Craving something relaxing and refreshing? Chill out with a nice cold glass of homemade lemonade which will keep you happy and hydrated. Lemonade or Nimbu Paani is one of the best solutions to beat the heat.

Juice of freshly squeezed lemons, sugar and black salt is a perfect thirst quencher. Oh, and the addition of roasted cumin powder takes it up a notch.

You can also add some sprigs of fresh mint as well. This lemon-based drink is popular all over the world and in Indian cuisine; we season it with roasted cumin powder or black salt to give it a more tantalizing flavour. You can also use normal salt as per your preference and any sugar substitute for a low-calorie version.

Magical Benefits of Lemon

Before starting with this recipe, let us dwell on some of the magical benefits of lemon-

  • Lemon helps in controlling high blood pressure, dizziness and nausea as it provides a calming sensation to both mind and body.
  • Lemons play a vital role in the formation of collagen, essential in smoothing out lines in the face.


  • Lemon is an excellent fruit that fights against throat infections due to its well known anti-bacterial properties.
  • Lemons have a high amount of citrate, which has been established to naturally prevent the accumulation of kidney stones.
  • It has anti-inflammatory effects and fights viruses. Lemon juice helps to get rid of toxins faster.


  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tbsp black salt
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 glass water
  • 2 to 3 ice cubes
  • 1/2 tsp roasted cumin powder
  • Salt to taste

How to prepare

  • Take a glass of water and add sugar to it and stir well until thoroughly mixed.
  • Add lemon juice, salt and roasted cumin powder to it. Roast the cumin powder when you are making the lemonade as the roasting will leave a nice aroma to the lemonade.
  • You can also add some sprigs of fresh mint as well. Crush them slightly and then add them.
  • Stir continuously till all the ingredients mix well.
  • Pour crushed ice on the top of it.
  • The sweet and sour lemonade is ready to enjoy.


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