Jaljeera is very popular in northern India because it is thought to have cooling properties, against the temperature of the region. It is generally served with appetizers before a meal, but it is also drunk between meals. Some versions do not involve any added sugar. In Hindi, “Jal” means water and “Jeera” means cumin. The cumin is a medicinal ingredient which aids digestion. The mint has a cooling effect. Black salt or rock salt acts as a digestive. The beverage form is essentially lemonade and Jaljeera powder, and is a popular summer drink in India. It is sometimes served as an appetizer, as it is intended to “startle” the taste buds.