Few days ago I went visiting a friend and while we got chatting, she served me what I would call a ‘designer drink.’
It was a canned drink made of some pulp. I told her I never knew it came packaged like that and she told me she bought it when she travelled abroad.
My interest was kindled and I looked forward to downing my cold drink with the accompanying snack.
It tasted slightly watered down but still drinkable though.
The amusing part was I also had a cheaper, richer, tastier homemade version lying in my fridge.
Here’s My Homemade Pulp Juice. The prototype ingredient is Nigerian Tsamiyya.
1. Tsamiyya aka Tamarind
2. 6-8 cups of water
4. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
5. Slices of lime
1. You’ll need to remove the hard outer shell and the sort of fibers which hold everything together, then soak in the hot water. In the markets in Kano, you can find tamarinds that have their shells removed.
2. Boil about half the water called for in the recipe and pour it over the tamarind pulp in a large bowl.
3. While still hot, try to break it up a bit with a large spoon – remember the water will be hot.
4. When the water cools, it’s time to use your hands to break the pulp apart until it’s relatively smooth. Just keep squishing. There will be fibres and seeds
5.It’s now time to strain the pulp/water (it will be thick and have a sort of sour or tart scent) so you don’t have any debris in the final juice. You will need to strain this a couple times (at least) with a fine strainer.
6. Add the rest of the water and other ingredients, stir well and chill or serve with a couple cubes of ice. I like serving with a slice of lime.
7. Do taste to ensure it’s sweet enough for your liking.
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