AAM PANNA (RAW MANGO DRINK)
I remember drinking Aam Panna in the summers in Mumbai while I was growing up, but that was purchased by my mother from a lady who used to run a small scale industry from home; making syrups, sauces, squashes and jams. I remember drinking it, but not so fondly, so never ever attempted to make it. I used to buy Aam Panna concentrate sold in bottles at Mustafa (Indian super market @
), but didn’t quite like that too and Yo(my dearest hubby) ended up drinking it. Singapore
Last week, when I went to meet my good friend Anu, she was making this drink and I just tasted a spoon of it and I was sold. It was so refreshing, fresh, tangy, sweet, spicy & absolutely tasty, a gamut of flavors exploded in my mouth. I told her that I had never tasted such an awesome Aam panna ever. I realized that the ones I tasted before weren’t so good for me probably because they were not fresh. Fresh Aam Panna tastes awesome.
My friend was also telling me about the intense heat in
and the health benefits of drinking Aam Panna. That’s it I immediately decided to make Aam Panna. Delhi
A search on google for health benefits of drinking Aam Panna yielded this;
“Aam Panna is an Indian drink renowned for its heat resistant properties. It is made from green mangoes and it is used as a tasty and healthy beverage to fight against the intense Indian summer heat. Apart from being tasty this drink also looks good due to its refreshing light green colour.
Green Mango is a rich source of pectin, which gradually diminishes after the formation of the stone. Unripe mango is sour in taste because of the presence of oxalic, citric and malic acids.
Aam panna which is prepared using raw mangoes, sugar and an assortment of spices is an effective remedy for heat exhaustion and heat stroke. It also quenches thirst and prevents the excessive loss of sodium chloride and iron during summer due to excessive sweating.
This drink is mainly consumed in the Northern part of the
and is considered beneficial in the treatment of gastro-intestinal disorders. This drink is also a good source of vitamin B1and B2 and contains sufficient quantity of niacin, and since it is prepared from raw mangoes it is an excellent source of vitamin C also. Aam Panna is also considered as a curative for blood disorders because of its high vitamin C content. It increases the elasticity of the blood vessels and helps in the formation of new blood cells. This drink is also considered as a tonic which increases body resistance against tuberculosis, anemia, cholera and dysentery”. India
(Info Courtesy on Aam Panna “”:) - Wikipedia
I rest my case………I read this and immediately went in search of raw mangoes. Since it’s the season for mangoes, it isn’t difficult to get them. Anu, told me that I must buy green and firm raw mangoes. Here is how I made Aam Panna at home and let me tell you it was a hit. I didn’t add mint leaves to it, as I liked the flavor of the raw mango so much that I didn’t want to add any other flavor to it. The original recipe has mint leaves, but you can avoid it if you want.
3 medium-sized green mangoes
Sugar – As per taste
Black Salt (Kala Namak) – 1 ½ tbsp
Freshly roasted and ground Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
A pinch red chilli powder/flakes
A handful fresh mint leaves
Peel the mangoes. Cut mangoes into 3 slices each - two from either side of the seed and one with the seed in it. Pressure cook the mangoes in water. Cook until 3-4 whistles. Once done open and allow it to cool. Alternatively you can also cook the raw mangoes in the microwave on high for about 10 minutes (time may vary with each microwave), with adequate water, till softly cooked.
When cool, squeeze the pulp of mangoes, discard the seeds.
Use a hand blender and blend the pulp. Don’t make a complete puree of it. Allow some of the pulp to be there for that natural, fresh pulpy feeling.
Pour into a vessel. Add sugar as per taste, Black salt, Freshly roasted and ground cumin powder. Chilli flakes ( I didn’t add any, as I was afraid my kids may find it spicy).
If you are adding mint leaves you can blend it into the puree. (I haven’t added mint leaves in my Aam Panna).
Once you have mixed the sugar and the spices, taste it if anything is required, add them else you can pour this into clean bottles and store in the refrigerator.
Add 4-5 tbsps in a tall glass, some cold water to top it up. Throw in a few cubes of ice and garnish with mint leaves and Enjoy a cool and refreshing healthy drink.
Since Yo(my dearest husband) not only helped me to buy and carry the raw mangoes from the supermarket to my home, but also helped me to peel and semi- blend the raw mangoes and finally taste it and give his big thumbs-up, I would like to give him some credit and send this to my friend Priti’s His cooking event on her blog Indian Khana
Since Iam using Raw green Mangoes in this recipe I would like to send it to Preeti’s Green Gourmet Event.
Since this is one of the best summer coolers I would like to send this to Divya’s “Show me your Smoothie” Event.