Tasty drink: Yasmin and fellow worker M. Mustafa showing the ‘jigar danda’ at their stall in Queen Street, George Town.
GEORGE TOWN: A cool drink is much anticipated after long hours of fasting and jigar danda is certainly a welcoming sight for those breaking fast.
The pink-coloured drink is more than the typical bandung of rose syrup and milk.
Restoran A. Dawood worker Yasmin Syed Mohameed Kamarudeen said jigar danda has cooling ingredients to help bring the body heat down.
“It is a good alternative to coconut water and some people prefer it because it is tastier,” she said at her stall at the Ramadan bazaar in Queen Street here yesterday.
A mixture of agar-agar, soaked badam pisin (almond gum) and basil seed in rose syrup and milk, Yasmin said the drink originates from India.
“It is sweet and best served cold,” she said.
Yasmin added that the drink is easy to prepare but the almond gum has to be soaked overnight so that it softens into a jelly-like texture. Jigar danda is sold at RM3 a cup.