Nimbu Pani – Shikanji Drink (Indian Lemonade) with fresh mint

by anamika on April 9, 2012

in Diet Recipes, Drinks & Soups

Nimbu Pani (Indian Lemonade) with fresh mint

A refreshing combo of lime juice┬á& mint in a drink – my all time favorite. With the increasing temperature the first thing that comes to my mind is always a refreshing glass of Nimbu Pani. This simple yet heavenly glass of lemonade is seen in every house in summers in India. You can say an Indian version of Lemonade. A drink that I have grown up drinking since my childhood. Every summers we use to have this many times a day. I still remember as soon as me and my brother use to come back from school, first thing our mum use to give us was a chilled glass of nimbu pani.

This refreshing drink is a must in our house in summers, it also takes me back to my college days,we use to have so many┬ároad side kancha bottle sellers :) ┬á(Nimbu lemon Soda) in North Campus – Delhi University . In the burning heat of Delhi in may & june this one glass of simple nimbu pani use to be ultimate for me. I could gulp so many glasses one after the other to quench my thirst and to an extent of missing afternoon meals by compensating through the nimbu pani.

It is famously known as Shikanji┬áor Shikanjavi. If you have ever travelled Delhi – Meerut highway, somewhere around Modipuram┬áyou will come across multiple shops of JAIN┬áSHIKANJI. I have always failed to make out which one is the original Jain┬áShikanji┬áshop. However that doesn’t stop me to stop by and have a glass of chilled masala shikanji there :).

There is no rocket science required to prepare this Indian version of a Lemonade Drink. Now even my children can prepare this by adding their own creativity to it…..they replace sugar by glucose D :)!!!

Ingredients -

We need -

  • Lemons – 4 ( 1 sliced for garnishing )
  • Fresh Mint sprigs – 4 – 5
  • Sugar – to taste (I added┬á6 teaspoons for 4 glasses)
  • Salt – a pinch
  • Cumin Seeds Powder┬á – as per taste ( I added a pinch )
  • Water – 3 glasses chilled water , 1 glass normal room temperature
  • Ice cubes

Refreshing summer cooler with lots of benefits too, check on the benefits of NIMBU PANI DRINK here!

Method -

Take a large Jug, add one glass of normal water to it. Now add sugar (you can adjust the sweetness as per your taste) and stir till it dissolves into the water nicely & completely. Squeeze all lemons and add the juice to the same jug. Add pinch of salt and cumin seeds powder to it and continue to stir. Now add chilled water and crushed ice to the jug and stir again. Add in few mint leaves to it too. Serve in chilled glasses garnished with lemon slices and mint sprigs.

You can do a lot of variations in this drink few suggestions from me would be -

Add black pepper to it, pureed mint for flavour or some chat masala/black salt. You can replace water with soda water, replace sugar by glucose D. I shared with you the way I make it at home. I prepare this in the morning and refrigerate the jug so that my kids can have it anytime during the day.

Enjoy this summer cooler anytime during the day!

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{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

dassana April 9, 2012 at 12:47 PM

lovely pics anamika. even me during college times in the heat of mumbai. would go to the nimbu pani wallah and drink 2-3 glasses of nimbu pani and skip my afternoon meals.

it is so hot here in the noons that i am making shikanji everyday now :-)


madcookingfusions April 9, 2012 at 6:26 PM

Thanks Dassana, lime water in any form always helps in summers, I also love having fresh lime sweet & sour in soda or normal water! Even Bangalore weather is hot these days and real bad.


Uma Kapila April 9, 2012 at 6:18 PM

The pics look so refreshing, beautifully captured.


madcookingfusions April 9, 2012 at 6:27 PM

Thank you so much, glad you liked them!


priya anand April 9, 2012 at 6:20 PM

I also live on nimbu pani in summers, its a bliss to fight with such terrible heat. I love your pictures Anamika, really refreshing!


madcookingfusions April 9, 2012 at 6:28 PM

Ya so true, thank you Priya.


sangeetakhanna April 10, 2012 at 11:12 AM

Refreshing. I love shikanji any which way.


seaseme May 12, 2012 at 6:37 PM

i hated it…need to add black salt more…


madcookingfusions May 14, 2012 at 10:27 AM

Thanks for the feedback, it purely depends on individual taste…black salt also enhances the flavour! We like it not too salty as my kids prefer more sweet than sour.


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