Kajju Juice

                              Kajju juice is prepared with the fruit of the cashew nut which is also called cashew apple.This juice was first introduced to me by my Amma . She used to tell me about their cashew farm at her native and how they use to collect the fruit and separate the nuts during the season. She also told me about the taste and how energetic it would be after drinking this juice.Those days people used to pluck the fruit in season,remove the nut by simply twisting it off.The taste of the juice is astringent and leaves a dry feeling in the mouth.First time when I tasted it  , I did not like it.But when it was diluted and served chilled I loved it.So its is always better to mix 2 part kajju juice with 1 part water.
                        The vitamin C content in this fruit  is 5 times higher than orange juice and is packed with anti oxidants.
We also like to eat the fruit as it is by just chopping  and garnishing with a dash of salt and crushed pepper.Even now every year during season one of my friend sends me a bag full of kajju.This time I wanted to share this recipe with all of you.

Ingredients:-

  1. Cashew Apple/fruit – 3 – 5 nos
  2. Sugar – 1 big cup ( can increase or reduce the quantity as per taste)
  3. Pepper Powder – 1 tsp
  4. water enough to dilute
  5. salt -a pinch

Method:-

Wash the cashew fruit and remove the nut by twisting it off.
Chop both the ends of the fruit and cut the remaining fruit into cubes.(Be careful not to get the fruit on your clothes as it leaves tough stains)
Put the fruit in a mixer with a cup of water and grind to a fine puree.
Pour the juice through a strainer into a container and discard the fibre.
Add enough sugar to sweeten the juice and more water to dilute it.
Add pepper powder and a pinch of salt.Stir well.
Store in a clean bottle and refrigerate.
Serve chilled or at room temperature with ice cubes.

Notes:-

  1. The fruit is available in two beautiful colours red and yellow.
  2. After chopping  into cubes  this can be eaten as it is by sprinkling some salt and pepper.
  3. Be careful not to stain your clothes as it leaves tough stains on it.
  4. Sugar and water level can be adjusted according to ones taste.
  5. Can make a concentrate of this juice and refrigerate.Later while serving can dilute according to individuals taste

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