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Jigarthanda - Jigar+Thanda literally means cooling the heart. This is very very popular summer drink in South India especially in Madurai, a town in Tamil Nadu state.  It is said that this drink was introduced to Madurai by Mohemmedan rulers.  The Beverage is usually sold as 'Jil Jil Jigarthanda' which means 'Cool' for word Jil and  'Jigar' and 'Thanda' means 'Heart' and  ' cold' in Hindi.  As the name implies this cools your body and heart during summer.    This is a rich drink.  It has the following ingredients.


Cold Milk
Ice cream made of Malai - this is very very tasty which is prepared specially for this drink.
Syrup - Nannari(authentically) but you can always substitute with rose syrup too.
Cream - Reduced milk (with Malai- thickened milk/condensed)
Agar agar( china grass is used authentically), but these are substituted with Badam pisin in all shops.

You can see lots and lots of stalls and handcarts outside the temple which sell this beverage.  Before treating yourself with this drink look for clean and good stall. There are few places which are quite famous.  We will never miss this treat whenever we go to my  native. 


This quantity is for 2 glasses.  The malai icecream used for this drink is home made, you can always subsitute with store bought Vanilla ice cream or Kulfi .


Cold Milk - 1 1/2cup
Nannari or Rose syrup - add them according to your taste.
Sugar - as needed for mixing the milk
Badam Pisin(edible gum) - 6 tbsp (see the note)
Ice cream - 1 scoop (Home made or store bought Vanilla icecream or Kulfi)
Milk - 4 cups
Vanilla essence - 1/4 tsp

Condensed milk - 1 tbsp
Cardamom powder - 1 pinch
Sugar - 1 tbsp for reducing the milk


Method :

The below  things has to be done ahead of time.

1. Boil 4 cups of milk by adding a tbsp of sugar.  Let it reduce to 1 cup.  You will get thick and light pinkish malai.
2. Reserve 1/4 cup for mixing with Milk.  For another 3/4 cup add the cardamom,Condensed milk and vanilla.  Now freeze them in the freezer.  Just remove them 10 minutes before serving , so it would be easy for scooping.

Mixing :

1. Take 2 glasses, add 3 tbsp of badam pisin in each glass.
2. Add the syrup and sugar if needed, add the 3/4 cup of cold milk give it a nice stir.
3. Now add 2 tbsp of Condensed milk(reduced milk) that is malai to each glass and now scoop the icecream in each glass give it a small stir.

Serve and Enjoy the treat :)

Note :

For Badam Pisin

1. Soak the Badam pisin a day before you are preparing the drink/dessert. At least for 8 hrs.  While soaking just put them in enough water.  You will see the magic next day.
2. The next day clean to see if there is any bark in it. You can just remove them using your fingers or spoon.  Drain and keep it aside for 5 to 10 minutes. Then refrigerate until you use it.

All the mixing has to be done only before serving. 
If your using Nannari syrup , sugar is not needed.  But if you are using Rose syrup you will need it.  Again it depends how sweet the syrup is.  So use accordingly.

aipi  – (August 4, 2011 at 7:46 AM)  

Love the name n the drink looks n sounds really exotic! I love rose based drinks vry much n have bookmarked it to try :)
US Masala

Rekha shoban  – (August 4, 2011 at 7:55 AM)  

pavi,mindblowing pics.....i never gone to madurai, but after coming to singapore...i tried this drink in murugan idly...really i love it...mouthwatering drink :-)

Raks  – (August 4, 2011 at 7:55 AM)  

I almost can smell those roses :) Nice drink,never tried this famous drink though. Sounds really yumm! lovely clicks!

Nandita SS  – (August 4, 2011 at 7:57 AM)  

WOW!!! The mere sight of this drink cools your heart. I can imagine how it would be when you actually drink it. Great recipe and great photography as always pavithra :)

chef and her kitchen  – (August 4, 2011 at 8:06 AM)  

excellent clicks pavitra..nice n refreshing drink...:)

Reva  – (August 4, 2011 at 8:40 AM)  

What a wonderful recipe.. I love this drink:) Very very well presented:) U have a very nice sense of colour... Good job dear:)

Shanthi Krishnakumar  – (August 4, 2011 at 8:40 AM)  

Exotic and refreshing drink. Clicks are awesome. Luv the baby pink colour always

Rinku Naveen  – (August 4, 2011 at 8:43 AM)  

Excellent! Loved browsing thru the post. So cooling and refreshing to see that drink. Loved the rose snap a lot..

