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March 16, 2017

Jaljeera Recipe –Jaljira – How To Make Jal Jeera At Home

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Jal Jeera / Jaljira is a healthy summer drink that is most popular in North India. In Hindi, Jal means water and Jeera means cumin seeds. This drink is prepared with special spice mix masala powder that is mixed with water or soda. Jal jeera spice powder is made of roasted cumin, pepper, mint leaves, black salt, ginger, amchoor powder and lemon juice. So it has lots of health benefits. Basically it helps to improve digestion and aids for weight loss too. I have tasted this jaljira several times in “The Village” restaurant and in some other hotels as well. Mostly it is served as an appetizer in restaurants whereas I like to have this drink after a heavy meal. I love this drink very much and I don’t mind drinking at any time or any season of the yearWinking. So I bought a packet of jaljeera powder from the shop and prepared this drink at home for the first time. We loved it very much. Then I started serving this to my guests as a welcome drink. Everybody liked it so much and asked me the recipe tooWinking. Even though I make it with store bought powder, I used to tell the ingredients roughly and ask them to buy this jal jeera powder from the marketTongue. Yesterday I was thinking to start summer recipes in my blog. The most refreshing summer drink jaljeera flashed in my mind. I tried it this morning by watching Sanjeev Kapoor’s YouTube video and made it from scratch. I altered the recipe slightly by looking at the ingredients list of store bought jaljira packet. It came out very well and tasty. Traditionally tamarind is used in jaljeera but have used lemon juice instead. So lets check how to make this refreshing, fresh, yummy, healthy, easy Indian drink for this summer – Jal jeera recipe with step by step pictures and a video. Do try it and enjoy !
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Jal jeera recipe

Jal jeera Recipe - Jaljira - How to make Jal jeera at home


Jal jeera Recipe - Jaljira - How to make Jal jeera at home Jal jeera Recipe - Jaljira - How to make Jal jeera at home
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Summer Drink
Serves: Serves 3-4
Prep time: 5 Minutes
Cook time: 5 Minutes
Total time: 10 Minutes


INGREDIENTS
1 cup - 250ml
  • Mint leaves - 1/2 cup
  • Coriander leaves – 1/4 cup
  • Ginger - 1/2 inch piece
  • Pepper corns – 1/2 tsp
  • Roasted cumin seeds – 1/2 tbsp / 1.5 tsp  ( Dry roast)
  • Black salt - 1 tsp
  • Powdered white salt – 1/2 tsp  ( Regular salt)
  • Sugar or grated jaggery -  1 to 2 tsp ( adjust)
  • Chat masala powder Or Amchoor powder - 1 tsp
  • Lemon – 1 no
  • Cold Water -  3 cups
To Serve
  • Ice cubes – Few
  • Kara Boondhi – To garnish ( as needed)
METHOD

  • Dry roast cumin seeds in a hot kadai for one minute. Do not burn the jeera. It tastes bitter and spoils the taste of jaljeera.
  • Take all the ingredients given in the list in a mixie jar. Add the roasted cumin seeds. Grind to a smooth paste adding required water. I used 1/2 cup water to grind it.
    Jal jeera recipe
  • Transfer the ground paste to a bowl and wash the mixie jar with one cup of water. Add the washed water to the paste.  Place another bowl, keep a metal strainer and filter the drink. Press it with a spoon to filter well and discard the residue.
    Jal jeera recipe
  • Add 1.5 - 2 cups more water and mix well. Check for taste and add more salt, sugar or lemon juice if needed. If you need more cumin flavor, add 1/2 tsp readymade cumin powder if u have in hand.

  • To serve : Take a tall glass, add some crushed ice or ice cubes, top it with 2 tsp of kara boondhi and pour the jaljeera till the rim. sprinkle a pinch of cumin powder if u wish. Serve immediately. Refrigerate the remaining drink for later use. Stays fresh for 2-3 days in refrigerator.
Enjoy !
Note

  • You can add more black salt, amchoor powder , sugar and lemon juice at anytime after making the drink. Adjust them based on your taste. 
  • Jaljeera tastes the best when its served chilled. So always use ice cold water for preparation or refrigerate it  / add ice cubes while serving !
  • Never try this recipe without black salt and chat masala or amchoor powder.It adds a unique taste to this drink.
Try this easy drink at home and have it after or before a heavy meal. It helps to improve digestion and increases appetite !
Jaljeera recipe - How to make Jal jeera


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