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 lemonade has a perfect blend of tart, sweet flavours.
Basil seeds also known as sabja seeds, falooda seeds or tukmaria. 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 similar to sesame seeds, are considered to have many health benefits. These seeds are a good source of minerals, fiber and have the ability to regulate blood sugar levels, improve digestion.
Simple lemonade with basil seeds – perfect summer drink
Basil seeds are considered to be a cooling agent and are perfect to use in summer to quench thirst and to rehydrate our body. These seeds being a body coolant has the ability to combat acidity and has a soothing effect on the stomach.
Check out a few more summer drinks in this blog Watermelon slushie, Mango lassi, Masala lassi, Rose lassi, Dry fruit lassi. Make these recipes at home to stay refreshed and hydrated this summer season.
Simple lemonade with basil seeds recipe variations
You could substitute half portion 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 makes a great refreshing addition too! Substitute plain water with sparkling water or soda water if you fancy fizzy drink.
Let's see in detail how to make simple lemonade with basil seeds.
1 cup = 250ml ; 1 tbsp = 15ml
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
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, 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 sweet and tartness of lemonade.
Simple Lemonade with basil seeds
1 cup = 250ml ; 1 tbsp = 15ml
- 2 tbsp Basil seeds
- 4 + 1 cups Water
- 2 lemons Lemon juice
- 5 tbsp Sugar
- 1 tsp Salt
- 1 tsp Crushed Cardamom
- 1 tsp Ground cumin
- Few Ice cubes
- Soak basil seeds in water for 10-15 minutes, until basil seeds absorb all the water and double up their size.
- In a jar or container, add lemon juice, sugar, salt, water, ground cumin, soaked basil seeds and mix until well combined.
- Pour over ice in glasses and serve immediately or keep in the fridge to serve later.
This simple lemonade recipe is a part of Food for Feast facebook group, wherein we group of bloggers choose a theme based on polling. This month we choose "Summer Drinks". Check out the amazing summer recipes from my blogger friends Watermelon Juice, Kesar Badam Lassi.
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