The sun has been shining very bright here, mercury is rising very fast and soon it will be 48-49 degrees temperature. During supermarket trips my shopping basket is being full of juices and soft drinks too , but I think nothing can quench thirst much better other than our Indian drinks like Lassi, panagam, jal jeera, lemon juice, thandai and aam ka panna.
This green mango cooler or aam ka panna is made in different ways in different parts of our country. Some people make it plain with only sugar and salt, others make it with spices, some with herbs and even some with both spices and herbs. I make mine with both spices and herb like mint.
The spices like cumin, carom have got excellent digestive properties and mint has got cooling qualities. Aam ka panna is very helpful in case of heat stroke. I used slightly ripe green mango which gave excellent colour to the drink.
Raw Green Mango- 2 Big
Water- 4 Big Glasses
Sugar- 1/2 cup or according to the sourness of the mangoes
Rock Salt- 1/4 tsp
Salt- According to taste
Cumin Seeds- 1 tsp( Roasted and ground)
Black Peppercorns- 10 (Roasted and ground)
Carom Seeds (Ajwain)- 1/2tsp (Roasted and ground)
Mint- 2-3 sprigs
Ginger- 1 Inch piece chopped
- Pressure cook the mangoes with some water for 4-5 whistles or till they turn very soft .
- Once the mangoes have cooled down peel off the skin and squeeze out the entire pulp in a big saucepan.
- Add in water in the pulp and add sugar. Keep the saucepan on heat and stir till the sugar is dissolved.
- Once the sugar is dissolved add in other ingredients and keep on heat for another 3-4 minutes. Switch off the gas.
- Strain the panna and allow to cool to room temperature.
- Once cooled keep in the refrigerator and serve chilled with ice.
Sending this refreshing cooler and also my thandai and strawberry lassi to Kurinji's HRH-Healthy Summer Event
Radhika tickling palates Fun N Sun Event
Saffron Streaks Seasonal Indulgence- Series Summer Coolers