Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Mahua..Sacred Drink of the masses..

What is the first question that comes to your mind when you see the plant below?

A General guess would be a Forest tree Blooming..Normally that would be true..But not for this plant..
 
A special tree that yields a special drink..Still not guessed? Even Elephants Love it & get High..This shows how Potent this drink is:
Why should Humans have all the Fun...Super high time!!
Its found in States of Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Kerala, Gujarat and Orissa

Still confused??

Its the Mahua Tree.. Guess what this tree is revered and it has Loads of uses..

 Mahua not just a plant but much more..
 What is it?
"Mahua Stands for Madhuka in Sanskrit, meaning “Sweet”given the sugary flower’s reputation. Mahua is believed to be of Indian origin. Madhuca longifolia is an Indian tropical tree found largely in the central and north Indian plains and forests. Over centuries of evolution, the tree is exceptionally resistant to drought & perfectly suited to Indian Conditions. This tree begins to flower at the age of 10 years and continues to do so for about 100 years. The flowers
are in dense fascicles near ends of branches, many in number and small in size with yellowish-white colour. The musky-scented flowers appear from March to April. Its been here for 100's of years much older than some European beverages.


Magic Flowers which create Magical Beverage!!

Making:
Mahua is made up of Dried Flowers of Mahua. The flowers are soaked & Fermented. A clay pot is used (Another Eco-Friendly Equipment) containing fermented mahua is set on a slow fire with similar smaller clay pot below it with holes is placed on a raised surface inside the pot. Atop the second pot is another vessel filled with cold water. The joints between the three pots are sealed with strips of wet cloth dipped in fine clay picked up from termite nests. 
The brew in the bottom pot warms, vapours rise up through the holes in the second pot and hit the cold bottom of the pot that contains cold water. The vapour condenses to drip into the clay pot kept inside the second pot. The making process changes slightly from region to region
Taste & Style of Drinking:
The freshly prepared liquor has a strong smoky foetid odour, which disappears on ageing. Pure Mahua has an alcohol content of between 20-50% depending on the dilution added to the drink. You can buy the drink almost everywhere in the tribal villages and forests. Generally the Mahua Liquor is sold in bottles or in leaf cups. Such an Eco-Friendly way to drink your Alcohol!!
Mahua served on a Leaf..Traditional Way!!
The Beverage is Served in markets in open market by Women..One can get it at Really cheap rates & Boy its good. In the areas where it is found it is much cheaper than the IMFL or Country Liquor.
 
And in Indian society where Women Drinking is Abhorred Women folks actually socially drink this Drink. And they dont hesistate to have a drink or two. They know how to have a good time!!
What i love about the Drink is its All Indian & Spread out widely in the country. Making it is easy Only i feel bad about it is its not marketed enough & produced Commercially.This may be due to the Legal Norms present. Unfortunately i havent had this Drink..Would love to have it soon.
This Drink needs to be commercialized & Marketed as our very own Indian Beverage just like European Beverages. We should be proudly be saying this beverage is thoroughly "Indian Beverage" Just like people from Europe or any other country. Are you Hearing this it Dr. Mallya??

Many Europeans like this Beverage & Wonder why people Indian don't prefer this Beverage:

Felix Padel: ''It is surprising that Indians prefer French wine and scotch when they can drink fresh taadi, salpo, mahua or rice beer,'' (Professor of Anthropology the great-great-grandson of Charles Darwin). He finds unadulterated Mahua better than scotch for its better taste and 'kick'.
So if you Having it for just Kick or Just for Trying it as a Unique Drink remember it is all Indian & it takes lot of Effort to get this:
Mahua - A Lifestyle

 It provides life sustenance for Locals for 4-5 Months in some extremely impoverished regions. So this Drink give you not only High but it feeds lot of families too..

So Do Try it sometime & know that we Indians can produce good Beverage too!! Its high time we sell it to the World!!

PS: Although i dont propagate Drinking its Entirely an Personal choice or as you may want to put..
Drinking & Driving don't go hand in hand. Also Drinking of any beverage should be Limit!!
 

9 comments:

  1. Woaaah! Thats an awesome description! Didnt knw abt Mahua at all.

    Thank you Niks :) and the Pics are Fantastic!
    Keep rocking :)
    Cheers
    Divya

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    1. Thanks you Divs...wanted to write abt it for a longtime... Do stay tuned :)

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  2. Detailed info, Nikhil :)
    So this is what you were working for!

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    1. Yup not a lot is written on this..its a drink which common man drinks..its a staple Drink of people in Maharashtra MP Jharkhand Orissa etc..Had to write on this :)

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  3. Good work �� you have an eye for detail Nik.
    Keeping Writing
    Cheers !! ��

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    1. Thank you Heena for the words..am writing a few more do read :) Cheers ­čŹ╗

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  4. Awesome work.Just wanted to drop a comment and say I am new to your blog and really like what I am reading.Thanks for the share

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