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Lime/Lemon Drink (Lemonade ), Indian Style
Nimbu-Pani or Shikanjwi

Mamta Gupta

This is a simple but popular summer drink in India. It is very quick to make, an excellent drink for BBQ's and outdoor meals. Neembu/Nimbu in India are more like UK limes. Serves 2.

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1 lime or lemon (lime is better)
Sugar to taste. Castor sugar dissolves faster. Sugar free sweetener can be substituted for diabetics.
1 1/2 glasses cold water placed in a jug
Crushed ice
Slice of lemon for each glass.
You can add a little Chat Masala or a little black salt on it's own to get a sweet and savoury drink. Salt and sugar together help to replace the lost electrolytes in the intense heat of India.
A few crushed/torn/ground mint leaves
About a full tsp. of fresh, finely chopped apple/pear


1.Squeeze lime/lemon juice into the jug of water.
2.Add sugar to taste and stir to dissolve.
3.Place some crushed ice (or cubes) and a lemon slice in each glass and pour the drink over.
4.Serve straight away.
5.You can add a couple of lightly crushed mint leaves also to the glass before pouring the drink in.


You can aslo use Lemon Syrup 1 or Lemon Syrup 2 to make this drink.

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