Nimboo Pani (limeade) is the solution for all things that ail you. Stomach ache, indigestion, hangover, dehydration…or maybe I just drink it too often.
As a kid, I swear, I feigned stomach aches just to have more glasses of this yumminess brought to me. That said, I think, I STILL do the same thing when I’m back in India. I went on this awful horseback trip through Rajasthan last August – seriously, awful coordination by the tour company – but as many of us were desperately trying to fight off dehydration and mild heat stroke (see what I mean by awful) plain water wasn’t good enough, and I fell back to the benefits of adding some electrolytes into the water. We were consuming about a liter of water each, during the rides, and then when back at the hotel of the evening, pounding 5-7 glasses of nimboo pani over the course of the evening. Talk about being cheap dates.
You can make nimboo pani sweet or salted. I’m not a sugar person, so I go salted each time. Salted nimboo pani is sour, tangy, and salty…soooo good! There’s a number of variations to this simple drink. You can use sparkling or seltzer water instead of plain water – you can add additional spices and herbs to flavor it, as well. My favorite twist on this delightful drink is adraki nimboo pani.
If you’re using it to treat indigestion or heat stroke – go salted.