The very first time I was introduced to this drink was in Gurudwara. During summers, Chabeel most times is part of the langar in remembrance of the martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev Ji, the fifth Guru of Sikhs. In addition to Gurudwara, its a common site in Northern India to see multiple stalls distributing Chabeel to the commuters/passerby's to soothe their parched throats. More like the lemonade stands we see in USA just that Chabeel is always given free as its considered a social service of highest order.
Although its a mix of just three ingredients like water, milk and rose syrup it has to be more water than milk. The consistency should be more like a diluted milkshake. The rose syrup I'ved used for this recipe is Rooh Afza which is already sweet so I didn't add any sugar. But you can add sugar to taste depending on type of rose syrup you are using.
Apart from being a great thirst quencher this drink is known for its coolant properties. It not only helps keep the body cool during the hot summery weather but also helps in reducing acidity.
Now to the recipe...
Ingredients: (Makes one Big Jar or 8-10 cups)
1/2 cup rose syrup (Using Rooh Afza)
2 cups milk (used whole milk)
4-5 cups water
1-2 cups ice cubes
Sugar to taste (optional - I didn't add any)
In a huge vessel or Jug add the milk, Rooh Afza and water. Give it a good mix. Add in the ice. Keep it refrigerated until ready to serve. Serve chilled
- You can vary the proportion of water to milk to suit your taste. Same is with Rose syrup
- Sugar can be added to taste. Mine was a sweetened rose syrup so I skipped adding sugar
- Keep this drink refrigerated and serve chilled. Stays good for couple of days when refrigerated.
That's it, our sweet rose flavored drink Chabeel- Kachi Lassi is ready. Serve chilled. Enjoy!!