Nothing adds a fresh zing to recipes like lime
June 20, 2019 | 9:56 AM
by Oneza Tabish


Considered as India’s national cold drink, this spiced lemonade with black salt is a must try.


• 3 lemons, medium size, squeeze juice and set aside

• 4tbsp sugar

• 4 cups water

• 1tsp black salt

• 4-5 mint leaves

• 6-8 ice cubes


• In a small bowl, add 1/2 cup water and sugar and mix till the sugar dissolves completely.

• In a large pitcher, add 3 and half cups of chilled water including sugar and water mix , black salt and lemon juice. Mix well to combine.

• Strain the prepared lemonade into another vessel.

• Pour the strained lemonade into a serving jug and refrigerate.

• At the time of serving, pour shikanji into tall glasses, garnish with mint leaves. Add ice cubes and serve.


Juicy chicken breasts marinated with coriander, lime juice and cumin. Pan-fry, bake or grill the chicken.


• 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts

• 2 limes approx. 4 tbsp. juice

• 1 tsp ground cumin

• 1/2 tsp salt

• 1/2 tsp ground black pepper

• 1/2 cup chopped fresh coriander

• 1 tbsp olive oil


• In a large mixing bowl combine the chicken breasts, freshly squeezed lime juice, ground cumin, salt, ground black pepper and fresh coriander.

• Toss to combine and coat the chicken well.

• Cover and place in the fridge for 2 hours to marinate.

• Heat a skillet over medium-high heat with olive oil.

• Gently pan fry the chicken and cook until well-browned on both sides and cooked through, about 7 minutes per side.

• Allow to rest for 5 minutes before slicing and serving with salad of your choice.


Zesty, refreshing, lemony salad of cucumber and bell pepper with a dash of chilli is the perfect salad to have this summer.


• 1 green bell pepper, seeded and finely diced

• 2 cloves garlic, finely minced

• 3 tbsp fresh lime juice

• 1/4teaspoon red chilli flakes

• Salt to taste

• Black pepper to taste

• 3 tablespoons olive oil

• 2 cucumbers, peeled and cut

• 2tbsp of fresh parsley, finely chopped


• Add the bell pepper, cucumber ribbons and garlic to a bowl.

• For the dressing- In a seperate bowl,add 3 tablespoons of fresh lime juice, red chilli flakes, salt and pepper. Use a whisk to incorporate the 3 tablespoons olive oil. Set aside.

• Add the dressing to the bell pepper, cucumber and garlix mix. Toss well to coat.

• Finally, add the parsley. Stir to combine. Refrigerate for a couple of hours before serving.


A delicious tea cake thats easy to prepare with the fragrant hints of lime.


• 3/4 cup butter softened

• 1 and 2/3 cups white sugar

• 3 large eggs

• 1 cup milk

• 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

• 1/4 cup lime juice

• 2 teaspoons fresh lime zest

• 2 and 3/4 cups all purpose flour

• 1 tablespoon baking powder

• 3/4 teaspoon salt


• Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a baking tray.

• Mix together butter and sugar. Add eggs one at a time.

• Add milk, vanilla, lime juice, lime zest to combine.

• Add flour, baking powder and salt.

• Mix with electric mixer until well blended

• Pour the batter into the greased baking tray. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

• Cool cake before serving with tea.

Oneza Tabish is a food blogger, consultant, and columnist based in Oman. She is also the owner of Oman’s popular Facebook group ‘What’s Cooking Oman.’

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