A new week has started, with a few of us facing Monday blues and a few of us being their happy self. Summers have really peaked up here in Chandigarh. It has been a real mix of a weather. Sometimes its windy and lovely, like today morning. And sometimes, its so damp and humid, like today evening. Such quick fluctuations, are such a pain. Ever since the summer season has started, I have been alive on one drink and been glued to it like forever now. Need to add it to my system at least 2 times a day to save myself from this climate. It’s a super yum, Indian mocktail that the king of fruits in all its glory. Our very own, Mango Panna.
A super refreshing drink that has the sweetness and tanginess of the raw mangoes and is the ultimate thirst quencher. Absolutely love the fact that it can be made in quite a quantity and enjoyed for over a week. So super resourceful.
Raw green mangoes- 500 gms
Salt- to taste
Black salt- 1/4 tsp
Sugar- 1 cup plus 2 tbsp
Water- 2 litres
Blackpepper powder- 1/2 tsp
Red chilli powder- 1/2 tsp
Jeera powder- 1 tbsp
Ice cubes- 3-4 no.
Cold water- one glass
Fresh mint leaves- 4-5 no.
- Take a heavy bottomed pan. Add water, raw mangoes, salt, black salt, black pepper, red chilli powder, jeera powder and the sugar to it. Bring the whole mixture to a boil while you stir along.
- You will see that the mangoes have started releasing pulp and are extremely tender. Let it cool down completely before you head over to the next step.
- Take out the mango seed from the mixture and blend the rest of the mixture into a fine puree.
- This puree is now your mango pan concentrate. When you wish to make a glass of mango panna, simply add 2-3 tbsp of this concentrate to a glass, add some fresh mint leaves, some ice cubes topped with cold water.
- Enjoy this refreshing drink for the season. You can store up the mango panna into a container for over a week in the refrigerator.
- Use raw green mangoes for this recipe only. Yellow mangoes won’t work for this recipe.
- You can add more sugar if you require more sweetness to the drink while the mixture boils.
- You can also filter the puree if you like it that way, which isnt really required though.
Do try out this simple yet refreshing recipe that can be relished at this time of the season only. It really helps in keeping your body well hydrated and has been a family drink since so many generations as far as I can remember.
Until next time, happy reading and happy baking guys!!