Soothing Drink

From last couple of weeks I was feeling sick….., not ill kind of sick  but my tummy was upset. I felt heavy and full all the time even though I did not eat much. Initially I suspected eating gluten at someone’s house and thought to be ok in a day but I wasn’t. My friends  told me to eat ginger . Punjabi families love to eat ginger (raw or pickled in vinegar)  with or after meals but I hate chewing chunks of ginger and prefer to drink in tea. Ginger, I know has long been considered medicinal and I can swear by it for nausea, cold, menstrual cramps or any kind of intestinal distress.  So I tried  drinking tea made with ginger, carom and fennel seeds. Four days went by and there was zero improvement. I decided to either see a doctor or take  effective steps by consulting someone . Therefore, I called my sister in India and discussed with her about my condition. She said that it is a very common problem and can be caused by many different reasons. In my case she felt it could be inactivity and the late night party food that I have been eating since last month.



She suggested an old home remedy, the one which all moms would have made at some point in their life and there may be variations to this. As per her recommendation I had to start my day by eating home made yogurt, drink a glass of soothing concoction at lunch and have regular meal at dinner time. The drink worked so fast that the following morning I was already feeling much better. Instead of eating plain yogurt for breakfast I made myself spinach yogurt smoothie and then followed the previous day eating pattern. I followed the regimen for three days, eating food when I felt hungry. And  now since thursday  I have no complaints and feel great. This remedy worked for me and it can also work for you and many others out there, but before trying check with your doctor if you have any other health concerns.



This soothing drink is a unique combination of shallots, ginger, garlic, cumin and lemon to help settle your stomach. You probably know cumin is anti inflammatory and has similar health benefits as ginger to ease indigestion. Lemons are packed with anti oxidants  and Vitamin C. They help detoxify and stimulate digestion. Cumin in this drink gives a nice spicy taste of jaljeera ( a refreshing Indian lemonade) but is made with some different ingredients in a different way.

By the time you read this post I will again be eating out at my friend’s house. Today is Lohri and I have two functions to attend. This time I will really be careful and choosey of what I put on my plate. I don’t want to suffer from stomach problem again. It gets frustrating for no reason. Even then if something happens I have this yummy soothing drink.

Happy Lohri to all my punjabi friends !!


makes 1.5L


  • 3 liters water
  • 1/2-3/4 cup grated ginger
  • 1 cup chopped shallots
  • 1 garlic head, peeled and coarsely chopped
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp black peppercorn
  • salt and lemon juice to taste
  • lemon mint ice cubes if preferred


  1. Pour water into a large pot and add shallots, ginger, garlic, cumin and black peppercorn.
  2. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer covered for 1 hour.
  3. Strain into a pitcher, let cool and refrigerate.

Take a glass that is big enough to contain 300 ml of water. Pour 250 ml of the above concoction, add 2-3 tbsp lemon juice, salt and top it with lemon mint ice cubes. I have used plain mint cubes, you do not see in the picture but the mint leaves are in the ice cubes.


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28 thoughts on “Soothing Drink

  1. Balvinder, hope u’re well now. I’ve tried using ginger & lemon on my drink, but shallots, garlic, cumin are certainly something new. Don’t you need to add sugar syrup? Mmmm…… I’m very curious how it tastes like but I like the idea :)

  2. Bal , me as well ! I’m coughing and sneezing these past few days , good thing though that it’s a bit better this day 😀 Maybe it’s the chili sauce that I’ve been eating with some taro cake ( and my spicy buffalo chicken as well ) ! lol Love your soothing and refreshing ginger concoction . The chopped shallots in this drink sounds really interesting 😉

    1. I don’t always use shallots but in India it is made with small onions so I used shallots. You won’t taste their pungency in this. Take some ginger juice and buckwheat honey for your cough and sneezing.

  3. Wow I’d be willing to try just about anything at this point. I haven’t been myself since the Saturday before Christmas when I got food poisoning. My stomach still isn’t back to normal and have barely posted on my blog because I’m not really cooking.

    A whole head of garlic though! That’s a lot! If that’s correct I’m willing to try it.

    1. Vicki, I would suggest you to talk to doctor before trying this because I am not sure how it will work when you are healing from food poisoning. I used one and half head of organic garlic, they are slightly small in size than regular garlic. I do not wanted to mention organic garlic in the recipe because it is really expensive, 3 heads for $4.00 ,that’s why I simply wrote 1 garlic head.

  4. I often suffer from stomach upset for years and used to take ENO it seemed to alleviate the problem but it just became my routine then I found ginger remedy from one of my colleague. I never put cumin in it , now I am thinking of trying your recipe. This jaljeera like drink sounds so yummy 😉
    Happy Lohri to you !We’ll be celebrating Makar Sakranti tomorrow, I guess Punjabis also do?

    1. Yeah ENO is good too but then, how many times can you drink that? Ginger is best for stubborn stomach problems.
      I think all Indians celebrate Makar Sakranti but they call it with different names.

  5. This certainly sounds like a refreshing drink and also so good for you. I love the combination of ginger and lemon and being Indian also enjoy cumin. Will try this drink out soon.

  6. Its good that this drink helped you with bloating. Neetu, but I would suggest you to add caution in your post, these indigestion remedies should be taken with care and doctor’s advice if someone is pregnant, breast feeding or have liver or kidney problems.
    Send me the recipe of your spinach smoothie I have never used spinach other than in curries or salad.
    Love and take care when you eat out.

    1. Surin, Thanks for reminding me. I did mention that if a person has any health concern he/ she should talk to health professional. I will email you the recipe it is really simple.

  7. It seems like everyone is sick. I’ve been sick for the past 2 weeks and my coughs don’t seem to go away and I’m really exhausted from being sick. Ginger, mint, lemon and spices.. sounds really nice. Hope you will get better soon!

  8. i too have heard that ginger does wonders for your digestive system and helping with stomach upsets. I will definitely bookmark this for when needed in the future. I just wanted to tell you thank you so much for your kind and uplifting words you left on my site last week! It meant the world to me and i really appreciate it

    1. I just wanted to be supportive and wanted to let you know that gluten free food can be as delicious as cooking with it. And, now there are so many gluten free choices at regular grocery stores, general public is aware of this allergy , even the restaurants have gluten free menu, there weren’t as many when i became gluten free.5 years ago.

    1. I used shallots because I do not wanted my drink to smell or taste like broth. About using cumin as far as I remember it has always been used in Indian cooking to aid digestion. My mother even used to make cumin tea for cold but I never liked that.

  9. I do like the sound of this – I’m very partial to any drinks containing ginger, and if it works medicinally as well then all the better.

  10. I hope you are feeling better now Balvinder…and thanks for the recipe of this soothing drink, I sure will remember when needed.
    Again, I hope you are feeling better :)

  11. Hi Balvinder, thank you for sharing this soothing drink. Have you got the Ultra Carbon charcoal pills? Good for tummy upset, purging, indigestion, food poisoning. Buy some and keep in the house, good for emergency. It work wander, very effective.

    Take care and have a nice day.

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