Welcome Drink – Jal Jeera


  • 1 tbsp seedless tamarind – for a more pronounced sourness, you can add ½ tbsp more of tamarind.
  • 3/4 cup mint leaves/pudina patta
  • 1/2 cup packed chopped cilantro (hara dhania)
  • 1 or 1.5 tsp cumin seeds/jeera
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds/saunf
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 or 1 tsp amchur/dry mango powder
  • a pinch of asafoetida/hing
  • black salt or rock salt as required


Rinse the mint leaves and the tamarind ball. First blend all the ingredients in ½ or ¾ cup water till smooth. Then strain through a strainer.

Add 3-4 cups of chilled water to the strained mixture or as required. Keep in the fridge or serve chilled jaljeera.

Serves 4