Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Jigarthanda

     
          Jigarthanda is a drink very popular in Madurai, a city in Southern India. When I was a school going kid I used to spend most of my summer holidays there and this used to be my favorite drink. Though now it is available in some shops in Chennai too, taste wise still it doesn't come close  to what you get in Madurai. The main ingredient in this drink is badam (almond) gum which you get in medical stores (naatu (country) marandu kadai) in India. Whenever I have this drink now, it brings back those childhood memories..


Need To Have
  • Badam Gum - 1 + 1/2 tablespoon
  • Evaporated Milk - 3 tins
  • Sugar - 10 - 12 tablespoons
  • Vanilla Extract - 1 teaspoon

Method
          Soak the badam gum in 4 cups boiling water, in the night. Next day morning, the badam gum would have expanded like jelly, ( it'll look like plain gelatine), drain the water in a juice strainer and keep it in the fridge. In the meantime, heat the evaporated milk and mix in the sugar well, remove, cool and add the vanilla extract to it. To this, add the cooled badam gum, mix it with hand or an egg beater and chill it. Serve it as such or with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Sending it to Gayathri's Cook Spot for the Walking Through Memory Lane event,
               to Zesty Palette for the Sweet Luv event,
                to Srav's Culinary Concepts for the Dish For Loved Ones event,
                to Tickling Palates for the Let's Cook-Sweet Somethings event,
                to Spice N Sugar Tales for the Cakes, Cookies And Desssert event,
                to Good Food for the Just 4 Fun event,
                to Anzz Cafe for the Valentine's Special event and
                to Sumee's Culinary Bites for the Bon Vivant event.


Note
Do not use more badam gum, it expands so much, the amount I have given will give 8 to 10 servings.
Can use condensed milk also, in that case reduce the sugar and add some boiled milk to it.
Badam gum might be available in ayurvedic medical stores too, just ask around.
I have shown the badam gum in the picture, and also the final consistency of the drink.




















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36 comments:

  1. Have never tried at home. Looks easy and yum.

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  2. looks very tasty.. never had this :) did u get the badam gum from india?

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  3. yes love d divine taste of it..
    very nicely done..appetizing..:)
    Tasty Appetite

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  4. looks delicious... perfect for the summer...

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  5. Looks yumm n vey tempting Hema. this is something new to me, unheard off. Thanks for sharing the recipe which helps fellow bloggers like me n readers know about certain ethnic recipes like this :)

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  6. This is very new to me !! Looks yummy !! Thanks for linking to the event !!

    Ongoing event CC-Dish For Loved Ones

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  7. Wow my all time fav drink, i used to go madurai especially for this jigarthanda and temple. Yours looks perfect and tempting too...

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  8. Looks delicious.. Had never heard or have had this one before.. Now I have to look for Badam gum over here to try this recipe.. Thanks for linking up again..

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  9. oh this is lovely!i was just looking for this recipe last weekend!

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  10. This is new to me.!Would love to try it. Thanks for sharing. First time here. Love your space too!

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  11. So refreshing n delicious drink.

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  12. What a lovely drink :-) Love your pics...

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  13. very yummy n refreshing drink....BTW...badam gum is very new to me...

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  14. even my fav too. I still remember my childhood days drinking this often and my native town is madurai

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  15. Wow! I loved the name of this drink...Jigarthanda!
    I've never had it but would love to visit Madurai someday for its authentic flavors.
    Thanks for following my space, and even a bigger thank u note for linking this to the event. :)

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  16. Yummy YUMMY..AN AWARD IS WAITING 4 U IN MY BLOG.PLZ COLLECT IT DEAR.....

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  17. I have not seen badam gum before, this is something new to me! And the drink looks yummy!

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  18. i too had it once in madurai and i love it taste.. thank you for sharing the recipe.. will try for sure..

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  19. yummy and lovely drink...Thanks a lot for linking it to my event dear :)

    Join the Just "4" Fun event :)

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  20. Very delicious drink,never heard about this!!

    Erivum Puliyum

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  21. How wonderful!! Loved these pinwheels...just perfect with a cup of evening tea!!
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  22. I have never had this drink before but I have been wanting to, ever since I heard about it in Surya's Aadhavan movie. Now I will get a chance to try it too. Thanx for sharing..!

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  23. This looks really tasty! I love the combination! Happy you found me, am a happy follower now!

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  24. what a nice recipe. would love to taste this, unfortunately we dont get badam gum

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  25. Wow!Jigarthanda looks irresistible. THanks for linking...

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  26. I am from the south of India, but I have not heard of this drink. What is badam gum in Tamil? Would like to see if I can find them here.

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  28. looks like a great drink-trying to find the nutrition aspects /health related info also

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