Monday, 21 April 2014

PINEAPPLE JAL JEERA (SWEET & SOUR CUMIN WATER)


Summer has taken the weather in its firm grip and the focus has clearly shifted to coolers and salads. The summer this time around has been intense and had arrived much earlier than we had anticipated. Thankfully the evenings are pleasant and breezy. I have been trying to spend as less time in the kitchen as possible...cooking easy and mild & light curries, dishing up salads and grilled food. Well, till the time a machine is designed to control weather conditions, let’s keep indulging ourselves and enjoying yummy coolers to alleviate some of that discomforting heat and humidity.

We are looking ahead at nearly two and half months of bearing with this kind of hot & sultry weather before the monsoon arrives in mid-June bringing huge relief.  Until then, I have to ensure that I keep my family satiated with a variety of coolers to help them beat the heat. Apart from that, it is also time to upload something new; beyond the Lemonade and the Aam Pannatime for another cheers to good health J



I absolutely love beverages that are packed with goodness of nature and help the body in ways beyond just quenching the thirst. Jal Jeera is one such thirst quencher that serves the purpose of an appetizer by pepping up appetite left depressed by the heat and also that of being a digestive. 

Jal in Hindi language means water and Jeera is Hindi for Cumin Seeds. Literal translation of Jal Jeera is cumin water but in go plenty of other spices and mint that make Jal Jeera beyond just cumin water. It is tangy, minty, spicy, pungentin fact it has so much going on in there that one needs to experience it at least once. And once, my friends, is enough to get you hooked on to it!

But I am not too comfortable with tangy/ sour foods; Jal Jeera especially is meant to be rather quite tangy. When dealing with sour foods or beverages, I like to either reduce the souring agents in a particular food or add something sweet here and there to cut through the sourness. For the tangy and sour jal jeera, pineapples seemed like the right thing, with their natural fructose. 


Just like for any beverage, feel free to reduce or enhance sourness/ sweetness. In case you want to omit using pineapple juice, swap it with water. You can even use sparkling water instead of water to perk up the Jal Jeera. Only one tip here, do not be tempted to use more mint than mentioned in the recipe, else the jal jeera will turn bitter. (I made that mistake once) 

Here is the ratio of ingredients that I like to use,

1½ tbsp. Cumin Seeds (dry roasted)
¼ tsp Dry Mint Powder
½ tsp Degi Mirch (I think Paprika should work well)
8-10 Black Peppercorns, crushed
1 pinch Asafoetida (Heeng)
½ tsp Amchur (Dried & powdered raw green mangoes- easily available at Indian stores)
½ tsp Black Salt (Kala Namak)
½ tsp regular Salt or Sea Salt

1 tbsp concentrated Tamarind
1-1½ tbsp Mint Leaves
1 tbsp Cilantro leaves (Fresh Coriander)


1 tbsp sugar (adjust in case you intend to not use pineapple juice)
Medium sized Pineapple (I could procure a little more than a cup of juice)
Water/ Sparkling water

Boondi to serve, optional (Tiny round puffed chick pea flour fritter balls. Available at Indian stores)

Wash mint leaves and cilantro leaves and keep aside.
Peel & slice pineapple. Using a juicer, extract juice and strain it twice to procure clear pineapple juice.

Grind the dry spices using a spice grinder and then add the tamarind paste, mint leaves and cilantro leaves. Using 3-4 tbsp of water, make a fine paste. Strain the paste twice so you have a clear concentrated paste. (I used a regular sieve for the first straining and a finely meshed one for the second) Transfer this to a pot or jug.

In a measuring jar, add the pineapple juice and top the rest with water so that you have a total amount of 650 ml (approx) of liquid. Add sugar and stir well to dissolve. Pour this liquid in the concentrated paste and stir well. Jal Jeera is ready; chill it and sprinkle boondi before serving.

Please do not forget to check the notes given below


Note: Turn off the heat after roasting the cumin seeds and while the skillet is still hot, add a pinch of asafoetida and roast it for no  more than 4-5 seconds in the residual heat. This will help reduce the strong pungent taste of asafoetida. 

Note: I used freshly squeezed pineapple juice. In case you intend use store brought one, which might be much sweeter, you may need to omit sugar/ adjust the sourness. 

Note: I recommend not adding ice cubes to the Jal Jeera since it will mellow down the flavors. Instead, chill the Jal Jeera in the refrigerator. And do not forget to stir it well before serving. 

Serves 2-3

Thanks for visiting and see you soon again. 

46 comments:

  1. Wow..pineapple jaljeera sounds interesting.. Loved the pineapple in Jal jeera

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  2. such awesome clicks... the jal jeera looks so refreshing...

