Aren’t there drinks that you may like personally but none of your family enjoys it? And then you end up drinking the same thing over a few days to finish off the batch, but just because you love it, you really don’t mind it. 🙂 That is how I would term this Aam Panna to be! After the Mohabbat Ka Sharbat, here is another North Indian drink that is for the lovers of sweet and sour combination, as a part of the 3 back-to-back Ramadan Coolers…
The first time I had Aam Panna was at Huma‘s place when I went to meet her for the first time around four years ago. As I looked at a drink which had an odd green color, I gave her a quizical look. She told me it is a drink made of raw mangoes and spiced with cumin. I really didn’t want to drink it. Somehow, I never used to like the combination of sweet and sour. After the initial hesitation, I took a sip. I was at her home for the first time and I didn’t want to disappoint the host. Please don’t giggle when I tell you what happened next. I finished the glass and asked for a second serving. It was SO good! I couldn’t believe that raw mango could yield something so delicious! Thank you Huma for getting me hooked onto it… 🙂
Each time I make Aam Panna, I am the one who drinks it all! I pour it into a pitcher and leave it in the fridge, and then have a glassful whenever I feel like, till I finish it. None of the folks like it, and actually, I don’t care. At least something that I don’t need to share… 😉 Off to the recipe…
- 2 small raw mangoes
- 1 cup water
- 3 cups cold water
- 2 tbsp sugar
- A fat pinch black salt/ normal salt
- 1/2 tsp cumin powder
- 1/2 tsp chaat masala optional
- Wash, peel and chop the mangoes into pieces. Try to scrape off as much from the seed.
- Add the chopped mango along with a cup of water and pressure cook on medium heat for several whistles. Switch off and allow it to cool completely.
- Once cool, add the mango and water, along with all the remaining ingredients and blitz till smooth.
- Pour into a pitcher and allow it to rest in the fridge for an hour or till serving, for the flavors to develop. Enjoy!