4 Different Nimbu Pani Recipes

July 26, 2012mayurisjikoni

RECIPE: 4 DIFFERENT NIMBU PANI RECIPES

4 different Nimbu Pani recipes are so easy to make. Within minutes you can enjoy or serve a refreshing and chilled nimbu pani with just a few ingredients at hand.

WHAT IS NIMBU PANI?

Nimbu Pani is a lemon water drink that is usually made during the summer time. Not only is it refreshing but also an instant energy booster during the hot season. It is what the West calls lemonade. Another famous name for this tasty summer drink is shikanji.

Usually, lemon juice, sugar, a bit of salt and a spice of choice is added to chilled water and served. However, one can easily replace the water with soda water to make a different kind of party drink.

 

CAN SUGAR BE REPLACED IN THE RECIPE?

Yes by all means. While I have prepared the common recipe of using sugar you can easily replace it with honey, maple syrup, jaggery powder, any other artificial or natural sweeteners like stevia or monk fruit sweetener. As my hubby is diabetic I replace the sugar with stevia for him.

HONEY, MAPLE SYRUP, JAGGERY POWDER can be replaced 1:1. That is in the recipe I have used 2 tbsp powdered sugar. So you can replace it with 2 tbsp of your choice of sweetener. However, it is always best to add according to your taste.

STEVIA – when I replace the sugar with stevia, I need barely ¼ tsp as natural stevia is very sweet. Try and source natural stevia. It comes as a fine green powder.

CAN WATER BE REPLACED?

To make nimbu pani /lemonade/shikanji more flavourful and thirst quenching replace the amount of water with soda water. If you choose to use Sprite, 7UP, Mountain Dew, or any other similar soda, be careful when you add sugar as these sodas already contain sugar or sweeteners.

Replace water with coconut water. The drink with coconut water is hydrating and so delicious.

WHICH KIND OF LEMONS TO USE?

I don’t think there is a hard and fast rule as to which lemons you can use to prepare Nimbu Pani. I use whatever is available wherever I am. In Kenya we mostly get the same kind of lemons as in India. Indian Lemons as they are more popularly known as are medium in size, can be yellow to green in colour. They have a thin peel and tend to be a bit more sour too.

When in UK or Canada, we get Eureka or Lisbon Lemons, the bright yellow oval shaped ones. These tend to be less acidic and are sweetish. Sometimes I mix both Meyer Lemon and Lisbon Lemons. Meyer Lemons tend to be less acidic and have an orange like taste.

Whenever, I’ve run out of lemons, I have also used lime.

So, go ahead and use whichever lemon you prefer.

RULE OF THE THUMB WHEN IT COMES TO MAKING NIMBU PANI

Simply remember 1 part lemon juice, 1 part sugar and 1-1½ part water with a pinch of salt. I usually take 1 part water or liquid as we tend to add ice cubes to the drink. And we all know that during the hot season the ice cubes melt pretty fast, diluting the drink.

MEMORIES

Growing up in Nairobi, the usual drink one offered when we went visiting was tea or coffee to the adults and soft drinks for the kids. I don’t think my mum made nimbu pani often. The time I had nimbu pani every single day was when I went to India right in the middle of summer. Summers in Ahmedabad are scorching hot. I was actually there, as I was heading to start school in Mt. Abu. My guardians would make nimbu pani every day. Even when I went to visit families in the villages, nimbu pani was the popular drink.

Got married and moved to the hot and humid Mombasa. Nimbu Pani became the most prepared drink especially during the months from December to April as they are the hottest. Would make some for the kids to carry to school especially when they had outdoor activities. If we hosted dinner parties during the very hot months, I would make saffron nimbu pani or the mint one.

It was during my numerous visits to India that I fell in love with masala nimbu pani. Love how different spices all comes together to create a unique, sweet, spicy and slightly salty drink.

