Shikanji Masala

Shikanji Masala

Shikanji Masala || Nimbu Shikanji || Shikanji Masala Powder

Shikanji is the Indian cooling and lemon based refreshing drink in the summer season. It is a traditional drink which cheer up instantly. This easy beverage can be made in just 5 minutes. The Shikanji Masala can be stored for long and be used for making the refreshing drink instantaneously.

Ingredients – Interesting facts


  • Lemons are a fruit produced by a lemon tree.
  • The name ‘Lemon’ has been derived from the Asian word which means ‘sour fruit’.
  • The sour taste of Lemon is because of its citric acid content.
  • Lemon juice can be used to make beverages, like cocktails, lemonade and soft drinks.
  • In early times, lemons used to be so rare that wealthy people used to present lemons to each other.
  • Lemon trees produce lemons throughout the year.
  • Because of high level of acidity, Lemon is also used for cleaning stains around the house.
  • Lemon Festival is celebrated in France in the month of February.

Cumin seeds

  • Cumin is believed to be originated from Egypt.
  • It is a drought-tolerant crop and grows in tropical regions.
  • Although it is called Cumin Seed, it is basically fruit of the cumin plant.
  • It is commonly known as Jeera in India.
  • Around 70% of the world’s cumin production is done in India.

Black peppercorns

  • Black Pepper comes from the dried fruit peppercorn.
  • Black Pepper is mainly produced in India, Vietnam, Brazil and Indonesia.
  • Black Peppercorns are green when harvested, and change color while drying.
  • Pepper loses its flavor and aroma through evaporation. For the best flavor, it may be right before consumption.
  • As it was so expensive, it was mostly eaten by the wealthy in the past.

Black Salt

  • Black salt or kala namak is not really black in colour. In its crystal form, it looks purple.
  • It is also known as “Himalayan black salt”.
  • Historically, it is made from the salt rocks, mined in Himalayas region.


  • Salt is the most common ingredient in our kitchen.
  • It is present in each and every cell of our body.
  • Its Latin name is Sal from which the word “salary” is derived. It is believed that in the ancient times, the roman soldiers were paid in salt.
  • It is essential for life, but its excess intake poses health risk.


  • Ginger is a rhizome (an underground stem) and not a root.
  • India is the largest producer of Ginger.
  • In India, use of ginger in medicine goes back to ancient times.
  • Its generic name is “Zingiber”. It is derived from the Greek word “zingiberis”, which comes from the Sanskrit name of the spice, “singabera”.


  • Kids’ sugar cravings are rooted in biology. Sugar is the only taste that humans are born craving.
  • It is used as a food preservative as well.
  • Natural source of sugar are sugarcane, fruits, honey, dates etc.
  • Initially, sugar was so rare and expensive only royalty could afford it—and in very small quantities at that.


  • Cardamom is also one of the world’s oldest spices – cultivated for more than 4000 years.
  • Cardamom is a universally popular spice.
  • Ancient people believed cardamom had supernatural powers and that it could drive out evil spirits.
  • According to Chinese tradition, drinking cardamom tea is the secret to long life.
  • There are two widely known form of Cardamom. They are the Black Cardamom and the Green Cardamom.

Recipe Details

Shikanji Masala

Difficulty: Beginner Prep Time 5 min Cook Time 10 min Total Time 15 mins Servings: 10 Best Season: Summer


Shikanji Masala

Shikanji Preparation


Shikanji Masala Preparation

    • Roast 2 tbsp Cumin seeds on low flame for 2-3 minutes.
    • Cool it completely.
    • Mix the below mentioned ingredients:
      • Cooled roasted Cumin seeds
      • Unroasted cumin seeds – 2 tbsp
      • Black Pepper – 1½ tbsp
      • Green Cardamom – 2 pods
      • Black Salt – 2 tsp
      • Salt – 1 tsp
      • Chaat masala – 1 tsp
      • Dry Ginger powder – 1 tsp
    • Grind i.
    • Shikanji Masaala is ready.


  1. Store for months in air tight container.

Shikanji Preparation

    • Take a glass.
    • Add ice cubes, 1 tsp Shikanji masala, 1 tsp Powdered Sugar , 1 tbsp Lemon juice and chilled water (1 glass).
    • Mix it well.

Masala Nimbu Shikanji is ready.

Recipe Video

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