"Khatta Meetha Teekha Guava (Peru) Juice" ....... Come winter and its peru season ...... This is one of my favorite Juice that tickles the tastes buds coz. I make it sweet ~ spicy and tangy ..... Yumz .....
Come winter season and you get loads of Guava / Peru fruits. Many a time we just sprinkle some salt and chilly powder / pepper powder and relish this fruit. Well I can eat it just as it is as I never like much of salt in any of my dishes. Juice is something I prepare often out of guava / peru during season as it is very filling and good for health too. This juice I always prepare khatta, meetha and teekha ie tangy, sweet and spicy. The spiciness and the tanginess along with sweetness lingers in the taste buds for quite some time giving the tongue a nice chatpata taste. I find it awakens all my six senses. Without running much into peru benefits let me get along with the recipe to juicing of Guava / Peru. I have already posted twice this juice with different ingredient. This is a little bit different with much added on spices.
Wash, wipe and slice off thinly the top and bottom part of the peru to remove the stem portions. Cut them into cubes. In all I used 3 medium sized perus. Put the chopped perus in the mixer grinder along with 2 inch ginger chopped to pieces, 1 tblsp coarsely ground pepper powder, 1 tsp saffron, 2 tsp of fennel seeds (Badisep / saunf), 2-3 cups of sugar, 1 tsp kala namak or ordinary salt, 10-12 whole green cardamoms. Grind to a smooth paste with 2-3 cups of water.
Remove and pass the ground peru paste through a fine sieve. Discard the seeds and residue left. (The seeds of peru never gets ground). Now add in about 4-5 cups of water and mix well. Add freshly squeezed juice of 3 large sized lemons. Mix well and keep this in the refrigerator to get chilled. Add in Ice cubes if you want to serve the juice immediately.
This juice consistency should not be too thick. Keep the thickness to the consistency of orange juice. You may add in more or less sugar if necessary. The amount of sweetness and spiciness both depends on individual taste. But this juice tastes best if its spicy and sweet with a tinge of tanginess.
Serve the juice chilled in tall glasses as and when desired. You can keep the juice thick without addition of much water and add on while serving too. Remains good for 3 days in fridge. The amount of ingredients mentioned above gives you about 24 large sized glasses of juice or 50 small sized glasses. Though only 3 medium sized perus are used the juice goes a long way. So use only that many peru / guava you need to prepare the juice.