Meyer Lemons Jal Jeera Drink



I am tired now. Exhausted from all the work we did last night.

BUT I am excited that my Southern Indian Heritage Dinner in San Francisco went really well. We had 30 lovely diners who came to try my cooking. I am really thankful to each and everyone of them who reserved a spot for the meal last night. It gives me the confidence to grow as a chef and pop-up dinner host. I shared few pictures in my facebook page and I promise to share more and talk in detail about the dinner in few days.

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“Any time women come together with a collective intention, it’s a powerful thing. Whether it’s sitting down making a quilt, in a kitchen preparing a meal, in a club reading the same book, or around the table playing cards, or planning a birthday party, when women come together with a collective intention, magic happens.”

– Phylicia Rashad

My next meal will be on 07Mar2015 and it is special as we will be coming together to celebrate International Women’s Day. The dinner on 07March is dedicated to all the awesome women in this world. Please come and join my table to appreciate the women in your life.

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I was busy living my dreams last night cooking, plating and serving the meal. I should thank my family for supporting and helping me live this dream of mine.

My husband did it all. He stood by me the entire evening to show his support. He helped me with packing foods in neat boxes to placing them in an ice box  and driving me to the city on time.My husband served and washed the dishes for me so we can head back home before midnight. He didn’t have to do that but he did that so his wife can live her dream.

My kids who let me spend our family time in the kitchen to develop a recipe, cook and photoshoot during the weekends so their mom can live her dream.

My team from Feastly who helped me carry the stuffs to the studio in the 3rd floor, set the table, serve and wash the dishes just to make their team mate can live her dream.

My son was welcomed into my husband’s cousin’s home for a sleep over. He was cared, served food, taken care of so their family member could live her dream.

My nanny who is part of my family now offered to stay back on Saturday night to takecare of my daughter so whom she considers as her daughter can go and live her dream.

I have to tell you this. I have always loved to cook and host meals for friends and family. I have never been so emotional and happy like last night. It was the most amazing feeling ever. It was overwhelming and I was touched by the feedback by each and everyone of the diners who were at the event. Along with their warmth, support and words of encouragement, their empty plates said it all. I felt highly energized.


To honor the woman in his life, my son made a jar of delicious lemonade with the lemons he brought from our cousin’s backyard. And that women is me. Atleast that’s what I would like to believe 🙂

I got the privilege to taste it first. He made it all by himself except cutting the lemons (ofcourse!).

As always we did a photoshoot to share with you all the lovely women who visit our blog. Please see all of his recipes here.

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Meyer Lemons Jal Jeera Drink

(Lemonade with a twist)


  • Juice of 6 Meyer lemons
  • 500 ml cold water plus ice
  • 1/3 cup agave nectar or (make sugar syrup by boiling 1/3 cup sugar in 1/2 cup water, use as needed)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon black salt


  1. Place water in a jug or any container..
  2. Extract the juice of the lemons. Add it to the water.
  3. Throw in cumin powder, black salt and agave nectar or sugar syrup.
  4. Stir well to combine.
  5. Add more water if needed.
  6. Fill a glass with ice and pour the jaal jeera drink and serve cold


  1. You replace water with Sprite or 7-up
  2. Add muddled mint leaves for added flavor

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