Chandan Sharbat (Sandalwood drink)

I have seen sandalwood syrups in supermarkets but never tried them. If you know the scent of sandalwood, you can easily imagine what sorbet will look like. The subtly aromatic and woody aroma lingers for some time even after you finish drinking the sorbet.

Sandalwood syrup or sandalwood sorbet recipe is a refreshing and thirst-quenching drink to beat the heat. Sandalwood syrup is made with sandalwood powder. Sandalwood powder can be purchased at an Ayurvedic store or store. The method of making syrup is simple and does not require too much effort.

Sandalwood has many health benefits. Its cooling and calming to the body, both externally and internally. A water-based or rosewater-based sandalwood paste makes a good face mask. This paste can also be applied on rashes and boils. Sandalwood also helps reduce body heat as well as reduce aggravated dosha pitta and vata.

Please note: To make this syrup I used pure sandalwood powder in earthy brown color. I bought sandalwood powder from an Ayurvedic store and asked them if it was edible and they said yes. The sandalwood powder I purchased came without the packaging and was not intended for any purpose such as pooja / worship or skin issues or application to the forehead. There is also white and red sandalwood powder, but I am not sure if they are edible. Before buying, ask the seller of the Ayurvedic shop if the sandalwood powder is edible. Also ask if it is pure and unadulterated. If the sandalwood powder is packaged and sold for specific purposes like pooja or skin remedies or whatever, then there is a chance that there is something else in it and it is not edible.

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 25 minutes


150 gms. sandalwood powder;

5 cups water or 1250 ml water;

4 to 5 cups of organic unrefined cane sugar or regular sugar or 600 to 750 grams sugar.

How to prepare?

Soaking And Straining Sandalwood Powder process:

  • First you need to soak sandalwood powder in water for atleast 12 hours. Mix it well while adding sandalwood powder to the water.

  • Then line a strainer with muslin. Mix the solution well before filtering while the sandalwood dust settles.

  • Start pouring the mixture via the filter.

  • If the strainer gets full, wait and allow the solution to slowly percolate through the muslin.

  • Let the fine particles of the sandal settle and get collected on the muslin.

  • Use a spoon or spatula to strain the solution.

  • Simply press the spoon for all the water to be drained off.

  • Finally, you need to take all the muslin in your hands and squeeze it so that all the water is completely squeezed out.

  • Do not throw away the remaining sandalwood particles. Feed them to your plants.

Making Sandalwood syrup

  • Now add the sugar to the filtered sandalwood solution.

  • Keep the solution on the heat until sugar dissolves. Keep stirring on regular intervals.

  • Bring to a boil and continue to simmer until the solution becomes sticky or you can also cook until you get a one thread consistency.

  • When the syrup is ready, filter the hot solution again directly into a sterilized glass jar or another pan.

  • If you are filtering into a pan, pour from the pan into a sterilized jar or bottle.

  • Immediately close the jar or bottle tightly with its lid and allow the sandalwood syrup to cool to room temperature. I had 1 litre of sandalwood syrup.

  • Once cooled, store the sandalwood syrup in the refrigerator.

  • When making sandalwood sorbet, dissolve 1/4 or 1/3 part of the syrup with 3/4 or 2/3 parts of plain water or ice water.

  • Adding ice cubes is optional. Mix well then serve the sandalwood sorbet.

  • Sandalwood syrup stays good for about 15-20 days.

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