Introduction: Jil Jil Jigarthanda - Madurai, South Indian Special

Jigarthanda is a cool, refreshing beverage that originated in Madurai, a city in the south of India. Sold by street-side carts all over the city, this drink is a popular and perfect refresher on a hot summer's day. Jigarthanda is a very popular drink in Madurai, Tamil Nadu. Jigar means ‘Heart’, Thanda means ‘Cold’ so the special drink is considered soothing to heart. First time I tried jigarthanda in home and its awesome. So I thought to share the recipe to all.


The main ingredients of jigarthanda recipe are reduced milk, ice cream and two natural coolants i.e, badam pisin and syrup.

Ingredients used here:

  • Milk – 1 litre
  • Rose syrup
  • Badam pisin crystals
  • Sugar
  • Chocolate chips
  • Ice cream


  • Can use any syrup as you like
  • Can also use Nuts, palkova and Milkmaid.
  • You cannot find badam pisin at your local market substitute it with china grass or agar agar.

Step 2: Badam Pisin

  • Add 2 to 3 Badam pisin stones in a bowl rinse it in water then add water and keep covered undisturbed overnight.
  • It will increase in volume, if you see any brown spots then remove it carefully and use the rest.
  • You add more water as it grows in volume.
  • Usual method to prepare badam pisin mixture takes minimum of 8 hours.

Boil Milk:

  • Meanwhile, boil 1 litre of milk in a pan for 10-15 minutes in low flame.
  • Add sugar to it. Keep stirring it. Allow it to cool.
  • Transfer it in a container and refrigerate it.


  • Take a glass, add 3 to 4 tbsp of badam pisin mixture to it
  • Now add 3 tsp of Rose syrup.
  • Add reduced milk to 3/4th of the glass.
  • Again add some rose syrup and badam pisin and give it a gentle stir.
  • Finally top it with a scoop of ice cream.
  • Add some chocolate chips.

Home made super jil jil jigarthanda is ready.

Serve immediately and Enjoy.

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