This is yet another recipe that comes handy while transitioning to a natural lifestyle. It makes for a great summer cooler that can easily substitute your colas this summer!
Jal Jeera is traditionally served as a welcome drink in summers. It is also helpful to consume it before a meal as it can build your appetite and activate your taste buds and digestive juices.
This much-loved Indian summer drink, Jal Jeera, literally translates to 'water' (Jal) and 'cumin' (jeera) in Hindi. However, the concoction is much more than a combination of cumin and water. It is spiced up with a combination of roasted cumin powder, ginger powder, herbs like coriander and mint, garam masala, chilli powder, pepper and black salt and given a sour flavour by using tamarind and dry mango powder.
For Soaking Tamarind
Hot water: ¼ cup
Tamarind: 1 tsp (tightly packed) for a more pronounced sourness, you can add ½ tsp or more tamarind
For making Jaljeera chutney
Mint leaves: ½ cup
Cumin seeds: 1.5 Tsp
Fennel seeds: 1 Tsp
Whole black pepper: ½ tsp
Asafoetida: 1 pinch
Black cardamom: 1 (outer coverremoved)
Amchur (mango) powder: 1 tsp
Chaat masala powder: 1 tsp
Black salt or rock salt as required
For making Jaljeera
Water: 1.5 cups
Boondi: 1 to 2 tsp or as required
Mint leaves: few (for garnish)
Soak tamarind in of hot water for about 20 min.
Wash the mint leaves thoroughly and blend into a fine paste. (Do not use the stems but just the leaves of mint. By using stem, jaljeera can become bitter).
Strain the soaked tamarind to remove any seeds or fibre. Mix this tamarind pulpwith the mint paste.
Add cumin seeds,fennel, black pepper, and the seeds from cardamom,amchur, chaat masala, asafoetida and black salt as required
Grind all the ingredients into a smooth chutney.
Add 1.5 cup of water to the chutney.
Mix well, add more salt or mango powder as per your taste.
Tasty Jaljeera is ready to be served. While serving jaljeera you can add some boondi, a pinch of chaat masala and a few mint leaves in each glass.
Boondi can be soaked in water for 20 to 30 min. Later squeeze the water and keep them aside.
Food group: Spices
Jaljeera is not only a refreshing, cooling drink for summers, but it also has wonderful digestive qualities. Hence could be had after meals to aid digestion.
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