Simple lemonade with basil seeds – a refreshing, healthy and super coolant summer drink that helps to keep us hydrated on hot summer days. This incredibly simple Indian lemonade also called nimbu pani with sabja seeds has a perfect blend of tart, sweet flavours. It is a vegan and gluten free recipe
Basil seeds also known as sabja seeds, falooda seeds or tukmaria are from the sweet basil plant. When these tiny super seeds are soaked in water they absorb water and a translucent layer is formed around these seeds that result to double up these seeds in size. Basil seeds look somewhat similar to chia seeds.
Basil seeds benefits
Sweet basil seeds are considered to be a cooling agent and are perfect to use in summer to quench thirst and rehydrate our bodies. These seeds are a good source of minerals, fiber and being a body coolant have the ability to combat acidity and have a soothing effect on the stomach, regulate blood sugar levels, improve digestion and have many other health benefits.
Basil seeds lemonade recipe variations
You could substitute half a quantity of water with orange juice or watermelon juice to infuse fruit flavours.
Swap simple sugar syrup with ginger-lime syrup for extra flavour from ginger.
Fresh mint leaves makes a great refreshing addition too!
Substitute plain water with sparkling water or soda water if you fancy a fizzy drink.
Basil seeds - 2 tbsp
Water - 5 cups
Juice from 2 lemons
Sugar - 5 tbsp
Salt - 1 tsp
Crushed cardamom - 1 tsp
Ground cumin - 1 tsp
How to prepare basil seeds drink?
Soak basil seeds in 1 cup water for 15 minutes or until basil seeds absorb all the water and double up their size.
In a jar or container, add lemon juice, sugar, salt, remaining water, ground cumin, crushed cardamom and soaked basil seeds, mix until well combined and sugar dissolves completely.
Pour over ice in glasses and serve immediately or keep in the fridge to serve later.
You may replace sugar with honey or any other healthy sweetener.
Adjust lemon juice and sugar as per your taste preference.
Do not skip salt as it balances the sweetness and tartness of basil lemonade.
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Simple Lemonade with basil seeds
- Soak basil seeds in water for 10-15 minutes, until basil seeds absorb all the water and double up their size.2 Tablespoons Basil seeds, 1 Cup Water
- In a jar or container, add lemon juice, sugar, salt, water, ground cumin, soaked basil seeds and mix until well combined.4 Cups Water, 2 Lemons, 5 Tablespoons Sugar, 1 Teaspoon Salt, 1 Teaspoon Crushed Cardamom, 1 Teaspoon Ground cumin
- Pour over ice in glasses and serve immediately or keep in the fridge to serve later.Few Ice cubes
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