Jeera water | Cumin water

Jeera water, also known as cumin tea or cumin water is a traditional Indian beverage made with one of the most amazing spices, cumin. Try including it in your regular routine and experience the health benefits! Jeera, known as cumin seed in English, is a staple in Indian cuisine. Its decoction, known as jeera water, is widely used for its many properties. Drinking this health-giving water is an easy way of enjoying the benefits of this healing spice. Cumin belongs to the Cuminum cumin plant, part of the Apiaceae family (like parsley and fennel) (Source: Wikipedia).

Jeera water - Cumin water

The plant is a healing herb and the seeds have a strong earthy taste and warm flavor. The flavor is enhanced when the seeds are heated, either roasted or fried. Ancient texts on Ayurveda describe the wonderful effects of this spice on the human body. Jeera works on the digestive system, nervous system, circulatory system, and reproductive system.

The seeds can be used in cooking, whole or powdered & added to many dishes. They are an essential component of many blended spices like garam masala, curry powder, sambar powder, and rasam powder. In Indian cuisine, we also make a lot of dishes exclusively with cumin like Jeera aloo and Jeera rice, as the inclusion of this spice aids digestion.

What is Jeera water?

Jeera water is just water in which cumin seeds have been simmered until all of the flavor and most of the nutrients from the seeds are extracted. Inarguably, it is one of the best warming tea that boosts overall health. The amazing spice, cumin is believed to promote Agni (digestive fire) that helps to burn toxins in the body.

Apart from stimulating appetite & improving digestion, cumin water is believed to provide immense health benefits like detoxifying, improving immunity, promoting weight loss & improving memory. With all these benefits, you should make sure that you incorporate jeera water into your daily routine.

How do you make Jeera Water?

There are different ways to make jeera water and you can select one which you like. The first method is the boiling method & the second one is soaking overnight.

1. Pour water into a non-reactive pot or pan and then add jeera. You can also crush the seeds before adding them to the water, so they release their flavor and volatile oils. You can do this easily by using a rolling pin and a board or using a mortar pestle.

add cumin to a pot of water

2. On medium heat, bring the water to a gentle boil.


3. Cover and simmer for 5 minutes.

cover and simmer

4. Increase the heat slightly and let it come to a boil again. You will see the seeds being swollen up and begin to release the aroma.

simmer cumin in water

5. Turn off the stove and cover it. Remove pan from heat and let cumin water cool somewhat.

rest the decoction

6. It is best to have this warm. You may leave it on the stovetop so it remains warm longer.

cumin tea in a pan, ready to serve

7. Strain out the seeds from the water with a fine strainer or muslin. Strain it into serving cups. If the flavor is too strong for your taste you can also dilute it with more warm water.

straining the decoction

8. Traditionally jeera water is consumed plain & more often at room temperature. This is how I always have it. But if you are trying to incorporate this for weight loss then you may squeeze in some lemon juice. Remember not to add lemon juice to hot jeera water.

squeeze lemon juice

9. Add honey if you prefer, if possible Manuka honey. Both lemon juice and honey are optional.

add honey to strained cumin tea

Serve cumin water warm and fresh, the same day for maximum health benefits.

Jeera water - Cumin water

Overnight Method

Heat 1 cup water in a bowl. Next, add half a teaspoon of cumin seeds and soak them overnight. Use previously boiled or filtered water if your tap water is not safe to drink. Cover and leave overnight. Lastly, strain the water before drinking. If desired, add a little honey to it for taste.

Pro Tips

If you want to experience the benefits of cumin immediately, you can simply mix ½ teaspoon of cumin powder into 200 ml of water and drink it. But if you want to ensure the best results, you should use the seeds in water via one of the above methods, since cumin powder may be adulterated or old, so may not give you the benefits that you are looking for.

You can add certain other foods to jeera water to improve the taste and get even more benefits from this water.

  • When mint or basil is added to the water, it enhances its digestive benefits.
  • Lemon juice added to jeera water helps with weight loss.
  • Honey and cinnamon powder added to cumin water fights respiratory infections.
  • Adding cinnamon powder to jeera water balances blood sugar levels.

While you can have jeera water at any time of the day, you get the best results when you have it in the morning, on an empty stomach. Lastly, if you are having it fresh, drink it at room temperature or when it is still warm.

Recipe card

Jeera water is a traditional Indian drink made with spice, cumin, and water. It has immense benefits and is ideal to use regularly.

For best results follow the step-by-step photos above the recipe card

Ingredients (US cup = 240ml )

Alternative quantities provided in the recipe card are for 1x only, original recipe.

For best results follow my detailed step-by-step photo instructions and tips above the recipe card.

NUTRITION INFO (estimation only)

Nutrition Facts

Jeera water (Cumin water)

Amount Per Serving

Calories 4
Calories from Fat 9

% Daily Value*

Fat 1g2%

Saturated Fat 1g6%

Sodium 17mg1%

Potassium 18mg1%

Carbohydrates 1g0%

Fiber 1g4%

Sugar 1g1%

Protein 1g2%

Vitamin A 13IU0%

Vitamin C 1mg1%

Calcium 18mg2%

Iron 1mg6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.




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