Jaljeera – sweet and tangy summer drink of India


Jaljeera

Ingredients

1 Raw mango – cut and boil

2 tablespoon Jaggery –Gud (available in Indian grocery store)

1 cup fresh Mint leaves

1 tablespoon Ginger paste

4 teaspoon Black salt – or adjust per taste

1 tablespoon cumin seeds

2 green chillies OR 2 teaspoon paprika or adjust to taste

5 cups of water

1 tablespoon Lemon juice or adjust to add required tanginess (Optional)

Sugar per taste (Optional)

 Method:

  1. Wash, peel, cut mango slices and boil with jaggery and 1 cup of water
  2. Roast cumin seeds in dry pan on medium-low heat for 1 min and grind to fine powder

TIP: Roasting cumin seeds gives more flavor when used in the drink

3. Blend Mint leaves, Ginger, cumin powder

4. Add chilies and boiled mango mixture (with all the water left from boiling) and blend for more time

5. Add Black salt, cumin powder and Stir well

6. Add water to make the drink per the consistency u want – if want thicker then add less water

7. Add lemon, sugar, salt, pepper if needed more per ur taste

8. Served chilled or add ice to drink immediately.

Variations:

 1. Mangoes and jaggery can be cooked in microwave on high for 10 minutes with enough water to dip them in. Stir every 3-4 minutes. Potato setting works fine too – 2 cycles needed.

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