A very common & traditional refreshing summer drink – Jaljira masala drink. Some people call it as jaljeera pani or jaljjera water. Sometimes even it is served with soda water, in such case, it is called as jaljeera soda. Jaljira masala – its name proudly describes it as a spicy (masala) drink. In India, there are very few people who will say that they did not taste this refreshing summer drink.
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Most of you have already tasted jaljira masala drink. But at the same time, it is also true that you have tasted jaljeera pani or jal jeera soda at a restaurant or a roadside food stall. Some people even use to buy ready-made jaljeera masala powder from the market and prepare such drink at home but very few people actually prepare such jaljira masala drink at home. Reason??? Some people simply do not know the traditional method to prepare delicious & refreshing homemade jaljeera pani or jal jeera soda. Some people even want to always play smart, so they prefer to buy jaljira masala from the market and prepare such drink at home without the hassle.
I have also tried all those. I mean, I have also enjoyed jaljeera pani (even jal jeera soda too) from the roadside stall. I know that those are not always hygienic but still when you are outside during summer days and feel thirsty then sometimes it is very difficult to think about those hygiene factors, haha. I am saying this from my own experience because I did work in Delhi during summer days at various sites where you can not find a decent restaurant. Sometimes you also do not have time to find such decent restaurant or any other place where you can have hygienic water. So you need to take chance and you should hope that those roadside stalls are using hygienic water to make such summer drinks.
Jaljira masala drink is a traditional drink and it is very popular in North Indian states. Not only in North Indian states but also it is significantly popular in some other parts of India. Jaljeera is a common drink in Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha and West Bengal. Jal jeera is also available at various food stalls in Mumbai, Nagpur, Pune and some other major cities.
It is said that it helps in digestion but keeps our body hydrated but apart from all those medicinal factor food lovers enjoy this spicy drink because it is refreshing and an awesome summer drink. If a food or drink is not good then nobody wants to consume it unless doctor recommends it, haha. Is it not true?
Though there are several types of jal jeera and everybody has his own favorite one. Some people love ginger flavor in jaljira whereas some people enjoy tamarind flavor in such masala (spicy) drink. It is often served with soda water instead of plain water. I love both jaljeera pani (water) and jal jeera soda. Both are different in taste. So when I want to enjoy this with my meal then I would prefer jal jeera soda whereas when I do feel thirsty enough and need to drink water in a jiffy then I prefer jaljeera pani, haha.
Jaljira masala drink recipe or jaljeera pani recipe or jal jeera soda recipe
- 2 tsp roasted cumin powder
- 1 tsp chaat masala
- 2 tsp lemon juice
- 1.5 tsp ginger juice
- 1.5 tsp ripe tamarind extract (pulp), optional
- 10-12 fresh mint leaves
- 1 tsp black salt powder
- 1 tbsp sugar, optional
- 2 glasses chilled plain water (or soda water)
- Add each ingredient to a blender and ½ cup of water too
- Now blend to mix all ingredients, strain it to a jug (or bowl)
- Add residual water (or soda water) and mix with hand held blender
- Serve jaljira masala drink (jaljeera pani or jal jeera soda) with ice cubes
Do also tried different types of jaljira masala drink? Then which one is your favorite? Do you prefer to add tamarind to such masala drink or do you prefer it without tamarind (imli)? Which one do you like jaljeera pani or jal jeera soda?