JHALJEERA (Indian spice-flavoured lemonade)
Translated literally 'Jhal" means water and 'jeera" is cumin. However, this drink is not just water and cumin.
It has a fresh spicy flavour, slightly sweet, salty and tangy all at once. This favourite summer drink is stored in large earthenware pots covered with a damp cloth and sold off handcarts on bustling roadsides in North India.
It is revered for its many health benefits: it aids digestion, keeps your body cool, and prevents nausea caused by the hot weather.
RECIPE (serves 4)
- Grind together in a blender with 1 cup of water:
- 125 gm tamarind pulp
- 1/4 cup mint leaves
- 1/4 cup coriander leaves
- 1/4 tsp asafoetida
- 1 tablespoon, roasted, cumin
- 50g grated palm sugar
- 4 tsp black salt
- 1 tbsp chopped ginger
- 4 tbsp lemon juice
Strain, then add 4 cups water and 1 cup crushed ice. Store in the fridge or serve immediately.