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Masala Lemonade/Masala Nimbu Soda Recipe with Lemons and Indian Spices to beat the heat
Quench your never ending thirst in hot summers, with a glass of chilled Masala Lemonade with spices like cumin powder, black salt, black pepper and mint leaves.
Masala Lemonade or better known as Masala Nimbu Soda in Northern India is the one the original summer cooler from India. Easily made at home with lemons/lime and few handy spices. You can serve it with plain water or mixed with carbonated water/soda/sparkling water. It is one of the ultimate thirst quencher for Indian summers!!
In North Indian cities specially in Delhi and Western U.P region it is sold by street vendors. Due to high heat in summers, people drink these summer coolers to keep the body cool.
Indian Summers are long and very hot. To fight the dreading heat, from ancient times have our own natural summer coolers. Nowadays we have the luxury of living AC homes and moving in AC cars, not always it was like this. People relied on nature and natural ingredients to keep the body cool and hydrated.
Masala Lemonade/ Masala Nimbu Soda
Masala Lemonade is one such summer coolers that is not only delicious but also the spices used in it also benefit the body and digestive system.
If you have being to Delhi or the Northern parts of India, during summers you must have seen shops and cart vendors selling different kinds of cold drinks. One very unique from Delhi region is the Masala Lemonade Soda, popularly known as Banta/Balti Soda/Kanche Wali Bottle or Goli Soda. It is also one of the cheapest summer drink that is easily available to the masses.
Kanche Wali Bottle is a special Glass Bottle that has this special soda. It is known as Goli Soda, as the packed bottle has a marble in it. To open this, marble has to be pushed down. Marble in hindi is ‘Goli’.
To serve it the vendor mixes this soda with lemon juice and spices. One glass is frizzy drink is so filling and refreshing that you instantly feel refreshed!! And trust me don’t try to gulp it down all at once or with a straw!! Due to Soda in it. you know what I mean here 😉 !!
Other Indian Summer Coolers from the blog.. Jal Jeera,
Try this fusion recipe of Nimbu Paani and Basil.. Basil Shikanjavi
Other smoothies or summer coolers from the blog..
It is summer time and lot of fresh lemons are available in stores and markets., For me lemons and summers go hand in hand. Apart from Lemonades and cocktails, lemon juice is used as a quick and easy dressing for salads(Kachumber Salad).
To add the citrsuy touch to your desserts like cheesecakes, use it in baking cakes, cookies, scones and muffins.
#248LemonLove is the Theme for this week’s Foodie Monday Bloghop facebook group. This Citrusy Theme was suggested by Waagmi. You have to checkout her blog for the amazing pics that she takes for her recipes. Waagmi made these Lemon Cookies for the theme. I also will like to try this soft and moist Lemon Cake from her blog!
I am linking my Masala Lemonade/Masala Nimbu Soda with the theme.
How to make Masala Lemonade / Masala Nimbu Soda
The main flavor of this masala nimbu comes from spices like Roasted Jeera Powder/Cumin Powder, Black Pepper Powder, Black Salt. Sugar/Jaggery Powder are used a sweetener.
Fresh Ginger, Handful of Fresh Mint Leaves/Dried Mint (a tsp) to add the refreshing flavor.
Please note.. if you are making Lemonade to have it later, than do not add fresh mint leaves , as lemonade may turn bitter after sometime. Add dried mint leaves,
Add Chilled Water/ Chilled Soda to enjoy the refreshing taste. Or, you can add equal proportion of water and soda.
Spices and mint along with lemon not only adds on to the flavor but are also good for the digestive system and cools down the body.
Benefits of Lemon are known to all of us. One the richest source of Vit. C these are store house of antioxidants. Vit. C in lemons helps in boosting the immunity and helps in weight loss. Good for skin, digestion and helps prevents kidney stones.
Variations of Masala Lemonade/Masala Nimbu Soda
Add Strawberry Crush for Strawberry Masala Lemonade and Mango Puree Mango to make Masala Lemonade
Let’s make Masala Lemonade/Masala Soda
Masala Lemonade/Masala Nimbu Soda
- 2-4 Cups Chilled Carbonated Water/Water
- 1" Fresh Ginger
- 8-10 Fresh Mint Leaves
- 1 tsp Dried Mint Leaves
- 2-3 tsp Roasted Cumin Powder/Jeera Powder
- 1 tsp Black Pepper Powder
- Black Salt or Kala Namak(as per taste) or use Pink Himalayan Salt
- 1/4 cup Raw Cane Sugar/Jaggery or use as required
- ½ Cup Lemon Juice or as required
To make Roasted Cumin Powder
- In a pan, add 2-3 tbsp of cumin seeds.
- Dry roast on light heat till it gives aroma.
- Take off from the flame, and keep to cool.
- Once completely cool, grind to fine powder in coffee grinder or mixer grinder and store in an air tight container for further use.
- In a blender jar, add 1 cup chilled water. You can add some crushed ice also along with it.
- Add black pepper powder, cumin powder sugar, salt, ginger, lemon juice, mint leaves(dried and fresh).
- You can add black salt here in this step or add later. I prefer to add later, depending on individual's preference.
- Blender till ginger and fresh mint are fully blender with water and spices.
- Add lemon sugar mix to glasses.
- Add soda or water as preferred. Top with ice and serve immediately.
Do try this Masala Lemonade/Masala Nimbu Soda. It is an instant relief from scorching summer heat. Serve it with snacks tandoori gobhi/cauliflower tikka, grilled vegetables, your favourite pizza(Whole Wheat Pizza) or even chips, nachos and salsa.
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