Masala Shikanji – a classic drink for summers made with lemon juice and spices.
Masala Shikanji is a summer staple at my place. No amount of fancy drinks and squashes can beat the good old shikanji. It is the most easiest drink one can ever make.
There was a time when shikanji/ nimbu sharbat were commonly made in every household. But those days are gone and people are now addicted to carbonated drinks and artificially flavoured squashes that are easily available in the market. But in my opinion, a glass of chilled shikanji is the perfect thirst quencher and can never go out of style.
Shikanji is one of the cheapest, refreshing, cooling and energizing drinks served during summers. It can be made within no time with the ingredients that are easily available at home. All you need is few lemons, sugar and salt. Masala Shikanji calls for addition of some more spices like chaat masala, roasted cumin powder, black pepper powder and black salt. This makes for a good welcome drink when you are entertaining guests in summer.
There are variety of shikanjis one can make. Water can be replaced with soda. Fruit juices like pineapple or grape juice can be added to make fruit flavoured shikanji. Ginger juice can be used while making masala shikanji and so on.
Why we love Masala Shikanji
Masala Shikanji is
A refreshing and energizing drink
Easy to make
Rich in Vitamin C
Good for digestion
Made within no time
A natural coolant
An inexpensive drink
List of ingredients to make Masala Shikanji
Spices : roasted cumin powder, chaat masala, black pepper powder
Black salt, salt
For garnishing : mint leaves
How to make Masala Shikanji
Cut the lemons and squeeze out lemon juice in a mixing bowl.
Add sugar, salt, black salt, chaat masala, roasted cumin powder and black pepper powder. Using a whisk, mix well.
Add chilled water and mix.
Garnish with mint leaves
Add ice cubes. Pour into glasses and serve
- 4 lemons (nimbu)
- 8 tsp sugar (cheeni)
- 1 tsp roasted cumin powder (bhuna jeera powder)
- 1 tsp black salt (kaala namak)
- ½ tsp chaat masala
- 1/8 tsp black pepper powder (kali mirch powder)
- a pinch of salt (namak)
- few mint leaves (pudina ke patte)
- 4 glasses of chilled water (thanda paani)
- few ice cubes. (barf)
- Cut the lemons and squeeze out lemon juice in a mixing bowl.
- Add sugar, black salt, salt, chaat masala, roasted cumin powder and black pepper powder. Mix well till the sugar dissolves.
- Add chilled water and mix.
- Garnish with mint leaves.
- Add ice cubes.
- Pour into glasses and serve chilled.
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