Thursday 12 April 2018 5:02 AM UTC
India has its own love-hate relationship with summers. In our case, the love mostly stems from the great range of seasonal food and drinks unique to the season. Take for instance, a cool glass of shikanji. You may call it a close cousin of nimbu paani. And, you are not entirely wrong. It is indeed a close and a slightly edgy cousin of your humble lemonade. Also, known as shikanjvi and shikanjbeen, shikanji is one of the most favourite cool drinks of India. The base ingredients include lemon or lime juice, ginger juice, ice and water, and other ingredients such as salt and cumin. The delicious drink is a staple across streets of North India during summers. Vendors make many litres of the beverage in advance and store in their big earthen pots covered in red cloth. Earthen pots help keeps the beverage cool. Shikanji is sold for a meagre 15-20 rupees a glass across Delhi. One can make shikanji easily at home, too. Here’s what you would need to do.
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