There are a couple of all special Ramadan drinks we try during this month: mango lassi, falooda, various sweet milkshakes, the one that is our favourite is my mum-in-law’s limeade. We down glasses of the stuff as soon as we open our fast. She calls this lime drink shekanjavi, which is a Punjabi-fication of shekanjabin which is a Pakistani variation of the Persian drink called sekanjabin. The original has vinegar and honey which is nothing like the version made in Pakistan or my mum-in-laws version.
Juice of 2 small or 1 large lime
1 teaspoon salt
5-6 tablespoons of sugar (I know it’s a lot!)
Cup full of ice
Jug of water.
Squeeze the juice from the lime into a bowl and add a large dash of water and the salt and sugar. Beat for a few minutes until the sugar and salt is dissolved in the juice and water.
Pour into a jug and add the ice. Fill the rest o the jug with water. Refrigerate until it is time to serve.
In Pakistan the intense summer heat means that this kind of drink helps people to re-hydrate and replace some of the salt lost through the day. There’s something about it that just hits the spot.
(That's mum-in-law in the background waiting for the fast to end)