Summer Coolers ~ Nimbu Pani – Lemonade



During summer months I avoid long hours in the kitchen. Usually in the month of May, our mid day meals are quick to prepare, light, healthy and refreshing, mostly fruits, smoothies, coolers and light meals like wraps, salads and lightly sauteed vegetables. The meals in summer mostly seasonal vegetables/fruit-centric as they heal and cool down our system. So May will focus on light summer meals and coolers.

Vitamin C rich, Nimbu Pani aka Lemon water, a refreshing thirst quencher is a common summer drink in Indian homes. Basic recipe involves lime juice, water, sugar and pinch of salt. For a deeper lemony flavor, add the squeezed out lemons to the prepared lemonade and allow to sit for an hour or so. Strain and serve. For variation, add pinch of cardamom OR pinch of chat masala powder OR pinch of jaljira powder to a glass of Nimbu Pani. Will blog more lemonade versions using ginger, mint and herbs in future posts.

Cardamom flavored Nimbu Pani ~ Nimbu Pani

Prepare sugar syrup first by simmering a cup of water to which 2/3 cup sugar or brown sugar is added. Allow sugar to dissolve completely and cool. Extract juice from 9-10 limes or approx 1 cup of lime juice. Strain and discard the seeds. Keep aside.

Take a pitcher and add 10 cups of cold water, add the extracted lime juice and cooled sugar syrup and combine. Add 1 tsp of salt and combine. If you find it to be less sweet, add more sugar syrup and if it needs to be more tart, add more lime juice. Serve with ice in tall glasses.

For those who want to avoid sugar, replace sugar syrup with a cup of honey.

Herbal Sugar ~ Stevia Concentrate

I have used Stevia as a sweetner for Nimbu Pani, tea and juice and am happy with the taste. It is an acquired taste and needs getting used to. The liquid form of Stevia is the best and does not have a bitter aftertaste. I prepare Stevia concentrate (liquid) by simmering 1 cup of Stevia powder and 4 cups of water till at least a cup of water evaporates. Then allow to cool for 12-15 hours, strain through a cheesecloth and refrigerate and use as required. The liquid can be refrigerated upto 4 weeks. Just a few drops of Stevia concentrate is enough for a glass of Nimbu Pani or a cup of tea.

Summer Coolers ~ Nimbu Pani – Lemonade

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  • Serves: 10

Main Ingredients:

  1. lemon
  2. lime
  3. sugar

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During summer months I avoid long hours in the kitchen. Usually in the month of May, our mid day meals are quick to prepare, light, healthy and refreshing, mostly fruits, smoothies, coolers and light meals like wraps, salads and lightly sauteed vegetables.

Sailu

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  • http://iyercooks.blogspot.com Vidhya

    Nimbu pani looks refreshing Sailu. Yum

  • http://thecuisine.blogspot.com Hari Chandana

    perfect for this hot summer sailu.. looks gr8.. thank you so much.. :)

  • http://vegeyum.wordpress.com ganga108

    It sounds delicious.

  • http://ss-blogs-here.blogspot.com/ SS

    Interesting info about the stevia liquid concentrate. Doesn’t have an aftertaste haan.. Nice! Thanks!

  • http://tamalapaku.blogspot.com harini-jaya

    refreshing indeed!! I like the idea of Stevia..gotto chk it out

  • Raja

    wow shailu garu may motham challaga untundanamata inka 😀

  • http://annarasaessenceoffood.blogspot.com/ Apu

    Looks perfect for the warm summer – what kind of stevia did you get?
    Thanks,

    Apu

    • http://sailusfood.com Sailu

      I bought the powder form of Stevia.

  • http://mharorajasthanrecipes.blogspot.com/ Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal

    Looks great !!! I never made syrup to make lemonade, so glad to know this way !!!

  • shailaja

    This summer nimbupaani gives a great refeshment

  • uk

    Where can we buy Stevia in vizag? Is it available every where in A.P?
    Thank you.

    • http://sailusfood.com Sailu

      I am not sure if Stevia is available in the regular stores. I bought it at a local Ayurvedic Exhibition that had a stall selling Stevia powder. I am giving you the Distributor’s phone AP mobile number – 9391157340. Contact them for more info and availability of Stevia in AP.

  • http://bowlofmush.blogspot.com/ A Bowl Of Mush

    I just made some nimbu pani today! So refreshing and delicious!

  • aruna

    Hai sailugaru, good morning. naku mee receips ante chala istam. Maku pulla ice (Ice fruit) ante chala istam. ipudu summer kada. Entlo ela chesukovalo cheppara please.

  • http://kalyanikitchen.blogspot.com/ Kalyani

    wow a very refreshing drink….

  • http://www.facebook.com/celina.roberts Celina Delmont Roberts

    In our area this is made with rosewater, anyone know how to get rosewater? I love the rosewater lemonade style nimbu pani, but we only get it during certain city festivals at the cultural foods booths! (Grand Rapids)