Jamu: Magic Heal-All Drink From Bali

Ginger and turmeric are the base for this easy-to-make "heal-all" drink from Bali

Jamu is a traditional health-elixir recipe from Bali. It’s simple to make, and its main ingredient, turmeric, is easily available in most urban markets worldwide.

Jamu is a magical “heal all.” This delicious drink is sold in every market, street corner — and even five-star restaurants — all across Bali. For Indonesians, such as myself, every household has their own interpretation of Jamu, where recipes are passed down from generation to generation. High in anti-inflammatory properties, it is a go-to during the onset of a cold and is good for pretty much any bodily ailment.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes


¾ cup of fresh/dried turmeric root
Thumb-sized ginger root
1-2 tbsp honey (or sweetener of choice)
Lime juice to taste
4 cups filtered water

What you’ll need:

Blender/food processor
Nut milk bag/fine sieve


  1. Peel, clean, and slice turmeric and ginger root.
  2. Put turmeric, ginger root, and 4 cups filtered water in a blender. Blend until smooth.
  3. Remove mixture from the blender and transfer to a saucepan. Simmer on low heat for 15-20 minutes to activate the benefits of the ingredients.
  4. Remove from heat and add lime juice and honey. Adjust taste accordingly.
  5. Strain the mixture through a nut milk bag/fine sieve.
  6. Place mixture into a large glass jar. Refrigerate overnight. 
  7. Serve jamu cold, with or without ice. 

Note: Jamu keeps for about 1 week in the fridge. 

From Vanessa Budihardja in Bali.


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