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A Shikanjvi lemonade seller, outside Red Fort, Delhi.

Shikanjvi (Punjabi: ਸ਼ਕੰਜਵੀਂ, Hindi: शिकंजवी, Urdu: شِکنجوی) is a type of traditional limeade or lemonade from North India and Pakistan, especially prevalent in (both Indian and Pakistani) Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Haryana, Western Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Sindh.[1]

Alternative names include shikanji, shikanjbi and shikanjbeen. While the base ingredients include lemon or lime juice, ginger juice, ice and water, shikanjvi often contains other ingredients such as salt, saffron and cumin.[2]

It is also known by limbu paani or nimbu pani.

Recipe for making a glass of Shikanjvi.

Ingredients: 2 lemons (squeezed to make lemon juice), one little chunk of ginger, one or two teaspoons of sugar (raw if possible), half a teaspoon of salt and half a teaspoon of sugar.

Process: Pour cold drinking water in a glass. Add the lemon juice, ginger, sugar, salt and pepper. Shake it vigorously. Your refreshing glass of Shikanjvi is ready to drink. This is a traditional recipe, however people can experiment using mint leaves, rose water etc.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Jiggs Kalra, Pushpesh Pant, Classic cooking of Punjab, Allied Publishers, 2004, ISBN 978-81-7764-566-8 
  2. ^ Julie Sahni, Indian regional classics: fast, fresh, and healthy home cooking, Ten Speed Press, 2001, ISBN 9781580083454, "... Ginger Limeade (Shikanji) ..."