JALJEERA is a common Indian beverage which means cumin water wherein JAL stands for WATER and JEERA stands for CUMIN but wait, I know what are you thinking 🙂 , this is not just plain cumin water, it is a very interesting recipe and I bet once you try it , you wont stop at once. This beverage is mostly available and made during summers because this is another refreshing summer cooler. Jaljeera is also served as an appetizer because its taste helps to startle the taste buds. Also many people have it after meals to get benefit of digestion from it. Basically, this beverage is a blend of Indian herbs and spices and has proved to be an ideal refreshing drink during summers since ages.
Prep time – 8 to 10 mins
Cook time – Nil
Serves – 4 to 5
Category – Beverage
Mint leaves – 1/2 cup
Coriander leaves – 1/2 cup
Lemon – 2
Boondi – 1/4 cup
Ginger – 1/2 inch piece
Asafoetida (heeng) – a pinch
Black pepper – 3/4 tsp
Cumin seeds (roasted) – 2 tsp
Sugar – 2tbsp / as required
Black salt – 1 tsp
Table salt – 1/2 tsp
Dry mango powder (aamchur powder) – 1 tsp
Chat masala – 1 tsp
Tamarind pulp.- 1/2 tsp or more
Cold water – 4 cups
Ice cubes / crushed ice – as required
- In a food processor add mint leaves, coriander leaves, ginger, asafoetida, black pepper, cumin seeds, sugar, black salt, table salt, dry mango powder, chat masala, tamarind pulp, 1 cup of water (initially) and blend it to a paste.
- Now add lemon juice of 2 lemons, remaining 3 cups of cold water and ice cubes / crushed ice, blend it again.
- Refrigerate the prepared beverage and let the flavors intensify into it.
- At this stage pass it through a sieve, collect the remaining liquid and chill it again.
- Serve chilled with boondi on top.
There are different variations of this recipe and this is one of them. In many places the drink is not strained out but that is completely optional. I do it but I let the flavors intensify by letting it sit for sometime. For my friends who do not know what boondi is, it is small, round crisp fried gram flour which is easily available in Indian and Asian markets. So prepare the recipe and keep cool in the hot summers. Mention your thoughts below.
Cya… XOXO!!! 🙂