Berus Kencur: Indonesian Herbal Drink You Didn’t Know About

Jamu or Beras Kencur is a well-known traditional herbal drink from Indonesia. This herbal concoction is considered extremely healthy and has been consumed for centuries. Jamu is an Indonesian medicine made up of roots, flowers, barks, seeds, fruits, leaves along with ginger, turmeric and tamarind. If some experts are to be believed, the ingredients in Jamu are better consumed by body when consumed in liquid form. 

Made up with a concoction of ginger, rice and other herbs, this drink hails from Java province in Indonesia and is known for its unique aroma, and bitter to sweet taste. It can help in restoring stamina and curing several other chronic diseases. Do you know how this drink came to being? 

Jamu drink dates to somewhere around the 13th era during the Majapahit era. Then, this drink was considered an efficient remedy that would cure so many serious illnesses.  The recipe of Jamu is usually passed on from one generation to another and kept as a family secret. Though there are some significant ingredients, people may customize this drink as per the needs and requirement. This herbal drink is generally sold by mbok jamu, young or middle-aged women wearing kebaya and selling jamu from door to door. Let us know about the detailed health benefits of Jamu or Berus Kencur. 

Immunity Booster 

Beras Kencur or Jamu is power packed with anti-inflammatory properties and antioxidants. It can help in strengthening the immune system and keep infections and diseases at bay. Also, it has healing properties and has the power to prevent cold, cough, sore throat and congestion, 

Stimulates Appetite 

This herbal drink can help in stimulating appetite in adults as well as children. Besides, it can help in thickening the stomach wall and prevent damage. Jamu can also help in keep digestive issues like nausea, constipation and bloating at bay.  

Good For Heart Health 

Since jamu has anti-inflammatory properties, it reduces inflammation in the body and prevents several heart diseases. This drink also has the potential to prevent chronic diseases like diabetes and even cancer. It can also help you in getting rid of fatigue and body sores.  

Keeps Fresh And Relaxed  

Jamu drink is known for its stamina restoring properties. Not only this, but it can also help in restoring concentration while making the body and mind feel fresh and relaxed. 

Aids Weight Loss 

Finally, this drink offers that one benefit that we all were looking forward to. Thanks to its natural ingredients, this drink can help you in weight management without shedding much sweat. Jamu can help you lose in the most natural and healthy way. Wanna know how to make this magical drink at home? Here’s how you can do it. 


  • 1 cup white rice 
  • 5 cups water 
  • 200 gm fresh kencur (peeled and chopped) 
  • 50 gm ginger (peeled and chopped) 
  • 500 gm palm sugar 
  • 100 gm granulated sugar 
  • 50 gm tamarind 
  • Pinch of salt 


  • Take a large pot and palm sugar and granulated sugar. Add tamarind along with water. Let it boil until the sugar dissolves completely. 
  • Turn off the heat and let the mixture cool down for some time. 
  • Take a blender and add in kencur, ginger and rice. Add in sugar and blend into a fine paste. 
  • Add the paste to the sugar water and mix well. 
  • Strain the drink and store in an airtight bottle.