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JIGARTHANDA - A simple yet exotic South Indian Sundae-Learn how to make Madurai Special Jil Jil Jigarthanda - In 2 ways -Step wise recipe

Jigarthanda is a popular Summer street food from Madurai. Believed to have its roots inspired by the Mughal cuisine during their reign in South, it was predominantly consumed during their wedding ceremonies. The principal ingredient being Almond gum/ Badam Pisin (resin from the almond tree) and sweetened reduced milk ( Basundi) was offered to newly weds for its aphrodisiac properties and calming and cooling effects. Occasionally,  Almond gum is replaced by agar-agar or china grass.
Jigarthanda literally means JigarCourageous Heart  and thanda(danda) implies staff or a scepter but in this context is Cool or Cold-hearted and it can easily pass as a sister counterpart to the North Indian Falooda. Apparently, this recipe is also mentioned in Ain-i-Akbari andgives us a probable conclusion that the recipe originated from the Mughals. You can read more hereand here.

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