Wednesday, April 1, 2009


Jigarthanda, a unique Madurai cool drink is very nice and healthy to have in summer.
Jigar in Hindi language means heart and Thanda means cold. So we can make out it’s meaning as the cooler of heart. It is a type of falooda (faluda), which gives pleasure. Jigar Thanda means Manam kulir panam (Ullaththaik kuliravaikkum panam) in Tamil.

Many attractive names like jil jil jigarthanda, jum jum jigarthanda can be heard in Madurai.


  • Milk: 600 ml
  • Almond pisin (Badam pisin): 3 tbsp
  • Rose syrub: 2 tbsp (or nannari syrup 60 ml)
  • Ice cream: 1 small size

Method of preparation:

  • Soak badam pisin in water for about eight hours to convert it from gum form into enlarged jelly form.
  • Boil milk in low flame. Continue boiling so as to reduce the quantity to 300 ml (half of 600 ml).
  • Allow for cooling and keep it in refrigerator.
  • Fill half of a glass tumbler with this chilled milk.
  • Add soaked badam pisin, rose / nannari syrup and ice cream.
  • Tasty, healthy and cool Jigarthanda is ready.

Nannari is a natural coolant. It is called sarsaparilla.
Edible alga / algae (Kadal pasi) can also be used instead of badam pisin.

1 comment:

Mike said...

I never prepare this stuff before, I'll put try. That was why I asked hat question in DB forum;