How to make ukwaju juice?

Ukwaju juice is a refreshing Kenyan beverage that is made from the fruit of the tamarind tree. The juice has a tangy, sour taste that is perfect for hot summer days, and it’s super easy to make. In this article, we will provide you with all the information you need to create your own ukwaju juice.

What You Will Need

Before we dive into the process of making ukwaju juice, let’s go over what you will need:

  • Tamarind pods
  • Sugar
  • Water
  • Ice cubes

That’s it! These simple ingredients are all you need to create delicious ukwaju juice.

Preparing the Tamarind Pods

To start off your journey in creating mouth-watering ukwaku, let us carry out pre-prep activities by unwrapping the brown husks surrounding tamarind pods which are quite tough (look out for finger cuts). Once your fingers hurt and maybe some scratches have been earned proceed into boiling water in 1-liter proportions.

After about 25 minutes on medium heat until they become soft just like my forgetful Uncle Kanyui when he visits our humble abode after attempting traffic at Interchange roundabout; straining should be next on this column followed by mashing until totally pulpy (think banana-plum mixture in consistency).

Next up add two-liter cups of water repeating previous steps but reducing time taken; ten minutes suffice because our aim is to ensure most pulp gets extracted as possible plus clean hands afterwards – nothing irritates me more than feeling sticky without having fished for slime e.g catch bugs 🦟🐝😔

Finally I’d highly advise using sieve/filter cloth during mealtime not only does it minimize seed ingestion but also serve tray aesthetics reminiscent of restaurants featured on “On Homes”This is summarized as follows:

Materials Required Preparation Time
Tamarind Pods 25 minutes approx.
Water Twenty-five (25) + Ten(10)
Sugar To taste

Making the Ukawaju Juice

Now that you have your tamarind pulp, let’s move on to making the ukwaku juice… Yippee!

  • The first thing to do is to dissolve sugar in a glass of water and set aside.
  • Then pour two cups of water into a jug and add the tamarind pulp.
  • Use a spoon or whisker(it always has more tension 😜🙈) to mix the tamarind pulp with the water until it turns into a fine paste like thick consistency. Think mixing jollof rice seasoning with rice grains kind-of-thickness😋
  • Once you are sure everything is evenly mixed, go ahead and strain out any bits using cheesecloth … I know this step feels repetitive but no one loves sipping black seed remnants whilst drinks orange mango juice.

Have ANOTHER jar/glass/container ready for use because by now production should be yielding enough otherwise that post workout fatigue will sneak up on us😫

Pour contents onto previously prepared sugar then stir comprehensively ensuring all entry points covered – this can get super sticky so ‘be ye warned’.

Finally pour over ice cubes giving extra chill sensation especially during harsh weather conditions… Am sure we’ve all been there whereby sweating continues despite fan blast seemingly bracing internal organs As my mom would say “kama upepo uwake siyo moto wa bene/Breathe deep Baby!”

Enjoy your homemade ukwaju juice; Share some smiles; Spread some love ❤️

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