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:

  1. Blend all the spices using enough water needed to make a paste.
  2. Strain the spice mix through a fine sieve and squeeze all the spicy water out.
  3. 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 🙂