Nimbu Pani is the most reached-out drink in summer. It is a simple, quick & refreshing drink. Nimbu Pani is popularly known as lemonade across the world.
However, it’s a Thanda-Thanda Cool-Cool drink here in India. 😁😁😁 Let me tell you, nimbu pani is way before soft drinks companies came up with their ideas.
Even though it is a middle-Eastern drink, Indians have made it their own easily. And why won’t we do it? This simple drink has so much to offer to us. It has become the perfect drink to quench your thirst in summer.
Not just it tastes incredible, but it also helps us fight the scorching weather of summer in India. At the same time, it also provides us with energy and refreshments, preventing us from dehydration.
How To Have Nimbu Pani?
There are no restrictions on how to have this refreshing drink. Neither you need to have it at any specific time or with a particular food. Yup! You can have nimbu pani any time & anywhere.
Want to detoxify your body? Have it in the morning. Want to get refreshed and re-energized during the day? Just go and drink it.
Refrigerate it in a water bottle, and it will be cooler like never before. Here are three ways for you.
3 Different Ways Make To Nimbu Pani
It is a wholesome drink in itself. But do you want to make it more awesome? There are several things we can do about that.
In general, Nimbu Pani in India comes in two forms. One is sweet (the majority of the time), and the other is salty. But there are different ways to make it as well.
Once done, we are going to have quite some variations for this. Speaking of which, did you know that there are variations for lemonade? We even have a pink and hard lemonade, prevalent in western countries.
Here are some nimbu pani varieties for you.
Mint Nimbu Pani or Pudina Nimbu Pani
Adding mint to this coolant will provide you with minty lemonade. In other words, Mint Nimbu Pani. So, all in all, you get two flavours: the tangy one and the fresh mint.
I like the khatta-meetha taste.
Lemon Soda or Nimbu Soda
It might not be the ideal way to have it. But this spicy beverage is also an excellent way to treat your digestive problems.
Moreover, the inclusion of masala powders works like a quick desi antidote for better digestion. Coriander powder, black pepper, chaat masala, cumin powder & black salt are a few to name.
Lemonade is quite popular in England, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, etc. Excluding the spices, of course!
Coconut Nimbu Pani or Coconut Sikanji
The coastal regions of India are more likely to serve lemonade like this. It’s a famous drink in the streets of Mumbai. Mumbaikars are fond of it & unless you don’t try, you won’t find out.
Now, there are two methods to make this. Either you can add spices and squeeze lemon in the coconut water itself. Or you can use the tender flesh of the coconut in readymade lemonade. Both will taste awesome!😋😋
Ingredients of Nimbu Pani
The ingredients we are using are few. Additionally, they are readily available. Hence, there’s nothing that can stop you from making it.
The quantity of sugar here is adjustable, depending on how sweet you want it. Or even skippable! We are melting the sugar in the water here, i.e. we are making syrup.
If you want to avoid that and skip the heating step, using powdered sugar or ground rock sugar are great options to go by. Honey will be the healthiest way to sweeten it.
Mint leaves will elevate the coolness along with lemons. However, we are using it in lesser quantity than we would in mint Nimbu Pani. Adding basil seeds can be an excellent choice. Try it.
Rock Salt is entirely optional in this recipe. However, you will enjoy the sweet & savoury combinations. Therefore, we will go with rock salt. On the other hand, black salt can be a substitute. It is because of the savoury taste profile.
Lemon juice is not only the base ingredient here. But it carries the weight of the entire recipe. As a result, it becomes our star ingredient. Use large and juicy lemons to extract juice from them. The rest is self-explanatory.
Water & Ice Cubes
Add water & ice cubes based on your personal preference.
We have discussed a lot about nimbu pain, its ingredients & varieties. Now let me share some quick tips. Here they are.
Tips to Make Nimbu Pani Better
- Add lemon zest in the syrup to increase the intensity of lemon flavour. You can strain it later on after the syrup is cold enough.
- Add extra lemon juice if the Nimbu Pani turns out to be way too sweet than you like.
- Don’t use cold water to dissolve sugar. It can get troublesome sometimes.
- If using honey, then use half a cup for every cup of lemon juice. Again, adjust this ratio as per your taste.
- Fresh lemon juice is better but bottled lemon juice, i.e. store-bought, is okay as well.
- Do not refrigerate your nimbu pain with ice cubes in it. It can dilute the drink.
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