Gurhamba: A refreshing drink for the summer

Published: May 31, 2011

Cold juices and fresh fruits are what we await when the summer is around the corner with mangoes being the most wanted fruit.

Ripened or un-ripened, mangoes are love! With raw mangoes, we make pickles and chutneys, and what I discovered lately, Gurhamba too – in other words, keiri ka sherbat.

Gurh’ means ‘sugar’ and ‘amba’ means ‘ambi,’ (raw mango). Gurh-amba is a delicious sweet and sour drink which is very good for the summers – raw mango pulp blended with ice and sugar – absolutely delicious.

I searched for its authentic recipe, but my efforts were in vain. Then, my sister-in-law, who is Gujrati, got the recipe for me. It’s really easy. And the good part is that you can prepare the pulp and freeze it.

Gurhamba is basically a north Indian drink, which is said to have cooling properties and protects one from the intense heat of the sun in the summers – the salt and sugar keep you hydrated.  Also, eating un-ripened mangoes with salt quenches thirst and prevents the excessive loss of sodium chloride and iron during summer, due to excessive sweating.

This recipe makes about 5-6 glasses of the sherbet.


  • 4 medium sized un-ripened mangoes
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 litre water
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • Black salt
  • Mint leaves



Wash and wipe the mangoes and roast them over a gas stove – the skin of mangoes should almost get charred, and its inside, soft and pulpy. Let them cool, and then peel off the skin. Now, scrape all the pulp from the seed. Add water, sugar, salt, black salt, black pepper in the blender and blend with lots of ice, adding more water if you find it too thick. Garnish with mint leaves and serve!

Additional tips:

You can also scrape the pulp and freeze it and use it again when needed, (blending) diluting it with water.

You can also add a pinch or roasted Aniseed/fennel seeds and chili powder for flavor.

Instead of roasting them over a gas stove, you can also boil the mangoes till they become soft, and then use the pulp.

You can make the drink in any way you want, either thicker in consistency or thinner. You can always add/subtract the water from the recipe.

This post was originally published here.


Tehniat Aftab

A student and avid food blogger who blogs at Bon Vivant.

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • Zainab Ali

    it is looking like a very refreshing drink and interesting post , please keep sharing things like thisRecommend

  • Kamil

    Awesome :)Recommend

  • Arifa Mashhood

    Thanks for this recipe. Takes me back to school days in Karachi. Upon returning home on hot summer days, prior to the airconditioned era of today (the Sixties and Seventies), it was a joy to find a tall jug full of this drink with ice cubes floating on the surface!.

    Gulping swigs from tall glasses, helped quench our thirsts while cooling our bodies.Recommend

  • Shamy

    yummy ! :)Recommend

  • Saad Durrani

    Haye! Mera heart tu jumps for Gurhamba. Recommend

  • Saadia Tarik

    I had this drink and it was awesome. A must have! Recommend

  • atika

    Dear its real name is “”Kheri Ka Sharbat or Aabshola”” coz Gurhamba is different thing, gurhamba is made with Kheri, Soji and sugar etc…And gurhamaba is not cold drink it’s hot .but very effective in summer season …..Recommend

  • AC/DC and not AC-DC =__=

    yaaaaaaaaaaaar this looks so good! so gonna try it xDRecommend

  • Lady6

    hey but we make Gurhamba Sauce by boiling kachi ambi (kairy) and adding some clongi, sugar and red chili and some other masalas well it seems like a very refreshing juice. my mouth is watering…….. thanks for such a yum sharing Recommend

  • tr

    The good man and the laal tan. Please what is the real name of the this juicy juiceRecommend

  • Fahad Raza

    Man this the most refreshing drink I had for a looooooong looooooooong tyyyme.Recommend

  • SMuzz

    you made it for me! muah! it ws yum!Recommend

  • SMuzz

    Yum! loved it when you made it for us!Recommend

  • Shahla Ahmad Husain

    This is very refreshing drink. It is called Kairee ka sherbet or ambi ka sherbet.
    Guramba is a mango dish (raw or otherwise) that is cooked with rawa (semolina) and gur (jaggery) with loung (cloves) for seasoning. It is a sweet and sour dish that has to be slow cookedRecommend

  • Shahla Ahmad Husain

    thats correctRecommend