Summers in India are long and hot. And homes in India are replete with natural thirst quenchers. You have the Nimbu Paani, Lassis, Tender Coconut water, Sugarcane Juice. It is absolutely essential to have these natural drinks that combat the heat outside. These drinks which contain herbs and spices work with the body to help you cope with the heat.
The mix of ingredients help in replenishing lost salts, cooling the system down, refreshing the palate, repairing the digestive system...
Aam Panna is one of these heavenly refreshers made with raw mangoes and spices. Mixed with a glass of cold water and few ice cubes clinking in the glass, the sweet and tangy taste ensures that one forgets the heat outside and cools down quickly.
Healthy. Natural. Refreshing. Why will one reach for an aerated artificial drink when there is such a wide choice natural drinks to be had? That is one question to which I have no answer. Kids these days are not even willing to try out these healthy choices when confronted with those ubiquitous cola and aerated drinks.
1 large Raw Mango or 2 small Mangoes
3 tablespoons Mint Leaves
1 tablespoon Cumin Seeds
1/2 teaspoon Rock Salt
6-8 Black Peppercorns
1/2 cup Sugar
Boil the mango whole in the pressure cooker till well cooked and soft.
Cool and take out the pulp.
Dry roast the cumin seeds and powder coarsely.
Put the mint leaves, sugar, rock salt, peppercorns and cumin seed powder in a blender and blend to a paste.
Now add the mango pulp and blend once again.
Keep the paste aside in the refrigerator till needed. It stays for about a week or so without a problem.
When needed, put about 4 tablespoons of the pulp into a glass.
Top up with about 200 ml of water and ice cubes. This amount of pulp should make about 6 glasses of Aam Panna.
Serve cold immediately.
This is going to SpicyTasty for their Quick and Easy Recipe Mela.