Pudine Ki Shikanji is a delightful lemonade with ground mint leaves and other spices. This surely makes a refreshing drink during summer.
Shikanji or Shikanji is the name given to the traditional lemonade or lemon juice from Punjab. Some of the alternate name for this include shikanji, shikanjbi and shikanjbeen. While this is a basic lemon juice, you can spice it with different spices along with the ginger, saffron and cumin.
I already have a minty lemon juice, where the chilled lemon juice is flavoured with ground mint leaves. In today’s drink, the mint leaves are ground with ginger, black salt, sugar to make a whole new refreshing drink. I made this as part of my Mixed North Indian Thali.
Pudine ki Shikanji
1 cup Mint leaves / Pudina
1 inch Ginger
1/4 tsp Black Salt / Kala Namak
2 tbsp Sugar
1/4 cup Water
How to make the Shikanji
In a saucepan take the sugar and add the water. On a low flame, bring the water to boil so that the sugar melts completely. When it starts to boil, switch off and let the syrup cool down.
Wash the mint leaves and grind it to a smooth paste along with ginger, black salt.
Strain the liquid into a bowl, and remove the pith.
Add the sugar syrup and chill the drink until serving.
Just before serving, squeeze in the lemon juice and serve chill.
This month’s Kid’s Delight event is guest hosted by Mayuri and this drink joins the drinks party.