This homemade salty Indian Lemonade, also known as Shikanji or Nimbu Pani, is so refreshing, flavorful, and helps to beat the summer heat. Made with lime juice, sugar, water, and spices, it can be served at any time of the day.

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Hotter days are here! And we definitely need something that cools down our bodies and helps to fight this heat. This drink has it all. It is the best Indian summer drink!

I had to take the train to go to college (undergrad) in Mumbai. And right next to the stairway to enter the train station was a vendor selling Nimbu pani. It was my everyday routine to enjoy a glass of refreshing Nimbu Pani in the scorching summer heat before getting back home.

Indian lemonade is so refreshing and flavorful, perfect for hot summer days. It has a tangy, sweet, and lemony flavor that will make your mouth water.

It is a great drink to make it for a last-minute picnic or lunch plans, it pairs well with any dishes.

Watch How to Make Shikanji Nimbu Pani

What is Shikanji/Nimbu Pani?

Nimbu Pani is also known as Shikanji, or Indian Lemonade, or Salty Limeade, to be more precise. Made with lime juice, sugar, water, and some spices. This instant energy drink is super refreshing and easy to make at home.

You might be wondering how would spices play in lemonade – Salt, cumin, and chaat masala, all come together make this Shikanji so refreshing. Like any other dish, salt enhances the flavor of the drink!

Benefits of drinking Nimbu Pani

  • It helps fight against heat stroke.
  • It is a great source of Vitamin C.
  • It flushes out all the toxins.

Ingredients you’ll need:

  • Lime: It is the main ingredient of the drink. Super fresh, and has a zesty sour flavor.
  • Sugar: It balances out the flavor of the drink. You can also use powdered sugar. 
  • SpicesYou will need Kala namak or rock salt, chaat masala, and roasted cumin powder. You can also add freshly ground black pepper to taste.
  • Garnish: Mint leaves and lime slices.
Ingredients for limbu pani

How to make Nimbu Pani

  • In a jar, add all the ingredients.
  • Mix them well until well combined. Taste and adjust the sweetness (by adding more sugar) and tanginess (by adding more lime juice). 
  • Garnish with mint leaves and lime slices. Serve immediately.
Nimbu pani garnished with mint leaves

Nimbu Pani Variations

  • Mint Shikanji – Muddle some mint leaves and add them while making the shikanji. 
  • Shikanji Soda – Mix soda in place of water. 
  • Cocktail – Add vodka or gin to make a Boozy Shikanji. 

Common Questions

Can you prepare Nimbu Pani in advance?

Yes, you can. Refrigerate – it will be good for up to 2 days.

Can you drink Nimbu Pani every day?

Yes, you can have a glass of nimbu paani every day, which is good enough. Do not overdo anything.

I hope you enjoy this wondrous summer drink from India. Do share pictures of your creations with #pipingpotcurry

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Refreshing Shikanji Nimbu Pani (Indian Lemonade)

This homemade Indian lemonade, also known as Shikanji or Nimbu Pani, is so refreshing, flavorful, and helps to beat the summer heat. Made with lime juice, sugar, water, and spices, It can be served at any time of the day.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2

Ingredients 

Instructions 

  • In a jar, add all the ingredients.
  • Mix them until well combined.
  • Taste and adjust the sweetness and tanginess. 
  • Serve immediately. Garnish with mint leaves and lime slices.

Video

Notes

Make it fancy: Instead of adding salt to the nimbu pain, try rimming the glass with rock salt.
Cocktail: To make this Indian lemonade a cocktail, try adding vodka or gin to make an alcoholic drink.
Mint Shikanji Variation: Muddle some mint leaves and add them while making the shikanji.
Shikanji Soda Variation: Mix soda in place of water. 

Nutrition

Calories: 61kcalCarbohydrates: 16gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 163mgPotassium: 52mgFiber: 1gSugar: 13gVitamin A: 29IUVitamin C: 10mgCalcium: 29mgIron: 1mg

Additional Info

Course: Beverage
Cuisine: Indian
Diet: Gluten-free, Vegan
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I strongly believe that each one of us has a chef inside us, we just need to explore the ingredients and create great food. My passion is to share easy, healthy, and wholesome recipes made using Instant Pot & Air Fryer, that are well tested, so you can cook with confidence.

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