Jal jeera – its a popular north Indian drink, made during summers as an appetizer to improve digestion. Jal means water & jeera means cumin seeds in English. The refreshing drink also helps to cool the body and improving immunity. Jal jeera can be given to kids after one year (start with a small amount & skip tamarind). It believed to increase the appetite and ensure proper digestion during summer.
Now let’s get on to check how to make jal jeera recipe for toddlers and Kids.
- Mint leaves - a handful
- Coriander leaves - a handful
- Ginger - 1 tsp (finely chopped)
- Cumin seeds - ½ tsp
- Black Pepper - 4 corns
- Lemon juice - 2 tbsp
- Tamarind- 1 tsp (or) dry mango powder- ½ tsp
- Brown Sugar/palm sugar - 2 tsp
- Rock salt/ normal salt - a big pinch
- Roasted cumin powder - ½ tsp
- Water - 3.5 cups
- Measure and keep all the ingredients ready. Rinse mint leaves & coriander leaves well. Set aside.
- Soak tamarind in warm water for 5 minutes. Mash well and discard the thick pulp. Keep it ready.
- Now grind all ingredients except roasted cumin powder, lemon juice and water. Grind them to a fine paste as possible. If needed add little water.
- Once done, strain the mixture through a strainer. Now add water and sprinkle roasted cumin powder. Refrigerate the mix for 30 minutes to 1 hour. Then pour the drink in glasses and serve.
Serve the jal jeera chilled.
For small kids, avoid using tamarind and add more lemon juice.
- For small kids, Make sure to strain the mix completely.
- This keeps well for a 4-5 days if refrigerated.
- You could give this drink once in a week to your kids.
- Add more water than mentioned if you find the recipe spicy or sour.
- Always check with your pediatrician before introducing any new food to your baby.
- Increase sweetener if your baby demand sweet taste.
- Make sure to try this jal jeera recipe after introducing each ingredient separate to your kid.