Gond Katora | Roohafza | Summer Cooler

Gond Katora| Roohafza|Summer Cooler

Gond Katora | Roohafza | Summer Cooler

As the mercury goes high in summer, we look for cool drinks to beat the heat. Summer season raises our like for drinks to stay hydrated. Having plain water is good, adding natural ingredients to it is healthier. It will surprise you that there are many healthy ingredients which keep our bodies naturally cool. It is time to go back to natural and healthy cool drinks in summer. Gond Katira Sherbet is a natural Ayurvedic Cool Drink to Keep You Cool-Gond Katora | Roohafza | Summer Cooler. Summers are hot and scorching, the season of pitta. We recommend it to keep cool and not allow Pitta dosha to become intensified. Tragacanth gum is the English name of Gond Katira, also known as Dragon gum. My childhood was happy and fun, summers more so when we played all day with our cousins. Those days, we lived in extreme heat conditions. We did not have the comfort of coolers or air conditioners to keep us cool.

Maa Ke Nuskhe

One had to find natural ways to beat the heat. We used to eat far too many mangoes and our skin used to break out into huge heat bumps. My mom used to be at her wit’s end and would come out with her own homemade concoctions to help us overcome heat-related problems. Early every morning she used to pluck fresh neem leaves, make a paste and roll them into tiny balls which we had to swallow; ugh, were they bitter? After breakfast, which included a couple of juicy mangoes, she gave us this Gond Katira drink, which is a natural coolant. We had mangoes between meals, with meals, after meals, and before going to bed. Mom had chilled rose milk ready for us to go down.

My Childhood Summers

We slept out in the open in those days and we used to dip the white bed sheet in water and cover ourselves with it. The breeze would cool the blanket and this was our natural air conditioning! Those were the days! Our kids are lucky they have access to air-conditioners at home and in the cars, funky sun shades, sunscreen lotions, parasols, hats and consuming lots of ready-chilled drinks to get relief from the scorching heat. This generation takes the easy way out; reach out for that carton of packaged juice full of preservatives or worse still, a cola which only causes harm. They play indoors while we used to play in the streets. They work in AC offices all day, thus staying indoors during most of the day and stepping out only at night to step into an AC restaurant, pub or club! A simple lemonade, iced tea, cane juice, coconut water, and watermelon juice are not that difficult to procure or make. Make lifestyle changes, eat and drink healthily, like this natural coolant, Gond Katira.

What is Gond Katira? Gond Katora | Roohafza | Summer Cooler

Gond Katira or gum comes from a thorny shrub. I am sure the present generation has never heard the name and would not really know much about it. Gond Katira is a crystalline herb which is easily found in most Indian kitchens until a few decades ago. The gum oozes naturally from the roots of the plant and from slits made on the stem. They collect it, and, when dried, it forms crystals that look like precious stones. On soaking in water, it changes its appearance from being crystalline to becoming gooey-like white jelly. It is tasteless and odourless and has a cooling effect.

Benefits of Gond Katira

It has dual benefits; summer and winter. In summer, after soaking it in water, it becomes gooey and soft and has a cooling effect. Drinking it in this form in summer helps to cool our bodies. In winter, we use it after frying and pounding. We can add it to many kinds of laddoos. And then it helps to retain the body heat.

Heat stroke-

It actually acts as a cooling agent and prevents heat stroke. I did suffer from heat stroke once and I took to drinking this religiously in the summer.

Laxative –

It works as a laxative, hence it helps in constipation.

Breast size –

Research says it augments breast size in women. Wow! Are you listening? For all you women who are thinking of going for silicone boobs; a cheap and natural alternative is available.

During Pregnancy and After –

Gond Katira laddoos are very beneficial in pregnancy. This I can corroborate.

I have a variety of Summer drinks, do check them out. The latest is the Watermelon and Ice Apple drink. Check this out for Cool Summer foods.

How I keep rambling! Let me come back to the Dragon gum drink.

Recipe for Gond Katora| Roohafza|Summer Cooler


1 tbsp. Gond Katira crystals

2 tbsp. Sugar or more

1 glass Water

1 glass milk

1tbsp. Roohafza or rose syrup

Almond for garnishing (optional)

Crushed ice (Optional)

Gond Katora crystals soaked
Gond Katira soaked
Gond Katira with Roohafza
Gond Katira with Roohafza
Roohafza and gond katora drink

What is Roohafza?

A dash of RoohAfza will not only add a pretty pink colour to the drink but will also help to rejuvenate you when the heat saps your energy. They launched RoohAfza, more than a century ago, and it has been the favourite drink of generations. They make it an exceptional formulation of herbs and pure juices. Combining the gum and Roohafza results in an immensely cooling and refreshing drink.

 Gond Katora| Roohafza|Summer Cooler


First, take one spoonful of Gond Katora and soak it overnight in a bowl of water. By morning, it becomes like a white jelly and has fluffed in volume. Wash it with clean water 2-3 times to remove the impurities.

Next, take a tall glass and add the jelly. Drizzle the Roohafza and stir. Now, dissolve the sugar into a little water and pour over the jelly.

After this, add the cold milk. Stir and top with ice cubes.

Finally, garnish with soaked slivers of almonds (optional)

Serve chilled preferably have it with breakfast or between breakfast and lunch.

Natural Summer Coolant

Gond Katora| Roohafza|Summer Cooler is a very delicious, refreshing drink, which is invigorating and energising when you lack energy in summer. If you do not want to have it with milk, then just add water and lemon. This would reduce the calories too. If you are living in hot climes like I am, then try this Gond Katora| Roohafza|Summer Cooler, which is a natural coolant.

Gond Katora | Roohafza | Summer Cooler


Gond katira can be blended with lemonades, juices, and milkshakes or used as a topping on ice creams and kulfi.

Cool Drink to Keep You Cool
Cool Drink to Keep You Cool
Print Recipe
Cool Drink to Keep You Cool
Cool Drink to Keep You Cool
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Recipe Notes

We can blend Gond katora with lemonades, juices, and milkshakes or use it as a topping on ice creams and kulfi.


Harjeet Kaur

Harjeet Kaur

My writing was limited to school essays and projects for my kids and out of the blue, my writing career began with writing articles for the magazine section of The Hindu. I had a weekend column in the newspaper which was well appreciated. Juggling my time between various jobs down the years and my writing, I have written content for fliers, brochures for colleges, speeches, social media content and also website content I love writing and I am open to writing on a plethora of topics. My blog has interesting insights into my life and travels, gardening, beauty, grooming, recipes, mental health and sustainability. I am a freelance content writer and the answer to all your content generation needs. I thrive on writing and content writing gets my adrenaline pumping. Stringing words and vocabulary is my passion as well as my bread and butter. Whether it is lifestyle content, ghostwriting, blogging, features, or articles, covers the whole gamut of writing that I can pen down. My writing has been much appreciated as it attracts, engrosses as well as captivates. I love to write on any interesting topic under the sun. Meeting new people and understanding what makes them tick is always enlightening. Communication is my strong point and I get across my thoughts right from the heart. An avid and dedicated blogger, my blog is valued by family and friends alike. My blog is ranked 14 in the Top 100 Lifestyle Blogs in India. I love to cook for family and friends and my secret ingredient- β€œlove” is abundantly used in my cooking. It covers myriad interesting topics. I am a passionate home chef and am all for a healthy balanced diet with simple, easy-to-cook recipes. What I do is transform traditional recipes into gourmet by the turn of my ladle. Do read my blogs to know me better.

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