HOW TO MAKE SOLKADI?
Solkadi is a spicy drink made with fresh coconut milk and kokum. Kokum is a semi-dried fruit that is a coolant for your body. It is extremely sour, and has a very dark purple color, which gives the purple color for this drink. If I may, is a must for a true Coastal Indian meal. However, finding Kokum pieces, an important ingredient for Solkadi is quite difficult to find in USA, even at the Indian store.
7-8 pieces of Kokum, soaked for 15 minutes in 3 cups hot water
2 cups fresh grated coconut
1 tablespoon cumin powder
1 teaspoon salt
In a blender, blend all ingredients. Using a cheesecloth, pour this mixture into the cheese cloth and squeeze out coconut milk in a mixing bowl. This is Solkadi.
You can saute 1 teaspoon cumin seeds in 1 teaspoon oil in a small saute pan, and add that to this Solkadi. Adjust salt and serve at room temperature or slightly cold.