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  3. Such a visual treat,absolutely delightful

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  4. My MIL makes something similar to this except without the pineapple. I like that you have sweetened it with fruit as I always felt sweetness was always missing! Thanks for sharing this :-)

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  5. Tempting clicks .Interesting recipe

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  6. lovely pictures esp the one of pineapple juice:)
    What an interesting way to add fresh juice in old classic drink:)

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  7. Interesting ingredients for refreshing drinks,the pictures are beautiful :)

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  8. Interestiiiing, I've never had anything like this before.

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  9. fantabulous! treat to eyes! :) perfect gal.. m loving the way the pineapple was cut

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  10. Never tried before but sure its a splendid drink, what more with those gorgeous pictures.

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  11. Perfect shots and love the stack of slices.summer drink fab

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  12. This sounds delightful and perfect for hot, sultry days.

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  13. Refreshing drink....... Awesum clicks!!

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  14. Interesante jugo me gustarĂ­a probar,abrazos y saludos

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  15. Omg, love that beautiful pineapple sculpture, jal jeera looks absolutely irresistible.

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  16. Tangy, sour and sweet...that sounds just the drink I love!

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  17. This looks perfect and refreshing :)

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  18. Loved the way you cut the pine apple and stacked it!!! The ingredients in the drink sounds refreshing.

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  19. Pineapple with cumin!!! this is very new and unique to me... I should try this soon. Your pictures are very nice I like how the pineapple is cut :)

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  20. Sounds so delicious and wonderful photo's. Blessings, Catherine

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  21. Pinapple jal jeera looks delicious love the cutting of pineapple. I saw once in mumbai a street vendor cutting pineapple very nicely, you beat him.

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  22. Gorgeous as always! I had never heard of pineapple jaljeera before. Having company this month, excited to try it out.

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  23. I love the way you stacked the pineapple and this beverage with mint powder and mint must be very refreshing!

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  24. An interesting drink. Very refreshing!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  25. Our summer heat is almost here, and this looks like a perfect drink to serve in warm weather. The pineapple juice sounds great in it!

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  26. Love that second picture! And love this recipe, too. I've heard of jal jeera, but never tasted it nor made it. Sounds like something I'd really like. Thanks!

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  27. What a refreshing drink, I have heard of it before in India :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  28. Such an exotic drink...so many different ingredients that I have never thought in putting together.
    The picture of the pineapple is amazing, considering that cutting pineapple is one of the most frustrating thing for me.
    Thanks for this amazing recipe...hope you are enjoying your week :D

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  29. This is one of my favorite things about Indian cuisine- there's variety in every part of the meal including beverages! Love the shots, absolutely beautiful!

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  30. What a wonderful looking drink. I am a pineapple fan and this would be a great way to enjoy it. Adore that cut pineapple.. beautifully done. :)

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  31. I love the way you have sliced that pineapple. Its just a wonderful shot!
    Jal Jeera is so refreshing and I love your version :-)

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  32. The sweet and sour together sounds so refreshing!

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  33. Never seen a drink recipe like this, very unusual flavors for a drink but i am up for trying for sure :-D. Would have to hunt down some ingredients, never saw Dry Mint Powder before. Your pics are amazing, love the cut pineapple one.

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  34. This pineapple jeera sounds wonderful and I love my jaljeera on sweeter side. Wonderful click of the sliced pineapple!

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  35. This sounds so refreshing and unique. A couple of the ingredients I'm not familiar with so I'll have to go check those out. Nice post and lovely photos.

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  36. Beautiful and creative drink, I am pinning it!

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  37. Your post made my mouth water! These drinks are so refreshing and I love the idea of jal jeera with pineapple juice! I love sweet, sour and salty all in one. Wonderful, as usual Taruna!

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  38. What a refreshing drink! Love the combination of sweet and sour! We had our first hot day of the year today and a drink like this would have tasted very good.

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  39. Amazing fruit carving...jaljeera looks so delicious..wish i can have some..

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  40. More than the jal jeera i'm amazed at how your cut your pineapple like that? did you use some cutter or cut plain rounds and made the spikes and stack them...do share, pretty please :-D For some reason I'm not a fan of jal jeera and it itches my throat but my friedns are crazy abt it and serve it at every gathering we have! Lovely pics too...

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  41. Recipe and photos look amazing - I've been discovering a lot of great spices since my visit to India earlier this year, but you've listed some new spices in this recipe that I'll have to check out!

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  42. lovely combination ............ happy to follow you also view my space....http://prachisvegkitchen.blogspot.in/

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  43. What a visual treat! Love the photography and Excellent post.. I love pineapples <3 yummy yumm..I am definitely trying this! Cutting and peeling this fruit is quite a task, so i am gona skip making the juice, ll just buy KDD Harvest’s pineapple juice and make this tonight..! Thanks for sharing this

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  44. Beautiful lovely juice! pineapple is very good for health.. @prachi i checked out ur blog... i am feeling hungry after seeing all the foods and photos..

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