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Shikanji – Best Summer Drinks

The Shikanji – Best Summer Drinks is a refreshing summer beverage made using lime juice, shikanji masala (a unique blend of spices), and club soda. It’s easy to make at home with these directions.

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It’s one of the greatest and lip-smacking cool summer drinks you have ever tasted. Do not wait just prepare it today itself. 

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Shikanji
The Nimbu Shikanjvi or Nimbu Shikanji is a refreshing summer beverage made using lime juice, shikanji masala (a unique blend of spices), and club soda. It’s easy to make at home with these directions.

About Shikanji – Best Summer Drinks Recipe

In the summers, we made Shikanji – Best Summer Drinks sometimes and kept gulping it down. It used to be made in bulk and kept in the refrigerator. Besides tasting great, you get lots of vitamin C in one drink.

We are experiencing such a heatwave right now. Almost summers in most of the places now. My fridge is going to be stocked with shikanji 😉

Whenever I came home from school in the scorching heat, I was given a tall glass filled with shikanji to give my body immediate relief from the heat. I sipped on this summer cooler during the day from a pitcher in the refrigerator.

While living in Kolkata, I was surrounded by lots of shikanji stalls during the summer. There are nimbu (lemon) pani (water)stalls in Mumbai as well

Shikanji vs. Nimbu Pani: what’s the difference? It’s the same drink… Just a different name. These two refreshing summer drinks differ only in that the spices have been added. Shikanji uses a spice mix instead of just water, lime juice, sugar, and salt, while nimbu paani uses only water, lime juice, sugar, and salt.

Lime is a key component of this drink. This drink is made by mixing lime juice with spicy spice mix (shikanji masala), sugar, and mint leaves, and then adding water or club soda on top.

Lime is a major ingredient in this drink, so it’s rich in vitamin C, which helps the body make collagen, absorb iron, and heal wounds. It is also extremely beneficial to the skin and hair.

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp – Cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp – Black pepper (whole)
  • 1 tsp – Coriander seeds
  • 1 tbsp – Chaat masala
  • 1 tsp – Black salt
  • 1 tsp – Salt
  • 2 tbsp – Lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp – Powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp – Shikanji masala
  • Mint leaves for decoration
  • Ice cubes for garnishing
  • 750 ml – Soda water 

Limes – These are the main ingredients. Drinks made with lime add just the right amount of tang to the drink, making them refreshing and delicious.

Shikanji Masala – It is also known as Shikanji masala, which is a spice mixture that is mixed with lime juice. Roasting and grinding roasted whole spices such as cumin seeds, coriander seeds, and black peppercorns produce this masala. After that, chaat masala, black salt, and regular salt are added to it.

Every time I make the spice mix, I double or triple it and store it in my pantry. This is handy to have whenever I need to make this drink.

Sugar – Sugar is added to shikanji to sweeten it. It gets easy to dissolve powdered sugar (the sugar is ground in a grinder) in water. Confectioner’s sugar, sometimes referred to as powdered sugar, should NEVER be used. The drink is altered by the cornstarch added to it.

If you are looking for a healthier alternative, you can also use jaggery or honey instead.

Mint Leaves – There is no need for mint leaves, but I love the flavor they add to this shikanji, making it extremely refreshing.  Great for garnishing.

Soda or Water – Shikanji can be topped with chilled soda or water. If you prefer fizzy drinks, you may top the shikanji with club soda. If the drink needs to be chilled, add some ice cubes to the glasses.

In addition to water and club soda, Coca-Cola, Sprite, or ginger ale can also be used.

Check out the Shikanji – Best Summer Drinks Video :

How To Make Shikanji – Best Summer Drinks Step By Step With Photo:

  1. In a pan, on medium heat dry roast some dry ingredients cumin seeds, whole black pepper, and coriander seeds. Roast them slightly brown.
  2. Before grinding them add few more ingredients like Black salt, Salt and, Chaat Masala.
  3. Into the roasted coarse powder add chaat masala, rock salt, and plain salt. Now grind everything into a coarse powder.
  4. Take a tall glass, add lemon juice, powdered sugar, shikanji masala, mint leaves, ice cubes, and chilled soda water. Mix well.
  5. Ready to be served.
Shikanji - Best Summer Drinks
The Nimbu Shikanjvi or Nimbu Shikanji is a refreshing summer beverage made using lime juice, shikanji masala (a unique blend of spices), and club soda. It’s easy to make at home with these directions.

Important Suggestion To Keep In Mind

  • Doubling or tripling this recipe is easy.
  • Shikaniji Uses powdered sugar sometimes referred to as confectioner’s sugar should never be used. Due to the cornstarch added, the drink’s taste may be compromised. Use granulated sugar that has been ground into powder in a blender (or grinder). It should be stored in a dry cool place. Up to 1 month can be used.
  • Adding rock salt or sendha namak to shikanji for fasting is appropriate.

Storage Suggestions

In a glass jar at room temperature, you can store the shikanji masala for up to a month. Simply stir the shikanji masala with the other ingredients and serve in glasses whenever you want to.

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Shikanji - Best Summer Drinks

Shikanji – Best Summer Drinks


  • Author: Sanchita Dey
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 Minutes
  • Yield: 2 people 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

The Shikanji – Best Summer Drinks is a refreshing summer beverage made using lime juice, shikanji masala (a unique blend of spices), and club soda. It’s easy to make at home with these directions.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 tbsp – Cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp – Black pepper (whole)
  • 1 tsp – Coriander seeds
  • 1 tbsp – Chaat masala
  • 1 tsp – Black salt
  • 1 tsp – Salt
  • 2 tbsp – Lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp – Powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp – Shikanji masala
  • Mint leaves for decoration
  • Ice cubes for garnishing
  • 750 ml – Soda water

Instructions

  1. In a pan, on medium heat dry roast some dry ingredients cumin seeds, whole black pepper, and coriander seeds. Roast them slightly brown.
  2. Before grinding them add few more ingredients like Black salt, Salt and, Chaat Masala.
  3. Into the roasted coarse powder add chaat masala, rock salt, and plain salt. Now grind everything into a coarse powder.
  4. Take a tall glass, add lemon juice, powdered sugar, shikanji masala, mint leaves, ice cubes, and chilled soda water. Mix well.
  5. Ready to be served.

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Notes

  • Doubling or tripling this recipe is easy.
  • Shikaniji Uses powdered sugar sometimes referred to as confectioner’s sugar should never be used. Due to the cornstarch added, the drink’s taste may be compromised. Use granulated sugar that has been ground into powder in a blender (or grinder). It should be stored in a dry cool place. Up to 1 month can be used.
  • Adding rock salt or sendha namak to shikanji for fasting is appropriate.
  • Category: Beverage
  • Cuisine: Indian

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 2 people
  • Calories: 84Kcal
  • Sugar: 14g
  • Sodium: 1160mg
  • Fat: 1g
  • Saturated Fat: 1g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 18g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Protein: 1g

Note: A rough estimate of nutrition is provided.

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