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INGREDIENTS REQUIRED FOR 4 DIFFERENT NIMBU PANI RECIPES:

NORMAL OR SIMPLE NIMBU PANI / LEMONADE

  • Fresh Lemon Juice – for an ultra tasty drink, best to use freshly squeezed lemon juice. Bottled ones tend to taste a bit bitter and have citric acid added to it.
  • Powdered Sugar – I prefer to use powdered sugar as it melts faster than sugar crystals in the water. However, DO NOT use confectioners’ sugar or icing sugar as it contains corn starch. It is very to powder sugar at home. Simply run normal sugar in the coffee mill.
  • Salt – I like to use rock salt. Use any salt of your choice.
  • Chilled Water – normal tap water that has been chilled in the fridge.
  • Spice – one can use cumin powder, pepper powder or cardamom powder.
  • Ice Cubes – for serving.

KESAR NIMBU PANI / SAFFRON LEMONADE

  • Fresh Lemon Juice – for an ultra tasty drink, best to use freshly squeezed lemon juice. Bottled ones tend to taste a bit bitter and have citric acid added to it.
  • Powdered Sugar – I prefer to use powdered sugar as it melts faster than sugar crystals in the water. However, DO NOT use confectioners’ sugar or icing sugar as it contains corn starch. It is very to powder sugar at home. Simply run normal sugar in the coffee mill.
  • Salt – I like to use rock salt. Use any salt of your choice.
  • Chilled Water – normal tap water that has been chilled in the fridge.
  • Saffron – kesar. Soak the saffron in little hot water for about 10-15 minutes.
  • Cardamom Powder – elachi. Goes so well with saffron flavour.
  • Ice Cubes – for serving.

PUDINA NIMBU PANI / MINT LEMONADE

  • Fresh Lemon Juice – for an ultra tasty drink, best to use freshly squeezed lemon juice. Bottled ones tend to taste a bit bitter and have citric acid added to it.
  • Powdered Sugar – I prefer to use powdered sugar as it melts faster than sugar crystals in the water. However, DO NOT use confectioners’ sugar or icing sugar as it contains corn starch. It is very to powder sugar at home. Simply run normal sugar in the coffee mill.
  • Salt – I like to use rock salt. Use any salt of your choice.
  • Chilled Water – normal tap water that has been chilled in the fridge.
  • Fresh Mint Leaves – pluck the leaves. Don’t use the stem.
  • Ice Cubes – for serving.

MASALA NIMBU SODA OR PANI / MASALA LEMONADE

  • Fresh Lemon Juice – for an ultra tasty drink, best to use freshly squeezed lemon juice. Bottled ones tend to taste a bit bitter and have citric acid added to it.
  • Powdered Sugar – I prefer to use powdered sugar as it melts faster than sugar crystals in the water. However, DO NOT use confectioners’ sugar or icing sugar as it contains corn starch. It is very to powder sugar at home. Simply run normal sugar in the coffee mill.
  • Salt – I like to use rock salt. Use any salt of your choice.
  • Black Salt – sanchar. Also known as kala namak it is a kiln fired rock salt popular in the Indian Sub Continent. It has a sulphurous, pungent smell. Mostly available in Indian Stores or online.
  • Pepper Powder – usually black pepper, kali mirch is used.
  • Cumin Powder – lightly roast cumin and grind it at home or available in most grocery stores.
  • Chaat Masala – is a famous spice mixture from the Indian Sub Continent. It is popularly used for all chaat dishes. Easily available in Indian Stores or online.
  • Chilled Soda Water–  or normal tap water that has been chilled in the fridge.
  • Fresh Mint Leaves – pluck the leaves. Don’t use the stem.
  • Ice Cubes – for serving.

