Chilly Basil Lemonade (Sabja Nimbu Shikanji)

Sweet basil is widely used in thai cuisine. In India its referred as Sabja. The leaves and seeds of sabja is widely used in ayurvedic medicines. For generations grandmothers and mothers have been using the leaves and seeds in herbal tea or soups.

One can find the sabja seeds in super markets or local shops selling them in different names such as Falooda seed or also known as Turkmaria seeds, it is also said these seeds are rich in antioxidants, helps in controlling diabetes and is also good for your skin. 

These sabja seeds are hard to chew, so do not consume them raw. It’s best to soak them in water or lemonade before consuming, which makes them more gelatinous. It is recommended to have at least two teaspoons of sabja seeds every day.

Basil seeds and leaves are one of the best body coolants. They are known to lower your body heat, which is why people often add them to refreshing drinks like nimbu paani, sherbets or milkshakes.

Street vendors in Southindia prepare this lemonade/kulukki with different flavors we can add natural pineapple juice, pomegranate or orange juice to the basic chilly lemonade a serve it. This basil lemonade pairs well with grilled meats and fried chicken or fritters.
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4 Limes Juice
8 to 10 Tbsp Diet Sugar or Raw Cane Sugar
1 Inch Ginger Grated
10 Sprigs Basil Leaves
1 Tbsp Basil Seeds
1 Chilly Chopped
1/4 Tsp Salt
Orange, Pomegranate or Pineapple Juice
2 Liters Cold Water

Ice Cubes...

In a glass jug or mixing bowl, add lime juice, grated ginger, salt, sugar, chilly and basil leaves stir well.

Add sparking water ( plain soda) or cold water stir well check for sugar add extra if needed.

Add sabja seeds to the lemonade stir and allow to rest for 2 minutes before serving. Add icecubes in a tall tumbler pour the lemonade serve...

We can also prepare different flavored lemonade by adding pineapple juice or orange juice to the bottom of the glass and pour over the lemonade serve with icecubes...Enjoy 😋

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