Friday, April 16, 2010

Zobo - Nigerian Hibiscus Punch

Zobo, Nigerian hibiscus punch is made from an infusion of dried hibiscus calyxes which form at the base of flowers as they mature, this red calyxes are frequently used as a natural food colouring also make a delicious herbal punch which can be taken hot or cold.. Its important to dry this hibiscus calyxes in the sun for 2-3days before using which brings out a wonderful fruity aroma..In West Africa, this calyxes are know as bissap or roselles and in Nigeria the drink from this dried roselles is called as Zobo, these roselles are rich in Vitamin C and calcium..I enjoyed having this punch since its non-alcholic..With ginger,sugar and this dried roselles this punch tastes great and we enjoyed it when they were still warm...


1cup Dried roselles
2tbsp Ginger (grated)
Sugar
4cups Water

Heat water with grated ginger and dry hibiscus calyxes..put off the flame and cover the vessel and let them sit for few hours...Strain the infusion and stir in sugar as per need..

Serve warm or cold..

43 comments:

  1. Very interesting..the colour is fab..and everytime I come here...just love the header...it's cool

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  2. Dear,
    What a beautiful colorful punch! I love it!
    Happy Weekend to u.

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  3. Very new and unique drink, Punch has a lovely color.

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  4. La la ..Hibiscus Hoola ...! never know that one can make this using hibiscus ..lovely punch !!!Looks yummy!

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  5. Priya, I love the color. I have hibiscus blooming right now, so I guess once it is dried, I can try it :)

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  6. where do u find such exotic recipes? appealing drink!

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  7. Very interesting and unique.Nice hibiscus punch.

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  8. Good to know about Zobo..got to try this once I go to Kerala :-)

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  9. Priya,
    Romba Nadri for your sweet comment. You inspire me to be a better chef dear. I am one of your bigg fan if not the biggest. :). Your consistency and creativity makes me want to be like you, if not you.
    Have a nice weekend.

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  10. Looks good..but how's the taste??Nice to know about zobo...new to me....

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  11. new to me!!...looks like a punch...where did u find the roselles?...I am not sure if u can find in regular store??
    looks great tho!!

    Smitha

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  12. Very interesting post... Good reading about the whole thing!

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  13. colourful and unique drink.Thanks for posting...

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  14. Priya,

    Hibiscus drink looks really nice I love the color.

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  15. Really cool drink.Here we get it coated with sugar or fresh .A great idea.

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  16. wooow!!!what an awesome color....looks great and yummy...

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  17. wow, amazing color, r dried hibiscus calyxes available in stores?

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  18. Again a new one. Awesome priya healthy too. Thanks for sharing it

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  19. first roselles and then ginger should add the zing...lovely delicious drink..

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  20. lovely drink. pretty color.

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  21. Roombha nalla recipe Priya..eppadi than evlo recipes podarenghanu therila..picture roombha nalla irukku:-)

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  22. super.. colour looks awesome ... delicious..

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  23. மிகவும் கலர்புல்லான அருமையான பானம்...சூப்பர்ப்...

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  24. Very pretty and interesting drink!

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  25. wow wonderful color and a new one to me !!

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  26. Priya amazing colour and click too....the drink is new for me....very unique.

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  27. hi this summer this may useful for me , cool i like this
    have to prepare first .



    thanku for this post
    take care
    have great week end
    http://smsjar.blogspot.com/

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  28. Priya,,,sembaruthi punch rombha nalla drink easy ah irukku paa,,,en amma semparuthi poo apram leaves ah nalla araichi thalai mudikku poettu viduvaanga nalla black aagumnu,,,drink rombha healthy dear..

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  29. Looks wonderful, esp the colour of it is so lovely

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  30. Beautiful explanation of the dish...I love colourful dishes :)

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  31. such a beautiful drink n so unique...truly amazing!

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  32. Thanks Friends..

    @Smitha & R..i got this roselles from the nearby chinese store, i found them very much easily, do check the African stores nearby, am damn sure that u will definitely get this dry roselles...

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  33. wow such a nice drink with all the natural extracts and colour...loved its colour

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  34. Lovely colour na. Looks very inviting!

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  35. I learned to make beverages with sorrel/Jamaica/hibiscus while traveling in Bermuda, Mexico and Jamaica. Cool that is used in Nigeria too. I wonder if the slave and spice trade spread it around the world? I don't where the plant is originally from.... just a thought. We put it with grated ginger with good results. Love it!

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  36. Wow never heard of this drink! but love hibisus tea so going to try this out! thanks

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  37. Priya, I am thinking about making this and wondering if I should pick dried flowers and just use petals for this punch or pick fresh flowers/petals and dry them on the counter or something. Please clarify.

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  38. Hello Priya,

    What a wonderful post - thanks for sharing! I'm from Nigeria, and I LOVE Zobo.

    You can actually get Zobo commercially. My brother-in-law just started producing Zobo commercially, in the United States.

    Priya, may I post a YouTube link? If it's not okay, please excuse me in advance, and feel free to delete. Thanks!

    My brother-in-law, Kehinde Olajide, describing Zobo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jiunu2EnW90

    My sister making Zobo the traditional way (as described in Priya's lovely post), and the new way: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GBSAe-xbVTQ

    Zobo commercial, filmed at home, featuring my 5 year old nephew: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zuXKlk2spT0

    Thanks, Priya!

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