Lifewithspices  – (August 4, 2011 at 8:43 AM)  

i love this so much in chennai murugan idli serves jikardhanda round the year n love it.. i shd try this at home soon.. bookmarked!!

KrithisKitchen  – (August 4, 2011 at 8:51 AM)  

Superb color combo.. DH loves jigarthanda but I havent tasted it..

Reshmi  – (August 4, 2011 at 9:24 AM)  

wht a colorcomboo..itz beautiful...

Rachana  – (August 4, 2011 at 9:29 AM)  

Wow!! The photos are stunning as usual... A very refreshing drink!

Nithya  – (August 4, 2011 at 9:42 AM)  

Looks very delicious :) I have never had this drink since dad refuses to get my things from roadside stalls :( Will try to make it at home and relish :)

Priya Sreeram  – (August 4, 2011 at 9:49 AM)  

super wow ! if looks could kill-----

Unknown  – (August 4, 2011 at 10:12 AM)  

I havent tasted jigarthanda but have been craving for it since the day I saw it for the first time in the film kadhal...:) ur slook so flavourful n yummmmyyy...tempting to the core :)

Saraswathi Iyer  – (August 4, 2011 at 10:34 AM)  

My hubby's fav at Murugan Idli. Looks refreshing and nice clicks as always.

Ushnish Ghosh  – (August 4, 2011 at 10:35 AM)  

Dear Pavithra
How are you? I have heard about this drink..but never knew it is this tough to make !!! I need to find out what is badam pisin called technically..I have agar agar and gelatin but wont be able to use it without knowing the measures!
Anyway very nice recipe and awesome photos as usual.
have a nice day

Jeyashris Kitchen  – (August 4, 2011 at 11:07 AM)  

Wow superb Pavo. Miss Madurai a lot. Stunning clicks

Prathima Rao  – (August 4, 2011 at 11:24 AM)  

A refreshing & attractive drink!! Cant take my eyes off these marvelous cliks!!!
Prathima Rao
Prats Corner

Saraswathy Balakrishnan  – (August 4, 2011 at 11:35 AM)  

Wht a lovely refreshing drink Pavi..will give a try:)

Umm Mymoonah  – (August 4, 2011 at 11:36 AM)  

I have never seen such an elegant jigardanda, looks gorgeous.

Vimitha Durai  – (August 4, 2011 at 12:14 PM)  

Gorgeous clicks as usual.. Perfect chiller recipe.

Anu  – (August 4, 2011 at 12:15 PM)  

Refreshing drink.. Nice pink color and gorgeous pictures...

Radhika @ foodfor7stages  – (August 4, 2011 at 12:26 PM)  

I fell in love with it when I drank it first time. It was only few days ago I was telling about this drink to V. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

Vidhya  – (August 4, 2011 at 12:30 PM)  

ya I remember this jigirthanda. I had it when i was in Chennai at Madurai Idly Kadai :) Looks yummy

Hamaree Rasoi  – (August 4, 2011 at 12:55 PM)  

Lovely looking jigarthandai. Color is excellent.

Hamaree Rasoi

Torviewtoronto  – (August 4, 2011 at 1:02 PM)  

delicious looking beautiful drink looks wonderful

Unknown  – (August 4, 2011 at 1:36 PM)  

I have heard about it, but never had it, looks so tempting :)

Reshmi Mahesh  – (August 4, 2011 at 2:15 PM)  

Refreshing drink and awesome clicks..

Unknown  – (August 4, 2011 at 3:27 PM)  

Lovely looking Jigarthandai...sounds somewhat like falooda except seeds and noodles...

Chitra  – (August 4, 2011 at 5:55 PM)  

have heared a lot about this drink...but ur post is too good ...very tempting...well presented...lovely clicks..

Anu Nandu  – (August 4, 2011 at 6:52 PM)  

Pavi - Enakku indha jil Jil Jigarathanda saaptite Jilendru Oru Kaadhal movie paakanum pola irukku. I'm so glad you went to India so we get to see this post. Awesome. Miss this much - I've had this a couple of times in Chennai and can vouch for the richness!

