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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Hibiscus Milk - Cooking with Flowers!



Hibiscus rosa-sinensis is the national flower of Malaysia. It is a flowering plant, with five or more petals, ranging from red, white, pink, red, purple, yellow, etc and from 4-15 cm broad. It has good medicinal properties and used mainly in Ayurvedic medicine.

Its leaves and flowers can be grinded to a paste and used as a natural shampoo. People in southern India believes that hair will grow long, reduces drandruff as well as gives good glow to the hair.

Flowers are also used as an ingredient in herbal tea and drinks. They are used internally in the treatment of excessive and painful menstruation, fever, cough, vulnerable diseases and illness, skin disorders, gastrointestinal disorders, hypersentive conditions, etc.

So lets have hibiscus drink once in a month atleast......


Ingredients:
Hibiscus flowers - 2-3 (preferably red)
Milk - 1 glass
Cardamom powder - 1/2 teaspoon
Sugar to taste

Method:
Wash hibiscus flowers well and remove the petals seperately.

Heat a pan and boil milk and petals. Let it boil nicely until milk gets a pale lavender colour.

Add sugar and cardamom powder and mix until sugar dissolves.

Filter it and drink hot or cold.


Cooking time : 10-15 minutes
Serves 1 person




I am sending this entry to "JFI(Jihva for Ingredients): Flower Power" hosted by Rachna, which was initiated by Indira of Mahanandi.

25 Comments:

notyet100 said...

looks delicious..thnks for sharing,..delicious entry for the event

SriLekha said...

milk prepared with hibiscus flower.. that is amazing... very new recipe for me.. love it vani! store fruit sticks for me vani!

Cooking Station said...

I know about hibiscus use as hair oil..hibiscus milk sounds interesting... Nice Entry...

sowmya said...

very interesting!!!lovely entry...nevr heard about this..

SriLekha said...

when u come to India, u bring me ice sticks and icecreams! lets meet at that time

Cham said...

Beautiful, never tasted the milk with hibiscus

notyet100 said...

ya me slept well eysterday,..advay slept early did few tshirts tooo,..will post them soon,..and ya published todays post,..cee ya ,..gng to eat now,..

jayasree said...

Hibiscus milk is new to me. Sounds interesting. I too grind the leaves and flowers to be used as shampoo.

Jayashree said...

Very interesting recipe.....btw does the milk not curdle when you boil it with the petals???

Priti said...

hmm that was a quite gud qn izit? and wht happened to my prev comment?

Shreya said...

hibiscus in milk! awesome:-)

krupa said...

hey hi, good recipe but please have it too,.

rekhas kitchen said...

good entry vani I know about hibiscus I use to eat raw flower when ever I suffer with tummy pain and also patti use to give me kashaya of this yak may be she don't know about milk

தமிழினி..... said...

I usually eat the petals as such..but mixing it with milk is a gud idea too....will try this when i go to trichy for the next time.Gud Post!!

Sireesha said...

Very interesting recipe....Never heard before.....

delhibelle said...

How very very exotic!

ushaprashanth said...

Hi!!
Hibiscus milk is a new recipe to me.. tips about using hibiscus is very useful.good entry to the event.

JZ @ Tasty treats said...

sounds interesting Vani!! :-)

KALVA said...

Wonderfull.. never knew that hibiscus flowers edible.. thanks dear for ur comments!

kamala said...

Heard this before but never made it.Looks delicious Vani

Madhavi said...

Hummm this look greattt,awesome entry for the event!!!

Suma Rajesh said...

woo i just luved the pic soo much...interesting drink out of flower..

notyet100 said...

where r u,..waitin for ur post,..me done for today,..ceeya,.:-)

lubnakarim06 said...

Hi,

I never knew that we can cook the flowers of hibiscus. Thanks for this awesome recipe.

arunshanbhag.com said...

hibiscus milk? wow!
Gotta pluck some hibiscus!
:-))