jaljeera | jal jeera recipe – Indian summer drink recipe
Jaljeera / jal jeera, is an addictive Indian drink and must in summer time. Jal means water and jeera means cumin, but please don’t assume that it is a simple drink. It has also included with exotic flavors of indian spice and herbs. It is usually served as an appetizers or along with meal, considered it is good for aiding digestion.
You can easily find a lot of street food vendors serving this chilled jal jeera in the earthen pots all the way in their mobile cart in india. I always love this flavorful, cooling, refreshing drink and can gulp more than two glasses at a time just to enjoy Indian kick. The same jaljeera is used as pani for pani puri.
Preparation Time : 25 minutes
Yield :serves 5
Mint Leaves – 1/2 cup
Coriander Leaves – 1/2 cup
Grated Ginger – 2 tsp
Roasted cumin seeds – 1 tbsp
Roasted pepper corns – 3/4 tsp
Seedless Tamarind – 1 lemon size ball
Asafoetida a pinch
Black salt / kala namak -1/2 tsp
Table Salt (adjust to taste)
Sugar – 2 tbsp
Water – 1 cup
Ice cold water – 4 cups
Lemon Juice – 3 tbsp
Boondi for garnishing
Wash the coriander and mint leaves thoroughly before use.
Put mint Leaves, ginger, sugar, table salt, black salt, asafoetida, tamarind, cumin, pepper powder and coriander leaves in a mixer, add water and puree.
Pass through strainer to remove the ginger and tamarind remaining.
Add 4 cups of chilled water and lemon juice. Stir well.
Garnish with boondi and few ice cubes before serving.
Dry roast the cumin and pepper seperately in fry pan. This adds excellent flavors.
If you want the drink to be really sour and tangy add more tamarind.
Jaljeera easily stays good for 3-4 days, refrigerated.