Friday, May 17, 2013

Homemade Aam Panna or Mango Mint Cooler

Aam Panna, or mango mint cooler, is a very popular summer drink in those Northern parts of India that experience the strong, hot & dry loo winds. Exposure to these loo winds can cause fatal heat-strokes, and this refreshing combination of raw mango and mint helps in preventing those heat-strokes.

My mom used to make this aam panna regularly in Kanpur, because Dad used to come home for lunch from his factory. I didn't bother much about it in Patna, as Patna is not a loo-prone area, but, now in Jaipur, aam panna is once again a part of our regular summer diet. Here's how I make it (this is one of the few recipes that my mom was able to teach me before she passed away)...


Aam Panna or Mango Mint Cooler Recipe

INGREDIENTS:
2 large raw green mangoes, peeled
2 tbsp mint leaves' paste
4 glasses of water
4 tsp sugar
2 tsp black salt / rock salt (kaala namak)
2 tsp roasted & powdered cumin seeds (jeera)
crushed ice

METHOD:

  • Pressure cook the mangoes in 2 glasses of water, for about 7 minutes.
  • Allow to cool, and then squeeze the pulp through a strainer, adding the remaining water.
  • Mix in the mint paste, sugar, salt and roasted cumin powder.
  • Serve chilled with crushed ice.


My blender doesn't work with very little quantities, so I usually buy an entire bunch of fresh mint leaves, and run the whole lot through the blender, storing the paste in the freezer in an air-tight container. The mangoes, I prefer to boil fresh every time. The sharp tang of the raw mangoes, combined with the coolness of mint, makes this a very satisfying summer cooler drink in this extreme North-Indian heat.

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6 comments:

Meena said...

u know its not v common in south...

Chicky a.k.a. Kaddu said...

@Meena - It isn't? Hmmm... probably because you guys don't have loo winds over there?

Abhiroop Banerjee said...

Arre wah, yeh toh main bhi bana sakta hun. Banaunga.

Chicky a.k.a. Kaddu said...

Jaise maggi banate ho? :D

Abhiroop Banerjee said...

Aap na, jaiye. Main nei darta.

Chicky a.k.a. Kaddu said...

That was such a girly thing to say!

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