Jeera Water/Cumin Water: Health Benefits + Recipe

Whenever we visit Kerala, we have been served this jeera water (cumin water). When I was younger, the yellow color of the jeera water used to amuse me. I have never given much thought about this jeera water till now. But now that, I am collecting and researching home remedies, I amazed at the plenty of benefits of drinking jeera water.

Drinking jeera water regularly, balances the three doshas – vata, pita and kapha. Jeera water also helps in digestion. Since our country is hot most of the year, drinking jeera water cools the body. Cumin seeds are rich in iron and drinking this water helps women who are anemic.

This jeera water recipe is prepared by boiling water in a pan. When it comes to full boil, jeera seeds are added and boiled for 10 minutes until the color of the water changes to yellow. Let it cool and your healthy jeera drink is ready. Keep drinking this water thought the day, to keep yourself healthy and hydrated.

How To Make Jeera Water?

1. Boil water in a wide pan. Let the water come to a rolling boil.

2. Add the cumin seeds into the water. Let it boil for 5 to 10 minutes until the color of the water changes to yellow color.

3. Remove from fire. Strain. Cool and your jeera water is ready.


  • Boil till the color of the water changes.
  • Make it fresh every day.


  1. AparnaRajeshkumar
    June 7, 2013 / 8:29 am

    when i was working out in gym they asked me to take this 🙂 to cool the body 🙂 good one

  2. Nagalakshmi V
    June 11, 2013 / 8:16 am

    love the idea behind your site. sowmya referred me here and i love what i see. keep going, and i'll be back for more 🙂

  3. kundan
    January 28, 2015 / 8:52 am

    very good

  4. Anonymous
    June 16, 2015 / 8:46 pm

    Is this safe to consume during pregnancy?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      June 20, 2015 / 3:17 pm

      Jeera water is very safe to consume during pregnancy…

  5. Anonymous
    June 30, 2015 / 3:48 am

    Can one eat the jeera seeds too or should we throw them away?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      July 3, 2015 / 4:36 am

      I usually discard the seeds after boiling..

  6. rishikesh chidhambaranathan
    August 11, 2015 / 7:08 am


  7. Tamil
    December 21, 2015 / 9:14 am

    In our place its a tradition to give 1 tsp jeera+ a pinch of turmeric boiled water reduced to half when the pregnant women starts getting the delivery pain.It settles false pains off saving unwanted trips to hospital.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      December 25, 2015 / 3:11 am

      Thanks a lot for taking your time to share this information…

    • Anonymous
      May 11, 2016 / 11:08 am

      Is this safe to consume daily and how much amount is preferable to daily basis.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      June 6, 2016 / 4:14 pm

      Jeera water is safe to consume, I would suggest a cup of jeera water a day. In Kerala jeera water is consumed almost everyday…

    • Think Freedom
      July 4, 2016 / 6:30 pm

      Is it safe for kids

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      July 15, 2016 / 5:15 am

      Jeera water is very safe for kids…

  8. Santhiya Thiru
    June 20, 2016 / 10:35 am

    Is Jeera water cool or heat to our body?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      July 7, 2016 / 1:38 am

      Jeera water has a cooling effect on the body…

  9. Anonymous
    December 16, 2016 / 12:00 pm

    Hi, can we take it even in winter months. Its too cold here in north India.Thanks

  10. Anonymous
    January 3, 2017 / 10:26 am

    A very interesting site.Just want to know, since jeera water has a cooling effect is it sensible to consume this in the north during winters?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      May 7, 2017 / 3:13 pm

      It has a cooling effect on the body but not to the point that it makes one catch a cold if we consume it during winters. Also during winters we have it warm…

  11. hema
    January 6, 2017 / 3:44 pm

    love jeera water.Can you say what is added to water served in kerala hotels.When it rains ,they serve hot water ,light pink in colour.Thanks in advance.

    • aditi veear
      May 19, 2017 / 6:13 pm

      Hi the name of the herb in Kerala is helps to remove toxins from your body.

  12. sailendra yalamanchili
    February 19, 2017 / 12:27 pm

    Dear Ramya,thank you for sharing your recipes and for providing a lot of useful information for improving ones health. Hope you will continue the good work!

  13. jigar patel
    May 4, 2017 / 5:38 am

    What is the best time for taking jeera water.befor food or after food.

  14. jigar patel
    May 4, 2017 / 5:39 am

    What is the best time for taking jeera water.befor food or after food.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      May 7, 2017 / 3:10 pm

      Though you can take jeera water any time of the day, it is best to take it in between meals….

  15. sarita Jha
    September 19, 2017 / 9:48 pm

    Hi very useful info , wanted to know how useful it is for weight loss? I am taking hot jeeta water with lemon , ginger n honey . Don't know though how effective it is for weight loss. Will appreciate your input . Thanks

  16. Nandkumar Parsekar
    May 7, 2018 / 4:40 pm

    Hi Ramya, I am 54 years old, Please let us know the quantity of Jeera seeds and water for daily use.


    Nandkumar Parsekar

    • Rampriya (Wildturmeric)
      May 7, 2018 / 9:02 pm

      Though jeera is well tolerated by everyone, I would suggest starting with 1/2 tsp of jeera seeds and slowly increasing it to 1 tsp over the weeks….

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