Indian Java Plums /Jamun , the black berry-like fruit is an incredible coolant for the body, a digestive and also a natural medicine to control diabetes. Kala namak is a mineral salt which helps replenish what you lose sweating it out and also improves eyesight, so they say.

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If you are from India or have lived there, you know that street food is a big part of every Indian’s life …One thing that we all love during the hot and humid summer months in India is “Kala Khatta”– black and tart, made with the concentrated juice of the Java Plum …

Kala khatta or Java Plum juice is popular tangy flavored cooler made from jamun/ Java plum and is available in drink and syrup form.

It is a drink which is available in summer on the roadside. The syrup is made with Jamun, black salt, lemon juice and sugar.

Preparation Time: 20 Minutes
Servings: 4

2 Cup Java Plum/ Jamun
Juice of a lemon
1 tsp Black Salt /Kala Namak
Freshly ground Black Pepper Powder ( as per taste )
1tsp Roasted Cumin Powder ( optional )
Salt as per taste
2 tsp raw honey ( optional )

Method :
Wash and remove the seeds from all the jamuns
Using a blender blend the seedless and chopped jamun to a puree .
Strain the mixture by sifting it through a sieve.
Add lemon juice, honey , black salt , roasted cumin and stir well.
Adjust seasoning .
Serve chilled over ice-cubes adding some sparkling soda or chilled water …

Lets look at some benefits of Java Plums / Jambul / Jamun .

The jamun fruit and  leaves are good for diabetes patient. The black plum has anti-diabetic features. Jamun helps to convert starch into energy and keep your blood sugar levels in check. In the summer season, the sugar patient should eat jamun regularly because of its low glycemic index. Jamun reduces the symptoms of diabetes like frequent urination and thrusting. The extract of bark, seeds, and leaves are too beneficial in the treatment of diabetes. In a recent study in CDRI, Lucknow, India, it has been found that the dried alcoholic extract of the seeds are good to reduce the level of blood sugar. The decoction of the bark and powdered seed is good in the treatment of diabetes. The extract of the bark, seeds and leaves are good in decreased of sugar in urine (glycouria). Jamum and jamun seeds are hypoglycemic effects. Jamun seeds powder contains jamboline, a type of glucose, which helps to control the conversion of starch into sugar.

All, the fruit, seeds and juice can be used for the treatment of diabetes.
It has substantial influence on the pancreas.
The jamboline content present in the seeds check the conversion of starch into sugar (in case of increased production of glucose).
The inner bark of Java Plum tree is also considered beneficial in diabetes treatment.
The bark is dried and burnt to a white ash. This ash is ground, strained and bottled. 2 grams of this ash should be taken on empty stomach in morning and 2 grams in the evening after meals.
For excessive urination in diabetes, seeds of Java Plum fruit can be used. 1 gram powder each in the morning and evening is effective in controlling the condition.

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I am not a nutritionist or dietician. My knowledge and information is based on my research and reading from different resources. Please consult your doctor or dietician before making any changes to your diet.



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  1. Wooooooow Incredible & so Refreshing we dont get here in Kuwait i m Envy with u now darling Shailja ❤

      1. That too great darling shailja we don’t get that also hope I get some in Goa 🙂

  2. what a whale of helpful info about jamuns. indeed a revelation to me. I shall carefully look for this fruit in the freezer section next time and try this recipe. Thank you Shailja.

  3. I have a friend who has diabetes. Will have to tell her about this. Looks like you can get these frozen from an Indian store? I love the color!

    1. Angie , Indian stores carry them in freezer section and this really is a wonder fruit for people with diabetes.. Your friend can even look for jamun juice in the Indian store …

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