 

WATCH HOW TO MAKE 4 DIFFERENT NIMBU PANI RECIPES:

4 DIFFERENT NIMBU PANI / LEMONADE RECIPES

mayurisjikoni
4 different Nimbu Pani recipes are so easy to make. Within minutes you can enjoy or serve a refreshing and chilled nimbu pani with just a few ingredients at hand.
5 from 12 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course beverage, Drinks
Cuisine Indian
Servings 1 EACH

Ingredients
  

FOR NORMAL PLAIN NIMBU PANI / LEMONADE

  • 2 tbsp lemon juice fresh
  • 2 tbsp powdered sugar
  • tsp Himalayan Rock Salt
  • 1 cup water chilled
  • ¼ tsp cumin powder
  • some ice cubes

FOR KESAR NIMBU PANI / SAFFRON LEMONADE

  • 2 tbsp lemon juice fresh
  • 2 tbsp powdered sugar
  • tsp saffron strands
  • 2 tbsp hot water
  • ¼ tsp cardamom powder
  • 1 cup water chilled
  • some ice cubes

PUDINA NIMBU PANI / MINT LEMONADE

  • 2 tbsp lemon juice fresh
  • 2 tbsp powdered sugar
  • 1 cup water chilled
  • ¼ cup mint leaves fresh
  • tsp Himalayan Rock Salt
  • some ice cubes

MASALA NIMBU SODA / MASALA LEMONADE

  • 2 tbsp lemon juice fresh
  • 2 tbsp powdered sugar
  • 1 cup soda water chilled
  • tsp pepper powder
  • ¼ tsp cumin powder
  • tsp black salt
  • ¼ tsp chaat masala
  • some ice cubes

Instructions
 

PREPARATION OF NORMAL PLAIN NIMBU PANI / LEMONADE

  • Add all the ingredients in a glass except for the ice cubes.
  • Give it a good stir.
  • Add ice cubes and serve.

PREPARATION OF KESAR NIMBU PANI / SAFFRON LEMONADE

  • Add saffron to the hot water. Allow it to infuse for at least 10 minutes.
  • Add all the ingredients including the saffron water in a glass, except for the ice cubes.
  • Mix well.
  • Add ice cubes and serve.

PREPARATION OF PUDINA NIMBU PANI / MINT LEMONADE

  • Add all the ingredients except for ice cubes in a blender.
  • Blend well till the mint leaves are crushed completely.
  • Add ice cubes to a serving glass.
  • Pour the mint lemonade into it and serve.

PREPARATION OF MASALA NIMBU SODA / MASALA LEMONADE

  • Add lemon juice, sugar, salts, spices into a glass.
  • Mix it well.
  • Add ice cubes.
  • Add soda water and serve.

Notes

  • Add spices according to your taste. You can easily replace them with your favourite spice.
  • To make the drinks with soda water, simply replace the water.
  • Add sugar according to your taste.
  • You can prepare the water based drinks ahead and keep them in the fridge till required.
  • If you use soda water, then you need to consume the drinks immediately.
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24 Comments

  • Seema

    April 10, 2022 at 3:17 am

    5 stars
    I made the pudina nimbu pani today.. it was divine. We loved the fresh flavour and soothing effect of nimbu paani. Will make the others too.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      April 10, 2022 at 7:26 pm

      Thank you so much Seema, love the pudina one. Am sure your family will enjoy the other flavours too.

  • Jayashree T.Rao

    April 10, 2022 at 1:16 pm

    5 stars
    Nice flavours of nimbu pani recipes. It is refreshing to drink them on a hot summer day. We make it for Ram Navmi along with koshambir and buttermilk.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      April 10, 2022 at 7:22 pm

      Thanks Jayashree, we as such don’t have a particular recipe for prepare for Ram Navmi except that the food is fasting food.

  • Preethi Prasad

    April 11, 2022 at 8:31 am

    5 stars
    Nimbu pani with four different flavours sounds incredible. Perfect refreshing drink for the hot summers. Can’t wait to try them all this summer.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      April 11, 2022 at 8:42 pm

      Thank you so much Preethi. Enjoy when you try all four during the summer.

  • Priya Vj

    April 11, 2022 at 12:23 pm

    5 stars
    Nimbu paani is welcome any time . Just like you I too love this refreshing beverage in hot summer . Masala nimbu pani is so yumm and the fizz from soda and masala when mixed gives a nice tingling sensation and rejuvenates instantly. Will try the kesar nimbu paani soon .

