Shikanjvi – Indian Lime Cooler



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Shikanjvi – an Indian lime cooler – fresh lime juice, mint, sugar, a pinch of cumin and salt, and water over ice. Nothing like the overly sweet lemonade that most of us grew up with. This is savory, earthy, and tart, with just a hint of sweetness – A decidedly grown-up afternoon refresher!

Big thanks to the lovely Prachi Grover from for contributing this tasty recipe to the Indian chapter!

Look for more recipes to create an Indian feast in your own kitchen in the cookbook coming out later in 2016! You’ll find recipes for Saffron Curried Chicken, Stuffed Eggplants, Cucumber Raita, Sliced Potato Fritters with Green Chutney, and Saffron and Cardamom Rice Pudding, to name a few!

What you need for 4 to 6 people ~

  • 6 medium limes
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 6 teaspoons sugar
  • 15 to 20 mint leaves
  • 9 cups water
  • Ice cubes to fill
  • Lime wheels for garnish

What to do ~

  1. In a large jug, squeeze the juice from all the limes.
  2. Add cumin, salt, and sugar. Stir until the sugar dissolves. (Add more or less of each ingredient to taste. If this is your first time trying a savory citrus cooler, you may want to go light on the cumin and salt to begin with, and add more as desired.)
  3. Chop half the mint, and add to the jug. Reserve the remaining half for garnish.
  4. Add water, and stir.
  5. Fill each glass with ice cubes. Pour the shikanjvi into each glass, and garnish with reserved mint leaves and lime wheels.
  6. Enjoy!

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