Summers is all about having plenty of drinks and beverages that keep our system clean and cool. Jal Jeera is one amongst those many Indian beverages that helps in keeping our system cool in summers and also helps in digestion and is an amazing h appetizer as well. It’s a refreshing mint and cumin flavored Indian lemonade.In Hindi, “jal” means water and “jeera” means cumin. The beverage form is essentially lemonade and jaljira powder, and is a popular summer drink in India.Indian women usually prepare Jaljeera powder at home and store it in an air tight container.
Jaljeera powder generally consists of cumin, ginger, black pepper, mint, black salt, some fruit powder (usually either mango, or some kind of citrus zest), and chili or hot pepper powder.
Not just in summers but through the entire year, Jaljeera is one such drink that is often made at my home, we usually have it after our dinner. I have seen my mother preparing jaljeera powder and storing it for the whole summer. Whenever we use to return home after work, this was the drink that was usually served chilled to us and even the guests at times.
Jaljeera has a very long history, originatingon the banks of the Ganges. At one time, the powder was ground on stone slabs, and stored in clay pots. It is still a common drink at Indian cultural events.
The cumin is a medicinal ingredient which aids digestion. The mint has a cooling effect. Black salt or rock salt acts as a digestive.
Jaljeera is popular in northern India because it is thought to have cooling properties, against the temperature of the region.It is generally served with appetizers before a meal, but is also drunk between meals. Some versions do not involve any added sugar.