nimbu pani recipe | lemonade recipe | how to make nimbu pani or lemonade

Nimbu pani or lemonade is a quick and ideal beverage for summers and specially to prevent dehydration in the body. In Indian hot summers when sun is at its peak and hot wind is blowing and one has to go out for some work then the body becomes very vulnerable to heat strokes and dehydration.

Drinking coke or pepsi does not help the body and you need to drink natural drinks which are in bounty in nature. few natural coolants which we have are coconut water, kokum, fresh fruits and sabja/basil seeds.

nimbu pani indian lemonade

In this lemonade, I have added sabja seeds. Sabja seeds also known as falooda seeds or basil seeds are cooling in nature and also good for digestion. They are anti-oxidant and anti viral also.

They have to be first soaked in water for half an hour. They absorb the water and swell forming a gelatinous coating around them. They are added to many cooling drinks like Falooda or sherbets. below is a pic of the soaked basil seeds.

sabza seeds or sabja seeds

To make this healthy drink does not cost much and is quick. Lemonade is made all over the world and every country has its own variation. This lemonade is made with Indian spices which are digestive in nature like roasted cumin powder and chaat masala powder. Hence the drink is spiced. Instead of sugar I have added organic powdered jaggery. Hence the color is golden.

Generally there are two types of lemonade made in India – salty and sweet. many people like salty nimbu pani and they don’t add sugar or jaggery into it. We love to sweeten our lemonades with some sugar or jaggery. This drink is also known by the name Shikanji in north India. In other variations of this drink many people add ginger juice or mint juice or even soda water. Personally I avoid using soda water.

nimbu pani lemonade recipe

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nimbu pani recipe

5 from 3 votes
Nimbu pani with basil seeds - spiced nimbu pani or Indian lemonade is a quick and ideal beverage for summers.
nimbu pani recipe with basil seeds
Author:Dassana Amit
Prep Time:30 mins
Total Time:30 mins
Course:beverages & drinks
Servings (change the number to scale):3
(1 CUP = 250 ML)


  • 3.5 cups of water - chilled or at room temperature
  • 2 medium sized lemons
  • ½ tablespoon of sabja seeds or basil seeds soaked in ¾ cup water.
  • organic sugar or powdered jaggery as required
  • ¼ or ½ teaspoon of rock salt or black salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper powder (optional)
  • ½ teaspoon roasted cumin powder
  • ½ or 1 teaspoon chaat masala powder
  • few mint leaves for garnishing
  • few ice cubes (optional)


  • Soak the sabja/basil seeds in 3/4 cup of water for half an hour.
  • In a glass jar or a bowl add 3.5 cups water.
  • Halve the lemons and squeeze the lemon juice into the water.
  • Add the salt, black pepper, cumin and chaat masala powder.
  • Add sugar or jaggery as required.
  • Stir well.
  • Drain the soaked sabja seeds.
  • Add soaked sabja seeds as required.
  • The leftover soaked basil seeds can be kept in the fridge and used for another drink.
  • Add few ice cubes, if you want.
  • Serve nimbu pani in tall glasses garnished with mint leaves.
  • Sprinkle with some extra chaat masala if you want.
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Dassana Amit

Dassana Amitnamaste and welcome to which i started in feb 2009 and is a pure vegetarian blog. i have been passionate about cooking from childhood and began to cook from the age of 10. later having enrolled in a home science degree greatly enhanced my cooking & baking skills and took it to a different level which i now share as foolproof recipes. i was formally trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.

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12 comments/reviews

  1. Hai dassana….I m sticking your juice recipes on my kitchen wall….is sabja seeds same as isabgol…..n will u pls share how to make butter5 stars

  2. Very nice

    • thankyou rachna 🙂

  3. Thanx
    Due regards
    Ceepeeem5 stars

  4. Hey, I follow your recipes all the time and I love them! The cakes, the vegetables and today I made this nimbu pani.. it was fantastic. 🙂
    And thank you for getting me into baking.5 stars

    • welcome amrita. glad to know that you have started baking. its creative.

  5. Pass some on to me please 😀

    • Moderation 🙁

  6. wow stunning recipe. I love all kinds of juices this is very new to me so damn good. WIsh u lived next door dear.

  7. Such a pretty drink! Lots of people don’t know that basil seeds can blow up like this. You should have seen my face Dassana when I learned about this a couple of years back. 😉

  8. looks yummy