Aam Panna is a traditional no-cook Indian drink. We got two words to define this seasonal beverage – refreshing & cooling. That’s what makes it a perfect summer drink. Not only this, but Aam Panna has the natural heat-resistant ability to keep the body temperature in check.
During summer in India, it is raining mangoes. People are just going to dive into a frenzy for this mango mania. You are going to experience and see several recipes related to mangoes.
From beverages and condiments to the main course and dessert, the recipes are a bounty. Aam Panna is one such recipe.
Why Do You Need To Try This Drink?
There is a reason why we Indians love this summer drink and it is not just because Aam Panna is tasty. There is more to this drink than just taste.
The most important factor is that this drink is a great coolant. Summers in India are almost always punishing. And fan or aircon is not enough to fight this season. This drink is a great solution as it helps prevent heat strokes.
Apart from that, this drink also helps with digestion. Raw mango contains enough fibre that is good for helping with digestive problems. Moreover, this coolant also contains mint and spices that add to the factor.
Last but not the least, raw mangoes are also abundant with Vitamin C and iron. This helps with the immunity system and haemoglobin problems. Besides, if you add jaggery in this for the sweetness, that comes with its own health factors; along with an abundance of iron.
And did I mention, that this drink is really fun to have? All the more reasons to try it!
Making Aam Panna
First, we need to cut the mangoes and then boil them in a pan until they turn soft. However, if you are short on time, then you can boil them in a cooker. It will be faster. This method is widely used in Gujarat and Maharashtra.
Another method to cook mangoes is from the Northern parts of India. In this method, the mangoes are roasted directly on open flames, either on a stove or on charcoal.
It will induce a smoky flavour to your drink. It’s similar to roasting brinjal for baingan ka bhartha. However, this will provide a different taste than the above version.
After this, we are going to make sugar syrup by melting sugar with water in a pan. Once done, cool it down completely.
Blend the mangoes. It is the concentrate for the Aam Panna. It will be helpful later to make this coolant again. Store it in a glass jar or bottle.
Now you need to blend the mangoes with water. And pouring this into a large bowl, add cardamom powder, roasted cumin powder, black pepper powder, fennel seeds powder, rock salt, salt, mint paste, and sugar syrup to it. Mix everything and done. All that is remaining for you is to enjoy the drink with ice cubes.😄😄
Storing Aam Panna
You can refrigerate the Aam Panna in a bottle. It will keep it fresh for a week.
Another method is to blend the mangoes, and then cook them later with sugar syrup for 10 minutes on medium flame. Keep stirring the concentrate while making and store once cool down. Use an air-tight sterilised glass bottle for storage. It will last for 2-3 months in the refrigerator.
Tips For Making Aam Panna:
- Any type of raw mango is okay to use if you use the roasting method—specifically semi-ripe mangoes.
- You can grate some raw mango in the drink-filled glass. It will make your experience more enjoyable.
- Do not use fibrous mangoes for this recipe. Also, it tastes best if mangoes are tangy.
- If using jaggery, keep its amount double that of mangoes. Adjust sweetness as per your taste.
- Garnish them with mint leaves or a slice of lemon.
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