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Aam paana –A refreshing summer cooler

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Summers are in full swing in South East Asia, and in this part of the world, where I am in England; yet again the weather is playing its cards. A brief spell of hot weather during the Easter break gave me a good enough reason to try one more exotic Indian drink.

I remember sipping away  Aam panna when in Delhi during my childhood when the heat used to be scorching. During those days the cola and the pop drinks were not too common, so often mom used to make drinks like jal jeera,nimbu paani and definitely Aam paana .Those were the days when each one of us  used to eagerly wait for the mango season to begin  ,different variety of mangoes were available ,but the ones which I relished most was the kachi keri.

Now when I see children getting more and more addicted to pop, my heart goes out for them. Why can’t we go back to olden days and prepare more refreshing and healthy drinks like Aam paana.

Keeping this in mind I tried my first ever attempt on Aam paana in London. It was a bit of a struggle to find raw mangoes and frankly could not find them, but I was determined and tried with the local mangoes available in the supermarket. I was sure it would taste divine, as the mangoes here are a bit sour in taste.

Prep time-10 mins

Cooking time-30 mins

Yield-4 glasses

Ingredients

  • 2 large Mangoes or 4 small raw mangoes(Raw mangoes preferably)
  • Salt to taste
  • Sugar 12 tea spoons
  • Mint leaves
  • Kala namak
  • Garam masala
  • Hing
  • Black pepper
  • Cumin powder
  • water

Method

  • Boil mangoes in a pressure cooker for 10 mins
  • Take the mangoes out once the pressure is down and let it cook for 10 mins
  • Now scoop the flesh of the mangoes
  • Churn the scooped mangoes with few sprigs of mint in a blender with all the masala mentioned above
  • Take the blended mixture out in a bowl and add some water to bring it to a pouring consistency
  • Pour it in a glass and garnish it with some mint leaves
  • Add some ice cubes

And your summer cooler is ready in a jiffy

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