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Beat the heat with this all-time summer favourite drink

The good-old shikanji can come to your rescue to tide over the summer heat. Here's an all-natural way to prepare it.

By: Lifestyle Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: June 8, 2020 9:08:46 am
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Remember our grandmothers making a chilled glass of shikanji after our time out in the sun? Not just a much needed respite, shikanji works wonders for our bodies. As per Ayurveda, our body is divided in vata, pitta and kapha depending on what kind of an energy is flowing through the body. A balance of all three is required for a well-functioning system. However, if you have been lately experiencing heat flashes, mushy bowel movements and difficulty falling asleep, then your pitta composition may be disturbed, which is why a soothing concoction like basil shikanji can do the trick, explains blogger and YouTuber and “aspiring Ayurvedic chef” Amrita Kaur on an Instagram post.

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Basil Shikanji – Here's another #CalmThatPitta recipe for y'all. I made this today for the fundraising workshop by @thecraftsutra for @ngoprotsahan. I have shared the donation link on my stories. Pls pay forward if you can 🌻 For the Shikanji, I took out juice of a lemon in a glass. Added 1/4 tsp rock salt. Mixed it well until salt dissolved completely in the Lemon juice. (This helps in reducing the sharpness of lemon and it'll cool our body effectively) Next muddled few basil leaves (I used Italian basil) (feel free to use Thai one or tulsi or mint here) next I added Matka cold water, Mishri as sweetener, pinch of bhoona jeera powder and pinch of Saunf (fennel) powder. Atma tript ✌🏻 Also, big hello to all the new followers that I got overnight after @mira.kapoor shared about my Ayurveda workshop in her stories. Thank you Mira 🤗 Since my DMs are filled with workshop inquiries, I have planned out my June Workshops schedule. It's coming out tomorrow 🌻 #BeatTheHeat #Cooling #IndianSummer #EverydayAyurveda #Ayurveda #Grishma #Garmi #Drink #SummerDrink

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“Basil Shikanji – Here’s another #CalmThatPitta recipe for you all,” she captioned the post.

Here is the recipe


Lemon juice
1/4tsp – Rock salt
Few basil leaves
Matka cold water
Mishri for sweetener
Pinch of roasted cumin powder
Pinch of fennel powder


Take out the juice of a lemon in a glass. Added 1/4 tsp rock salt. Mix it well until salt dissolves completely in the lemon juice.
Take basil leaves.
Add matka cold water, mishri as a sweetener followed by a pinch of roasted cumin powder and fennel powder.

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Pro tips

*Mixing lemon juice with rock salt helps in reducing the sharpness of lemon which helps cool the body effectively.
*While Kaur used Italian basil leaves, one can use Thai ones or tulsi or mint.

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