INDONESIAN JAMU ONE RECIPE
Published: September 25, 2016
Jamu is a traditional Indonesian tonic taken as medicine for all kinds of ailments. Every family and every village have their own recipe here is one we discovered that we would like to share with you. Make your own refreshing turmeric Jamu to rev up your digestion and immunity this Spring.
Jamu has a history that goes back hundreds of years in Indonesia. There are many different recipes for various medical issues, and these recipes were handed down orally by generations of village healers. Jamu remedies include herbs, bark, roots and fruits.
To make an all purpose Jamu to wake up your digestive system after a long (and in many places, severe) winter, try juicing the following:
Add this to some fresh coconut water (please do use an actual coconut, rather than the packaged stuff, which is not remotely the same). The ratios will be determined by personal taste. It does taste strong, and is not meant to be chugged down like a juice or smoothie. Make a small amount and refrigerate it. Enjoy a bit in the morning to wake up and tone your system, and after meals as a digestive. It will be bright orange from the turmeric.
Turmeric has powerful anti-inflammatory properties, and fresh turmeric juice is preferable to dried turmeric powder. Even a casual round of online research will reveal the health benefits of turmeric. If you can’t find it at your local market, you can ask your grocer to order some, or it can be easier to find the root at Asian markets.
If this drink is just too strong tasting, you can add some raw honey to it until you adjust to the flavor.
Here’s another recipe for jamu, a healing Indonesian turmeric tonic. This is perfect for using up veggies and herbs in your late summer garden.
The health benefits of turmeric juice are many, it really is a superfood, even if it looks like an orange mummy finger. If you’ve not tried it already, here is another jamu recipe that will also give you a solid helping of greens. Feel free to substitute other greens or herbs.
It’s been unseasonably hot where I live and this has caused my more fragile lettuce crops to wilt a bit, and my cilantro has bolted. I can’t use them the way I normally would, but still don’t want them to go to waste. This jamu recipe is a great way to use herbs and green crops from your garden that are bolting rather than sending them to compost.
Cilantro provides many phytonutrients, as well as a nice dose of chlorophyll. Lettuce produces a milky liquid which brings about relaxation. Many people don’t think about juicing herbs or lettuce, but both work really well in green juices.
Green jamu recipe
- One apple
- One lemon
- One cucumber
- Head of lettuce
- Cilantro, with stems
- Mustard greens
- Two inches of fresh turmeric root, or to taste
- Two inches young ginger root
Run all of these through your juicer and either chill or enjoy right away. Even though juice tastes better cold, it starts to lose nutrition as soon as you make it. If you do put it in the fridge, make sure you shake it well before drinking it.
This recipe makes one serving. You can omit or substitute different greens and herbs, as well as use a lime instead of a lemon. I prefer young ginger root, but if you can’t find it, mature (brown) fresh ginger will work well.