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Today after quite a long gap I come to you with a very simple easy to prepare Basil seeds Lemonade…I am sure many of you will be knowing whats Basil seeds..Basil seeds are small seeds which come from the Basil plant…In appearance they closely resemble black sesame seeds…but are comparatively smaller…I came to know of it from my college days.I had a muslim room mate in my hostel…who used to break her ramadan fasting with basil seeds lemonade…I always wondered why…then later I came to know it was due to its calming ,soothing and cooling properties…

Basil seeds are also known as sabja seeds,sweet basil seeds or even as tukmaria seeds…These seeds have a wonderful property of welling up when soaked in water for about 5 minutes…It becomes jelly like…and is quite crunchy with no taste of its own..however one must not underestimate these little guys as they consists of a huge bundle medicinal being a natural laxative…a natural coolant and even also known to cure urinary tract problems..!

Days in my part of the world these day are extremely hot…so hot that sometimes we feel breathless with the humidity…thanks to the air conditioner..we are surviving..!So making fruit juices becomes a necessity…So today its lemonade day.I like to call this drink “My lemonade with a crunch”…after all who doesnt love a crunch in their lemonade πŸ™‚

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  1. Lemon – 1
  2. Chilled water – 2 cups
  3. Basil seeds – 1 1/2 tsp
  4. Sugar/Honey to taste
  5. Salt – a tiny pinch


  • In small bowl soak up the basil seeds in 1/2 a cup of water for about 5 minutes.
  • You will see the seeds absorbing the water and welling up!(I love to watch that πŸ™‚ )
  • Squeeze the lemon into a pitcher and add the chilled water,sugar/honey and salt and stir till sugar is dissolved.Now add the soaked,welled up basil seeds.
  • Pour into tall glasses .Serve..Enjoy!!


  1. You can replace sugar with honey for a healthier option.
  2. If the Basil seeds settle to the bottom,just give it a stir before serving!







    Mani (A New Life Wandering) said:
    September 29, 2015 at 6:09 pm

    I’ve heard of chia seed water but not basil seeds! Sounds great as I know the basil plant has incredible healthy properties.

      food passion and love responded:
      September 30, 2015 at 2:42 am

      Yes indeed…chia seeds and basil seeds are almost identical in appearance except for the colour..chia seeds are a dull brown while basil seeds are jet black..Hope you get your hands on some basil seeds Mani πŸ™‚ !!!

    Vajeea said:
    October 2, 2015 at 6:01 pm

    I always confuse between chia seeds and basil seeds. In Pakistan we use chia seeds more commonly I guess. We call them tukh malanga and are mostly used in lemonade for their soothing quality.

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