Thursday, September 12, 2013

Jal Jeera / Minty Lemon Drink


BM # 32 Week 2
Theme: Street Food
Cooking with alphabets : "J"

Since I am from Delhi, somehow the street food of Delhi has always been a favorite. When I decided to post street food for the second week, the alphabet "J" immediately reminded of the cool refreshing drink Jal Jeera. Jal is water in Hindi language and Jeera is cumin , the name Jal Jeera is so apt for this drink, since it is cumin and mint flavored water.During summers one can see the jal jeera wallas in the markets.They have a cart with a big earthen pot which is covered with a red fabric.The mouth of the pot is encircled with mint leaves, just like a wreath.Lemons too are displayed along with the mint or at times, these lemons are kept aside in glasses. This refreshing drink is served with a long handled ladle and normally tiny bells are tied at the edge of the ladle.This is served in simple glasses , the vendor pours the drink and finally squeezes some lemon to make it tarty.

I remember as a kid I always used to have two glasses of this drink, but some how now to drink even one sip is difficult.The problem is all diseases start with water and it is actually not safe to drink this, unless your immune system is good or it is made in mineral water. Probably that is the reason that one can spot them only in specific markets. This drink is simple to make and home made drinks are always fresh, pleasing and safe.


2 tbsp roasted cumin seed

1 tbsp black salt

1 tbsp mango powder
2 tbsp mint leaves
1 tsp coriander leaves
2 tbsp lemon juice
600 ml water
Grind all the ingredients in a blender.
Add to the water, chill.
Strain the water after an hour.
Serve chilled with a lemon slice.





Here are some of pics of the Jal Jeera vendors of Delhi







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21 comments:

  1. very very refreshing jal jeera a prefect thirst quencher for hot sunny day :) lovely presentation and love the bright green color of it :)

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  2. Even i wanted to make jaljeera for J, then i changed and took Jaipuri mewa pulao, very tempting drink.

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  3. The pics are fabulous and so refreshing. And the styling is so totally wow! Hats off to you Vaishali. And i remember these thelas from my Delhi days :)

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  4. What a refreshing drink. Great for dry hot summer days.

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  5. I also wanted to do Jal jeera for J.. So yummy and tangy!!! delicious!!!


    Sowmya

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  6. wow, mouth watering jal jeera n superb clicks...

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  7. I love jal Jeera ...it's looking so refreshing !! Wish I could get one glass now ,...

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  8. oh... nice one... wanted to taste the jal jeera..

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  9. Oh gosh lovely pictures and those street ones are so refreshing with so much mint leaves!

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  10. So cooling and soothing to the eye is that mint green colour. Looking at it quenches the thirst.

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  11. Love jal jeera! I should try to make at home as well!

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  12. so refreshing and the scent by the vendors must be so great with all that fresh mint surrounding

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  13. Guess what Vaishali?This was on my first list and I did make it..But after I got a chinese recipe, I saved jal jeera for later.
    Love your pics and I always enjoy your street food pics...

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  14. Very refreshing drink. The vendor's pictures are so good. It is so tempting me, I would love to have a glass full...

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  15. Refreshingly thirst quenching drink.. I was planning on posting the same but last minute changes opted for different dish..

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  16. My husband is a fan of such drinks and I may give this a try for him. :)

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  17. Wow! The mint 'wreath' looks so beautiful! And it must smell so good!! I love jal jeera and its one of the attractions when we eat out in the dhabas here!

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  18. Great click...and a very refreshing drink!!!

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  19. Such a lovely and refreshing drink! I love that Mint wreath :) What a fabulous idea !

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  20. Wow.. so refreshing and its my fav drink everytime.

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  21. Wwo this is my favourite drink. Thanks for this version.

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