Nannari is an important Ayurvedic herb used for pacifying Pitta dosha, reducing burning sensations, diarrhoea, dysentery and fever. General debility is well treated by this herb, which is a tonic and strengthens the immune system. It is also used while treating urinary tract infections. It is a drink to be given when young kids come panting in after a hard day’s play in the summer sun.
Nannari sherbet is extremely popular in Kerala.
Nannari root is not so readily available in regular grocery stores or supermarkets. They may be bought from health food stores or ayurvedic shops. Nannari’ is a wonder herb which would come in handy during summer, with its cooling medicinal property of protecting one from common summer ailments. The syrup made from this herb root is called nannari syrup and is available in all shops.
They are brownish colored roots with a whitish middle part. The whitish middle part has to be removed, before using it. First wash the roots well at least 2 to 3 times to remove the dirt. Pound the roots in a mortar and pestle and remove the inner white part separately. Pound the outer brownish skin to make it into small pieces. Boil the measured out water in a pan and pour over the pieces, close with a lid and leave it overnight. The next day, strain the syrup using a cloth.
- Nannari syrup ½ cup
Lemon juice 1/2 cup
3. Water 2 glasses
4. Sugar 3 table spoon
Mix well and serve