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Basil Shikanji/Basil Lemonade

Shikanjavi or Nimbu Paani or Indian Lemonade flavored with basil simple syrup made with fresh basil leaves. Learn how to make Basil flavored Nimbu Paani or Lemonade
Prep Time10 mins
Resting Time for Mixture1 hr
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: Appetizer, Beverages
Cuisine: Fusion
Keyword: Fresh Basil Leaves, Shikanjavi
Author: Swati


  • Pan
  • Strainer
  • Blender(optional)
  • Mixing Spoons


For Basil Simple Syrup

  • 2 Cup Water
  • Cup Sugar
  • 1 Cup Fresh Basil Leaves

For Lemonade

  • 2 Lemons
  • 1/4 Cup Basil Simple Syrup
  • Water or Soda


Make Basil Simple Syrup

  • In a pan add water and sugar together.
  • Switch on the gas stove, heat water and sugar mixture.
  • When the mixture just let it boil for 1-2 mins. then add basil leaves.
  • Let it boil for another 1 minute.
  • Switch off the flame and let the flavor of basil leaves infuse in water sugar mixture.
  • Once the mixture cools down, blend the mixture. This is optional.
  • You can skip this step and directly strain the mixture.
  • Strain the mixture after blending.
  • Store it in an air-tight glass bottle or jar, use as required.

To make Shkanjavi/Lemonade

  • In a glass ad the basil simple syrup,about 1/4 cup for a glass. Add chilled water ice-cubes. Add few slices of any fruit you like or simply serve the nimbu paani and enjoy!!