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Masala Soda

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Masala soda, or ”nimbu masala soda,” is a lemon-flavored spiced soda popular in India in the summer. It is often served on the street. It is a refreshing treat during the hot, humid summers. 

It’s a great non-alcoholic option. It is refreshing, flavorful, and easy to make. Serve it with street foods and chaat like bhel or potato sandwiches. It’s also a great accompaniment to dosa.

My mom has made this for many years. She typically uses Sprite or 7-up. I think any kind of a lemon-lime soda works great. It is so simple to put together, requiring only a few ingredients.

Glass of Masala Soda

For this recipe, I tested a more traditional recipe of club soda, simple syrup, and chaat masala and compared it to my mom’s. Not only is my mom’s recipe easier, but it is tastier too! Her trick is to use a lemon-lime soda instead of club soda. 

In the video, I use a craft lemon-lime soda, but mom’s Sprite always did the trick.

Ingredients

Ingredients for masala soda
Ingredients: lemon-lime soda, chaat masala, toasted cumin powder, lemon, black salt, mint leaves

There are only two ingredients that are absolutely necessary to make masala soda. They are:

Lemon lime soda – you can substitute club soda, lemon, and a sweetener.

Chaat masala – a salty, tangy, and spicy mix that is a unique flavor, different from any spice mixture. It is made of black salt, amchur, black pepper, and cumin.

I find it really enhances the drink to add these ingredients:

Roasted cumin powder – fragrant, balanced the spiciness of the chaat masala

Lemon juice / Lime juice – for more of a lemonade-type sourness. 

Black salt – added because the chaat masala (MDH) I was using didn’t have enough salty-sulfury taste for my preferences. A different chaat masala might not have needed this.

Mint – lemon and mint are a classic combination with a cooling effect. It also makes for a nice garnish on this drink.

Alternatively, You Can Use Club Soda

Many people make this drink with club soda instead of Lemon Lime soda. Tasting them side-by-side, I decided I had a clear preference for the lemon-lime soda version. If you prefer the club soda version, simply double the lemon juice, add a couple of teaspoons of sweetener, like date syrup or sugar, and use an equal amount of club soda in place of lemon-lime soda.

Glass of Masala Soda

Making Ahead of Time

You can make this in a batch for a party, but remember that since it is a carbonated beverage, it will have a tendency to become flat. When serving this to guests, my mom always handled this by giving them cups with masala and ice in it and setting out a bottle of soda. That way, the soda was fresh and fully carbonated when her guests were ready to drink it.

Glass of Masala Soda

Masala Soda

Puja Thomas-Patel
Masala soda is a lemon-flavored spiced soda popular in India in the summer. It is often served on the street. It is a refreshing treat during the hot, humid summers
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 2 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine Indian
Servings 1
Calories 154 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 tsp chaat masala
  • ¼ tsp roasted cumin powder
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 4-5 mint leaves
  • 12 oz lemon-lime soda
  • Pinch of black salt
  • Mint leaves
  • Ice

Instructions
 

  • Put chaat masala, cumin powder, black salt, and lemon juice in a glass.
  • Add ice cubes.
  • Pour soda to fill the glass. Give it a gentle stir. Tear mint leaves and drop them over the top. Garnish with a lemon wedge and a sprig of mint.

Video

Notes

Make it with club soda by doubling the lemon juice, add two teaspoons of date syrup or sweetener of choice, and use 8 ounces of club soda instead of the lemon-lime soda.
To simplify the recipe, use only lemon-lime soda and up to 2 teaspoons of chaat masala.

Nutrition

Calories: 154kcalCarbohydrates: 38gProtein: 1gFat: 0.3gSaturated Fat: 0.02gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.02gSodium: 37mgPotassium: 42mgFiber: 1gSugar: 35gVitamin A: 171IUVitamin C: 7mgCalcium: 17mgIron: 0.3mg
Keyword non-alcoholic drinks, soda
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