Nimbu Pani (Shikanji) | Indian Lemonade

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Shikanji is a popular Indian drink made using fresh lemon juice that is spiced up with a unique blend of masala and served chilled.

his is a tangy, sweet vegan, beginner-friendly and gluten-free refreshing summer drink.

Nimbu Pani (Shikanji) | Indian Lemonade

About Nimbu Pani (Shikanji) – Indian Lemonade

Shikanji also known as Shikanjvi, Shikanjbi and Shikanjbeen is a lemon-based drink originating in the northern part of India.

Unlike lemonade, Shikanji contains ingredients such as black salt, cumin powder, black pepper powder, coriander powder etc.

This is a popular drink all across India that is consumed to beat the scorching heat during summer.

Actually, you don’t need any excuse or season to make this refreshing drink. We often make this shikanji along with snacks or as a refreshment drink, especially when guests come over.

Shikanji is very easy and quick to make. Only 10 minutes is what you need and it’s ready! It’s that easy.

This drink is best served for birthday parties, buffets, kitty parties or a simple get-together. No doubt with its tantalizing flavour this mocktail will surely impress your guest.

This drink is absolutely a favourite among kids and hence best to include at their Birthday parties instead of those store-bought aerated drinks.

Apart from a refreshing taste and flavour, this drink is rich in vitamin C.

This sweet, salty, tangy flavourful drink is served chilled topped with ice cubes and sometimes along with roughly crushed mint leaves.


Lemons – Fully ripe lemons are used to make this shikanji. I used lemon juice of 3 ripe lemons.

Sugar – Instead of regular sugar, I have used powdered sugar which is easy to dissolve.

Salt – A pinch of table salt or rock salt is essential.

Black Salt – This gives an extra tangy kick to this shikanji.

Spice Powders – I have used cumin seed powder and coriander powder here. It imparts a subtle and flavourful taste to this drink.

Chilled Water – Always use chilled water or serve it chilled after refrigerating.

Other Ingredients that can be added to this shikanji:

Instead of regular water, club soda is also used.

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Nimbu Pani (Shikanji) | Indian Lemonade

Nimbu Pani (Shikanji) | Indian Lemonade

Shikanji is a popular Indian drink made using fresh lemon juice that is spiced up with a unique blend of masala and served chilled.
This is a tangy, sweet vegan and gluten-free refreshing drink.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine Indian
Servings 2 people


  • 3 Lemons
  • 3 tablespoons Powdered Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Black Salt (Kala Namak)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Table Salt (Namak)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cumin Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Coriander Powder
  • 3 glasses Chilled Water OR Club Soda
  • Ice cubes
  • 3 tablespoons Mint, coarsely pounded


  • In a mixing bowl squeeze juice of 3 lemons, discard the seeds.
  • Add powderd sugar
  • Add salt and black salt.
  • Add the cumin & coriander powder and mix well.
  • Now add chilled water or you may also add club soda. Mix well so that the spices and sugar are nicely combined with the lemon juice.
  • Add pounded mint and some ice cubes.
  • Refreshin Nimbu Pani (Shikanji) is ready.
  • Transfer into glasses and serve chilled.


Colour of the juice may vary according to the colour of the spices used. 
Keyword easy summer drinks, healthy drinks, Indian summer beverages, Indian summer drinks, lemonade recipe, nimbu pani, nimbu shikanji

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