JAMU is an Indonesian word that refers to herbal concoctions (drinks, powder, pills, etc) with recipes passed down from our ancestors and has become an essential part of our culture. Although the word jamu may have underlying negative stigma because of the bitter taste, there is a deep philosophy behind this local wisdom.
- 3 pieces of turmeric
- 1 block of palm sugar
- 1/2 packet of tamarind (You may add more according to your preference)
- Peel of the turmeric and wash it with clean water
- Grate the turmeric
- Boil water into a medium sized pot
- Put the grated turmeric into the pot of boiled water
- Mix the brown sugar into the pot
- Put the tamarind into the pot and squash it inside the pot until its juice come out
- Wait around 15 minutes until everything has been boiled perfectly
- Filter and move the jamu into your preferred container
- Serve it while it's warm or store in the fridge if you like them cold
*Fresh jamu can be stored up to a maximum of three days in the fridge with sealed container.
There are many variations to this traditional recipe, some add a little bit of salt or some add a little bit of galangal. Alter it to how it suits you and make this healthy habit a weekly routine.