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Thursday, July 29, 2010

A Magic Blue Drink

While doing research on the internet, I found that in Thailand, people make a blue drink from the Butterfly Pea (Clitoria ternatea) flowers called nam dok anchan (น้ำดอกอัญชัญ). They will serve it with a jar of sweet pandan flavoured syrup and a citrus fruit.

I did an experiment and made my own blue drink by dissolving 3 crush flowers of the butterfly pea in a glass of water. Without the syrup, it is almost tasteless.

However, when I added a few drops of calamansi (citrus lime) juice and stirred, the solution turned purple right before my eyes, like magic!

“A Magic Blue Drink”, a copyrighted post, was written for Klang, Malaysia Daily Photo blog by Autumn Belle @ http://mymalaysiadailyphoto.blogspot.com/ on July 29th, 2010.

My entry for Thursday Challenge Photo Theme is "BLUE" (Sky, Water, Clothing, Flowers, Blue Berries, Drinks, Cars,.....). To view what others have for today, click here.


  1. Wow, how interesting! I would have thought the only way to achieve those colors would be through food coloring. You know you're someplace exotic when flowers will do interesting things like that!

  2. That's a beautiful drink. Butterfly pea is morning glory flower isn't?

  3. That'll be a fun drink to serve in a children's party!

  4. How adventuresome of you. Very neat and unique photo entry.

  5. Butterfly pea is Clitoria ternatea or blue flower (in chinese). It is used as a natural food colouring. In Malaysia it is use to give desserts like pulut inti or pulut tai-tai(glutinous rice cakes), nyonya chang (dumplings)and nasi kerabu biru (rice) a blue colour.

  6. Over here, the peranakans call this flowers, bunga telang. It's used for coloring the kuehs. I didn't know that they can make juice from the flowers.


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