Thursday, May 21, 2015

Aam Panna / Raw Mango Slush

Its extremely hot in Delhi these days. Mercury is rising to 45-46 degree every day. What can be more refreshing than a cool drink to satisfy your thirst (I know its sounding like an ad's tagline :-@).

As all of you already know the side effects of aerated drinks - how it is loaded with sugar, infused with carbon dioxide, full of artificial colours and flavours, I am not going to compare any of these soft drinks to this serene and humble drink Aam Panna :).

The main ingredient in Aam Panna recipe is raw mango pulp. The raw mangoes are peeled, cut, boiled and then blended with sugar and assortment of spices to give this refreshing sweet-sour drink. You can also replace white sugar used in this recipe with jaggery . It has got numerous health benefits, apart from which it has wonderful heat-resistant properties which makes it the most desirable drink in summers. This is quite a healthy drink for kids who often demand for some cool drink after returning from school or tutions in this sweltering summer.

 The smell of raw mangoes is so soothing and refreshing amidst the hot winds of summer. The sight of raw mangoes instantly reminds of my childhood days, my grandmother, mother (and not to forget to mention all the aunties and 'bachcha' party ;) ).  The memory of verandah with heaps of raw mangoes dipped in buckets and tubs full of water, the entire tedious process of cutting, drying and making pickles from them in those giant sized 'martabans' instantly flashes my mind. There used to be a  "devilish" black coloured heavy instrument especially for cutting the raw mangoes. Only experienced hands were trusted with that cutter. None of the children were allowed to touch it as it was told to us that God forbid in case you missed the angle while cutting the mango, your finger would be lying on the floor instead of the mango (ouch..I know its scary to read that's why I called it devilish!!) .

Ahem Ahem!!Enough of the flashback memories, lets get back to cooking...

List Of Ingredients:

  • Raw mangoes - 2
  • Sugar - 4 tbsp
  • Black Salt - 2 tsp (or to taste)
  • Black Pepper - 1 tsp
  • Roasted Cumin seeds Powder  - 1 tsp
  • Fresh Mint Leaves - 10 to 12
  • Chilled Water- 4 cups

Steps to Prepare:

Step 1: 
Wash the raw mangoes thoroughly. Once washed, peel them off and chop them into thin slices. Place these slices in a boiling pan. Fill the pan with water such that all the slices are completely submerged in water.

Step 2: 

Cover the pan with the lid and boil the raw mango slices for complete 10-12 minutes. After this open the lid and check. The mangoes should have turned soft and mushy. In case they seem to be not so soft, boil them for another 1-2 minutes.

Step 3:

Let it cool off for sometime.Add sugar,black salt, black pepper,roasted cumin seeds and mint leaves  to the boiled raw mango pieces. 

Turn this mixture into puree using mixi or hand blender. Below I have used hand blender for turning the ingredients into puree.

Step 4: 

Add chilled water, some ice cubes and fresh mint leaves to it. 

Tadaa!! The drink is ready to refresh and cool you :)

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