This is a drink you will find commonly in India on hot days as a great way to quench your thirst. I love the refreshing ingredients and the mix between sweet, sour and tang. It’s such a great flavour explosion in your mouth! 🙂 Some recipes call for quite a few different ingredients for the jaljeera powder mix, but I find that when I want a quick thirst quencher then I want to make something that won’t be too laborious. So although there are a list of ingredients, the key is to ensure you have it all ready so you can just whizz it up 🙂
PLEASE NOTE – the amounts stated in my recipe suit my taste, so you may need to adjust the salt, sugar and lemon juice according to your palate.
Serves about 4 glasses
What you need:
- ¼ cup mint leaves
- ¼ cup coriander leaves
- 1 tablespoon finely chopped ginger
- 1 tablespoon dry roasted cumin powder
- Pinch of red chilli powder (adjust according to your taste)
- Pinch of asafoetida (hing/perungaayam)
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon black salt (kala Namak) which is available in most Indian shops. But if you don’t have this then just replace with 1/2 tsp of normal salt.
- 3 tablespoons lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons tamarind juice
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 4 cups cold water
- 1 cup crushed ice
How you make it:
- Blend all the spices using enough water needed to make a paste.
- Strain the spice mix through a fine sieve and squeeze all the spicy water out.
- Add the rest of the water and mix well. Check the taste and add more sugar/salt/lemon juice according to your taste.
Pour the drink into a glass over some crushed/cubed ice.
You can also make this drink in advance and chill overnight if you’re having guests over and serve the next day 🙂