Refreshing Sikanjwi Recipe: A Taste of Pakistani Summer

  • 2-3 fresh lemons
  • 4 tablespoons sugar (adjust to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon black salt
  • 1 teaspoon roasted cumin powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • A pinch of salt
  • Fresh mint leaves
  • Cold water
  • Ice cubes


  • Squeeze the juice from the lemons and strain out any seeds.
  • In a pitcher, add the freshly squeezed lemon juice.
  • Add sugar to the pitcher. You can adjust the amount of sugar according to your taste preference.
  • Pour in cold water to dilute the lemon juice and sugar. The ratio of lemon juice to water depends on how tangy you prefer your sikanjwi.
  • Stir the mixture until the sugar is completely dissolved.
  • Now, add black salt, roasted cumin powder, ground black pepper, and a pinch of regular salt. These spices give sikanjwi its signature flavor.
  • Stir well to ensure all the spices are evenly distributed.
  • Taste the sikanjwi and adjust the seasonings as needed. You can add more sugar, salt, or spices according to your preference.
  • Fill glasses with ice cubes and pour the sikanjwi over them.
  • Garnish each glass with fresh mint leaves for a burst of freshness and aroma.
  • Give the sikanjwi a final stir before serving.

Sikanjwi, a beloved Pakistani summer drink, is a delicious blend of tangy lemon juice, aromatic spices, and a touch of sweetness. With its refreshing flavors and a hint of mint, sikanjwi is the perfect way to beat the heat and enjoy a taste of Pakistan’s culinary heritage. Follow this easy recipe to create your own glass of cooling sikanjwi and experience the vibrant flavors of Pakistani cuisine.

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