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Jigarthanda – Simple Cold Drink

Jigarthanda is a popular cold beverage in Madurai, Tamilnadu. I had this drink in Chennai at Murugan Idli Shop and I just loved it. I watched them made it step by step but was not sure what was in the bottom of the drink which was delicious. And then she said it is badam pisin (almond tree gum) which is available in herbal medicine shop (Naatu marundhu kadai) or in some grocery shops. It is good for health. I bought it and tried it at home and it came out so good. Hope you all enjoy this drink.


  • Badam pisin (Almond tree gum) – 1/4 cup
  • Vanilla ice cream – 2 scoops
  • Whole Milk – 3 cups
  • Sugar – 1/3 cup (adjust to taste)
  • Nannari syrup – 2 tbsp
  • Rose essence – 4 tsp
  • Slivered pistachios for garnishing
Method of Preparation:
  1. Soak badam pisin in double the amount of water over night. It will be doubled and will be like jelly.
  2. Boil milk in a sauce pan over medium heat and simmer the heat.
  3. Allow milk to thicken and become half the quantity. Add sugar and let it become a thick liquid.
  4. In a serving cup, add half of the badam pisin or how much ever you want. Add 2 tbsp of milk.
  5. Add a big scoop of vanilla ice cream on top and add a tbsp of nannari syrup and rose essence on top.
  6. Garnish with pistachios.


  1. looks gorgeous!!

  2. Nice recipe of classic drink

    • good recipe good for health 9962479901

  3. The drink is refreshing! I must try this some day!

  4. Drink looks very refreshing and yummy….Would have loved to try this if i get those ingredients:)

  5. I so want to have this right away. you know sometimes how cravings strike…looks so good.

  6. Makes me nostalgic,incredible drink.

  7. We visit Madurai very often and this is a regular in our list during the visit.

  8. Very Nice,

    PS : I am reminded of the comedy from Tamil movie aadhavan. If you do not know it, just ignore the comment..

  9. What a lovely drink! Great clicks!

  10. NIce blend of flavors……..very nice use of edible gum.

  11. I’ve never had this drink even though I lived in Chennai for 4 years… this looks very refreshing and filling..

  12. Thanks for all ur wonderful comments.
    @ Viswa – oh yeah… I have seen the comedy from that movie. Good one.

  13. lovely and refreshing drink.

  14. yummy drink with good presentation

  15. This looks so absolutely yummy! Could you also please tell me what is nannari syrup? Thanks a bunch!

    • Thanks Amanda. Nannari is a trailing vine. Nannari is the name of this vine in tamil language. It is called Smilax regelii (common name: Sarsaparilla; Botanical name: Hemidesmus indicus). Check Wikipedia for more information. Roots of Nannari is used for making Nannari Syrup which has medicinal properties. The root is available widely in Indian Ayurvedic stores and the concentrate is also available in grocery stores or super markets. If you are in the U.S., you can check with your local Indian groceries or any health food stores or Wold Market. I hope this information is helpful.

      • hi i’m a big fan of ur site and followed so many recipes most hit is ur fish puttu ..can u pl tell were we can get badam pisin in usa or its english name …

      • Hi Prabha, Thanks for your comments. I brought badam pisin from India. So I am not sure where we get it here and what exactly they call it. All I know is it is an edible gum from almond tree.

  16. hi, Nithu thanks for the info…. just wanted to know frm where u bought badam pissin and also like to know frm where i will get Nannari
    i m basically Mumbai based
    thank u inadvance

    • Hi Mahesh, I bought both badam pisin and nannari from a local herbal medicine shop (known as nattu marundhu kadai in tamil) in chennai. I am not sure where it is available in Mumbai.

  17. If you are in Chennai/bangalore you can use the following link to buy badam pisin –