Papaya Iron Punch

In my home it is me and Arjun who prefer to experiment with fruits instead of eating them as it is. I do know that you get the much needed fiber when you eat them raw but when you make them into juices and milkshakes you get much needed flavor to suit your palate and other nutrients too. This is one such simple drink which has the much needed nutrient “Iron” in it. Hence the name and I would recommend it for anemic persons.

Papaya Iron Punch
I love papaya very much for its smoothness and density that it lends when used in milkshakes or juices. If you use very ripe papaya as I did you will get this wonderful color. The usage of lemon juice in this punch is to help in quicker absorption of the Iron by our body. Vitamin ‘C’ always does that.

You’ll need:
Papaya, cubed 1 cup
Jaggery 3 – 4 tbsp
Dates, pitted 8 - 10
Lemon juice 2 tbsp
Salt a pinch
Water As needed

Chop the dates finely. Place the dates and jaggery in a blender and grind it using little water. Now add the papaya pieces and required amount of water and run the blender till everything is pureed.

Add the lemon juice and run for a minute. Drain the liquidizer over a colander and keep stirring it for quicker extraction. Add more water if it is thick.

Serve in tall glasses over ice cubes.

Collage 1
You can replace jaggery with sugar.
You can also add a handful of mint leaves while liquidizing if you like the flavor.

This is off to Let’s Cook: Scrumptious breakfasts and to Vrat ka Khaana.

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