Friday, 23 May 2014

Aam Panna (Raw Mango Drink)





It’s the peak of summer. The temperature is soaring day by day, at least in Mumbai.  Every day I hear someone telling me that yesterday was the hottest day this summer.  The sweltering heat usually increases thirst for some chilled drink. Forget the aerated drink and over sweetened squash available in the markets. The best way to “beat the heat” is with a refreshing cool and natural drink “Aam Panna”. 



Aam Panna is a very popular Indian drink.  Prepared with raw mangoes and flavored with condiments it is the best way to cool the body during summer.  Raw mangoes prevent the loss of salt from the body.

There are million recipes out there to prepare Aam Panna. Most require boiling the mangoes and squeezing it to get pulp and flavored with roasted cumin powder. Boiled raw mangoes are often used as a remedy for sun stroke in summer. However this recipe is different. My mom-in-law is gave me this recipe. It is prepared using grated raw mango. I know that grating isn’t the most exciting task .In fact the first thought that crossed my mind was “I have no time for this” . But when my hubby bought raw mangoes and offered to help, I decided to give it a shot. Believe me when I tell you it’s worth the effort. Raw Mangoes and cardamom both are help in reducing body heat.   It’s the perfect summer drink.

  

Ingredients
Raw Mangoes – 2 medium sized or 1 large
Sugar – 5 tbsp
Water – 500 ml
Crushed Cardamom - 4 to 5
Pudina Powder or Crushed pudina leaves (mint) – as per taste



Method
1.       In a large vessel, mix water and sugar.
2.       Grate the raw mangoes and add to the sugar water mix.
3.       Add crushed cardamom powder and mint powder.
 
Serve chilled 

Note:  The measurement is approximate. I usually just go by instincts. Add water as much as you want till the drink tastes good to you. I usual keep adding water to the mix until it the all the taste of the raw mango is used.
After grating, you can boil the leftover mangoes in water and add the pulp to the above mix.
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