Friday, August 8, 2014

JAL JEERA


Jal jeera is not only a cooling and refreshing drink in summers but also good for digestion. Because of its digestive properties it is also taken as an appetizer before meals. This tangy and spicy drink is very popular in North India, specially in peak summers. The street vendors chill it naturally in an earthen pot (Matka ) wrapped with a wet cloth and is also served in earthen cups, which gives the drink a rustic flavour. We always used to travel to visit nani during our summer vacation and this was our regular feature during the outings.. eating chaat and drinking jal jeera.

Ingredients:
Mint leaves ... 1 cup
Coriander leaves .. 1/2 cup
Ginger ....... 1 tsp (grated)
Tamarind juice or lemon juice .. 2 tbsps
Sugar .... 1 tsp  (or more if you like )
Salt .... to taste ( preferably black salt )
Roasted and ground cumin seeds .. 1 tsp
Crushed black pepper ..... 1/4 tsp
Chaat masala ... 1-2 pinches
Asafoetida ... small pinch
Boondi ... for garnishing
Chilled water ... as needed

Method:
1. Grind all the ingredients in a mixer adding chilled water.
2. Strain it in a container and add the salt, cumin powder, sugar, asafoetida, black pepper and chaat masala.
3. Pour them in glasses and garnish with a little boondi.




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