Aam Panna is a traditional Indian summer drink. A delightful, natural coolant prepared with fresh mango pulp, sugar, spices, and mint leaves. Aam Panna is a conventional drink which is not only refreshing but also energizing. It helps you get hydrated in an instant and aids in battling the scorching heat. When we talk about heat and summer then I must warn you against the brutal Indian summer. It is hot, dry and requires a lot of energy to deal with. In such scenario, homemade drinks like aam panna help beat the heat with so much deliciousness. This aam panna recipe is quick and requires only 25 minutes of your time.
We aren’t enjoying much of Delhi summer, but one thing that cheers us up is a good summer drink like Aam Panna. Because only a real and natural coolant can quench your thirst during the warm, dusty summer afternoon. With the bottle of aam panna sitting in the fridge, I am always excited about the delicious sips that await me as soon I reach home. It is indeed a blessing that we can bottle up this mango goodness and enjoy for an extended period. All you need to do is pour a glass of chilled aam panna, sit on your couch and relax. There’s nothing quite like a classic aam panna made with excellent ingredients: tangy, sweet, aromatic, and ice cold.
Around here, we drink aam panna on the regular when the weather turns warm, and the mangoes are in season. It is an official Indian summer drink. Without the mangoes, there is no aam panna. I think the summer and the mango season both celebrate each other perfectly. The recipe shared below of aam panna is one quick method to make the drink. We have used the pressure cook method to soften the raw mango pulp. Many recipes suggest the roasting method for the more intense taste of aam panna. I have tried the roasting process not with aam panna but the panna I prepared with the kiwi last summer – kiwi ka panna. And that is one delicious drink too! Who could have thought that the tropical fruits can be turned into such tasty summer coolers?
In case you are curious to try the roasting method to make aam panna, let me explain it to you. Wash and wipe the raw mangoes. Now, you can roast them directly over gas stove flames or on the barbecue grill. The idea to charred the raw mangoes over the direct flames. Once that is done, get rid of the mango skin and the stone. Collect the pulp in a bowl. And blend it with sugar, spices, and mint. The rest of the process is very similar to the one shared below. Only during the initial phase, we are roasting the mangoes instead of pressure cook. I think I will leave that choice to you, whether to roast or pressure cook. But trust me, either ways at the end you will sip a delicious – aam panna.
How to make aam panna in 25 minutes:
- 500 gram raw mango
- 1 Cup sugar
- Salt to taste
- 2 tsp black rock salt (kala namak)
- 2 tsp roasted cumin powder (jeera powder)
- 1/4 Cup mint leaves
- 2 Cup water
- Rinse the mangoes nicely in water.
- Peel the skin of the mangoes.
- Pressure cook the mangoes over medium heat for 2 - 3 whistle.
- Let the steam release naturally from the pressure cooker.
- Open the lid and discard the water.
- Transfer the boiled mango in a bowl. Squeeze the mangoes to collect the pulp.
- Remove the stone, if any, in the mangoes. Allow the mango pulp to cool.
- Blend together the mango pulp, sugar, salt, spices, mint and water until smooth.
- Taste and adjust the amount of sugar and spices accordingly.
- If the Aam Panna seems too thick add more water.
- You can either store aam panna in the fridge in a clean bottle or serve immediately.
- Serve Aam Panna chilled.
- Recommended Equipment: Blender ( buy it here )