Cookbook recipe series with Shikanji – the cooling summer lemonade!

 

Shikanji

The summery drink!

Cookbook Recipe Series #1

“Cookbooks hit you where you live. You want comfort; you want security; you want food; you want to not be hungry and not only do you want those basic things fixed, you want it done in a really nice, gentle way that makes you feel loved. That’s a big desire, and cookbooks say to the person reading them, ‘If you will read me, you will be able to do this for yourself and for others. You will make everybody feel better.’”

~ Laurie Colwin, More Home Cooking

How true!

Today, on World book day I salute to all the wonderful authors and readers of varied books across the world. And would like to launch my ‘Cookbook recipes series’ on this day. I would be preparing one dish each, from the various recipes in cookbooks, which I have in my collection and hope to keep collecting.  Then, sharing one recipe from each of the cookbook, which I have tried at home. This will include my cooking trails, successes, failures and any adaptations made to the basic recipes, during the course of preparing the dish.

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My food and cookbooks collection!

For me, reading a recipe is embarking on an adventure and then if I find some recipe really interesting or tempting, I enact the adventure by cooking the dish. This is living a ‘tasty adventure’! And am always looking out to embark on such ‘culinary’ adventures! I would be glad to hear your views and thoughts. And would appreciate, if you could drop your comments, please.

What is ‘World Book day?

23 April is celebrated as World book day. A day to celebrate reading and a celebration of authors, books, illustrators and importantly readers!’

Let us celebrate everyday as ‘World Book day’!

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Cookbooks and more!

 

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Cookbook fanatic? Yes, I am!

 

 Shikanji: the perfect summer cooler:

Here comes a perfect summer cooler to quench your thirst and satiate your soul! Often, I have noticed that most of the cold (sweet) drinks available in the market do not quench your thirst. Then ‘Shikanji’ comes to your rescue.

Shikanji is also known as shikanjbi, shikanjbeen or shikanjvi . It is the traditional ‘lemonade’ popular in Northern parts of India.It is one of the best summer, spiced and super cooling drinks of India.

As soon as I read this recipe for Shikanji, in the cook book ‘Tasty eating for Healthy Living’ by the renowned chef Sanjeev Kapoor, I wanted to try it out.

Many a times, when I read some recipes, these, make me want to rush to the kitchen and try them out. This is one of such recipes. So yesterday, when I was back from work, having picked up the Club soda from a local shop, made this wonderful ‘cooling’ drink and gulped it down. It was a wonderful feeling, which needs to be experienced.

I have made some minor adaptations to this Shikanji recipe. And I have listed the quantities of ingredients for one glass of this ‘cold drink (instead of 4 glasses) as I made it for myself!

Shikanji

Aha! I need this , please!


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Shikanji - the cooling summer lemonade
Cook book Recipe Series #1 Here comes a perfect summer cooler to quench your thirst and satiate your soul! Often, I have noticed that most of the cold (sweet) drinks available in the market do not quench your thirst. Then ‘Shikanji’ comes to your rescue.
Shikanji
Course beverage, drink
Cuisine indian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings
serving
Ingredients
Course beverage, drink
Cuisine indian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings
serving
Ingredients
Shikanji
Instructions
  1. Combine salt, sugar, lemon juice from one lemon, directly in a drinking/serving glass (or a small vessel)
  2. Add cumin powder to it. You can add either plain cumin powder as I did, or add roasted cumin powder.
  3. Add black salt to the above mix, this is optional. I did not add black salt as I did not have it readily available at home. Mix well.
  4. Add some mint leaves to this.
  5. Pour in Club soda until the brim of the glass.
  6. Decorate with mint leaves and a slice of lemon. Serve chilled!
Recipe Notes

Your perfect glass of ‘cool’ drink is ready to be slurped and gulped to quench your thirst!

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