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Shikanji recipe with step by step photos and video recipe – is a simple, spiced Indian lemonade from North India. It is known as shikanjvi too. It is also called as a summer cooler.
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: North Indian
Keyword: shikanji
Servings: 2 servings
Author: Achala


  • 2 glasses water
  • 1 medium size lemon
  • 1 tbsp sugar or as required
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp black salt
  • 1 tsp roasted cumin powder
  • 3-4 mint leaves for garnishing
  • A few ice cubes


  • Collect all the required ingredients.
  • Cut the lemon into two halves.
  • Take a bowl and squeeze out all the juice using lemon squeezer.
  • Add salt, black salt, and roasted cumin powder.
  • Then add sugar.
  • Now add water.
  • Stir till all the sugar is dissolved. If your sugar has big granules then it will take a few minutes. To make it dissolve quickly, use the powdered sugar.
  • Add a few ice cubes to make it chill.
  • At the time of serving, pour the shikanji into tall glasses and garnish with mint leaves.
  • Serve chilled shikanji immediately.


  • If you have shikanji masala powder on hand, skip adding the spices and add a 1 tsp to 11/2 tsp of the masala to the basic lemonade drink.
  • Instead of water, you can use soda for soda shikanji.
  • You can add Sprite or 7 Up instead of water.
  • Pinch of black pepper powder and a pinch of dry ginger powder can also be added along with rest of the spices.
  • A pinch of green cardamom powder can be added for variation.
  • You can jaggery syrup or honey instead of sugar.