Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Afza Syrup (Lal Sharbat of The East) شربت روح افزا

Afza Syrup is reffered to the Red coloured syrup of the Sub Continent (Pakistan, Bangladesh and India). Hamdard Dawakhana of Pakistan and India are the pioneers of this product. It is one of the most popular summer time drink of this region of the world. There brand name is Rooh Afza. However Naurus and Jam e Shireen are also getting place in Market.

The Main ingredient of this syrup is sugar. Sugar is converted into glucose and fructose by adding little citric acid during cooking with water. Arqiyat (water distilates) of Kewra, Rose, Sandal wood, some water distilates of vegetables like carrot and coriander, some fruit distilates of like apple are also used. Those fruits and vegetables are selected which imparts cooling and refreshing impact in summer. Some  herbs having cooloing and thirst quinching properties are also used like Khus. Artificial flavours and colours are also used. 

In industries like Hamdard, automatic cooking and cooling plants are involved in manufacturing of this surup. You can also made this syrup at your home  by my this simple recipe.


  • Sugar  1 kg
  • Tatri (citric acid) 1 pinch
  • Rooh Kewra  1/2 cup
  • Rose water 1/2 cup
  • Sandal wood oil few drops
  • Red Food Colour 1 pinch

  • In a pan take sugar add Rooh kewra and Rose water , cook on medium flame till boil after 1-2 boils add tatri and continue to cook till clear sugar syrup is obtained.
  • Remove from flame cool
  •  Add Sandal wood oil, Rooh kewra, Rose water and adjust colour.
  • Afza syrup is ready. Enjoy adding 2-3 teaspoon of prepared syrupp to chilled glass of water.
  • Instead of tatri lemon juice ( 1 teaspoon) can be used.
  • Artificial flavours can also be used if  Rose , Kewra and Sandal water/oil are not available.