This Indian style carrot drink has fermented carrots and beets in it, and meant to be a digestive aid for anyone struggling with indigestion, or as a great drink to help maintain a healthy digestive system. Despite its health benefits, it is an extremely refreshing and delicious drink.
As a matter of fact, there are alot of ingredients in Indian cuisine, like various herbs and spices, that make Indian cuisine a very healthy option for anyone. Because each dish may contain at least 7-10 different spices in them, alot of people have been more open to trying Indian cuisine. Not only is it delicious, but good for you! Now that’s a definite winner in my book of eats! Haha!
This probiotic drink is usually made with black carrots, but depending on the season or area you live in, using regular orange carrots will still do the trick! The addition of beets to the recipe, not only give the carrot drink a beautiful color, but also adds an extra bit of sweetness to this fermented drink. Yes – you read correctly…this is a probiotic carrot drink made with “fermented” carrots and beets.
Don’t be afraid to try it though! I know this may sound a bit odd, but you will be pleasantly surprised by how good it tastes!
PROBIOTIC CARROT DRINK (Fermented Gajjar Drink)
Servings: 5-6 cups
- 4-5 large carrots (orange or black carrots)
- 1 large beet (raw and peeled)
- 1 Tbsp. of crushed brown mustard seeds
- 7 cups of filtered water (or enough to fully immerse the veggies)
- 1 Tbsp. sea salt
- ½ tsp. of red chili powder (*optional for anyone that likes heat in their drinks.)
**NOTE: The veggies can be removed and eaten as pickles after the fermentation process has been completed.
- Cut the carrots into sticks – about 4-5 inches in length.
- Cut the beet into large strips as well – like the carrot sticks.
- In large glass drinking jar, or mason jar, add all your ingredients. (water, carrots, beets, salt, *chili powder, and mustard seeds.
- Cover the jar with a cheesecloth or towel and place in a warm place for about 7 days. (The cover is to help prevent any dust/debris from getting into the drink as it “ferments.”)
- Stir the drink with a wooden spoon daily to allow all the ingredients to fully incorporate into each other.
- On the last day, taste the carrot drink with a spoon to see if there is a tangy flavor that comes through. If so, the drink is ready for consumption.
- If NOT, allow the drink to ferment another 1-2 days. It should be ready by then.
- Once drink is ready, strain into another drinking jar and allow to refrigerate for about 1-2 hours, or until cool.
- Pour into desired glass/cup and serve cold.
- Consume within 1 week to maintain freshness and probiotic benefits. Discard the rest after 1 week.
Heres to good health and good eating habits!
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