Healthy Recipe: Balinese “Jama Juice”

Recipe by Leandra Rouse | Photography by Sam Emmons

Food serves many purposes in our lives – nourishment, celebration and healing. And as a home cook, it’s important to know the recipes for each of these sections. Today’s recipe for Indonesian dress juice. A delicious anti-inflammatory drink that can be easily made at home and support your overall well-being.

This recipe uses the power of fresh turmeric roots. This ingredient is easily found in warmer climates such as Bali, India, Hawaii and Mexico. However, most health-centric grocery stores around the United States can also be purchased. Turmeric root has long been recognized for its medicinal properties. It is well known for benefits such as arthritis, anxiety and metabolic syndrome where inflammation and oxidative stress may play a role. And also a fantastic diet based approach for soothing pain muscles and other exercise-related pain.

Jamu is the word for traditional Indonesian herbal and herbal medicine, and “jama juice” has become a popular drink throughout Indonesia due to its bright aroma, vibrant color and health benefits. Due to its popularity in Southeast Asia (and with healthy food bloggers), we wanted to bring a version of this recipe to your home.

Using a high speed blender and a fine mesh strainer works to hold a juicer. This recipe emulsifies fresh turmeric and ginger root with fresh cracked black pepper to help absorb turmeric. Curcumin (an antioxidant found in turmeric) is cooked over medium heat to release active compounds and make nutrients more organically available to the body. After boiling the fresh juice, you will add a little fresh lemon or lime juice and honey for dessert. Serve sifted. This recipe is for concentrating a juice, and if the smell is too strong for someone, it can be topped with water. It can be enjoyed chilled on ice on a hot day, or warmed and sipped like tea in the evening. It can be stored in the fridge for up to a week. Or freeze in ice cubes to add strong to the smoothie. However you like it, the body will benefit from concentrated doses of plant medicines.


1 cup fresh turmeric root (better to peel)

Half a cup of fresh ginger root (better to peel)

8 teaspoons fresh black pepper

2 cups of coconut water

2 cups of water

2 tablespoons of fresh lime juice

2 tablespoons of honey


In a high speed blender add turmeric, ginger, black pepper, coconut water and water. Mix high for a few minutes until the roots are completely emulsified. Pour the mixture into a saucepan and simmer for 20 minutes. Add lime juice and honey and stir to combine.

Keep the sauce pan aside from the heat so that it cools briefly. Then using a heat safe jug and a fine mesh strainer, carefully pour the hot dressing juice from the pan into the jug. Set on the counter until room temperature and then refrigerate.

When you are ready to drink it, it can be served cold or hot. A small amount can be added to the water and sipped throughout the day. Feel this juice concentrate and mix it with water as required.

6 serves.

Nutrition information (per serving):

Calories 40 calories

0 grams of protein

Total fat 0 g

0 grams of saturated fat

Cholesterol 0 mg

11 grams of carbohydrates

0 grams of fiber

9 grams of total sugar

6 grams of added sugar

Sodium 40 mg

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