Shikanjvi (Hindi: शिकंजवी) is a type of traditional limeade or lemonade from North India and Pakistan, especially prevalent in Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Haryana, Western Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Sindh. Alternative names include shikanji, shikanjbi and shikanjbeen. While the base ingredients include lemon or lime juice, ice and water, shikanjvi often contains other ingredients such as salt, saffron and cumin. It is also known by limun paani or nimbu pani.
When serving a typical Punjabi meal at home, this is the perfect drink to make. It is so tasty, yet so simple to make. I love to make this drink with something like chole or chaat. While this recipe uses water, the same can be easily made into a soda based Masala Soda! Just replace the water with soda.
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Jal Jeera Powder 3 tbsp
Water 3 cups
Sugar 4 tbsp
Salt 1 tsp (optional)
Lots of ice
Mint to garnish
Mix salt, sugar and jaljeera powder in half a glass of room temperature water. In a jug, add remaining water, juice the lemons and mint leaves. Pour the water with sugar and jaljeera powder in it and mix. Chill till ready to serve.
If serving in a copper mug like me, freeze the mugs for at least fifteen minutes. Add ice and pour out the lemonade.