(This recipe was first published in Dawn.com.)
I recently wrote a review for Dawn.com on a really great dhaba here in Islamabad, called Maantu Gul Kitchen. I had heard about it from a few friends and thought it might be interesting to write about. Then I actually went, and after sampling their amazing parathas, I have become a huge fan.
During the course of writing up the review I met and spoke with the owner and head chef, Aslam Pervez, multiple times. Aslam has included quite a few items from Hunza (where he is from) on the Maantu Gul Kitchen menu, and he was kind enough to share one of those recipes with me.
Chamus is a drink made with dried apricots and, although they're in season right now, this is the perfect way to enjoy apricot juice all year round!
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Chamus (Apricot Juice)
500g dried apricots
1 litre boiling water
- In a large glass or ceramic bowl, add the apricots and pour the boiling water over them. Cover the bowl and leave the apricots to soak for 1 hour.
- After an hour has passed, squash and mash the apricots with your hands to blend them into the water. (You may use a potato masher for this step but, according to Aslam, the juice is tastier when this is done by hand.) You should end up with a thick pulpy orange-coloured mixture.
- Strain the apricot mixture. Store the strained liquid in the refrigerator until the juice is thoroughly chilled.