|December 21, 2022


Jal means water, and Jeera is cumin in English. So, the literal translation of Jal Jeera would be Cumin Water. This beverage tastes nothing like plain old Cumin Water though it is spicy and full of flavor thanks to the addition of ingredients such as fennel, mint, tamarind, and pepper. Vendors who sell this drink on Indian streets keep it in an urn called a Matka, which also helps to keep the beverage cool.

Jaljeera has a fascinating history - its roots trace back to the banks of the Ganges River, where once it was ground on stone pieces and stored in little dirt pots. Cumin is a therapeutic spice that helps in digestion. Salt, either dark or rock salt, aid in digestion if taken before eating. Mint has a soothing and cooling effect on the body.

Jaljira is one of the most popular North Indian drinks during the summertime because of its cooling effects. In countries where temperatures reach 40 degrees Celsius, this drink becomes quite refreshing, and its popularity becomes visible in these regions during the sweltering heat. It consists of water, cumin powder, dry ginger powder, black pepper powder, dry mango powder, and lemon juice. 

Jaljeera is a known natural refreshing drink that helps eliminate poor digestion and intestinal gas. As well as boosting the immune system, it offers relief from occasional heartburn. Black salt - an ingredient in this recipe - is also beneficial for digestive health. You can drink Jaljeera before or after a meal to help stimulate your appetite. If food makes you nauseous, try drinking some Jaljira afterward for relief.

How To Make Jaljeera

Jaljeera is a drink that has varying flavors. It wakes up the senses and revitalizes the body in seconds. Many recipes for this drink exist, but they all share similar spices and ingredients to make them. 

The best way to consume jaljeera is to drink it chilled on its own or in between meals as an appetizer. Due to its digestive properties, many restaurants also serve it at the beginning of a meal.


Jaljeera and summer go hand in hand. Jaljeera is refreshing, easy to make, and gives relief from the scorching heat. This North Indian, non-alcoholic, vegan drink isn't only popular because it's simple and doesn't contain any alcohol - but it tastes good too!

Print Recipe
  • Serves - 2
  • Preparation Time - 10 Minutes

Jal Jeera Herbs and Spices

  • 2 Tbsp - Cumin Seeds
  • 2 Tbsp - Fennel Seeds
  • 1 Tsp - Black Pepper
  • 1 Tsp - Amchur Powder
  • 1 Tsp - Black Salt
  • 1 Cup - Mint Leaf
  • 1 Cup - Tamarind
  • 2 Pieces - Ginger (Optional)

Prep And Make Jaljeera Chutney

  • Soak tamarind in hot water for at least 20 minutes; this will help soften the tamarind and make grinding easier.
  • Rinse fresh mint leaves under cold running water for a few seconds. Discard all the excess liquid from the leaves and add them to a small grinder jar or blender. Avoid adding the stem of the leaf- it will make the Jaljeera taste too strong and bitter.
  • Add the soaked tamarind along with its water. Be sure there are no seeds in the tamarind.
  • Add the cumin seeds, fennel seeds, black pepper, and cardamom to the grinder.
  • Add spices- amchur, chaat masala, asafoetida, and black salt as required.
  • Grind the ingredients until they are finely and smoothly ground. If desired, keep this jaljeera chutney through a tea strainer for a smoother consistency.

Making Jaljeera

  • Take the Jaljeera Chutney in a bowl and add water.
  • Mix all ingredients thoroughly. Add salt and dried mango powder if desired. Add some lemon juice if required too.
  • Add some boondi, a pinch of chaat masala, and a few mint leaves in each glass while serving.

If you do not have dried mango powder, add lemon juice, kachri powder, or bael powder. For those who are allergic to black salt - try using edible rock salt or sea salt instead. Boondi can be soaked in water for at least 20 minutes before squeezing them and adding them while serving.

Summing Up On Jaljeera

Jal jeera is a very nutritious drink because it contains many healthy ingredients, such as black pepper, coriander seed, dried ginger root, roasted cumin seed, and fennel seed. Other flavors and spices enhance its taste greatly. This food is beneficial for health and relief from the summer heat while simultaneously cooling you down.

Jeera water is known to suppress the appetite and contains fewer calories. The presence of cumin seed powder in Jaljeera helps lose weight. It is the best drink for those looking to maintain their diet or lifestyle habits.

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FAQs on Jaljeera Recipe

When do we typically drink Jaljeera? 

Traditionally consumed in Indian homes (especially during the summer), you might also take it before a meal to increase your appetite or afterward if your stomach is upset from having too much food.

What ingredient can I add in place of dry mango powder (amchur) for my Jaljeera chutney recipe? 

One option would be to use either lemon juice, kachri powder, or bael powder.

Can I use pre-made jaljeera powder for this recipe? 

Absolutely! In that case, you can skip making the Jaljeera chutney in this recipe.

Does Jaljeera help with weight loss? 

It has low-calorie counts that make it a great addition to any diet. You can drink it before or after working out or when you are thirsty and need something refreshing.

Can we drink jaljeera every day? 

Yes, you can drink this naturally refreshing drink every day. Known as cumin water or jeera, it is helpful for the human body.

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