Here is a simple Jal Jeera recipe. Try Jal Jeera recipe this Holi!

Jal Jeera Recipe

Holi is celebrated once a year, in the month of 'phalgun', on a full moon day. Also known as the 'Spring Festival', Holi is one of the best occasions to enjoy with friends and relatives. Holi is not only about the celebration of colors alone, like most people believe, but it is about the preparation and feasting of many tasty dishes as well. Many communities celebrate this divine festival and for this reason, various cuisines have become a part of this wonderful festival. Festivals like these, offer opportunities for people from different communities to enjoy several delectable traditional dishes. These traditional dishes have passed down from one generation to another. Apart from sweets and savories, even delicious drinks are made as an added attraction during this occasion. The jal jeera is one such example of a delectable drink prepared and shared among everyone celebrating Holi. You can find out the different recipes of jal jeera in this article.

How to Make Jal Jeera

Recipe 1

  • Cold water – 4 cups
  • Mint leaves – 1 cup
  • Coriander leaves – 1 cup
  • Ginger (grated) – ½ tsp
  • Cumin seeds - 3 tsp
  • Rock salt – ½ tsp
  • Black salt – ½ tsp
  • Salt – ½ tsp
  • Lemon juice – 2 tbsp
  • Dried mango powder – 1 tsp
  • Sugar – 1 tsp
  • Asafetida – a pinch
  • Black pepper – ¼ tsp
Method Of Preparation
  • Roast and ground cumin seeds and keep it aside.
  • Take asafetida and lightly dry roast until an aroma is released.
  • Now, grind mint leaves, coriander leaves, ginger and asafetida into a smooth paste.
  • Take a bowl and add 4 cups of cold water. Mix salt, rock salt, black salt, sugar, dry mango powder and the roasted cumin powder together.
  • Add the grinded paste and the lemon juice into the mixture.
  • Stir the content thoroughly until the salts and sugar have dissolved.
  • Pour the contents through a strainer into another bowl.
  • Garnish the jal jeera with boondi and mint leaves and serve chilled.
Recipe 2

  • Tamarind pulp – 1 cup
  • Ginger (grated) – 1 tbsp
  • Cold water – 5 cups
  • Cilantro leaves – 18-20
  • Black salt – ½ tbsp.
  • Mint leaves - ¼ cup
  • Serrano chili – 1
  • Red chili flakes – 2 tsp
  • Sugar – 5 tbsp
  • Cumin seeds (roasted) – 2 tbsp
  • Water – 1 cup
  • Table salt  to taste
Method Of Preparation
  • Add tamarind in a small bowl and leave it for a few hours. Take out only the pulp and keep it aside.
  • In a blender, add 5 cups of water, mint leaves, cilantro leaves, roasted cumin seeds, sugar, grated ginger, serranno chili, red chili flakes, black salt and table salt.
  • Now add the tamarind pulp and blend the mixture for at least 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Using a strainer, you can separate the pulp of the mixture from the juice. You can strain the contents a couple of times for a clear drink.
  • Serve the cold jal jeera with crushed ice, mint leaves and some boondi.
Recipe 3

  • Mint leaves – 2 tbsp
  • Raw mango pulp (boiled) – 1 tsp
  • Lemon – 1
  • Salt – ¼ tsp
  • Black salt – ½ tsp
  • Coriander leaves – 10
  • Cumin seeds (roasted and ground) – ½ tsp
  • Chilled water – 1 ½ cups
  • Ice cubes – 3
  • Red chili powder – a pinch
Method Of Preparation
  • Firstly, grind the mint leaves and coriander leaves together to form a fine paste. Add lemon juice to the paste.
  • In a large bowl, add water, red chili powder, cumin seeds, salt, black salt and raw mango pulp and stir well. You can strain the contents if required.
  • Add ice cubes and serve the jal jeera.
Jal jeera is Indian flavored lemonade prepared during various festive occasions especially during Holi. Using these recipes, you can now prepare this cold beverage easily at home and serve it to your friends and family.