Toddy (கள்ளு/കള്ള്/palm wine) is the traditional poor man’s beer, once used to be very common in the south /south-west Indian states. In the traditional way Toddy is extracted directly from the coconut/palm tree, where the sap is collected from the cut flower of the tree, over a period of time. Toddy, in its pure form is well considered to be healthy drink option for hardworking common man even with its alcoholic content. In Kerala it is also used in some rice bread preparation such as Kallappam. Here I share easy steps for brewing naturally tasting Toddy at home, by fermenting coconut water with minimal added ingredient.
- Tender coconut water : 1 Ltr
- Yeast : 1 T-sp
- Sugar : 2 Tbl-sp (adjust)
- In a bowl add the filtered coconut water, sugar and yeast and mix it well to dissolve the sugar and yeast.
- Then filter it through a strainer and pour it in an earthen pot / closed neck vessel and cover it with a cloth and tie it with thick thread or a piece of cloth.
- Keep it in a warm place for about 16 to 18 hours. Here i preheat the oven into 170 Fahrenheit for about 1-2 minutes and keep inside. If room temperature is too low as in winter season preheat the oven once after 8 hours (after taking out the pot)
- I used tinned tender coconut water which was readily available in grocery market.
- Adjust the sugar according to the sweetness level of coconut water. Add 1 or 2 Table spoon if not enough sweet.