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Paal sharbat which is not only cool drink it also cools your body.  Paal is the Tamil name for Milk. Sharbat/Sherbet/sarbath is a popular Middle Eastern and South Asian drink.  So the paal sharbat/Milk Sharbat which I am posting today is Milk + Flavoring.  The 2 important ingredients used in making this sharbat are

Badam Pisin/Edible Gum

Milk+Badam pisin+Nannari altogether is great refreshing drink for the summer.  This is one of the famous drink that is sold in Ramanathapuram District/ Ramnad.  If you are around that place thenyou would have known this.

Let’s see a brief about those 2 ingredients before enjoying my refreshing quencher

Badam Pisin/Edible Gum 
(you can use any edible gum)

This is an edible gum which looks like Miniature ice rocks.  This is used as natural coolant and they are used for making desserts.  They should be soaked in water a day before making this. When they are soaked they form like a Gel/jelly substance, this is then used with other flavoring to make wonderful desserts.


Sarsaparilla which is popularly called as Nannari is a wonderful herb with natural cooling Property.  The concentrate is prepared using Nannari root.  The root has a pleasant odor with astringent taste. The syrup is prepared from its root by steam distillation method, then they are mixed with sugar, water and citric acid to give Nannari syrup.  This is used as flavoring for many drinks and desserts.

Other than this Paal/Milk sharbat, this Nannari can be made used in combination with water/Soda + lime Juice.


Ingredients :

Milk - as needed (Boiled and cooled)
Badam pisin/Edible Gum - just few crystals
Nannari syrup - to taste ( as this has sweet taste you need not add sugar to it)
Some Ice cubes



1. Soak the Badam pisin a day before you are preparing the drink/dessert. At least for 8 hrs.  While soaking just put them in enough water.  You will see the magic next day.
2. The next day clean to see if there is any bark in it. You can just remove them using your fingers or spoon.  Drain and keep it aside for 5 to 10 minutes. Then refrigerate until you use it.
3. While serving take 2 to 3 tbsp of badam pisin in a glass, add the syrup and Milk, shake it using the shaker or give a nice stir.  Serve with few Ice cubes.


You can use any kind of edible gum which is available in market in place of Badam pisin.

Enjoy this summer cooler and stay tuned to enjoy another refreshing Post :)

Lifewithspices  – (August 1, 2011 at 2:17 AM)  

wow such an awesome drink.. i hv add plain sharbath with badam pisin n with milk looks so divine..

Nandita SS  – (August 1, 2011 at 2:45 AM)  

I had heard alot about Nannari juice. I never knew that it was added to milk as well. Great recipe Pavithra and great shots as well :)

Umm Mymoonah  – (August 1, 2011 at 2:48 AM)  

Oh yes, My MIL use this badam pisin all the time, did you made this when you were in India. Very pleasing colours and looks lovely

chef and her kitchen  – (August 1, 2011 at 2:55 AM)  

I love this sherbet...though never edible gum 2 it..looks yumm..:)

Nithya  – (August 1, 2011 at 3:18 AM)  

Wow.. This looks superb :) Looks like this was also taken at salem!! :)

Reva  – (August 1, 2011 at 3:19 AM)  

That is awesome... has the traditional touch:) Wonderfully made and presented. Very pleasing clicks.. :)

Zareena  – (August 1, 2011 at 3:55 AM)  

Wow!!!! looks very delicious and refreshing.

Rachana  – (August 1, 2011 at 4:38 AM)  

Wow!!! Thats a great drink! We do use edible gum in our cooking but never this way. Thanks for sharing this interesting recipe.

priya  – (August 1, 2011 at 5:28 AM)  

very tempting and awesome photography

Unknown  – (August 1, 2011 at 6:39 AM)  

This is totally new to me...looks very tempting n yummy

Ramya  – (August 1, 2011 at 6:57 AM)  

that looks incredible...:-) totally refreshing drink n clicks:-)

aipi  – (August 1, 2011 at 8:12 AM)  

A very new drink but it looks sensational ~ something I want to try right away :) love those pretty yellow flowers in your pics :)
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divya  – (August 1, 2011 at 8:41 AM)  

Wow!!!! looks very delicious and refreshing.

Rekha shoban  – (August 1, 2011 at 9:24 AM)  

ennoda fav sarbath...kerala poona sapuduvanan....superb pic n click!!