Smita Srivastava  – (August 4, 2011 at 10:56 PM)  

Pavitra I'm really admiring ur magical photographs .......... Wonderful post with lovely pics n great recipe !!!

Rama  – (August 4, 2011 at 11:21 PM)  

Wow Amazing to see the Madurai special drink. All the pictures are mind blowing as usual. The rose picture with wordings looks like a poem on a poster. Its an interesting picture and showcases the creators sense of photography. Keep it going.

priya  – (August 5, 2011 at 2:49 AM)  

wow...everythg looks soo amazing and lovely...just love ur pic so much, dear

Sushma  – (August 5, 2011 at 6:16 AM)  

Perfect clicks, drinks..yummy..

Zareena  – (August 5, 2011 at 9:52 AM)  

Hey Pavi, I saw this in Kairali malayalam channel, a programme called "flavours of India". At that time they showed the whole process of how it is made and so. Really after seeing the clicks I feel jigarthanda..:)

kankana  – (August 5, 2011 at 7:14 PM)  

LOVE LOVE LOVE The presentation .. such a pretty looking drink!!!

La @ Food Slice  – (August 5, 2011 at 10:26 PM)  

Hello Pavithra, this is my first time visiting your blog and love your collection of recipes.. bookmarked a few for trying out myself. And following you too. Also, i think yours are the best photographs i have seen in any food blog! and by far.. Can you share some photography tips too?

Padmajha  – (August 6, 2011 at 6:28 AM)  

I love this one Pavithra. Your past few posts are reminding me of all the yummy stuffs I am missing.. Great pics as usual :)

Vijitha  – (August 6, 2011 at 3:20 PM)  

Jigardanda takes me to my summer breaks in Madurai and visiting Theni, Kumabakarai and Kodai. Pass me a glass Pavi. I am craving for one right now.

Sobha Shyam  – (August 6, 2011 at 10:24 PM)  

Wow, excellent pics n such a refreshing drink, jus love the color, great drink to beat the heat..thanx for stopping at my space, glad to follow u :)

Barbara Bakes  – (August 6, 2011 at 11:50 PM)  

Such pretty pictures - the roses are beautiful. I'd love to try this drink. It sounds wonderful.

Unknown  – (August 7, 2011 at 12:59 PM)  

Pretty Pink pictures,pavi...Luv the drink as ever..

Plateful  – (August 8, 2011 at 5:55 AM)  

Love floral flavored drinks and this looks and sounds too cool. Bookmarked!

Sensible Vegetarian  – (August 8, 2011 at 1:02 PM)  

I love Jigarthanda and this looks so delicious and much better than the store made ones. Lovely clicks, can't find words to describe.

schmetterlingwords  – (August 8, 2011 at 2:58 PM)  

Hi Pavithra, thank you so much for visiting my space and for your lovely comments. When I followed the link back, wow... an amazing blog did I discover!! Your pictures look stunningly good and was a visual treat just to browse through. I also found many authentic foods, again presented in an elegant way. I think, I could gain lot of inspiration from your pictures. Happy to be your follower. Have a nice day :)

Magic of Spice  – (August 8, 2011 at 9:27 PM)  

Such a pretty post! This looks refreshing and delightful :)

Nimi SunilKumar  – (August 9, 2011 at 7:16 AM)  

Ur post is really pink pretty!Lovely clicks dear!

Archana  – (August 10, 2011 at 11:35 AM)  

Love the exotic sounding name and drink. Bookmarked. Love the pictures.

amina yousuf  – (August 14, 2011 at 6:05 PM)  

Lovely drink and is definitely a class apart from the rest.A small request though-It would be great if u cud change it from 'Mohammadan' to 'Muslim' rulers :) Take care,best!

preethi –   – (September 28, 2011 at 1:27 PM)  

ive tried many times soaking the badam pisin in water...but each time,i see it gets dissolved in water..whats the mistake ive done ..could u plz correct me.

Jen  – (October 23, 2011 at 11:33 AM)  

This looks great! Love the color. You should submit this for my Power of Pink Challenge

Unknown  – (April 19, 2013 at 8:58 AM)  

Hi I'm a non blogger. Jigarthanda is so lovely.. I wanna try it. can I get badam pisin in indian stores? does it has any other name?

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