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Khus syrup recipe with step by step photos – here’s a summer cooling drink made from khus or vetiver (vetiveria zizanioides).

What is khus – khus is beautifully fragrant cooling herb. These perennial grasses have a lovely woody aroma. The aroma is reminiscent of sandalwood… Though not like sandalwood, but in its subtlety like sandalwood.

khus syrup, khus sharbat

Many of us get confused between khus and khus khus. whereas khus are fragrant grasses that are of the kinds like lemon grass and citronella. Khus khus are poppy seeds. Both are different and not related in any way. Poppy seeds are obtained from the opium poppy. Khus is commonly called as vetiver and has medicinal, culinary and perfumery uses.

I have actually had khus sherbets and drinks many times in my childhood. We would buy the ready made syrup and they used to have a dark green color. I would always wonder why the green color….. Is this khus having such a deep green color that it gets transferred even in the syrup? of course much later I came to know that the green color is not natural but artificial color. After that I never brought khus syrup.

I am into ayurvedic reading and cooking these days. So I came across some herbs used in ayurveda that are excellent to heal the doshas (Vata, pitta and kapha). Khus was one of them. I already knew its cooling properties but did not know its other healing attributes (have mentioned the healing benefits below).

So I went to an ayurvedic shop and got the khus and when I saw them… I was amazed. They were dried grasses. A whole bunch of grass still attached to its roots was given to me and all rolled up nicely. Below a pic of the dried khus grass. even in its dried form, the khus was wonderfully fragrant.

khus grass

Khus benefits

1. Relieves thirst and burning sensations.
2. Purifies and invigorates the blood, skin and genitourinary tract.
3. Strengthens the digestive fire and calms both vomiting and diarrhea.
4. Incense or essential oil of khus, cools the mind and improves concentration. It also calms the nervous system.
5. Khus is also used to treat boils, fever, skin rashes due to heat or aggravated Pitta. (source book – “ayurveda for women” by dr robert e. Svoboda.)

I made this khus syrup more than a week ago and we used to have the fragrant cooling khus sherbet or drink everyday, to keep our systems cool. Today I again went to the ayurvedic shop and again got a lot of stuff along with khus roots. Sandalwood powder was one of them and I will be also sharing How to make sandalwood syrup.

I read the method on how to make the syrup in an ayurvedic book and roughly followed it. Changed the proportions to suit with the amount of khus I had. To make the syrup, I have used organic unrefined cane sugar. I have not used processed or bleached sugar. You can easily buy organic unrefined cane sugar or raw sugar in the organic section in super stores. You can buy the khus roots in an ayurvedic shop.

khus and khus sherbet

The process of cleaning and chopping the khus grass takes a bit of effort initially. But later its easy to prepare the syrup. I used 60 gms of khus roots and the whole recipe yielded 1 litre of khus syrup. refrigerate and use the syrup within 15 to 20 days as no preservative is added. This khus syrup recipe is also without any artificial green color.

Actually having such healing and cooling syrups are much much better than having processed aerated soft drinks. Another good option to keep yourself cool is to have yogurt based drinks like Sweet lassi, Chaas and Piyush recipe.

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khus sharbat
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Khus syrup recipe - cooling summer drink made from dried khus grass or vetiver without any synthetic color and preservatives.
Prep Time 12 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 37 mins

Cuisine Indian
Course: Beverages

Servings 1 litre

Ingredients

  • 60 to 70 grams khus grass or vetiver (ramacham in malayalam)
  • 5 cups water or 1 litre water
  • 4 cups organic unrefined cane sugar or 600 grams sugar

Instructions

preparation to make khus syrup

  • First remove the roots from the grass with a kitchen scissor.
  • Rinse both the grass and roots (if using them) well to remove any mud or stone particles.
  • Chop the grass with the kitchen scissor. Soak for 12 hours in water.
  • Strain through a juice strainer and collect the extract.