    1. mayurisjikoni

      April 11, 2022 at 8:40 pm

      Thank you so much Priya, you have described masala nimbu soda perfectly. Just love it. Try the saffron one, you wouldn’t regret it.

  • Kalyani

    April 12, 2022 at 7:01 am

    5 stars
    am torn between having to choose (or actually drink) which version of nimbu paani here ! lovely twists on the classic beverage, my eyes are however drawn to the pudina nimbu version (and the beet-tomato juice) here 🙂

    1. mayurisjikoni

      April 12, 2022 at 6:17 pm

      Thank you so much Kalyani.So easy to make whichever one you like. Enjoy it for while the season is hot.

  • Uma

    April 12, 2022 at 7:56 pm

    5 stars
    I loved all the flavors of this nimbu pani. The masala nimbu pani looks refreshing! I Will try your kesar nimbu paani soon .

    1. mayurisjikoni

      April 13, 2022 at 4:48 pm

      Thank you so much Uma. Do try out the saffron one, it is refreshingly delicious.

  • Vandana

    April 14, 2022 at 7:14 am

    5 stars
    Tried the one with saffron on weekend and it was so good. Everyone in my family loved this twist to a simple nimbu pani which is my favorite drink. Really excited to try the remaining versions.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      April 14, 2022 at 6:36 pm

      Thank you so much Vandana for trying out the saffron nimbu pani. Try out the others, am sure you will like it.

  • Hayley Dhanecha

    April 16, 2022 at 4:31 am

    5 stars
    My mum always talk about Nimbu Pani they used to make in India without adding any fizzy drinks. Sometimes in summer she makes it for us. This weekend temperature has risen to 22C, and I wanted something refreshing after a good run in the park. We made kesar Nimbu pani, loved it. Delicious twist, Can’t wait to try other three recipes too 🙂

    1. mayurisjikoni

      April 18, 2022 at 10:18 pm

      Thanks Hayley, am so glad you enjoyed the saffron nimbu pani. Am sure you will enjoy the one with the fizz too.It is quite commonly served in restaurants in India.

  • Amrita Roy

    April 19, 2022 at 6:13 am

    5 stars
    During summer days nimbu Pani is must at our home. However I always make the regular nimbu Pani. Out of four I have tried two varieties and really enjoyed them. Eagerly waiting to prepare the remaining varieties.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      April 19, 2022 at 5:26 pm

      Thanks Amrita for trying two of the nimbu pani recipes. Am sure you’ll like the other two too.

  • Avin Kohli

    April 19, 2022 at 1:11 pm

    5 stars
    Nimbu pani is so versatile that we sometime forget how amazing this drink is. Your saffron shikanji should be intresting to try.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      April 19, 2022 at 5:21 pm

      Thanks Avin, go ahead and try it. Am sure you’ll love it.

  • Sandhya Ramakrishnan

    April 22, 2022 at 10:03 am

    5 stars
    You have the best source of thirst quenchers right here for the summer. I love nimbu pani and I will be trying out all the different ones that you have mentioned. I tried the kesar one right away as I had to drink it right after I saw the post. It was delicious. Love the idea of using powdered sugar. That makes it so much easier to make nimbu pani. I have made a batch of powdered sugar and stored it now to make nimbu pani often.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      April 22, 2022 at 3:22 pm

      Thank you so much Sandhya. Before I use to use normal sugar and it would take forever to melt. So even during the hot season I make sure I have powdered sugar ready for juices, milkshakes, etc. So much easier. Am so glad you loved the saffron one.

  • Lata Lala

    April 25, 2022 at 2:01 pm

    5 stars
    Nimbu pani with four different flavours sounds so good during these hot summer days.
    I would love to try all of it. For me its perfect refreshing drink for the hot humid weather. Can’t wait to try them soon.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      April 26, 2022 at 9:33 pm

      Thank you so much Lata, go ahead and try them all. Enjoy.

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