If you have lived in Bali or
at large, traditional fresh herbs and spices will most likely be a staple in
your daily life. Indonesian herbs and spices are used in many ways, from
cooking to remedies. Jamu is an Indonesian traditional remedy drink. It is made
by mixing combinations of herbs, usually boiled with water and reduced to
create a flavorful drink with many health benefits. Indonesia
In the old days, jamu was sold by middle aged ladies carrying a basket on their backs with at least 8 types of concoctions in glass bottles. These ladies were called Ibu Jamu Gendong which literally means the lady that carries jamu on her back. These ladies would walk from morning to late afternoon offering their drinks to construction workers on the street and mothers at home.
The most well known type of Jamu is Jamu Kunyit or Turmeric. Turmeric is one of the most healing herbs that prevents many different forms of cancer and is great for bones as it has anti-inflammatory properties. In
Bali, it is a
prominent spice used for Balinese style mother sauce called Base Genep or Bumbu
Jamu Kunyit is popular because it is believed to act as a liver and kidney cleanser and it is great for vitality. Jamu is a versatile drink that can be enjoyed as a hot or cold drink. Warung Damar has put a twist on Jamu traditional recipe, creating a healthy and refreshing drink that you can enjoy on hot days.
Here's what you'll need to get started:
Jamu Kunyit Syrup
- 500 gr Fresh Turmeric
- 300 gr Lesser Galangal, a smaller size galangal
- 1,5 ltr Water
- 500 gr Cane Sugar
- Clean and peel the turmeric and galangal, blend with 500 ml of water
- Transfer to a clean pot and add the remaining water and cane sugar. Boil for 30 minutes. Set aside to cool
- Keep the syrup in a clean container to be used as the base of the drink.
Es Jamu or Iced Jamu
- Tall glass with ice cubes
- 45 ml Jamu Kunyit Syrup
- 30 ml Lime Juice, fresh or your preferred brand
- Top with soda water
- Garnish with lime wedges
Stir and enjoy!