Hamaree Rasoi  – (August 1, 2011 at 9:53 AM)  

Sarbat looks wonderfully refreshing and inviting. excellent drink.

Hamaree Rasoi

Kurryleaves  – (August 1, 2011 at 12:40 PM)  

Something new to me...looks really delicious

GEETHA ACHAL  – (August 1, 2011 at 12:59 PM)  

Sarbath looks really so cool and tempting...Used to drink at my grandmom house...

Vijitha  – (August 1, 2011 at 1:46 PM)  

Oh Summer to me nannari sarbat. Gotta get a bottle during my trip to India. I add lime juice as well for the additional zest.

Awesome pics as always Pavi

Sayantani Mahapatra Mudi  – (August 1, 2011 at 2:02 PM)  

thats an awesome drink. you clicked the whole process in such a way that I feel like grabbing one glass...refreshing.

Torviewtoronto  – (August 1, 2011 at 2:09 PM)  

delicious looking refreshing drink looks wonderful

Plateful  – (August 1, 2011 at 3:16 PM)  

Hey Pavithra, this's cool. I'm glad to have found a new way to use nannari. In Kerala, we mix it with soda and lime juice for a refreshing thirst quencher--actually, I have a recipe in my space for this. Sure gonna try your drink. Btw where can I find edible gum?

Radhika  – (August 1, 2011 at 3:26 PM)  

So glad to have found your blog Pavithra!
Your recipes highlight local cuisine so well. Read through several posts and loved each one and learnt many new things.
Sarasaparilla drink was one of my favorites growing up and your post brought back those memories. Had no idea that edible gum could be used in a sherbet! Would definitely love to give it a try.

Also, had never seen coconuts fire roasted that way for which your detailed photos did an amazing job of painting a good picture.

Lastly, congratulations for hosting this month's DMBLGiT..

Pavithra Elangovan  – (August 1, 2011 at 3:43 PM)  

@ Plateful - Thanks dear, Glad you like the post and the edible gums can be purchased from any Indian Grocer's. By the way Yah we too mix Nannri with Soda and lime which I have mentioned too. Even Nannari is mixed with fresh coconut water which tastes excellent as well :) Sure will peep in your space:)

Pavithra Elangovan  – (August 1, 2011 at 3:45 PM)  

@ Radhika thanks so much and I am glad you liked it.

Indian Khana  – (August 1, 2011 at 5:54 PM)  

Now that you have reminded ...I want this....looks so gud

Unknown  – (August 1, 2011 at 11:26 PM)  

wow very nice sarbat....

Nisha  – (August 2, 2011 at 12:40 AM)  

Love traditional recipes like this

Rosa's Yummy Yums  – (August 2, 2011 at 4:24 AM)  

A fabulous drink! Really intriguing. I bet it tastes wonderful and is really refreshing.



Prathima Rao  – (August 2, 2011 at 5:49 AM)  

Refreshing sherbat!!! And gorgeous, sensational clicks!!!
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Raks  – (August 2, 2011 at 8:21 AM)  

Superb drink pavithra! Is this what they call jigirthanda? Just now finished the nanari sharbat, otherwise I would have tried :) Superb clicks!

Vidhya  – (August 2, 2011 at 3:09 PM)  

This drink looks so delicious. I wonder if we can get Nannari syrup here in US,as I very badly want to try this.

Colleen  – (August 2, 2011 at 3:59 PM)  

Your photography always stuns me! It's so vibrant and beautiful. I've never tried this drink before, I'll have to give it a go with how tasty you make it look.

Kris Ngoei  – (August 2, 2011 at 10:37 PM)  

Reminds me instantly to take more milk simply because it just looks delicious in your pictures..... very well taken photographs!

Poornima Nair  – (August 3, 2011 at 12:32 AM)  

The sarbat looks really delicious...beautiful pictures!

Sushma Mallya  – (August 3, 2011 at 3:06 PM)  

Lovely thirst quencher...looks lovely:)

Marion  – (May 27, 2014 at 12:04 AM)  

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Unknown  – (May 15, 2016 at 3:22 PM)  

I have no idea when I tried using this gum it's dissolved why so please reply

Vijaya Lakshmi  – (April 3, 2019 at 3:30 PM)  

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Aathirai  – (February 6, 2021 at 1:37 AM)  
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Kudrat Kart  – (March 25, 2021 at 1:26 AM)  

Wow Thats a traditional recipe and my all time favorite.I can live full day on it looks mouthwatering. nice post.

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