Saturday, September 14, 2013

Lemongrass/Serai Cordial


Lemongrass is and will forever remain as one of my favorite local herbs, generously used for many of the savoury dishes whereas the Lemongrass Cake was quite an inventionBut this cordial I made for the first time. That too after I returned from the Solo Travel To Bangkok as I truly appreciated the refreshing drink while sightseeing in the burning sun,  practically a couple of times in a day.  
Also, when I returned home, I decided to use up the small gardening space by growing lemongrass, easily grown (Pandan/Screwpine Calamansi Drink) with store bought stalks by putting the base in a container of water and leaving it in a sunny area (indoor or outdoor). Once the roots start to sprout, plant in a pot or directly on the ground. Within a few weeks, there you have a bushy plant with fresh stalks and lemongrass surely strive in our hot weather. 

To make this cordial, use as many stalks while adjusting the amount of sugar as per taste. Thereafter, discard the grassy leaves, peel off the outer tough layers, thinly slice the woody top and simmer them with 2 cups of water and sugar for a thick cordial/syrup. Once cool down, strain the syrup, pour in a bottle/container and store in the fridge. For your drinking pleasure, add cordial in a glass, mix with warm or cold water and love the citrus-y, refreshing and soothing drink.    

Ingredients
10 lemongrass stalks – sliced thinly
Sugar (as needed and any type)

Method
Simmer lemongrass and sugar in 2 cups of water.
Once a thick syrup forms. remove from heat.
Drain away the stalks, cool it down and store in the fridge.
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35 comments:

  1. Looks most refreshing Nava! Lemon grass is not all that commonly used in our region. I'd love to try out your recipe.

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  2. I love with your photography NK ...and love the cordial ..

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  3. Thanks Nava for sharing this. i just brought some from the market and will try to plant this, so i can try this drinks.

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  4. I will buy lemongrass and try this.. Its so easy and I live in india where its so hot and humid these days, i need it..
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  5. Looks lovely Nava ! thanks for sharing how you can grow ur own lemongrass,very useful ..I just bought a few stalks yesterday for the first time :)

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  6. seems very interesting..i would love to try navneet...would let u knw soon :)

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  7. love to plant this one in my backyard, I like to plant more herbs then veges so this will be next, drink looks so refreshing.

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  8. Yum! That drink looks not just delicious but so beautiful. Love the sunny color!

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  9. Looks so refreshing,I tasted lemon grass once and didnt like it much,will try this way :)

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  10. drink looks very appealing n healthy... pass over here..:):)

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  11. Lovely refreshing recipe :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  12. This Lemongrass/Serai Cordial is such a refreshing drink. I love lemongrass and my Mom used to grow them in her yard too. :) I always get free ones from her garden.

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  13. Fabulous drink. I'd love to try it one day. Thanks for the tips on growing lemongrass!

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  14. Wow Nava lemon grass cordial looks really inviting.

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  15. wow very useful post and healthy drink too...

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  16. Drink looks refreshing.. more lovable clicks nava.. :) this drink is very new to me though..

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  17. I can smell lemon grass here :-) oh my favorite.. going to try this soon

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  18. ivy sew http://simplybeautifulhealthyliving.blogspot.comSeptember 15, 2013 at 5:14 PM

    Lemongrass is one of my most favorites herbs be in savoury or sweet dessert :)

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  19. my fav ingredients.. looks so freshing..

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  20. wonderful clicks Nava. refreshing and must try one.

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  21. Your photos are making me thirsty.

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  22. This looks so refreshing. Nava, the lemon grass we get here is not that green. I have one lemon grass in my fridge, its drying, I should use it for this.

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  23. Hi Nava, very refreshing drink. I love the fragrant smell.. love to add this into the rice, very nice aroma.

    Have a nice holiday.

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  24. Nice clicks! The cordial looks refreshing.

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  25. Wow Nava wonderful and helpful info :)Thanks for sharing.Next time i'll try to grow some lemon grass @home :) I love the flavour of lemon grass, using the lemon grass for drinks is awesome. will try this ;)

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  26. It's certainly nice to grow your own plants & serve them in your cooking, doesn't it? I love lemongrass drinks & the aroma just fills the home. Perfect drink for a hot day!

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  27. Though I have not tasted lemongrass this looks so refreshing and lovely colour too

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  28. Love the beautiful colour of the cordial Nava :) So great that you can grow the lemon grass and use them in cooking too. Wish I could do the same with some herbs. But nothing that I plant seems to grow :)

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  29. looks fresh, delicious and so easy to prepare...a nice healthy drink:)

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  30. I agree with you. Lemongrass is so versatile and I am almost heady with the smell of it. Not sure if I have shared with you that I make more sweet treats out of lemongrass and kaffir lime than curries. A cordial sounds wonderfully refreshing. Thanks for sharing the tips on growing them. I would absolutely love to give it a shot.

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  31. Feel like having it right now! It looks so refreshing!

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  32. This drink sounds refreshing and a way to keep the roots going this is my type of gardening.

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