Jaljeera is a refreshing and cooling drink from India which has digestive properties as well. So cool down in hot summers with this refreshing Jaljeera fizz.
There is nothing better on a summer day than to curl up in the afternoon with a book tall glass of cool drink in your varandah. Yeah after ditching a regular job and working flexi hours thats what I am doing these days, enjoying a tall, icy cool drinks during hot summery afternoons. And when the drink is tangy jaljeera, it helps to digest the excess done during the lunch :).
On a serious note, as most of you know jaljeera is a summer drink which is not only cooling but also digestive in nature. Most of the ingredients used in jaljeera like mint, cumin , black salt , tamarind/lemon are either digestive or cooling or both ( You can read about health properties of ingredients in health notes at the end of this post).
Jaljeera can be served as an appetizer too. Like most other drinks it does not contain any sugar so people who are watching their diet can have it without worrying too much about their calorie allowance (though you may want to watch out for sodium).
There can be many variations as far as ingredients are concerned and almost everyone has their own variations of spices according to their taste preferences. You can use packed jaljeera powder or you may go on to create your own blend at home. I like to create my own blends of all the spice powders and prefer to add or subtract any ingredients as I go. If fresh mint is not available replace with dried leaves or such other substitutions.
Recipe for powder is sufficient to makes 30 glasses of jal jeera
For jal-jeera powder
- 100 g Rock Salt Black
- 25 g Cumin Seeds
- 2 Tbsp Black Pepper corns whole
- 3 Cardamoms Black
- 5 Cloves whole
For 6 glasses you need
- 2 tbsp cilantro chopped leaves
- 4 tbsp mint leaves chopped
- 2 tbsp Lemon juice
- mint leaves boondi Few and dry for garnish
- Jal jeera powder
- Dry roast cumin seeds, black cardamoms and cloves till they are mildly fragrant i.e. about 1-2minutes.
- When spices are cool, grind all of them together with black salt and store in an airtight container to use it later. This powder stores well at least for 6 months.
To serve it
- Muddle cilantro and mint leaves in a muddler.
- Fill your glass up to ¼ with crushed ice , pour ½ tbsp of lemon juice over it add about ½ tsp of cilantro and mint crush over it and a tsp of jal jeera powder .
- Top it up with either water or sparkling water/club soda and garnish with a few spearmint leaves.
- Rock salt is anti-acidic, carminative and contains essential minerals for various physiological functions.
- Lemon is an excellent source of vitamin C, a great immunity booster and detoxifying agent.
- Cumin is good for respiratory disorders, helps in reliving insomnia and aids in digestion.
- Mint is known to inhibit the growth of different types of bacteria and fungus and digestive in nature.