jigarthanda recipe
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jigarthanda recipe

jigarthanda is a cooling drink having its origins in madurai city in tamil nadu, india. this is an easy method to prepare jigarthanda drink.
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: beverages & drinks
Cuisine: south indian, tamil nadu
Servings: 2
Author: Dassana Amit


for soaking badam pisin or katira gond

  • 2 teaspoons badam pisin (katira gond or almond gum)
  • 2 cups water

for jigarthanda drink (2 glasses)

  • 2 cups milk
  • 4 tablespoons condensed milk or add as required
  • 4 teaspoons nannari syrup or rose syrup
  • 2 scoops vanilla ice cream or any ice cream


preparation to make jigarthanda drink

  • first rinse and then take 2 teaspoons badam pisin (katira gond or almond gum) in a large bowl.
  • add 2 cups water.
  • cover and let the badam pisin soak in water overnight or for 8 to 9 hours.
  • the next day you will see the badam pisin increases in volume, blooms and become jelly like. strain the extra water from the soaked badam pisin in a strainer and keep aside. you can also refrigerate the soaked badam pisin.

making jigarthanda drink

  • now in another bowl or a small pan, take 4 tablespoons condensed milk.
  • add 2 cups chilled milk. with a spoon or wired whisk mix very well. keep aside or keep in the fridge.
  • in a glass add 2 to 3 tablespoons of soaked almond gum or badam pisin.
  • add 2 to 3 teaspoons of nannari syrup.
  • then add 1 cup of the condensed milk and milk mixture.
  • add 1 scoop of vanilla ice cream or dry fruits or pista ice cream or glazed cherries.
  • drizzle some nannari syup from the top. you can also add some dry fruits or tutti frutti.
  • serve jigarthanda drink immediately.


  • recipe is only for 2 servings. you can easily increase the proportions.
  • you can add less or more of the ingredients as per your choice.
  • instead of nannari syrup, you can use rose syrup or rooh afza.
  • instead of condensed milk, you can use basundi or rabri. 
  • for a dairy free version, use almond milk, sugar and a vegan ice cream. 
  • after soaking, if it becomes too tightened up then you can add some more water.