Monday 12 May 2014

Aam Panna : Kairiche Panhe

I have been missing from the blog for quite sometime!!! Too many engagement kept me on toes! My pet sitting appointments, some invites to events and restaurants, spending quality time at home doing the cleaning stuff and of course hubby-time!

Delhi is known to have extreme climates, and summer time really drowns you down! Keeping yourself hydrated is quite a task when the mercury reaches as high as 47 degrees. So, i decided to make some refreshing aam panna and it did bring back some childhood memories...

Kairiche Panhe ( Kairi- kaccha aam -green mango ) is what we call it in Marathi. This drink occupied a permanent place in our fridge when we were kids. Summer vacations was all about playing, eating mangoes, and sipping on the panhe. Aam panna as it is commonly known as, is a preservative free drink and the concentrate lasts in the fridge for almost a week.

So go ahead, buy some raw mangoes, and make this easy recipe right away to make one awesome summer cooler. 

Ingredients :

Raw Mangoes ( Green Mangoes ) - 2
Sugar - 1 cup ( A lot of people add jaggery which i love to, but hubby likes the one with sugar . You can add grated jaggery or just crush it soft with your hands and mix it. Adjust the sugar according to taste. We normally don't like it too sweet )
Cardamom powder - 1 tsp ( I took 8-10 cardamom seeds and crushed them with mortar and pestle )
Black salt - to taste
Saffron - a few strands ( This is optional but tastes great when you add some )

Recipe :

Wash the mangoes and pressure cook them for 2 whistles with little water ( I added around 3 to 3 n half cups of water ). You can add less water( about 2 cups ) or more too, it will affect the consistency and thickness of the concentrate as we are going to use this water to make the concentrate.

Note : You can add the mangoes as whole or cut them into large pieces. Both ways is fine.

Let it stand for a while, and after all the pressure goes away, remove the lid of pressure cooker. Now mash the mangoes well into a pulp with hands. This would be easy as mangoes become too soft after 2 whistles. 

Note : You can remove the skin of the mangoes while mashing, as some people find the skin bitter. But personally, i keep the skin as it holds a lot of nutrients and i like a little tangy taste. Plus addition of sugar later on negates the bitter taste.

Now transfer the pulp into a mixer and add sugar, cardamom powder and black salt.  A nice smooth pulp is formed. Add saffron and stir to get the nice yellowish-orange colour.

Note : The pressure cooked mangoes are so mushy that you need not use mixer-grinder at times. I only add it to the mixer , so that it mixes well with the sugar. But you can alternatively pulp it with hand and add powdered sugar and then mix all the other ingredients. When adding jaggery, just mix the grated jaggery into the pulp with hands.
No water is added. Store this pulp in refrigerator. When required, Mix 1/4th of the concentrate to 3/4th of chilled water. Put some ice cubes and your drink is ready!
Some people even add mint leaves or roasted cumin powder for garnishing. You can try mixing it according to your taste. 

This drink definately occupies the top list in summers- all natural, fresh and cooling !


  1. Aam Panna is always YUM! This one look stunning and refreshing!

    Anu-My Ginger Garlic Kitchen

    1. Thank you so much Anu. I absolutely adore your kind comments always :)


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