hot summer day. You can use cold water instead of soda. I have a soda maker at home.

Nannari syrup - 3 tbl spn
Juice of a medium sized Lemon
Water/Soda - 1 glass

No need to add any sugar, since the concentrate has adequate sugar in it.
Mix all the three in a bowl with a spoon and serve in a tall glass.

This refreshing summer drink goes to cool Coffee, who is hosting JFI this month, which is the brain child of Indira of Mahanandi.


  1. That looks very refreshing! Great entry! :)

  2. I have heard abt it although dint know what went into it. Good one ..I shall chk out on the syrup prep :)

  3. Though have heard much about this, didn't get a chance to drink this yet.. :)

  4. Never heard of this drink! Looks so lovely and refreshing. Very nice entry!

  5. kalai, deepa,dk,seena, uma thanks.

    Kalai, its indeed very refreshing.

    deepa, yes, a very different healthy drink to beat the summer heat.

    dk, thanks for stopping by and commenting here. I am yet to prepare the syrup at home. Do try syrup prep and post the same.

    seena, do try this when u get a opportunity.

    uma, u might get the syrup in stores. Look out for it, u might come across one.

  6. Thanks for visiting my blog jayasree. I am glad you liked it.
    This sarbath reminded me my summer holidays at school when we used to visit our native place called tirunelveli. This nannari sarbath was a great thirst quencher for the summer heat.
    I did not know it is sarasparilla because I have sarasparilla syrup at home as an medicine for body heat.


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