Mango Panna – A Drink From My Childhood
“Mango Panna” is the ultimate indian summer raw mango juice that is bound to tickle your taste buds and will sooth your heated soul in this scorching heat. Remember this advertisement from paperboat ?
Just bring back all those childhood memories of your mum preparing this refreshing tangy Mango Panna drink and feeding you in the most adorable way.
I still remember mum used to roast raw mangoes on wood charcoal to prepare this awesome recipe. It used to give a hint of charred flavor to the drink at the end. I still have that taste stored somewhere at the back of my mind palace.
But over the years I had completely forgotten about it until recently when I had the opportunity to taste it and remind me what a wonderful drink Mango Panna is.
We were invited by Kunal’s friend and his wife over for lunch. Now I must say that this Gujarati couple were the perfect host and made this lunch a memorable one.With a wonderful spread of Gujarati food, we were offered this green drink named “Kachi Keri na baflo” (gujarati name for Mango Panna). Infect this magical drink is also popularly know as aam panna, keri ka sharbat and raw mango juice. The moment I took my very first sip, I knew things were going to get nostalgic. And why not it was the same special drink from my childhood.
And no guesses :
It was absolute yum. That very moment I decided to visit the memory lane once again and make Mango Panna my official drink for the summer. So, I called up my mum and noted down the recipe that was my favorite growing up.
Health Benefits of Mango Panna
You all know summer is on and hence it is very important to keep few things in mind
- You need to stay hydrated at all times. Believe me this Kacha Aam(ram mango) drink will not let you turn into a Choosa Hua Aam (indian slang for a person low on energy)
- You need to keep your stomach cool to fight with indigestion that can happen when temperature rises. This drink will ensure that gastronomical disasters doesn’t occur.
There are tons of other mango panna benefits also. Infect I love it so much that now I make it ahead of time and keep it refrigerated. Anytime I come home from outside heat, I just have a glass of this wonderful drink and feel relax & rejuvenated.
Few Tips for Making the Perfect Mango Panna.
- I have added Mint as the refreshing cool element. You can also add a bit of evaporates sugar cane juice if you want to “up the game” on refreshing quotient for this recipe. Also evaporated sugar cane juice undergoes less processing than white sugar and hence a better option. (Since I did not get evaporated sugar can juice, I have used Jaggery)
- If you do not like charred flavor, then you can boil the mango in pressure cooker. It is all about what your tastebuds want! Both recipes on how to make Mango Panna are given below so lets look at it.
- 3 raw mangoes
- 1 cup fresh mint leaves (Pudhina)
- ½ Tbsp black pepper powder
- 6-7 Tbsp Jaggery (You can use Sugar as well - 1 Cup)
- 1 Tbsp roasted cumin powder
- 2 Tbsp Rock Salt
- 6-7 cups of water
- Lots of Ice cubes
- Method 1: Roast the raw mangoes directly on low-medium heat. Important point is to roast the mango on all sides. A good check would be to see the skin of mango going black on all sides. At that moment, place it aside and let it cool completely.
- Alternate Method 1: If you do not like the above method, place raw mangoes along with water in a sauce-pan and bring it to boil. Simmer for 10 minutes and then remove.
- Alternate Method 2: You can also pressure cook the mangoes with water, till they are soft. Pressure cooking time varies on the size of raw mangoes.
- Whatever above method you deploy, Let the mangoes cool down completely. After that peel them and discard the seeds and peel.
- Now mash the Mangoes with a hand blander to make a smooth pulp as shown in the blogpost.
- Strain the mixture with mesh strainer. Collect the liquid in a vessel.
- Now take a blender and mix everything. i.e Add mint leaves, Jaggery, cumin powder, black pepper powder, Rock salt and mango pulp. Blend them to a smooth mixture.
- One/4th of panna syrup cup is to 1 cup water is the ideal ratio to make an awesome mango panna drink. I love it when it is served chilled in mason jar with ice cubes.
I hope you enjoy this simple but delicious raw mango panna / juice recipe. Let me know if it made your summer special like it did for me. If you have any questions, feedback about this recipe – leave a comment below.
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See ya again with a wonderful drink. Happy cooking !