Tuesday 11 April 2017

Jigarthanda – Madurai Special/Jil Jil Jigarthanda Recipe for Hot Summer/Jigarthanda Recipe/Jigarthanda Recipe using Badam Pisin/How to make Jigarthanda with step by step photos

Jigarthanda is the most popular drink which originated in the South Indian city of Madurai in Tamil Nadu. Jigarthanda is a unique milk based drink, with two main ingredients Badam Pisin and Nannari Syrup[Indian Sarsaparilla] which has a cooling effect on the system. Badam Pisin is an edible gum collected from badam/almond trees. Badam tree bark secretes the gum and it gets dried up, which is later collected and used for medicinal purposes/ They look like little rocks which are white in color and an excellent natural body coolant. Badam Pisin is a natural jelly which can be consumed by everyone to beat the heat. Also check out how to make Badam Pisin Milk in the link and enjoy.

Nannari Syrup prepared from Nannari roots has numerous health benefits. It is an excellent natural body coolant, when had in the form of sharbets will keep us hydrated. It is an excellent blood purifier and a wonderful health tonic. Nannari syrup is an effective home remedy for stomach disorders, indigestion and relieves body pain. Jigarthanda drink has one other important key ingredient it is none other than the ice cream, you can either prepare ice cream at home or use a store bought one. I will very soon post the homemade ice cream for jigarthanda in my coming posts. For now friends do try out this extra cooling and tempting Jigarthanda and have a lovely day. Meanwhile do check out other interesting, tempting, refreshing and lip smacking Smoothies/Ice-creams/Milkshakes/Juices here.

Here’s how to make Jigarthanda with step by step photos…


Full Cream Milk
1 ltr + 2 cups
Badam Pisin/Almond Gum
1 tsp or 4-5 pieces
Nannari Syrup [Indian Sarsaparilla]
3 tbsp
Ice cream
3 scoops
3 tbsp
Cooking Time: 45 minutes                                      Recipe Category: Dessert
Serves: 3                                                                      Recipe Cuisine: Tamil Nadu, India
Author: Priya Anandakumar

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Preparation of Badam Pisin

This is how Badam Pisin/Almond Gum will look like…

Soak the Badam Pisin/Almond Gum with about 1 ½ cup of water overnight.

It will look like jelly the next day morning. Store it in refrigerator in an airtight container.

Preparation of Sweetened Milk

Boil 1 ltr of milk in a heavy bottomed vessel in low heat. Add sugar, mix well and wait till it reduces to 500 ml. Keep stirring to avoid it from burning. 

Let the milk cool down completely for about 30 mintutes. Then refrigerate for another 30 minutes.

To Prepare Malai

Boil the 2 cups of milk separately for about 30 – 40 minutes to make malai as shown in the picture. Cool it completely and store it in refrigerator.

Jigarthanda Assembly

Take a glass in which you want to serve Jigarthanda.

Add about 2-3 tbsp of soaked Badam Pisin.

Add about 1 -1 ½ tbsp of Nannari Syrup.

Add 3 tbsp of prepared malai to the glass.

Now add the sweetened milk till it reaches ¾ of the glass.

Give a quick stir with a spoon. Now add a scoop of ice cream, you can use vanilla ice cream or any ice cream of your choice. Serve immediately.

Jil Jil Jigarthanda is ready to be enjoyed.


I have used butter scotch icecream, you can use either homemade or store bought icecream of your choice.

Nannari Syrup/Sharbat  and Badam Pisin are the star ingredients in making Jigarthanda, so do not replace it with any other ingredient.

Badam Pisin is a natural coolant which helps to reduce the body heat.

Nannari is an Ayurvedic herb, it helps in reducing burning sensation, strengthens the immune system or numerous other health benefits.

If you prefer you can add some chopped nuts.

Badam Pisin is available in all ayurvedic stores.

Do not underestimate the size of badam pisin, just 2 or 3 pieces will make one fully glass of jelly.

Meanwhile do check out other interesting, tempting, refreshing and lip smacking Smoothies/Ice-creams/Milkshakes/Juices here.

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  1. I have been really tempted to try this drink, looks so refreshing but have no clue where I can find badam pisin... should check out...


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