making khus syrup

  • Add sugar to the extract and stir.
  • Keep the khus extract on the stove top and keep on stirring so that the sugar dissolves.
  • Once the solution starts boiling, continue cooking for some more minutes. The syrup has to be sticky.
  • Filter the hot syrup directly in a clean glass jar or you can filter in a bowl or pan and then pour the syrup in a clean sterilized jar or bottle.
  • Immediately cover tightly with the lid and let it cool at room temperature.
  • Once cooled, refrigerate the khus syrup.
  • Dissolve 1/4 or 1/3 part of the khus syrup with water and your khus sherbet or drink is ready.

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How to make khus sharbat or khus syrup

1. first cut off the roots from the dried khus grass with a kitchen scissor. rinse the khus grass very well in running water. There might be mud particles or stones on both the grass as well as the roots. I used both the roots and grass. But you can discard the roots. If using the roots, then rinse them also very well. Drain.

cut khus roots

2. Now chop the khus grass with clean kitchen scissors.

chop the khus grass

3. Soak the grass in water for about 12 hours at room temperature.

soak khus grass in water

Making khus syrup

4. After 12 hours, strain this solution of the soaked khus and water and collect the filtrate solution or extract in a bowl or pan. Squeeze the chopped soaked grasses so that all the water is drained. Then discard the khus grasses.

strain water from khus grass

5. Add sugar to this khus extract and stir well.

add sugar to khus extract

6. Keep this strained extract solution on the stove top. Stir so that the sugar gets dissolved. Let the solution come to a boil. Once it comes to a boil, let the boiling continue for about 5 to 6 minutes. The syrup has to be sticky to touch but not of any thread consistency. If you want, you can make a one thread syrup also. But I did not. Just a slightly thick and sticky syrup was fine with me. However a one thread syrup will have a longer shelf life.

making khus syrup, preparing khus sherbet

7. Now strain the hot khus syrup directly in a clean canning glass jar or bottle. We are straining it again to remove the sugar impurities. Close the lid of the jar immediately. Let the khus syrup cool. Once the jar or bottle has cooled, keep the khus syrup in the refrigerator.

strain khus syrup, strain khus sherbet

8. While serving khus syrup depending upon your taste, you can dissolve ¼ or 1/3 part of the syrup with plain water or chilled water. Stir very well and serve the khus sherbet immediately.

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  1. HI Dassana,

    Just got the dried Khus grass. Will try this soon. Thanks for posting such lovely recipes.
    Will update you how this turns out once I make it.
    I just wanted to know from where do you buy the cast iron skillets and Kadhai?
    Thanks once again for the wonderful work that you are doing.5 stars

    1. Welcome Veena. Some I bought locally and some i got from amazon. check ‘lodge’ cast iron pans and ‘zishta’ cast iron pans on amazon.

      1. thanks a ton Dassana for your prompt response. I managed to get a cast iron Kadhai locally, and will order for a skillet from amazon.
        Just wanted to know how to clean mushrooms as I have not cooked it so far. Is it too much of a bother or is it easy?
        would appreciate your response.
        ps. have yet to make the khus syrup

        1. that great veena. the zishta kadais are good. i have one tawa and two kadais from them. from lodge, i have two skillets. both are good.

          for mushrooms, i will share how i clean them. i put them in a colander. then start the tap and rinse each mushroom under gently brushing away the mud with my fingers. i do make sure that they are cleaned very well. drain them well. then remove the muddy part of the stalk. and then slice the mushrooms. only remove the muddy part of the stalk. the remaining stalk you can keep.

        2. Thanks so much Dassana,
          Thank you for your prompt response. Will definitely now try mushrooms. Made the Khus Syrup. Was awesome. Thanks for the wonderful work you are doing. May your life be blessed with peace and abundance. love
          Veeena5 stars

        3. thanks a lot veena for your kind comment and best wishes. wish you too all the best and stay happy and blessed always.

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