Variyali Sharbat, Fennel seed drink

Variyali sharbat or saunf sharbat is a healthy fennel seed drink to beat the summer heat

variyali sharbat recipe
variyali sharbat

Variyal sharbat or saunf sharbat is a popular summer beverage of Gujarat. Variyali and saunf are common names of fennel seeds. I have harvested fennel seeds from my organic garden, sun dried them and used them to make this sattvic fennel seed drink. Its a joy to use home grown fresh produce in my everyday cooking. ๐Ÿ™‚

home grown organic saunf

Fennel seeds are good for digestion and are cooling to the body according to Ayurveda. The seeds are usually used as a mouth freshner. Variyali sharbat recipe is a simple traditional drink and very few ingredients go into its making. Usually rock sugar (mishri) is used to sweeten the drink. You can use jaggery, sugar or honey if do not have rock sugar on hand. You can further flavor the basic variyali sharbat with dried black raisins, laung (cloves) and/or cardamom. Another variation of saunf sharbat is the use of lemon juice, black salt and mint leaves.

Do include healthy drinks with no preservatives or artificial colors like lassi, buttermilk, tender coconut water, sabja lemonade in your diet during the hot summer days. Here are more summer drinks that are perfect thirst quenchers.

Follow the instructions below to learn how to make variyali sharbat or saunf sharbat

Variyali Sharbat Recipe

  Prepare time:
 Serves: 2

 Main Ingredients:

  •  fennel seeds
  •   rock sugar


  •   Fennel seeds - 1/4 cup, powdered
  •   Mishri - 2 1/2 tbsps, powdered (rock sugar) OR sugar OR honey
  •   Water - 2 1/2 cups
  •   Clove - 1, crushed with the help of a mortar pestle

Method for making Variyali Sharbat Recipe

Add fennel seeds powder and crushed clove in 2 cups of water overnight or for at least 2 hours.
Next day, strain the liquid and add the powdered rock sugar and mix well.
Pour into tall glasses, add few ice cubes and serve.


  •   You can add 2 or 3 crushed black pepper corns and/or a crushed cardamom.
  •   You can add a tbsp of kokam or lemon juice.


Variyali sharbat recipe or saunf sharbat is a traditional beverage of India. This summer drink with health benefits is made with fennel seeds & rock sugar.
  • Rachna

    Wow!! I love fennel anyway.
    One query …So Can I use the raw …dried …unsalted seeds that we easily get at the grocers ?

    • Sailu | Indian Food

      Yes, use raw, dried fennel seeds (saunf).

  • Harini

    never heard of this drink,looks interesting!

  • Dwain lokken

    Thank you for sharing such awesome and useful Ayurvedic recepies with us. keep up the good work. do share more

  • Preeti Rodrigues

    Can we store this drink in the fridge or do we need to make this fresh

    • Sailu

      Best when prepared fresh. I wouldn’t suggest storing the drink for more than a day in the fridge.

  • Vartika

    Hi! Which saunf is to be used? Bareek (day to day eating after meals) ya moti (which is used in pickles)?

    • Sailu

      Use moti, if you do not have it. Use bareek wala saunf