Nimbu Shikanji (Shikanjvi) is a refreshing Indian drink made using lime juice, shikanji masala (a unique spice mix), and club soda. This Indian version of lemonade is super easy to make at home and gives instant relief from the scorching heat.
2tablespoonsfreshly squeezed lime juiceor lemon juice for a milder taste
ice cubesas required
chilled club soda or wateras required
Make Shikanji Masala Powder
Roast cumin seeds, whole black peppercorns, and whole coriander seeds in a skillet over medium heat until very slightly browned (2-3 minutes). Stir continuously while roasting.
Once roasted, add them to the small jar of a mixer grinder (or a coffee grinder) along with chaat masala, black salt, and regular salt and grind to make a fine powder. Shikanji masala is ready.
This measurement will give you shikanji masala enough to make 15-20 glasses of shikanji. Use as much as required and store the rest in an airtight container and use later.
Take 2 tall glasses and add 1 tablespoon lime juice to each glass. Now add 2 tablespoon sugar to each glass and stir using a spoon until the sugar is dissolved. You can add more sugar if you like your drink sweeter.
Add ½ teaspoon shikanji masala and 2-3 mint leaves to each glass.
Add ice cubes as per your liking.
Top the glasses with chilled water or club soda and stir gently. Serve immediately.
Adjust the shikanji masala,salt, and sugar as per your taste.You can easily double or triple this recipe.Make the shikanji masala and store it in a cool, dry place. You can use it for up to 1 month.Use powdered jaggery or honey instead of sugar for a healthy alternative.To get maximum juice from the lime, roll it on the counter with firm hands before cutting it.You can also use sparkling water,coca-cola, sprite, or ginger ale instead of water or club soda to make a different variation. Add a little fresh ginger juice for a spicy kick.Replace plain water with coconut water or orange juice.Add a splash of your favorite alcohol, like vodka, white rum, or gin, to make an adult version.Add a teaspoon of sabja seeds (falooda seeds, tukmara seeds, basil seeds) to this drink for their health benefits.Freeze the leftover in popsicle molds for a summer treat.