It was during one of my school vacation that my Dad planned to go to this beautiful place,Singapore.I with my parents and siblings really enjoyed the stay for three weeks visiting places,taking photos and also enjoying outside meals and eating this fruit.My Grandfather was in Singapore during that time,he had a shop there.Also one of my Great uncle was a Singapore citizen and had his family there.He was a long-time Chief Editor,of a Newspaper there,called 'Malaysia Malayali' a veteran journalist whose association with the paper goes back to the very beginning of its publication.But the time we visited him ,he was a tired and retired man.Whenever my Grandfather was busy,it was with that Uncle's wife ('Amajaan'...she liked us calling her that way)or with their children that we used to visit the places.
I still remember those days spent in Singapore.The Singapore Zoo,Botanic gardens,The Bird Park,The Tiger Balm Garden and of course the Cable Car ride at Sentosa...Other than getting up early in the morning(Singapore time is 5 hours ahead of Qatar) so when Umma calls us by 5-6 am,I start calculating Doha time and tell her its only this much in Doha...but when she tells us to get ready ''we are visiting such and such place today'',a positive energy gets into us to speed up every thing.
After we returned back to Doha my eyes was always in search of this fruit,but at that time it was not very popular here.Also there weren't any super or hypermarket here.But one day after school umma really surprised us with this fruit along with Mangosteen.Can't imagine how eager we were to eat it even before washing our hands hehe.But now these fruits are very common everywhere,I have eaten both these fruits from India,that too my place,where otherwise it's difficult to get these type of fruits.
Now also its the same way how I and now my children too love these.We love to have both these fruits on its own,enjoy eating as it is rather than making juices or anything.But recently we purchased this in bulk and the size was a little small and less sweet compared to the usual ones.So,I thought to try a cooler taking a few and then changed into a lemonade to beat the afternoon heat.Now over to the recipe:
Cold Water 250ml
Sugar 2 tbsp(or as per taste)
-Take each Rambutan and with a knife make an incision into the skin and peel the skin apart with your fingers.Cut out the flesh part taking care not to cut through the seeds.
-Cut out the lemon ,discard the seeds and squeeze to take out the juice.
-Now add the pieces along with sugar water and the lemon juice into a blender and blend till smooth.
-Serve with ice cubes.