Aam ka Panna | Aam ka Panha
Aam ka Panna or Aam Panna is the most delicious and perfect summer beverage that cools the body with its combination of ingredients. Made using raw mangoes and mint leaves, it’s a truly traditional and natural cooler for summer months.
As mangoes are in season this beverage made from fresh and seasonal mangoes is a must have for health and taste. The ingredients cool the body heat, soothe the digestive system, help to hydrate the body and make for a flavourful escape from the heat of summer.
Another recipe from my mother’s repertoire after Vegetable Loaf. There is nothing better to make one forget the sizzling hot Sun, warm winds & power cuts of summer in northern part of India than a glass cool of Aam ka Panna.
My mom’s place has a huge mango tree which was yielding dozens of raw mangoes daily & what better to do with them than to make yummy panna, spicy hing ka acchar (Asafoetida Pickle), Mango Sweet & Sour Chutney, Mango Pickle, Stuffed Karela. :D Both my son I had the fun part of visiting her place this summer. In his tiny hands, he would hold a basket and collect mangoes many times throughout the day and I would enjoy the goodies made from them. :) :) :)
As you can see I became lazy to click snaps and did an even sorrier job of clicking than I usually do. But as they all say in blogosphere, don’t go on the snap, but enjoy the drink!
Aam ka Panna or Aam Panna
- 1 kg raw mango sour
- 100 gram fresh mint leaves
- 400 gram sugar granulated
- 1 tbsp roasted cumin seeds coarsely ground
- ½ tbsp black peppercorns sabut kali mirch
- 1 tbsp black salt kala namak
- 2 litres water
- 1-2 drops of green colour optional
- to taste sea salt
- Peel & de-seed mangoes. Clean mint leaves. I recommend using only leaves from mint stems as stems tend to be bitter.
- Boil mango pulp & mint leaves together for 5-6 minutes or 2 whistles.
- Allow the mix to cool. When the mixture is cool, grind it into a coarse puree.
- In a big vessel, add puree, water and sugar.
- Boil on high for 5-6 mins.
- Now add black salt as per taste. If required, add sea salt as per taste.
- Boil for another minute and then turn off the flame. Add black peppercorns and roasted cumin seeds. Mix well and allow the mixture to cool.
- Once cool, store in glass jar in a refrigerator. When serving add more water depending upon your taste. I prefer the taste to slightly more sweet and tangy.
- Serve chilled and garnish with fresh mint leaf.
- You can squeeze a bit of lemon at the time of serving if you feel the panna is less tangy. Many variety of raw mangoes are not very tangy. I recommend using tangy variety for aam panna. Or you can add lemon for the extra tangy tasty to panna. Adjust flavours by balancing the proportion of ingredients in the recipe.
- As this is a concentrate, it can be prepared ready to drink by just adding water to it. A quick and tasty escape from the heat of summers.
- For health watchers, you can replace sugar with jaggery or palm sugar.
- Ingredients like roasted cumin seeds, black salt are considered to aid digestive process again a benefit to the health.
- No preservatives are added to the concentrate so the health quotient of the recipe is high and can be given to kids and adults alike without the guilt for causing any harm to health.
- Many people prefer adding soda instead of water a fizzy taste to the beverage.
- Adding green colour is totally optional as it only makes it appealing to the eyes, I prefer the original colour that we get by combining mangoes, mint and spices.
- Another addition and twist to the taste can be done by adding chat masala to the mix at the time of serving.