Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Pandan (Screwpine) Limau Kasturi (Calamansi) Drink


Ramadan obviously is the fasting month. Abstaining from eating and drinking from dawn to dusk and traditionally breaking fast with drinks and dates. Thereafter indeed the full meal. For food and drinks, plenty of bazaars where sometimes its hard to decide what to buy for choices are aplenty and sometimes there's tendency to buy more than enough. Temptation it is. Every once a while I do go to the neighbourhood bazaar. True enough. I come back home with bundles of food but not the colourful coloured drinks. The drinks are either too sweet or doesn't really taste all that great. I'm not saying all but the ones I've tried definitely not made with pure fruits. Perhaps tad-bit of fruits but basically its colouring and loads of sugar. Suppose a better deal will be this home made drink (Basil Lemonade) with home grown pandan leaves (pandan milk jelly, pandan rice pudding, pandan coconut cupcakes, pumpkin pandan jelly,pandan poached pears and pandan chocolate cupcake) or buy a bundle of the fresh ones to simmer with water and mix with calamansi lime juice and honey for a refreshing thirst quencher.

Ingredients (as needed)
Pandan leaves (about 10 pieces for 1/2 pot of water)
Calamansi/limau kasturi - as needed
Honey - as needed
Ice cubes - as needed
Plain water - as needed 

Method
Cut pandan into smaller pieces.
Add in a pot with water.
Simmer over low heat to relieve the scent.  
Cool down and mix with lime juice and honey. 
Serve at room temperature, chill in the fridge first or top up with ice cubes.  
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28 comments:

  1. How nice u have a nice garden & how cool is that to have calamassi plant! I love pandan flavor & calamassi too. I buy this instead of lemon most of the times. The juice looks very refreshing & loved the pics

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  2. lovely clicks.homegrown lime will have wonderful flavor.

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  3. What a wonderful flavor with this delicious drink.

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  4. Hi Nava, I sure love this limau kasturi, very refreshing and addictive too. :)

    I don't buy those drinks from bazaars stores, the coloring they used put me off. On top of that the water is not boiled or filter. Best to make our own refreshing drinks.

    Have a nice week ahead.

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  5. Intresting.. Wondering where can i find first two ingridients..
    Keep in touch
    www.beingbeautifulandpretty.com

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  6. That is refreshing drink, and i envy u since u have such a gud kitchen garden delicacies to enjoy.....i wish i too have a garden in near future so that i can enjoy thekitchen garden harvest...This pandan recipe sounds so refreshing ...

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  7. Very genuine thought Nava colors may look appealing but one never knows what it contains.You are blessed to have ur own garden so anything u make from there is organic too.

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  8. Your plants are doing well. This must be most refreshing with both the ingredients being aromatic. Artificial colours (in drinks) put me off. There's nothing like fresh products, and if they are homegrown what more could you ask for? Tempting pictures!

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  9. such a refreshing drink. You are real lucky to have your own garden.

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  10. It is definitely a great feeling to use fruits and veggies from own garden for cooking.. This drink looks so interesting and refreshing..

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  11. Nava you grown these two in your garden and made wonderful drink with it, awesome. fresh from the garden is always good feeling.

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  12. wow...this is seriously a refresher...more of like flavored water..everything fresh from own garden is the best thing to have ever nava

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  13. Nava, look at your garden fresh drink. Wow..... healthy.

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  14. A very refreshing and flavorful drink.

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  15. ooooo so this is how they does it. I was at the A Wet Thai restaurant the other day and they serve plain water with pandan fragrant. we were wondering howthey does it...to blend the leave and boil or what...now i can do it at home la...just boil right? I'll omit the honey and lime.

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  16. Haa, those colored drinks!! Never have tried them, but they are so attractive for sure! Especially kids flock to such shops making a bee line.
    I love your herb and greens garden, perfect. Since I have never ever come across Pandan leaf in real life, I really could not sense the taste or flavor of it!! But the teeny tiny lemons are adorable! This looks like a refreshing and energetic drink with honey on!
    Beautiful clicks! I love the presentation at the end with Ms. Mini Lime biting around the rim of the glass, very cute.

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  17. Nava, I have no idea how pandan leaves taste like but this drink definitely look tantalizing to me!

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  18. alamak! wrong time la masuk sini...now salivating already...
    yes Nava, i always agree with you, honestly I never tempted with the vibrant color drinks in pasar ramadhan or pasar malam...lebih baik buat sendiri, kan? more healthier...

    thanks for the sharing nava, always love your thoughts! it;s genuine and honest!

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  19. This is so beautiful and refreshing!

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  20. I love the idea of pandan in a drink, this is simply gorgeous :D

    Cheers
    CCU

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  21. So much fun to use ingredients from your garden..lovely drink

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  22. Drink looks very refreshing & colorful.
    shobha
    www.shobhapink.blogspot.in

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  23. wow!now I grabbed this idea of using pandan leaves in a Calamansi drink...
    These images are very beautiful...

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  24. Ahh.. What can beat the taste of a drink that is prepared from home produced ingredients.. Love that colorful refreshing drink.. Just awesome colors they have !

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  25. love the color...refreshing drink..perfect for this season..lovely clicks

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  26. Refreshing and healthy. In fact pandan leaves are often used to boil a simple drink with water to counter haze by the Taiwanese.

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