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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
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Resting Time for Mixture 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Course Appetizer, Beverages
Cuisine Fusion


  • 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!!
Keyword Fresh Basil Leaves, Shikanjavi
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