Though I have lived in Delhi for a short while several years ago, I have never come across purple carrots or have known this drink at all.Though I remember having a spicy drink made with normal red carrots popularly known as delhi carrots which is used for making halwa as it imparts a beautiful colour compared to the other plump orangish yellow carrots we get in Singapore or even Southern India. I have actually never enjoyed the taste of that spicy carrot drink though several years after I have craved for this drink, but never got to try. It was made with carrots and lots of coriander leaves. Perhaps I will try recreating it one of these days. Meanwhile I had come across this drink recipe in a blog called mad tea party some 7-8 years ago. I was surprised to see this purple carrots. Thats when I learnt that there were something called purple carrots and they were available in Delhi. Anyway,I just let it go knowing that I am not going to get this carrots anywhere. But life is full of surprises and I found a packet of purple carrots at the supermarket here. To be precise (especially for Singapore readers), I found them in fairprice Finest. I immediately brought them and searched for the recipe in the internet and made it finally. For the benefit of my readers who have never come across this drink and are interested in trying it out, I would like to describe about this drink. This is a spicy fermented non alcoholic drink made with purple carrots. The taste is absolutely different from any other drink you have had to date. It has a pungent odour and tastes sour. My family did not like it much though my hubby had a few glasses after it was chilled. But I did share with a few friends who absolutely enjoyed it to the core. The smell is something similar to a pickle where mustard seeds are used. I liked the drink as I expected it to be that way. I am sure if its new for you , you will acquire the taste gradually. Let me tell you that it is delicious!! Morever it is a superfood. Any bright coloured food is very healthy and full of antioxidants. This drink basically helps in digestion,infact a good probiotic and improves the abundance of good bacteria in your stomach. So do try it just because it is healthy and you will start enjoying it!
Recipe courtesy – Maayeka