Jal-jeera, or Jal Jira, is an Indian beverage. It is flavored with a spice mix known as MDH Jal Jeera Masala. In Hindi, "jal" means water and "jeera" means cumin. The beverage form is essentially lemonade and Jal Jira powder and is a popular summer drink in India. Jaljeera is popular in northern India because of its cooling properties, against the temperature of the region. Contains no added artificial color or flavorings.
MDH Jal Jeera Masala generally consists of cumin, ginger, black pepper, mint, black salt, some fruit powder (usually either mango, or some kind of citrus zest), and chili or hot pepper powder and each of these spices and herbs have some of the other health benefits. Jal-jeera is a lip-smacking popular summer drink. This masala is also useful for sprinkling on Dahi-vada.
Jaljeera is a cooling drink that helps to combat sunstroke, indigestion, and dehydration. Jaljira not only quenches your thirst but also increases your appetite and aids in digestion. For calorie-conscious people, it’s a carefree drink as it comes with very low-calorie content.
To make jal jeera using this powder is very easy and quick. Just take 1-liter water ( preferably from an earthen pot) into a mixing bowl. Squeeze out the juice from 2 lemons into it. Take a handful of fresh coriander and mint leaves and grind them to a paste using 1/4 cup water. Strain the mix into the bowl of water and lime juice. Add 1 tablespoon of Jal jeera powder, 2 teaspoons of jaggery powder, and black salt to taste and mix well. Taste the cooler and add more seasonings if required. Pour the prepared Jal-jeera into individual glasses and garnish with boondi ( fried gram flour snack) and fresh mint leaves.
As a powder, flavor quickly deteriorates. Store in an air-tight container, out of direct light.