Masala Nimbu Soda (Spiced Lemonade Fizz)

Masala Nimbu Soda (Spiced Lemonade Fizz) | Playful Cooking

Growing up in Shillong meant no summer vacation and no brutal hot days. Hence, the classic Nimbu Pani (Indian Lemonade) was never that common. However, Mom used to make us a glass after school, more for a medicinal purpose than thirst quencher. It was only during our yearly visits to Kolkata that got me to hooked to this ever so refreshing summer drink. Gulping a couple of glasses from the roadside stall was a mandate every time we stepped out. No ice cream or fresh fruit juice could give that cool feeling.

Masala Nimbu Soda (Spiced Lemonade Fizz) | Playful Cooking

Masala Nimbu Soda (Spiced Lemonade Fizz) | Playful Cooking

Masala Nimbu Soda (Spiced Lemonade Fizz) | Playful Cooking

Masala Nimbu Soda (Spiced Lemonade Fizz) | Playful Cooking

Masala Nimbu Soda (Spiced Lemonade Fizz) | Playful Cooking

This humble drink needs minimum effort and gives maximum pleasure. It also has a lot of health benefits in terms of keeping your tummy rolling smoothly, loosing the flab, curing hangovers and replenishing your body salts after you sweat a bucket everyday.

I mostly prefer plain Nimbu Pani with a little salt and sugar swirled in it. But when I am in the mood for that extra smack, I go for Masala Nimbu Soda (Spiced Sparkly Lemonade). Freshly ground roasted cumin with the pungent aroma, chaat masala with the tanginess and lots of fresh mint make the best combination of flavors.

Masala Nimbu Soda (Spiced Lemonade Fizz) | Playful Cooking

Masala Nimbu Soda (Spiced Lemonade Fizz) | Playful Cooking

With the temperature in Bangalore shooting high and the muggy feeling in the air, Masala Nimbu Soda helps me get going though the day. So, I squeeze as much lemon as possible, stay hydrated and hope Monsoon would arrive soon!

Masala Nimbu Soda (Spiced Lemonade Fizz) | Playful Cooking

Masala Nimbu Soda (Spiced Lemonade Fizz) | Playful Cooking

Masala Nimbu Soda (Spiced Lemonade Fizz) | Playful Cooking

Masala Nimbu Soda (Spiced Lemonade Fizz)

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • ½ cup fresh lemon juice
  • lemon slices for garnish
  • 4 cups club soda/sparkling water
  • ½ cup fresh mint leaves
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons chaat masala
  • 1 teaspoon roasted cumin

Instructions

  1. Take half of the fresh mint leaves and muddle it along with roasted cumin.
  2. Mix it with fresh lemon juice, sugar, salt and chaat masala.
  3. Finally, pour sparkling water, garnish with a few mint leaves and lemon slices.
  4. Serve immediately!

Masala Nimbu Soda (Spiced Lemonade Fizz) | Playful Cooking

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  • angiesrecipes
    angiesrecipes
    April 11, 2016 at 9:46 AM

    Totally refreshing! As always, your photos are amazing!

  • Bina
    Bina
    April 11, 2016 at 6:10 PM

    Lovely post and I cannot wait for summer to try this!! I love the sweet and salty nimbu paani and this really takes it to a new level 🙂

  • Laura | Tutti Dolci
    Laura | Tutti Dolci
    April 11, 2016 at 10:54 PM

    What a refreshing drink for hot summer days!

  • Kimberly/TheLittlePl
    Kimberly/TheLittlePl
    April 11, 2016 at 11:52 PM

    It looks super refreshing and the spices are new to me in a lemonade. Thanks for sharing

  • Appu
    Appu
    April 12, 2016 at 12:25 AM

    Amazing pictures. Couldn’t take my eyes off them.

  • Janani Rakesh Kumar
    Janani Rakesh Kumar
    April 12, 2016 at 1:05 AM

    Looks refreshing and awesome clicks !:-)

  • Tes
    Tes
    April 12, 2016 at 10:37 PM

    I really want something like this right now. So refreshing!

  • Shumaila
    Shumaila
    April 18, 2016 at 7:57 PM

    I love banta or nimbu soda from the roadside thelas. And Of course i can have homemade nimbu paani any time of the day. The pictures are so refreshing. Love everything about this post!

  • Cygnet Kitchen
    Cygnet Kitchen
    April 22, 2016 at 2:03 PM

    This looks so refreshing, Kankana! Now all we need here in the UK is some sun!