Jaljeera is one of the most popular Indian summer drinks which is made from fresh coriander, mint leaves, and roasted cumin powder. Apart from being refreshing, it is also a good appetizer. It is loved by one and all in North India. Most importantly, it tastes so tangy and pop on the palate that you would have it on repeats. So do try this Indian summer staple at home with my easy peasy recipe. Here is how to make it.
What is Jaljeera?
Prepared from a plethora of soothing spice mix, Jal Jeera is a traditional Indian beverage. Mostly, this drink is made from fresh coriander, mint, rock salt, black pepper, roasted cumin seeds, dry mango powder, pepper powder, black salt.
Yes, so it creates a riot on your taste buds. In order to make it more refreshing, if you wish then you may also add fresh mint leaves and coriander leaves, ice cubes and lemon juice to it while serving.
This drink is not only refreshing but also a great appetizer. It aids in digestion and is good to drink when you have an upset stomach. It also has cooling properties and so it’s highly recommended to drink during the summers.
I like to top my Jaljeera with some crispy boondi just before serving. You can try it too.
How to make Jaljeera Powder?
Sometimes fresh greens are not available in the market or are too costly. In that case, you can make this dry Jaljeera Powder and make instant Jaljeera whenever you feel like drinking it. Here are the ingredients to make Jaljeera Powder.
I have recipes to make homemade mint powder and cumin powder on the blog too. Do check them out.
- Dry Mint Powder – 4 tsp
- Roasted Cumin Powder – 4 tsp
- Black pepper Powder – ½ tsp
- Citric Acid – 2 tsp
- Ginger Powder – 1 tsp
- Hing – ¼ tsp
- Black salt – 2 tsp
- Salt – 2 tsp
- Sugar – 1 tsp
- Dry mango Powder – 2 tsp
Mix all the ingredients well and store in a clean glass container. To make Jaljeera, mix 1 tsp powder in one glass of chilled water. Add some ice cubes and lemon juice and serve immediately.
Can you freeze Jaljeera? I do not recommend freezing Jaljeera. It tastes best when made fresh.
How to make it with soda?
Step by Step Recipe
Add mint, coriander and ginger in a blender.
Add little water and grind to make a smooth puree.
Transfer the puree in a glass bowl. Add the remaining ingredients and mix well.
- ½ cup Fresh mint leaves
- ½ cup Fresh coriander leaves
- ½ inch Ginger
- 2 tbsp Lemon juice
- ½ tsp Roasted cumin powder
- ¼ tsp Hing
- 2 tsp Black salt
- 2 tsp Salt
- ¼ tsp Black pepper powder
- 1 tsp Sugar
- 2 tsp Dry mango powder
- 1 tbsp Tamarind pulp
- 4 cups Water
- Wash the mint and coriander leaves.
- Blend them with ginger in a blender to make a smooth paste.
- Add ½ cup water while grinding.
- Transfer the paste in a big bowl.
- Add all the remaining ingredients and mix well.
- Refrigerate for 3-4 hours before serving.
- It is important to keep Jaljeera for a few hours before serving for the flavors to develop.