Mamta's Kitchen

Fresh Lime/Lemon Drink (Lemonade)-Nimbu Pani

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.


  • 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.

  • Optional

  • 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.


If you have any comments or questions about this recipe, please post them to our Discussion Board. To link to this recipe on the forum, you may use the shortcode [recipe:10313]

Content copyright ©2001-2022 Mamta Gupta and F² Limited. (All rights reserved. No copying without permission.)
Layout and design ©2001-2022 F² Limited. (All rights reserved. No copying without permission.)
Hosted on Mythic Beasts
All comments and queries to [email protected]