Shikanji or Nimbu Paani

Project: Summer 30

Day #21: 

Drink – Shikanji


This is the first ever recipe I’ve noted down in my diary about 10 years back when I had learnt it from my roomie in Delhi. That’s when I tasted it also for first time and developed the taste thereon because down in south there is no salt & sweet concept, it is either salted or sweet; so this was a very new experience for me then. The only change in the recipe is adding demerara sugar instead of white sugar more for color and flavor than health (if at all there is any). I have sighted it only in Delhi that during summer there are many cart vendors selling plain water (that they pump into a glass from the drums below) and nimbu paani or Shikanji on the roads everywhere around you. 

Athikaram: 3 – Neethar Perumai

Kural #21:

ஒழுக்கத்து நீத்தார் பெருமை விழுப்பத்து
வேண்டும் பனுவல் துணிவு.


The scriptures praise the virtues of renounced souls.

Shikanji or Nimbu Paani
Serves 2
A Classic Indian Drink
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Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
  1. 1. Lemon - 1
  2. 2. Ginger - 1" piece
  3. 3. Black salt - 1/4 tsp
  4. 4. Demerara sugar - 2 tbsp (Substitute jaggery or white sugar if unavailable)
  5. 5. Roasted cumin powder - 1 pinch
  6. 6. Chilled water - 2 glasses
  7. 7. Lemon slices or mint leaves for garnish (optional)
  1. Squeeze the lemon into a jug and add: sugar, black salt, crushed ginger, cumin powder and chilled water.
  2. Stir well until sugar is dissolved. Adjust taste and refrigerate it until serving.
  3. Strain the shikanji and garnish with lemon slices or mint leaves before serving.
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