Kulukki Sarbath/ ShakenLimeade/Lemonade

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In my home town Thiruvnanthapuram in India, summer is very hot and people try to cool down their body heat by drinking Sweetened lime or lemon water. We call it Bonji or Narnaga vellam. Usually it is served sweetened or with little salt and pepper like my hubby like to drink. Nowadays in Kerala, this kulukki sarbath/ Iced Lime/Lemon water is the new trend. Local TV channels are doing shows every day about this kulukki sarbath. Now my connection with hometown street food is only through these shows, and it’s been a very long time since I have visited .

Even though this kulukki sarbath has its origin from Kozhikode, North Kerala, it was made famous by a street vendor called Shaji ( shajikka as the locals call him passionately) . It is really a simple drink recipe, if you have some crushed ice or ice cubes, simple syrup and lemon or lime in your hand you can make it. Everything is combined in the tall glass and is shaken in a cocktail style and served.  It got it name “kulukki” means shaken in Malayalam. He sells one glass of lemonade for 5 Rs (~10 cent), and majority of his customers are school going kids. I found out through this blog that even there is Facebook page dedicated to Kuluki  sarbath.

Nowadays not only Shaji , but lot of street vendors in Kerala are experimenting and serving the kulukki sarbath in many forms. There are several You Tube videos of these vendors, and I was exploring them yesterday. I don’t think in near future I will be visiting Kerala, so I decided to try it at home. I want to photograph the limeade so used ice cubes instead of crush ices. I felt that crush ice will melt while I am photographing.  I have only lime in hand, so made this kuluki sarbath with my lone lime. It is delicious; if you are fan of limeade or lemonade you are going to love this. I don’t know whether I duplicated the taste but it delicious.

Here comes the recipe.

Kulukki sarbath/ Shaken Limeade/Lemonade


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Serves: 2 serving

  • 1 lime/lemon
  • 2 tablespoon of sugar
  • 1 tall glass of water
  • crushed ice or ice cubes
  1. First make simple syrup with 2 tablespoon of sugar and 2 tablespoon of water. In a tall glass add 1 tablespoon of simple syrup and then add juice of half lime and then add a cut piece of lime and water. Then add crushed ice of ice cubes and top the glass with another and shake well like a cocktail shaker.
  2. Serve with piece of lime if you wish.
This recipe is inspired from this Youtube video
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  1. says

    This is a very refreshing drink Swathi! I never heard of drinking it with salt and pepper! I’m trying to imagine the flavor. :-)

  2. says

    I love lemonades….it is so perfect for upcoming summer….miss the days in India, where lemonade was easily available at most of the tea stalls or any other restaurant…that we could just walk in order a lime juice when tired.

  3. says

    Interesting to know that this is a common street vender beverage. I would definitely buy a glass or two. I love a sweet freshly made lemonade.

  4. says

    Hi Swathi,

    I can see the ices melting around your drink. Must be pretty hot now at your place. This limeade is perfect for summer 😀