Summer's here! And what but a refreshing, natural drink like Jal Jeera can beat the heat and quench your thirst! Jal Jeera is a traditional North Indian drink made with mint, coriander, roasted cumin powder and other spices. This is ideal for summers and can be often found being served in many North Indian households.
The first time I had this drink was when I visited the husband's senior officer's home. It was served as an appetizer drink. I took the first sip and was like, 'What the hell'? It was spicy, sour and tangy, all at the same time and clearly, I wasn't prepared for the burst of flavors. But after a few minutes, I began enjoying the taste. It was truly refreshing and kept me hydrated.
Jal Jeera literally means Jal - water and Jeera - Cumin. During summers in India, you can find many street vendors selling this drink in earthen pots or matkas. The unique flavor of Jal Jeera comes from the various spices like roasted cumin powder, black salt, peppercorns, mint leaves, coriander leaves, tamarind, and lemon. There are many health benefits to this drink.
Jaljeera is also known as the Indian version of Lemonade. Jaljeera powder also is available in the market for ready use.
Health Benefits of Jal Jeera:
Drinking Jal Jeera in summers helps in cooling the body and reduce the excess heat produced in the body. Cumin is an excellent source of iron and prevents anemia. I am also told that drinking Jal jeera helps cope up with morning sickness in pregnant women. The black salt in this drink helps with digestion. The drink also helps in burning fat and is great for weight loss as well.
How to make Jaljeera at home:Print
You can add honey instead of sugar.
You can also add abut ¼ teaspoon of chaat masala powder.
For a spicier version, blend2 green chilies along with the ingredients.