List of Indian beverages

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Indian beverages form an integral part of Indian cuisine. With a climate as varied and extreme as India, the people require myriad options to keep their thirst appropriately quenched according to the weather conditions, varying from a steaming hot beverage during winters to a frosty cold drink in summers. Different regions in the country serve different drinks made with an eclectic assortment of ingredients including local spices, flavors and herbs. Available on the streets, as well as on the menus of posh hotels, these drinks add to the flavorful cuisine of India.

Indian beverages[edit]

Non-alcoholic[edit]

Variants of Tea/Coffee[edit]

Milk-based[edit]

Lassi is a popular, traditional, yogurt-based drink from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.

Others[edit]

A Shikanjvi (Nimbu pani) seller, outside Red Fort, Delhi

Alcoholic beverages[edit]

Traditional[edit]

Cashew apples being squashed in Chorao, Goa, to be used in the preparation of feni
  • Bangla – An alcoholic beverage made from starch[clarification needed] and sold in West Bengal. There are government licensed counters to sell this beverage. This is a distilled country liquor.
  • Chhaang – brewed from barley, millet (finger millet) or rice grains
  • Cholai – It is an unrefined alcoholic beverage available in West Bengal.
  • Chuak
  • Fenny – brewed from coconuts or cashew apples, Goa
  • Gudamaba – it is a traditional drink from Hyderabad brewed from sugar cane. It used to be produced from methane and other chemicals but the government banned it.
  • Hadia – rice liquor, Central India
  • Handia (হাঁড়িয়া) – Made from rice. Sold in rural West Bengal and neighbouring states.
  • Hariya
  • Lugdi - Made from rice, Manali
  • Mahua – Made from mahua flowers, Central India
  • Manri – Made from fermented rice, Mithila
  • Toddy or Arrack – also called Sarayi or Kallu, made from various kinds of palm saps, South India
  • Sekmai – from the state of Manipur. Made from sticky rice.
  • Sonti – Made from rice (unknown)
  • Tadi (তাড়ি) or Palm wine – Mainly from East India. It is an alcoholic beverage created from the sap of various species of palm trees, such as the palmyra, date palms and coconut palms. Also called Toddy (in English).
  • Sunda Kanji – Made from fermenting rice that is buried in earthen or mud pots covered with cloth, sold in Tamil Nadu

Non-traditional[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Some interesting indigenous beverages among the tribals of Central India" (PDF). Indian Journal of Traditional Knowledge 6 (1): 141–43. January 2007. Retrieved 8 February 2012.