GANNE KA RAS – गन्ने का रस (Cane Juice & Memories)

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As is evident from the title of this post, it is more of a reminiscence than a recipe post. And of course there is no recipe for cane juice as such. You can pep it up with spices and other things to make it more delicious than it already is. I can’t remember having much of cane juice while we were growing. Instead of cane juice, we preferred peeling and and munching on sugar cane just like that. My grandfather, who was an early riser all his life (used to start his day at 4 a.m.), would diligently go for his morning walks, irrespective of the weather. And during the winters, when the cane was harvested, there were trucks full of the sugar cane ferried from the farms to the sugar factories and he would bring us home a few sugar canes. It was our winter ritual of kind. He would love bringing it to his grandchildren and sometimes he would help us peel them. He had a strong set of teeth for his age.

And after I moved to city and started living the ‘city life’ my small-town-life was all but a beautiful distant memory. There may no longer be the sugar canes in my city life but city life has its own perks. Clean and hygienically extracted cane juice is available at most supermarkets here and I get to enjoy a glass full of goodness whenever I wish to.

Whenever possible, try and gulp down a glass of fresh sugar cane juice coz it is full of nature’s goodness and so much better than aerated drinks and sodas. Just one glass will provide you with antioxidants, iron, magnesium, calcium and many types of electrolytes. The juice helps detox the body naturally, it helps in digestion, strengthens the liver, helps increase protein levels in body and protects against kidney stone and is a natural energy drink. (I make rice pudding using the cane juice, in case you are interested)

If you find it too sweet, like I do, add a little black salt, some lime juice or ginger juice. You can also add some crushed mint leaves. These ingredients make it not just tasty but also add their own health benefits to an already healthy drink 😊

450 – 500 ml Sugar Cane Juice

½ tsp Root Ginger Juice (adjust to taste)

1 tsp Lime Juice

8 – 10 fresh Mint Leaves,

Kala Namak (Rock Salt) to taste

Clean and wash the mint leaves.

Lightly crush and bruise the mint leaves using a mortar and pestle.

Pour the juice in a jug or a container and add the crushed mint leaves, ginger juice, lime juice and salt.

Stir everything well and serve. If desired, you can sieve the juice before serving.

Also, feel free to refrigerate the juice for 20 – 30 mins before serving.

Serves – 2

thanks for your visit and see you soon again with another exciting recipe!

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5 Comments

  1. Your post brought back so many memories..we used to buy ganderi from thelewala on our way back from school. And juice was a must everytime we spotted a vendor. Its been so long since I had it. Time to remedy that I guess 🙂

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