shikanji or shikanjvi recipe: how to make shikanji, nimbu pani recipe

5 from 4 votes

shikanji or shikanjvi as we call it at home is a famous & traditional lemonade of north india and pakistan. it is a summer cooler.

we would make shikanji often in the summers and keep on gulping it. we used to make it in bulk and keep in the fridge.

shikanji, shikanjvi, nimbu pani

it is so refreshing, plus you get loads of vitamin c in one drink. it is so hot now. i wonder what will happen in may. i guess my whole fridge will be stocked with shikanji 😉

shikanjvi - nimbu pani

whilst living in delhi, i would see so many shikanji stalls in the summers. in mumbai too there would be stalls selling nimbu pani. what is the difference between shikanji and nimbu pani? according to me they are same… just different names for the same drink.

the recipe here is the way we make it at home. shikanji is always made with fresh lemon juice and spiced with some black salt and some roasted cumin powder. sugar is also added. so you have a sweet and salty lemony drink with hints of cumin.

shikanji - nimbu pani

black salt is the best salt to be used in shikanji as it gives a punch and the peculiar black salt taste which no other salt can give.

if you are looking for more indian summer drinks then do check: kokum juice, mint juice, aam ka panna, jaljeera, chaas recipe and sweet lassi.

shikanji or indian lemonade recipe below:

shikanji recipe, indian lemonade recipe
5 from 4 votes

shikanji recipe | indian lemonade recipe

shikanji or shikanjvi - cooling indian drink made during summers
course beverages & drinks
cuisine north indian
prep time 5 minutes
total time 5 minutes
servings 2
author dassana

ingredients (1 cup = 250 ml)

  • 1 medium size lemon
  • 2 glasses water
  • 1 teaspoon roasted cumin powder (bhuna jeera powder)
  • rock salt or black salt as required
  • sugar as required
  • 4 to 5 leaves mint for garnishing, optional
  • a few ice cubes

how to make recipe

  1. cut the lemon in to two.
  2. take 2 glasses of a water in a bowl
  3. with a lemon juice squeezer, squeeze the juice directly into the water.
  4. add black salt, sugar, jeera powder.
  5. stir till the sugar dissolves.
  6. pour the shikanji in glasses. add ice cubes. garnish with mint and serve shikanji immediately.
  7. you can also make the shikanji and chill in the fridge and then serve.

recipe notes

  • if you are making shikanji for fasting, then add rock salt/sendha namak.
  • i have mentioned shikanji (indian lemonade) recipe details for making two glasses, but you can double and triple the drink.


dassana amit
i started in feb 2009. it is a pure vegetarian blog and shares recipes with step by step photos.

i am passionate about cooking from childhood and learnt cooking from my elders. a home science degree course further enhanced my cooking and baking skills professionally along with an internship in a five star hotel. i am trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.

all the 1800 recipes posted on blog are tried and tested and made healthy wherever possible. the recipes are detailed and with step by step pictures that will easily help you to make delicious and tasty vegetarian food.

24 thoughts on “shikanji or shikanjvi recipe: how to make shikanji, nimbu pani recipe

  1. it will pakka work na I mean the taste will be delicious or not

    • taste will be good. also you can always add some more lemon juice or sugar or roasted cumin powder or rock salt/black salt as per your taste.

  2. Have tried this very tasty and refreshing

    • thankyou so much malikah 🙂

  3. Useful thirst quenchers

  4. Thanx Dassana I really need that drink…..awesome

    • welcome sophia

  5. Awesome

    • thanks hasanali

  6. ammmiiizzzing… Limbu pani.. In gujarati word!! !

  7. such a different taste of Haryana .If i can find black salt & cummin powder .I am going to try this when the hot season probably (april.may)

    • parvesh. do give it a try. shikanji is very cooling in summers.

  8. It will help in hot hoti summer season really

  9. it is my favorite summer drink.
    I love it very much..

  10. Can you give an idea of how much sugar to use? I’m sure it’s to taste, but I’d like a ballpark estimate, please? I just have no idea.

    • hi christine, for one glass if you like a little bit of more sweetness, then 4 tsp of sugar would be fine. so for two glasses, 8 tsp would be alright. for just a sweet taste, 6 tsp of sugar is fine. if you find this less sweet, then add 1 or 2 tsp of more sugar.

  11. Ahh this Shikanjvi reminds me of my Delhi days!! My mum use to give us in summers always…loved your clicks Dassana!

  12. So simple, yet refreshing! Love your presentation:)

  13. It gets that hot here for like 2 weeks in summer.. and then i remember mom’s shikanjvi. ah the fresh burst of cool happiness! love the pictures!

  14. yumm..

  15. that’s perfect to beat the heat in my city =)

  16. LOVE the first photo! Beautiful…

  17. I love unique recipes and this lemonade definitely screams unique flavors. I do not have black salt, but I do have grey salt….will still make it though! Love your pretty pictures!

  18. Such a different lemonade to us in the West — if I can find black salt I’m going to try this when the weather gets hot (probably in August, September, October).

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