Sudharas - Maharashtrian Fruity Syrup Recipe

Sudharas is a Maharashtrian recipe of fruity sugar syrup. It is a quick recipe and is very easy.
The basic ingredients are few. There are a lot of options. For example, the fruits are optional but add great taste.

The name itself is interesting. Sudha is a Sanskrit word meaning nectar, juice or honey.
It is similar to the Sanskrit word Amrita (Ambrosia) which is the food or drink of gods which made them immortal.
Ras means juice too. So can Sudharas, a dish having such lovely, meaningful name not be tasty?

You can find the basic Sudharas recipe below. Sudharas

How to make sudharas – Maharastrian fruity sugar syrup?

List of ingredients and the quantity for sudharas to make about 1 1/2 cup.

  • Plain white Sugar – 1/2 cup
  • Water – 1 cup
  • Lemon juice – 2 tbsp – more or less according to taste.
  • Cardamom powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Chopped fruit of your choice – 2-3 tbsp or more. (banana, apple, pineapple, ripe mango, strawberry, peach etc.)

Step by step cooking instructions to make Sudharas

  • In a pan heat water and add sugar.
  • Bring to boil. Boil for 2 minutes.
  • Take off the flame.
  • Add cardamom powder.
  • Let cool a little and then add lemon juice according to your taste.

The basic sudharas is ready. This will keep good for two days without refrigeration and a week or longer in the fridge.

If you are adding fruit, chop the fruit finely and add while the syrup is hot or warm. There is no need to cook the fruit.

But if you wish, you may add the fruit to the boiling syrup too. But do not cook for too long and do not let the fruit pieces get mushy.

 Tips and variations for making and serving sudharas

What variations can you make with this recipe?

The optional fruits added are banana, apple, pineapple, strawberry and peach.
You may also add dry fruits such as raisins, almonds, cashew nuts etc.
Generally cardamom powder is added to flavor sudharas. But other spices such as saffron, clove powder, cinnamon powder also add great variation in flavor and taste to it.

Why do you or your family like this recipe?
It is a very easy, quick recipe. When you do not have anything else to serve with bread, chapati, poori etc. you can make sudharas very quickly.

 Tips for serving sudharas

Sudharas is usually served with chapati or poori. It can also be had as a dessert to satisfy your sweet tooth at any time.

You may also add it to pancakes or sweet sandwiches or toasts in the same way as you add fruit jam.

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