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Jamu is a traditional herbal drink from Indonesia and most known in Bali.  I have never been to either but had heard of the medicinal properties, researched the drink and recipes, and came up with something that I love to drink.  It is made up of turmeric and ginger, sweetened with a bit o’ honey, and soured up with tamarind paste and lime juice.  It’s hard to give accurate measurements of fresh turmeric & ginger so you will need to get a kitchen scale to weigh it out.

The anti-inflammatory benefits of turmeric (the anti-oxidant called curcumin) are more available for absorption to your body if you 1) heat it up 2) combine it with quercitin rich foods (not applicable here (onions, peppers, capers), 3) add a little fat (coconut oil/milk, butter, olive oil, cream, etc..) or 4) add some black pepper.  Jamu is not traditionally made with these ingredients but you can up your chances of getting the benefits if you add a little fat or black pepper.  Jamu not only tastes good but delivers a powerful punch of health benefits: rejuvenates and repairs liver cells (turmeric), anti-cancer (ginger), aids digestion (tamarind), blood purification (turmeric, ginger, and tamarind).

  • Author: beckie
  • Prep Time: 5 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 Minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6 Cups
  • Category: Drinks
  • Method: Stovetop / Blender
  • Cuisine: Indonesian


  • 1.5 oz fresh turmeric
  • 1.5 oz fresh ginger
  • 6 cups water
  • 3 Tbsp honey
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp Tamarind paste


  • Slice rinsed ginger and turmeric (leave skin on).  Add water, ginger, and turmeric to a large stockpot.  Bring to a boil (covered), reduce heat and simmer for ~ 25 minutes.  Transfer to a blender and add honey, lime, and tamarind paste (may need to do in batches if necessary).  Blend it!
  • Strain it!  Drink hot or cold.  Keeps in the refrigerator 5-6 days.  Careful, turmeric stains everything so wear an apron, clean counters, blenders, and pots/pans/containers immediately.  FYI, It will probably stain your blender.  Happy & healthy drinking!  Beckie


  • To spicy for your liking?  Cool, reduce the amount of ginger.
  • Tamarind darkens the color of this drink.  If you want a beautiful & clear yellow/orange, then skip the tamarind paste and just use lime.
  • Don’t have or can’t find tamarind paste?  Skip it, use a little extra lime juice instead.
  • Don’t have lime, but have lemon on hand?  Cool, substitute the citrus for what you got.

Things In My Kitchen:

  • Fine Mesh Strainers – for straining the pulp.
  • Tamarind Paste – Can be found in most Asian Stores and usually at Whole Foods.
  • Blender – I love a Vitamix but it can be costly.  This is my favorite more affordable blender.
  • Kitchen Scale – For accurate measurements of awkward and/or “non-standard” ingredients such as fresh ginger and turmeric.

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Keywords: Jamu, Ayurvedic, Bali, Indonesia, Health Drink, Anti-Inflammatory, Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Keto, Low Carb, Whole 30, Paleo

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