Sabja seeds or sweet basil seeds – how to use sabja seeds. Sabja seeds also called as tukumaria or sweet basil seeds are commonly used for Falooda, sherbet and in other Asian drinks. It is believed in India that they help to beat the summer heat, keeping the body cool. Due to the gelatinous nature when soaked, they help in cleaning the walls of the stomach, help to regulate the bowel movements and flush the toxins from the stomach. Some folks get dehydrated fast in summer and get constipated especially kids, for them a drink made of these seeds is very beneficial.
Sweet basil seeds can be used in sherbets and drinks made with any fruit like watermelon juice, lemonade, and cucumber juice or even with tender coconut water. Use rock sugar, also called as kalkanda in telugu as it is considered to be a better sweetener for summer. I do not know the exact reason why rock sugar is favored in Ayurveda especially during summer. In our families we consider rock sugar to have a cooling effect on the body and best to use in summer.
Though I prefer to eat my fruits as is, sometimes a fruit in the form of juice definitely makes sense on a hot day, keeping refreshed and hydrated.
Learn how to use sabja seeds in drinks and sherbet
Pick and clean debris and stones from the seeds.
Wash the seeds multiple times and drain them in a coffee filter.
Soak them in just enough water. This is how they look after soaked.
Blend the cardamom powder, water melon or any other juicy fruit like pineapple or pear to smooth.
Add lemon juice, soaked sabja seeds ,mix and serve.
Sabja seeds or sweet basil seeds | How to use sabja seeds in recipes
Ingredients (1 cup = 240ml )
- 1 tsp sabja seeds / Basil seeds
- 1/4 to 1/2 cup water
to make a drink or sherbet
- Fruit cubes as needed (water melon or any juicy fruit or tender coconut water)
- Rock sugar as needed (I did not use any sweetener)
- lemon juice , Few drops
- 1 Pinch green cardamom powder (optional)
How to make the recipe
- clean and pick stones and mud from the seeds.
- Add them to a coffee filter and wash under running water, to finish off pour a cup of drinking water to rinse them
- Soak them in 1/4 to 1/2 cup water for about 2 hours. Add them to any fruit juice, barley water or ice cream or kheer.